Asus EeePC 1005PE Configuration Problems

Asked by thunderbird07 on 2010-01-19

I've installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 on my EeePC 1005PE, and there are several issues.

Happily, everything seems to work fine on the LiveCD (sounds, wireless, webcam) and gnome is very responsive.
Once installed, however, gnome is unusably slow, there is no sound (no hardware is even listed in Sound Preferences, alsamixer fails to launch), and the webcam isn't recognized in cheese. I've reinstalled with identical results, and I've tried to troubleshoot the major problems (sound, webcam, speed) post-installation, with no success.

It's frustrating, considering that everything works flawlessly on the LiveCD. Is it possible to bypass the configuration step in the installer (which seems to do a very poor job on this machine) and copy the configuration files from the LiveCD?

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Make sure you are fully updated:

alt+f2
type: gnome-terminal
press enter
then n terminal type:
sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

The updates may help greatly. If you don't have wireless setup then use a wired connection.

I also recommend you turn off desktop effects so that the system is more responsive.

thunderbird07 (agillen) said : #3

actionparsnip: Thanks for the response. I suppose I should've noted it in my initial post, but I've already performed a dist-upgrade, with no noticeable effect on the sound, webcam or responsiveness issues. I've turned off desktop effects as well, with minimal gain (still noticeably less responsive than the LiveCD). Everything else is working (including wireless with the linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic module).

I assume this has to be a configuration issue, as I know both the webcam and sound are fully supported by this distribution (they work just fine on the LiveCD, but disappear after installation).

I suggest you run:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

thunderbird07 (agillen) said : #5

Thanks for your continued help.

Unfortunately, adding the new repo and performing a dist-upgrade has had no noticeable effect on any of the problems I'm experiencing.

I should clarify that the only responsiveness issue seems to be with the UME Launcher. Everything else is perfectly snappy. Still a major problem, as this is the core of the desktop interface...

thunderbird07 (agillen) said : #6

So, the responsiveness problems with netbook-launcher (referred to incorrectly as UME Launcher in my previous post) are apparently well documented (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/netbook-launcher/+bug/317026). Running 'sudo CLUTTER_VBLANK=none netbook-launcher' solves the problem, but it's unclear to me why this isn't required for smooth netbook-launcher performance on the live CD...

I've decided to just switch to a standard desktop interface, so the responsiveness issue is solved.

Now, all that remains is functional sound and webcam... both of which work flawlessly on the live CD...

thunderbird07 (agillen) said : #7

I haven't solved the issue with 9.10, per se, but it's now irrelevant. The current daily build of lucid fully support the 1005PE (at least in my limited testing), so I'm just going to use that. It's still unclear to me why there is such a disparity between the LiveCD performance/hardware support and installed performance/hardware support with karmic, but it appears it will be a non-issue on this hardware once 10.04 is released.

tkep (traviskepley) said : #8

Thunderbird07,

Just so you know, I think the issue is with ACPI. I have a feeling (I haven't tested this however), that the live cd is booting with acpi=off on the kernel line. The reason is, on the 1000PE i was testing yesterday, if I booted normally, the system was sluggish from a UI perspective, and sound and such was weird.

If I added the acpi=off kernel line, everything worked properly other than the fact that the FN keys and power management are gone. But that's the tradeoff with going with no acpi.

I still have issues with the latest build of 10.04 with screen brightness being really off. But we can work on that through bug reports :)

--tkep

thunderbird07 (agillen) said : #9

Tkep: That makes sense. Thanks for sharing!

john (no2498) said : #10

if you did not get the webcam going
open a terminal type (gstreamer-properties) click enter
click video try v4l1 or v4l2
get programs like (cheese and wxcam )