ASUS EeePC T91
with Ubuntu Netbook Remix
10 August 2009, Updated 12 August 2009, 27 September 2010
This information is still very much a work in progress, Updates and corrections will be added as problems are solved.
So my new toy arrived last week, and first thing is to install Ubuntu
Netbook Remix (Jaunty). The install went without a hitch except no wireless and the
screen resolution is 800 x 600. Hoping that these problems will go away once
all updates are installed I press on. Unfortunately there are several issues
that are still not working.
Previous to this purchases, I had been using a very old 10" notebook, with
very limited battery life, the specs of which would now make it very
underpowed wireless-less netbook. It was heavy and larger than I really
required, so this new "toy" despite the above problems is a great little
device for commuting - I spend up to two hours a day on the train each way getting
to and from work, so having the T91 helps me use the time a little more
productively, for instance, writing this.
- Wireless networking still does not work. Spent many hours trying to
resolve this, but have yet to solve the problems. The chipset is known,
Atheros AR9285, and shows up when the appropriate tools are run, but the kernel modules don't
load, and when manually loaded nothing happens. Tried the *mad* wireless
stuff, but think all I did was install the userspace tools and not the actual
modules. Most information was for other machines with the same chipset.
Update - Have got the wireless working, although the function key
still does nothing about turning it on or off. Using information from a
couple of sources, I was able to install the backports modules, reboot,
and away it went. More details are here.
- Screen drivers are a major issue, finally worked out the chipset I think, Intel
Poulsbo. Bad news is from what I read, the linux drivers from intel are
hopeless and don't work. Found lots of different and difficult to install
information, again for other machines, although seems there is some more
development out there.
This information is for Jaunty - Found more information about
installing drivers that were built in June as part of ubuntu mobile, Was
finally able to get video working. More details are here.
For Karmic and other releases GMA500 Poulsbo video
- Touch screen is working great, although took me several attempts to
calibrate, as the instructions are displayed, then are lost when the actual
calibration screen is displayed.
- Bluetooth is working, the only issues with that is installing my
bluetooth GPS module, but with very easy to follow web page, was up and
running fairly easily.
- Most of the blue function keys are working fine, except the
wireless/bluetooth toggle (F2). There are some scripts and other things in
the package manager, but one wont install because something is missing, the
other installs but does nothing that I can see. Haven't tried the external
monitor as would like to get the screen drivers working first.
- Audio was not working properly with the upgrade to
Karmic, after lots of hunting around found I had to install the alsa
drivers from scratch. There had been a way of installing them from a
"repository" but unfortunately the karmic builds seem to have been
removed. For details about building alsa see Upgrade Alsa (1.0.23) on Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10.
- Although there is software for the built in camera, the camera is not
working, and although would be fun to have running, is the least of the
Despite some negative comments from others about not enough storage,
keyboard to small, to small a screen, I personally think for the way I will
be using it will be a great little machine. My only problem will be the