Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) + WiFi working on EEE

When Ubuntu 11.04 released, things went backwards for the EEE. If the wireless adapter was enabled, Natty would hang soon after login – it turns out this was due to a kernel issue similar to that experienced in its predecessor.

But, as per many things in the open software world, the community has come up with a solution which I’ve summarised below.

  1. From here, download the latest kernel files which should be named as follows:
    • linux-headers-2.6.39-999_2.6.39-999.[LatestDateTimeStamp]_all.deb
    • linux-headers-2.6.39-999-generic_2.6.39-999. [LatestDateTimeStamp]_i386.deb
    • linux-image-2.6.39-999-generic_2.6.39-999. [LatestDateTimeStamp]_i386.deb
  2. Then, from a terminal window, install them in the SAME order they were downloaded i.e.:
    • sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-2.6.39-999_2.6.39-999.[LatestDateTimeStamp]_all.deb
    • sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-2.6.39-999-generic_2.6.39-999. [LatestDateTimeStamp]_i386.deb
    • sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.39-999-generic_2.6.39-999. [LatestDateTimeStamp]_i386.deb
  3. Restart your EEE (with WiFi enabled) and login.

Good luck! (YMMV)

Setting up the EEE 1005PE

This post has been far too long in coming – mainly because some miscrent broke into my car and stole a bunch of my gear – including the charger for my 6 hour old ASUS EEE 1005PE. The replacment charger took over 40 days to source (that’s what you get for living in New Zealand).

Anyway, this georgous wee netbook replaced my vintage EEE 701 4G and came pre loaded with Windows 7 Starter – and a bunch of trialware which took an absolute age to purge from the drive. It’s now dual-booting Win7 and Ubuntu 10.04 (which is my primary OS of choice).

As a side note – under Ubuntu 10.04, the Atheros AR2427 wireless card fails to be detected due a different hardware device ID of 002c which the ath9k wifi driver in the current (~ June 2010) kernel does not understand. However, all is not lost – simply follow the HOWTO written by James Little to add the patched driver to your current kernal and, 5 minutes later, you’ll have a wireless Ubuntu netbook once again (Thanks James!!)