Debian Linux on Asus Eee PC 701

Those are my quick notes to install Debian Linux (Lenny) on my Eee PC 701 (with Touchscreen panel).

Grab and burn the “businesscard” ISO file.

Boot it.

Choose language and keyboard settings.

Configure the network.

Partition the HD as follow:

  • “manual” method
  • create a 16MB partition (for Boot Booster) at the beginning of the disk and don’t use it.
  • Create an EXT3 partition (with noatime flag) for ”/” on the SSD.
  • Create an EXT2 partition (with noatime flag) for ”/home” on the SD card.

Ack the “no swap” warning.

Set root password and create the default user.

Deselect everything in “tasksel” ; we’ll install things by hand later on.

Install grub and reboot.

Boot in single user mode, run cfdisk and configure /dev/sda1 as “EFI (FAT-12/16/32)” partition type (EF). This enables BIOS Boot Booster.

Install sudo

apt-get install sudo

Configure “Hibernation without SWAP partition”:

  • Create the swap file

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap bs=1024k count=512
    mkswap /swap

  • Modify /etc/fstab

    /swap swap swap defaults 0 0

  • Modify /etc/sysctl.conf


  • Activate the swap

    swapon /swap

  • Install uswsusp

    aptitude install uswsusp

  • Test running s2disk and use the power button to wake up.

Install X : 

aptitude install –without-recommends xinit xserver-xorg-video-intel xserver-xorg-input-synaptics xserver-xorg-input-kbd xserver-xorg-input-mouse xfonts-base libgl1-mesa-dri xterm mesa-utils

Configure X : 

dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

Install awesomewm.


Author: Joel Carnat

@work Technical Architect and SysAdmin ; @home OpenBSD and FOSS, Karate, Kobudō, Jōdō, Bodyweight workout, Photography & Music

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