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Fedora 10 on Asus EeePC

posted Feb 9, 2009, 6:51 PM by Tom Gutwin   [ updated Feb 19, 2009, 6:18 PM ]
F10 provides a fully usable desktop for the EeePc 1000. There are lots of places to find help and suggestions .

This post outlines how to
Get the last 2% of the features working that don't work "out of the box".
  • Suspend Problems,
  • hal (Hardware Abstration Layer) and the EeePC Touchpad

Problem: The default kernels did not have a completely working suspend and the touchpad (although working okay) was also not fully enabled

Googling I found lots of help :
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=206114&highlight=eeepc - Fedora 10 on the Eee PC 901/1000
http://www.alphatek.info/2009/01/29/gsynaptics-touchpad-on-fedora-10-hal  - using synaptics and hal on Fedora
http://www.redhat.com/magazine/003jan05/features/hal/#fig-device-manager - using hal on Fedora
http://blog.pingoured.fr/index.php?post/2008/12/02/Fedora-10-et-le-touchpad  - using synaptics and hal on Fedora

These sites got me close to understanding what was going on, but I found that the changes to the hal policy files were not working.

A summary of roadblocks
  - the stock 2.6.27 kernels just did not have all the required features to suspend and return completely flawlessly
  - the stock xorg-x11-drv-synaptics packaged driver did not have full synaptics capability and also had problems with suspend

That being said, F10 worked flawlessly.

   1) add the xorg-x11-drv-synaptics-0.99.2-1 package
   2) Build and install kernel 2.6.29-rc3   or rc4 (i tried both) See details in above couple of posts
   3) make a couple of hal/touchpad settings changes
  Now I have a fully functioning F10 on my Asus EeePC 1000. Wireless, Bluetooth, Suspend, Touchpad, extenal monitor

See my next 2 posts for more details
Give it a try.

Tom Gutwin,
Feb 9, 2009, 7:27 PM
Tom Gutwin,
Feb 9, 2009, 7:27 PM