Posts Tagged ‘Asus EeePc 1000H’

Installing newer ALSA driver on an Asus Eee Pc 1000H

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

I have Debian testing on my Asus Eee Pc 1000H with Linux 2.6.26.  The ALSA driver therein doesn’t fully support the Eee Pc 1000H (and  therefore neither the 901).Sound playback is fine, but the microphone doesn’t work.

Installing Linux 2.6.28 was a no-go as the drivers for the wireless isn’t available there, so I decided to install ALSA 1.0.19 to that.

The explation is from the Debian Eee Pc wiki.

First make sure you have module-assistant and friends installed and setup

aptitude -r install module-assistant
module-assistant prepare

The ‘prepare’ command will download additional packages needed to compile modules for the running kernel.

Now download the latest ALSA sources, which I got from Experimental

aptitude -t experimental install alsa-source

To build the driver all you need to do is

module-assistant build alsa

and wait for the compile to finish.

Afterwards you’ll have a .deb file in /usr/src ready for installing.  I used dpkg directly, but

module-assisstant install alsa

will do it for you too.

I simply rebooted to make sure all old modules were removed and the new ones loaded. It can be done without a reboot.

Most mixer inputs and outputs change name with the new driver, so the ACPI hotkey scripts need a bit of updating. Its a bit nitty-gritty where you need to edit several scripts by hand, and its all described in the wiki.

Now I just need to get Ekiga to do video calls to Gizmo on my  wife’s macbook.

Cpu Frequency and Gnome Power Manager

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

I’ve installed Debian with Gnome on my new Asus EeePC 1000H, and for some reason the Gnome Power Manager preferences wouldn’t let me decide on what cpu frequency scaling governor I wanted to use.

I’m trying to squeeze as much time as I can out of the battery, so I wanted it to be “powersave” when on battery.

The options weren’t there.

After a bit of digging I fould a gconf key,

/apps/gnome-power-manager/ui/cpufreq_show

which, when set, causes the options to be shown.

It’s a bit annoying with all these hidden preferences but at least we have gconf-editor :-)