Ubuntu Linux on Asus 1005PE

Asus EEEPC 1005PE has Windows 7 Starter out of the box, however, being a Linux user, I wanted to use Ubuntu on the Asus 1005PE without over-writing its original OS. It is still on warranty and I don't want to void it.

I have an Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala installed on a portable HD which was removed from an old laptop when it was upgraded to a larger capacity hard disk.

I set the netbook BIOS to boot on the portable HD. Everything worked flawlessly except for one, the Atheros AR2427 Wireless network card. I looked at the hardware drivers function of Ubuntu but no drivers appear at all.

Using wired connectivity, I search Google for "Atheros AR2427 Ubuntu driver". I got a result on the Ubuntu forum which mentioned the following steps to activate the wireless network card for the Asus 1005PE.

Logged as a super user:
$ wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/daily/2010-05-12-lucid/linux-image-2.6.34-999-generic_2.6.34-999.201005121008_i386.deb

$ sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.34-999-generic_2.6.34-999.201005121008_i386.deb

After the process, I rebooted my netbook. I was amazed that the wireless network card worked without any problems at all.

Thank you to the Ubuntu forum community.

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Ver Pangonilo

A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) – Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) – Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).

  • Johanna

    How is the battery life? I have the 14 hour version and on Win 7 it shows I can get that, but when I boot into Fedora I can expect only 9 hours max.

    • Ver

      I got 11-13 hours on Ubuntu but I need to tweak some features like screen brightness, etc.

  • Ver
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    Hi, I’m very interested in Linux but Im a Super Newbie and I’m having trouble deciding on the right distribution for me (Havent you heard this a million times?) anyway here is my problem, I need a distribution that can switch between reading and writing in English and Japanese (Japanese Language Support) with out restarting the operating system.

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