Ubuntu 10.04 on Asus Eee PC 1101HA

Managed to get Lucid Lynx working on the 1101HA. Wireless connectivity worked out of the box. Installed the poulsbo drivers from ppa as described in [1], summarized here

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gma500/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install poulsbo-driver-2d poulsbo-driver-3d poulsbo-config

Resolution obtained = 1366 x 768. Some issues remained, for example, attempting to switch to tty1 (or tty2) logged me out of the session altogether; flickering before the login screen appears. But I can live with these minor problems.

Then installed eee-control to see if I could get the overclock working. Following the instructions from ubuntugeek I used:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:eee-control/eee-control
sudo apt-get install eee-control

It installed without complaints, though quickly came to the conclusion that a bunch of things don’t quite work. Toggling the wireless via eee-control broke network connection after restoring the device to the available state; brightness and sound control functions kind of work; didn’t test bluetooth or card reader.

I wasn’t quite sure how to test the overclocking facility. I settled on stressing the CPU by calculating x digits of pi. Downloaded System Stability Tester (SST) version 1.1.0 from [2]. Default settings were kept (Borwein algorithm) except for number of digits to calculate which was set to 524,288. The SHE BIOS settings tested were 5%, 20% and 30%; for each setting and for each eee-control option: performance, normal and powersave, three computations of pi to the stated digits were done in quick succession; the averages were used to make the figure below. (SST reports weird values for the clock frequency)

Overclocking does appear to work with the eee-control facility; 5% oc is worthless, 20% is quite decent.


While fiddling about with eee-control, sound was lost. Following the prescription found in [3], I killed and removed pulseaudio and installed alsa to get back sound:

sudo aptitude install module-assistant
sudo m-a update
sudo m-a prepare
sudo m-a a-i alsa

[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupportComponentsVideoCardsPoulsbo/
[2] http://systester.sourceforge.net/downloads.html
[3] http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1263644

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