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Asus Eee PC 1005PE

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Specifications

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NameAsus Eee PC 1005PE
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ Pineview-M N450
Screen10.1“ WSVGA
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Network10/100 Ethernet
WLAN 802.11b/g/n

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Discussion

Alex Barringer, 2012/07/09 18:55

I need to correct an earlier statement I made earlier in regards to the
size of the flash drive that would be needed (pen / thumb disc drive), you
will some cases need a much larger capacity, an 8 to 16 GiB in size would
be a good idea. I made this error because the USB flash drive I am using
has the ability to be expanded by adding chips (it slipped my mind, I updated
the capacity. Currently it's sitting at 128 GiB (it connects through the USB but
it's a brick that sits off to the side of the computer).

My error and I would like to apologize about that.

Alex Barringer, 2012/07/09 15:37

Something I think I will add, if you don't want to mess around with customizing the system too much in Linux, you can always download the DVD image of Fedora 10 with the kernel version 2.6.27, X-org version 1.5 and X server 1.5.3.

You can download that at this location:

http://archives.fedoraproject.org/pub/archive/fedora/linux/core/6/x86_64/iso/FC-6-x86_64-DVD.iso

Note: You will need a 4 GB USB pen / thumb disc drive or larger to store this, or a DVD burner that has DVD media that stores the standard 4.7 GB of data on it.

The reason why I suggest using an older version of Fedora is this specific version and kernel, etc., is very well suited to the Intel Atom series processors and works well on the Asus Eee series netbook PCs which is based on it. Also, Intel created a driver specific to this distro, kernel version, etc., that drives the actual GPU inside the CPU (since Pineview is a CPU + GPU implementation). It also has the optimizations for the single core Atom combo processor and works with the 2 hardware threads that is in the Intel Atom N450 quite well.

The way I look at it, you should only use what you need and forget the rest, all that extra bulk doesn't help a miniature configuration, it hurts it, slows it down, which then in return, slows you down.

You can download the driver for the Intel Atom N4xx / N5xx / D4xx / D5xx series CPU & GPU combo directly from Intel for this that distribution and version of Linux.

You can find it here from Intel:

https://edc.intel.com/Software/Downloads/IEGD/

Select the IEGD 10.4 Gold driver

More information on that Intel Atom CPU + GPU combo can be found in this Adobe .PDF file and is noteworthy and fairly important, so you know what you can and cannot do with your Asus Eee 1005PE and similar products based on this unit.

Intel Atom hardware capabilities and what the driver supports:

http://download.intel.com/embedded/software/IEGD/325167.pdf

Please note: The file states that you are limited to OpenGL 1.1 and 1.5 which is a fairly old standard and should have had at least 2.0 to 2.1 but we take what we can get. If you need to know what you can do with OpenGL 1.5 let me know, I have the old documents for that as well.

Alex Barringer, 2012/07/09 14:54

Another note for those people that are attempting to install Linux on a USB pen drive and have it boot from that when the options are set in BIOS. Set the partition of the drive as Master Boot Record (MBR) and format the drive itself from within that MBR partition as FAT32, sometimes Linux will call it just FAT. Don't format it in ExFAT not all systems will recognize this file system, not all Linux distributions that come from an .ISO format and are converted to the USB image format will work. Just wanted to put that out there, in case people have trouble.

The best ISO to USB thumb / pen drive utility I have found for Linux and the Microsoft Windows operating systems is something called UNetBootin, it works pretty well. When you use this, the option to partition should be “Master Boot Record”, which is done first, then you format it, as “FAT”.

Happy trails ladies and gentlemen. Got questions? I might have the answer you are looking for.

P.S. You can use x86 or x64 Linux editions on the Asus Eee 1005PE netbooks. If you want to go really small and have a fair amount of speed but want to get really good at working in Linux and do some coding later on to customize your interface. Go with Tiny Core Linux, download the Tiny Core Plus edition which is a little more than 65 MB in size current. Try out all the different desktops it has. If you need help on how to get the system to work in that distro of Linux I can make instructions on what to download in their repository to customize your experience.

Alex Barringer, 2012/07/09 14:44

What external devices do you have connected to your Asus Eee 1005PE?

If it's a USB pen drive, you need to get into the BIOS and select the USB drive where you have the Linux you want to use on it stored. Select the boot order of the USB pen drive over the internal hard disc drive, then hit F10 to save and reboot the system.

If you have a CD/DVD/Blu-ray DVD drive on the USB, you do the same thing in BIOS except you need to select the external drive and tell it to boot from that drive as well. Usually what happens is it won't call it a USB drive it will call it by another name, in which the ID and boot order name will be the same. They could have simplified that darn BIOS quite a bit more than what it is currently.

By the way, the key to get into the BIOS when the system reboots is F2.

Brian, 2011/03/03 23:08

I have Asus Eee Pc 1005Pe and it has 2 power buttons and it came installed with windows 7 and linux.. Well I deleted the hard drive and lost the ability to start in linux.. I want to re install it and be able to use the power button that it was set up with originally.. But I dont know how to do this..

Can anyone please help me..

Brian

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