ASUS EeePC 701

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Xorg Configuration File

This is how it should look (relevant sections only):

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Internal Panel"
    VendorName "Generic"
    ModelName "Flat Panel 800x480"
    ModeLine "800x480"  29.58  800 816 896 992  480 481 484 497  -HSync +Vsync
    Option "PreferredMode" "800x480"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier      "External VGA Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier "device1"
    Driver "intel"
    Option "DPMS"
    Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" "1"
    Option "Monitor-LVDS" "Internal Panel"
    Option "Monitor-VGA" "External VGA Monitor"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "screen1"
    Device "device1"
    DefaultColorDepth 24

    Subsection "Display"
        Depth 24
        Virtual 1680 1600
    EndSubsection
EndSection

Enabling hotkeys

  • No matter what distribution you install, some hotkeys (fn + F2, etc) may not work. Those hotkeys actually generate ACPI events. It is easy to configure the events via configuration files in /etc/acpi/events and /etc/acpi/actions.
  • To troubleshoot what's the acpi daemon is doing, the easiest way I have found is to stop the service and manually launch the daemon in a shell like this (the -d option increases debugging level and also causes the daemon not to start in the background):
acpid -d
  • Here is a link to an article explaining how to add support for the Wifi hotkey. I had to remove some parts of the script to make it work well with Mandriva 2008.1, specifically those lines:
rmmod wlan_ccmp
rmmod wlan_tkip
rmmod wlan_acl

High resolutions on an external monitor

  • Even with the above xorg.conf file, it seems you cannot use resolutions larger than 1280*1024 (or widescreen resolutions). To enable those you should overclock your CPU (setting your FSB clock at more than the default 70Mhz). Actually it's not really overclocking it since ASUS downclocked it to 630Mhz, the actual speed is 900Mhz.
  • The 0703 BIOS update allows you to set the FSB to 100Mhz without using software methods; apparently the latest 0910 BIOS does not let you do this (it's back to 70Mhz and you cannot change this).

Important Packages

  • The Adobe Flash player package (needed for using Google Analytics) is available on the Penguin Liberation Front mirrors.