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    Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    I recently purchased an Asus Eee PC 1005P with Windows 7. I wanted to completely replace Windows with Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 Karmic Koala, as Ubuntu as its my distro of choice. This is how I did it, as a very simple guide, for those who are contemplating the same. The ubuntuforums have saved my bacon more times than I can count; so this is my way of giving back (plus a handy repository if I want to do this again and forget how!).

    In all in all, everything works great, with wireless being the biggest challenge during installation.

    Pre-requisites:

    1. Another computer (I was running Ubuntu 9.04)
    2. Ethernet connection with internet
    3. Spare/empty USB drive with at least 1 Gb of space
    4. Asus Eee PC 1005P


    Get Ubuntu for the Netbook

    Firstly, you're going to need to download the CD Image for Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) from Ubuntu. From the other computer, navigate to the following location from your browser of choice:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download-netbook


    Click the Download Ubuntu CD Image link and save the ISO image (e.g. ubuntu-9.10-netbook-remix-i386.iso) to the other computer.

    Prepare USB Stick

    The 1005P netbook doesn't come with a CD/DVD drive; so you're going to need to do the installation from the USB key on the netbook. To do this; we'll convert the ISO (that would normally be burnt to a DVD) to the USB file structure.

    Once the ISO has finished downloading; you're going to need the usb-creator utility. Follow the instructions from this page:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...n/FromUSBStick

    Follow the instructions, but the short end of it is, from the other computer, type/paste in the following command into a Terminal to install usb-creator:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install usb-creator
    Once this has installed; plug your USB stick into the other computer and run the usb-creator by typing the following command into a Terminal:

    Code:
    usb-creator
    Careful: the next step will erase everything from the USB stick; so make sure you've backed up whatever was on there.

    As per the instructions at the previous link; simply select the ISO just downloaded in the top box, and select the USB stick in the bottom box. Click "Make Startup Disk" and you're on you're way. Once finished; your USB stick is ready to be used as the install source for the netbook.

    Prepare the Netbook to boot from the USB Stick

    Start up the netbook using the Power button on the right-hand-side (the Windows one, not the Express Gate one on the left-hand-side). In the nanoseconds after you press the Power button; click once or many times; Ctrl+ESC to stop the default loading of Windows. Then click F2 to access the boot setup.

    When you get to the BIOS setup options; scroll right to Boot from the top menu tabs. Then select Boot Priority Order. You want the first item to say "Removable Dev" (or similar). Once you've done this; click F10 to save your changes.

    I've read that there is a way to change the boot order from within Windows, but I never booted into Windows on the netbook and I've never used Windows Vista or 7; so best to follow those instructions if you find them.

    Installation

    Plug in the ethernet cable connected to your modem/router/switch to the netbook.

    In addition, plug in the USB stick with the UNR installation files into the netbook. Reboot/Start the netbook; clicking Ctrl+ESC to give you the boot choices. Select the USB key from the options provided. This should bring up the Ubuntu installation choices; selecting Install Ubuntu to get started.

    Follow all standard questions (username, computer name, passwords, languages, locales, etc.). Let the system finish the installation as normal. Up to you whether you want to retain the Windows partition; I didn't, and there are gurus in the Ubuntu community better placed to advise on the best way to do this.

    Post-Installation

    I know a lot of people have had issues with the Ethernet connection on the 1000HA, but I didn't experience any issues on the 1005P.

    Once the system is installed; you'll want to update your system. From the main menu; navigate to System -> Administration -> Update Manager. Click Install Updates to get your system up-to-date.

    More instructions here:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuUpdates

    Wireless

    Now, you probably find that wireless isn't working. The problem is, UNR doesn't seem to recognise the hardware at all. So commands like iwconfig, etc. return no recognition of the wireless card. This was driving me nuts. I'd tried installing the Karmic backports, building from source the drivers into the kernel, and a whole lot of other things; but the one thing that appeared to work was isidoro's post on this thread:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=8700392

