[Debian-eeepc-devel] Got my 1000HE, here's some info on it.
phrosty at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 13:42:54 UTC 2009
On Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 3:07 AM, Frédéric Boiteux <fboiteux at calistel.com> wrote:
> Le Wed, 4 Mar 2009 19:55:52 -0800,
> Cory Nelson <phrosty at gmail.com> a écrit :
>> Delivered yesterday, put Debian on it immediately. It's got the same
>> stuff inside as the 1002HA: atl1e wired, AR928X wireless, Elantech
>> touchpad. I got something around 6-7 hours of life out of it with
>> varying firefox+wifi usage, full-screen h.264 playing, and compiling.
>> Power usage reports as between 10 and 16Wh.
> Thanks for your report.
>> Installed via usb stick using the vanilla installer. I've got
>> everything working with the exception of one frustrating issue: When
>> I first installed, the touchpad was a complete mess. Holding my
>> finger still on it would make it jump sporadically around a ~10 pixel
>> radius, with some clicks put in for good measure. Eventually movement
>> would become very hard, with almost everything was interpreted as
> Strange !
>> Updating kernel to recognize it as an Elantech slightly
>> solved that.
> Does installing the Debian's linux-image-2.6.28-1-686 solves the
> Elantech recognition issue ?
Deb's kernel does not recognize it as Elantech... the config option
given in the docs is not set. I needed to grab the source and compile
a custom one.
>> Now I have no random clicking, but I still have sporadic
>> movement if ethernet is plugged in. Unplug ethernet and cursor stays
>> still. Doesn't happen with wifi. It baffles me, if anyone has ideas
>> I'd appreciate them.
>> Please, put 2.6.28 (for ath9k) kernel packages with elantech support,
>> and alsa packages, into the debian-eee repo.
> It's already in Sid / Squeeze ! Perhaps also in backports.org ?
Indeed, but (as above), not one that recognizes Elantech.
>> User documentation
>> should not have "the only way around this is for you to compile a
>> custom kernel..." anywhere in it -- I'm very happy with my Eee now
>> that it's mostly usable, but honestly if I wasn't a long-time debian
>> user comfortable with all this, I would have given up and tried
>> something else.
> Installing a Linux system on a brand new model is always a possibly
> difficult task...
Agreed, however this is all hardware which showed up in other models,
so in theory this should have been a much faster experience.
> I wonder about some points :
> - did you succeeded in using function keys ? especially wifi switch ?
> - do you know more about Asus's 'Super Hybrid Engine' ?
Wifi is the only one that comes to mind as not working. As to what
"Super Hybrid Engine" is - I can only guess it may be a Windows driver
that drops speed & voltage of some hardware, and perhaps turns some
off? I assume the bulk of the battery life improvement is from the
LED-backlit screen and larger battery. I did not have Windows on the
machine longer than it took to make sure everything worked, so I
didn't test the battery life there.
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