Note:
First thing to get it working is to be sure you will be able to connect your netbook to ethernet in wire mode.

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Installation of Ubuntu 8.10 Live on a USB key.

The best way to do rule this part is to use the famous UnetBootIn. this tool will allow you to install easily your prefered Linux Distro, here we will choose Ubuntu 8.10 live, on a USB key. Please choose a 1Gb sized k

The best way to do rule this part is to use the famous UnetBootIn. this tool will allow you to install easily your prefered Linux Distro, here we will choose Ubuntu 8.10 live, on a USB key. Please choose a 1Gb sized key to be quiet.

So just download unetbootin (twin versions exists : a windows and a linux version), and run it. If you are on Linux, you will be asked to install another debian package containing 7z. You will find a page on the official french Ubuntu site, on in the Ubuntu-eee site explaining how to use it.

EeePC 900: get it work !

Now the easiest part of this how-to: install Ubuntu 8.10 on your EeePC. Just click on the Install icon the Desk after booting on just prepared before USB Key. To boot on it, push the ESC key and choose the USB Device, while your Eee PC is just switch on and you get the grey screen with the EeePC logo.

After installing this, connect your Ethernet wire and update your just installed Ubuntu. now you are ready to customize your netbook OS accordingly to the EeePC capacities (Wifi, CPU frequency tools, Energy saving, etc…)

Wifi

We will have 2 steps to do:

  1. – remove existing ATH modules
  2. – install backported from Hardy Heron the ath5k module.

Remove the existing modules:

sudo modprobe -r ath_pci
sudo modprobe -r ath_hal

Add to the balck list these 2 modules:

edit the file /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist and add the 2 following lines at the end:

blacklist ath_pci
blacklist ath_hal

Connect to the internet through ethernet (get wired !) and backport modules from Hardy Heron:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic

Now, just reboot, and you will get the wifi running, and will be able to configure your wireless connection via NetworkManager.

CPU frequency managing

To activate the cpu frequency selector, you will have to install the following:

sudo apt-get install gnome-cpufreq-selector

And now edit /etc/modules and add this line at the end:

load p4-clockmod

Energy Saving

To enable the cpu frequency adaptor following energy mode, you will have to modify registry with gconf-editor.

dpkg –reconfigure gnome-applets

powertop will could easily help you reducing energy consumption by analyzing actual energy wasts and give you useful tips on how to save.

sudo apt-get install powertop

For more information on the Gnome Power management, see this page.

And that’s all folk !

to be continued ….

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