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    1101HA General problems and possible solutions

    I own a 1101HA Asus EeePC and I like it very much except to the fact that it has several compabilities problems with linux. I am currently running CrunchBang 9.04 (which is based on Ubuntu Jaunty) and I have managed to surpass some difficulties. So I decided to make this post to help other people solve their problems and to get some solution for myself.

    Right now I managed to get wireless, video card driver and synaptics (with no multitouch). Ethernet is supposed to work too based on this but I haven't tested it yet.

    Ethernet

    Download AR81Family-linux-v1.0.0.10.tar.gz from http://partner.atheros.com/Drivers.aspx

    Code:
    tar -xzvf AR81Family-linux-v1.0.0.10.tar.gz
    cd src
    make
    sudo make install
    sudo insmod atl1e.ko
    Wireless

    Code:
    sudo aptitude install linux-backports-modules-jaunty
    Graphics

    As I did not need Compiz I just needed these steps (if you wish to use Compiz follow the extra steps here):

    Add this PPA to your /etc/apt/sources.list

    Code:
    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mobile/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-mobile/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
    Add the GPG key to the keyring:

    Code:
    sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com C6598A30
    Install these:

    Code:
    sudo aptitude install psb-kernel-headers psb-firmware psb-kernel-source poulsbo-driver-3d xpsb-glx psb-modules poulsbo-driver-2d xserver-xorg-video-psb
    Reboot

    Warning: It seems these drivers generate lockups and freezes at least for me and this user at ubuntuforums. It happens using 2.6.28-13-generic and 2.6.28-15-generic linux kernel and respective backported drivers.

    Update: It seems there may be a solution here. Apparently, the problem is on the 3d psb package.

    Synaptics

    Should work ok, except the multitouch. I pretend to add the steps needed to use it here in the future.

    Fn keys (Hotkeys)

    Seems the most difficult to get to work. I haven't found a solution yet since eee-control, eee-applet, eeeasy scripts and acpi-support are not compatible with 1101HA and eeepc-acpi-scripts is broken in jaunty.

    Other

    There are many things still missing but I think I addressed the most important ones. I will try to update this with new solutions. Please, if you have one, write a post about it.

    Updated (16/10/2009): Graphics (possible solution to freeze problem)
    Last edited by thebloggu; October 16th, 2009 at 01:18 PM. Reason: Updates

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    Re: 1101HA General problems and possible solutions

    and what is the solution?... i can't resolve the problems

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    Re: 1101HA General problems and possible solutions

    Solution to what problem?

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    thanks,

    for me i opened the /etc/X11/xorg.conf and i added those lines into Device section

    Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
    Option "DRI" "off"
    Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"

    now this is my xorg.conf

    Code:
    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    #   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    
    Section "Device"
        Identifier    "Configured Video Device"
        Option        "AccelMethod"    "EXA"
        Option        "DRI"    "off"
        Option        "MigrationHeuristic"    "greedy"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
        Identifier    "Configured Monitor"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
        Identifier    "Default Screen"
        Monitor        "Configured Monitor"
        Device        "Configured Video Device"
    EndSection
    but now i can't turn on the 3d effect...
    Last edited by miro.mannino; October 17th, 2009 at 02:26 PM. Reason: problem seems to be resolved

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    Re: 1101HA General problems and possible solutions

    Sorry, I didn't understood your problem earlier. I think it is not possible to have 3d activated and have your problem solved. But if it is I think you have to tweak your xorg.conf somehow.

    Thank you for your reply.

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    Re: 1101HA General problems and possible solutions

    Yes i know... the important thing is that now it works better...
    Remain the problem of shut down, i just have to wait a minute before it completely shut down. It show a blank cursor on screen and remains blocked for about a minute.

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    Re: 1101HA General problems and possible solutions

    I have good news

    I try to configure xorg.conf in this way and i have good results.

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "GMA500"
    Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
    Option "DRI" "on"
    Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"
    Option "IgnoreACPI" "yes"
    Driver "psb"
    EndSection

    Section "DRI"
    Mode 0666
    EndSection

    But if i enable 3d effects it is instable like before
    Last edited by miro.mannino; October 19th, 2009 at 02:54 PM.

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    Re: 1101HA General problems and possible solutions

    Well I ended up installing Fedora 11 and it seems it was the only distro to support this model properly. I already tried Arch Linux, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04, CrunchBang 9.04 and Debian. Fedora installation is smoothly and it detects wireless and wired network cards out-of-the-box (kernel is 2.6.30 whereas Ubuntu 9.04 uses 2.6.28) and the graphic drivers are a repository away. Some Fn hotkeys work out-of-the-box too, but brightness is still a problem. By now I am using Gnome Brightness Applet to solve the problem. It is very sad that the support for this netbook on linux is so poor (focusing on the GMA 500) even though I understand it's not linux kernel nor Ubuntu developers problem. I think the problem is on Intel for not providing proper drivers. Maybe someday they realize they should not disrespect their customers and that we have the right to choose what OS we want to run their products in.

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