    This is the Windows XP drivers for the Atheros AR2427 wireless card. The file you're going to need is: xp3264-7.7.0.329-whql.zip from the following location:

    http://www.atheros.cz/download.php?a...007EG&system=1

    I've also saved a copy of this zip on my company's website if the above link expires:

    http://www.dedicationgroup.com/files...0.329-whql.zip

    Save the zip file down to the netbook. Extract from the zip the netathw.inf file. Now that you have this; you're going to need ndiswrapper; which is a Linux wrapper around Windows drivers. To install ndiswrapper and the ndiswrapper graphical client; type the following commands into your Terminal:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 ndisgtk
    Once these have been installed; run the ndisgtk tool from the Terminal:

    Code:
    sudo ndisgtk
    This is will bring up the Wireless Network Drivers screen. Click on "Install New Driver". Browse for the netathw.inf file just extracted from the zip file, and click "Install". You should see in the Currently Installed Windows Drivers box "netathw Hardware present: Yes". Now, go to System -> Preferences -> Network Connections -> Wireless (tab) and click "Add" to setup your wireless connection.

    That's It

    I've found pretty everything else to work that I've tried. The (blue) function keys work fine. Have not yet had an issue Suspending and Hibernating. Battery life is a dream. Now that UNR is running successfully; this netbook is just an awesome piece of kit.

    Corrections, updates and better explanations welcome. Best of luck!
    Last edited by gregpritchard; January 26th, 2010 at 11:13 AM.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    I hope you don't mind me asking some questions about your setup here I'm currently contemplating really hard getting a 1005P but the NM10 graphics chip worries me a little bit. Did the netbook work out of the box in 1024x600?

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    @zeroK

    I actually originally tried Jaunty 9.04 on the Asus 1005P and that was not very good in my opinion. There were just to many parts of the system which assumed a standard monitor. The Netbook Remix is perfect though, and assumes the 1024x600 screen, so font and window sizes have the right relative sizes. Everything is crystal clear too.

    Let me know if there is some specific info you'd like to know.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    Quote Originally Posted by gregpritchard View Post
    @zeroK

    I actually originally tried Jaunty 9.04 on the Asus 1005P and that was not very good in my opinion. There were just to many parts of the system which assumed a standard monitor. The Netbook Remix is perfect though, and assumes the 1024x600 screen, so font and window sizes have the right relative sizes. Everything is crystal clear too.

    Let me know if there is some specific info you'd like to know.
    I was refering to driver issues with the NM10 graphics chip, but if this now works out of the box with 9.10 UNR I'm more than happy, thank you What specific model of the 1005P do you have? The P or the PE?

    Thanks you very much for the information so far

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    Have had absolutely no issues with the drivers for the graphics chip. Model is specifically 1005P.

    All good

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    Great, thank you very much If uncle Steve doesn't announce anything useful and available tomorrow, I will perhaps get myself the same machine tomorrow

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    Congratulations.

    All I can say is that I tried installing Ubuntu on a 1005P with no success: no keyboard, no touchpad... Nothing. I tried 9.04, 9.10, UNR... Only 8.04 barelly works (no wireless of course, 800x600 screen...).

    Going back to Windows 7.

    Regards.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    From what I've found so far on the net, you have to install a bios upgrade to get the keyboard and touchpad to work.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    Thanks for your reply zeroK, it brought me some hope.

    Now I have to decide: spent more time trying to make Ubuntu work or just go back to Windows 7 and wait a few months?

    Well, I don't like Windows at all (I've been using OpenSUSE and Ubuntu for years now), but the Asus 1005P I'm talking here is not mine (it's my 5 years old daughter's first computer -yes, I know, an expesive present, but it will be used by the whole family), and I don't really care if she has to use Windows for now... as long as everything works.

    BTW I also tried installing Linux Mint (really nice, but still prefer Ubuntu) and Moblin (seems too underdeveloped, but very promising) with similar results...

    The think is... sometimes the keyboard works, sometimes not (and it's hard to update anything without keyboard, if it weren't thanks to the onscreen keyboard). Same for the touchpad. And it won't restart or shut down...

    So... gregpritchard, did you upgraded the BIOS? It is strange that you got everything working being the same machine. Thanks in advance.

    Regards.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix on Asus Eee PC 1005P

    There might be a chance that Asus already ships units with the new BIOS pre-installed. That's the only explanation I can think of for people who didn't need to do the update and who really installed Ubuntu instead of just using the live disc.

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