Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on ASUS Eee PC

If you are using Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS, go here.

I am very sad to know that official Ubuntu 8.04 LTS cannot be ran from SDHC on Eee PC. Don’t look back. Okay, I installed 8.04 SE on the SSD of the E.

The process of the installation is smooth. However, the wireless network card and hotkeys (except brightness) does not work out of the box. There is no sound on Eee PC 701 but has sound on Eee PC 900 (Linux).

We can fix these kind of problems by executing shell script files. There is one for 701 and one for 900.

sudo apt-get install build-essential
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`

For Eee PC 701 :
tar -xzvf ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc701-1.3.sh.tar.gz
sudo chmod +x ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc701-1.3.sh
sudo ./ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc701-1.3.sh

Remarks : ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc701-1.4.sh is for 2.6.24-18.32 generic kernel
Remarks : ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc701-1.5.sh is for 2.6.24-19.34 generic kernel

For Eee PC 900 :
tar -xzvf ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc900-1.3.sh.tar.gz
sudo chmod +x ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc900-1.3.sh
sudo ./ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc900-1.3.sh

Remarks : ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc900-1.4.sh is for 2.6.24-18.32 generic kernel
Remarks : ubuntu-8.04-eeetweak-eeepc900-1.5.sh is for 2.6.24-19.34 generic kernel

You can download it at here.

Make sure you are connecting to the internet and the script runs ONCE only.

Easy to Learn, Easy to Work, Easy to Play with Ubuntu 8.04 SE!

Updated on 2008-April-27 :

To tweak the boot up speed, you just need to edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst and add the following to the end of “kernel” tag.

Updated on 2008-April-28 :

The script cannot solve the webcam problem.

Updated on 2008-May-27 :

Procedure to install Ubuntu 8.04 LTS or 8.04 LTS SE “NG” on Eee PC 701 or 900 :

Since Ubuntu 8.04’s wireless driver is not work on Eee PC, you should disable it at “System” >> “Hardware driver”.  There is two entries, disable them all.

Reboot your Eee PC.  After that, run the script file (make sure you have use the correct script file for your Eee PC.  After applied the script, you should reboot the E.

Then, enable the wireless driver at “System” >> “Hardware driver” and reboot the system again.  The wireless will work then.

Updated on 2008-June-11 :

I successfully installed Ubuntu 8.04 LTS SE 080610 basic to 8GB SDHC.  It boots up normally on my Eee PC 701.

Huawei E169G on Ubuntu 8.04

Huawei E169G 3.5G HSDPA USB dongle equipped with 7.2Mbps download and 2Mbps upload speed.  The Ubuntu 8.04 kernel recognized it as Huawei E620.  To make this toy to work with Ubuntu 8.04?  It is very easy.

Download a software namely “Vodafone Mobile Connect Card driver for Linux” and plug in the device before executing the program.  The program reads the device as E660A.  Key in the following in the profile.

As I am using 3 (http://www.three.com.hk), the following suits for 3 Hong Kong only.

APN : ipc.three.com.hk
DNS : and

If you encountered the Firefox 3 beta 5 offline, you can make it online by the following steps :

Choose “Tools” on the Firefox >> “Add-ons” >> “Get Add-ons” >> “Go online”

That’s all.  Enjoy Linux everywhere!

Updated on 2008-June-22 :

Recently, the website that hosts the Vodafone Mobile Connect Card driver for Linux cannot be reached for unknown reason. I searched for the Google to look for an alternative solution. “Salutis” from Ubuntu forum created a program namely “salutis-connect” for the Hauwei E220. I tested it on my E169G and it is running perfectly. Surprisingly, NO setting is required. Just plug in and play.

Setup :

sudo -s

echo deb http://repository.salutis.sk/production ./ >> /etc/apt/sources.list

apt-get update

apt-get install salutis-connect

Instructions :

# Connect your Huawei E200 or E169G device to USB port.
# Click on ‘Salutis Connect’ icon in ‘Applications->Internet’ menu section and enjoy.
# To disconnect the device, click on ‘Salutis Connect’ again and the device will be disconnected.

Thanks Salutis!!!!

Huawei E270 (Netvigator) on Ubuntu 8.04

The Huawei E270 is recognized by Ubuntu 8.04 out of the box.  However, you need to set something to make it works.  The ISP is PCCW’s Netvigator in Hong Kong.

Plug in the modem.  Choose from the Gnome menu : System >> Administration >> Network >> Connect and select modem.

Activate the function by clicking the box of “activate this connection”.  Type of connection choose “GPRS/UMTS”.  The APN is “pccw” and the username is “user” while the password is “pass”.  (You can type anything at username and password fields indeed)  The “Modem” tab type “/dev/ttyUSB0” at the modem port field.  Then, check all options at the “Option” tab.

Finally, make sure you deleted all the entries at “DNS” tab of the “Network setting” window.  (This step is optional : key in the DNS as “” and “”).  Check the “Modem connection”.

The only problem I encountered is how to make it to work when the modem is re-plugged without reboot.


Updated on 2008-04-23 :
Or, make it simple, please refer to Huawei E169G on Ubuntu 8.04