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.