ASUS Eee PC 1000HE

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Device Status Modules
Intel 945GM Working xf86-video-intel
Ethernet Working atl1e
Wireless Working ath9k or rt2860sta
Bluetooth Working btusb
Audio Working snd_hda_intel
Camera Working uvcvideo
Card Reader Working
Function Keys Working


See Install from USB stick. There is out-of-the-box support for the wired and wireless NICs. There are no special instructions for installation. For an in-depth guide on the installation see the Beginners' guide.


DPI Settings

In general the autodetected DPI does not fit the smaller resolution very well at all. A good comfortable setting would be 96dpi or 75dpi if you like your fonts really small. An easy way to set your DPI would be to add this to the end of your xserverrc (located in /etc/X11/xinit/).

exec /usr/bin/X -nolisten tcp -dpi 96

See also Xorg#Display size and DPI.

Graphic Performance

See Intel for more information.

According to the Intel driver documentation, X-Video Motion Compensation or "XvMC" is not enabled by default. Enabling this option can greatly reduce CPU utilization when playing back MPEG-2 video. To enable this option, two things need to be done; first, add this to the device section of your xorg.conf:

Option "XvMC" "true"

Lastly, create a configuration file to tell the X server where the XvMC library is:

echo /usr/lib/ > /etc/X11/XvMCConfig


See Touchpad Synaptics


For a nice GUI tool, try lxrandr; it is very simple to use!

Switch to External Monitor:

xrandr --output LVDS --off --output VGA --auto

Switch back to eeepc's LCD:

xrandr --output LVDS --auto --output VGA --off



I got the best powersaving from a combination of Laptop Mode Tools.

Use laptop-mode to control all power saving features. Enable bluetooth.conf, cpufreq.conf, hal-polling.conf, intel-hda-powersave.conf, usb-autosuspend.conf, and lcd-brightness.conf.

  • For lcd-brightness, use the following options. Adjust your max/min brightness as suits you. The maximums are located in the same directory as the control file.
  • The intel-hda-powersave has a side-effect. Short sounds such as IM notifications may not come through, or will be messed up as it starts playing the sound before the sound card wakes up.

Super Hybrid Engine

The eeepc "Super Hybrid Engine" as it is known under Windows has a significant effect on powersaving. This underclocks the FSB for powersave/overclocks for performance and can be controlled via /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/cpufv which is provided by the eeepc_laptop module. The following is a laptop-mode configuration for it that controls it automatically.

#! /bin/sh

if [ x$SUPERHE_CONTROL_FILE = x ]; then

if [ x$CONTROL_SUPERHE = x1 ]; then
    if [ $ON_AC -eq 1 ]; then
        if [ $ACTIVATE -eq 1 ]; then
# Configuration file for Laptop Mode Tools module eee-superhe
# For more information, consult the laptop-mode.conf(8) manual page.

# Control FSB speed. Requires eeepc_laptop kernel module loaded.
# 2 is powersave
# 1 is normal
# 0 is performance


# If your system has the control file located at another point
# configure it here


The rt2860sta wireless has pretty good powersaving, but it is a tradeoff between throughput<->power usage. Minimum power usage gives a pretty low throughput of ~11KB/s when I would normally get >1MB/s.

iwpriv ra0 set PSMode=MAX_PSP
  • MAX_PSP - maximum power saving
  • CAM - seems to be normal
  • FAST_PSP - ? untested, probably a medium value.


Install the acpi-eeepc-generic package from AUR. You must install version 0.9 or greater, as previous versions do not have support for the 1000HE.


If you want to use pm-suspend from pm-utils with acpi-eeepc-generic, edit /etc/conf.d/acpi-eeepc-generic.conf to comment out the line

#SUSPEND2RAM_COMMANDS=("echo -n \"mem\" > /sys/power/state") # Simple suspend

and uncomment the line

SUSPEND2RAM_COMMANDS=("pm-suspend") # Use pm-utils


To scale the CPU and possibly save a bit of power, you will want to set up CPU Frequency Scaling. For this you will be using the acpi-cpufreq kernel module. Note that if you have already configured Laptop Mode Tools to set governors, frequencies, etc then you do not need to bother with loading the cpufreq daemon.



00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Attansic Technology Corp. L1e Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev b0)

Note: lspci for another user produced "Network controller: RaLink RT2860" rather than the Atheros chipset in the output above


WiFi should work out of the box with the stock kernel. However, if you do have trouble, you can try switching to the rt2860sta module provided by the rt2860 package. If you use the AUR package, you may need to blacklist the rt2800lib and rt2800pci modules.


To turn the bluetooth radio on/off:

 # enable
 $ echo 1 > /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill1/state
 # disable
 $ echo 0 > /sys/class/rfkill/rfkill1/state

Install the bluez package and then modprobe btusb.

See the Arch Linux Bluetooth and Bluetooth Mouse wiki pages for more information about configuring and using Bluetooth devices.


Make sure that the uvcvideo module is loaded.

To enable/disable the camera:

 # enable
 echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/camera
 # disable
 echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/eeepc/camera

To record video and take photos, you may use cheese or the wxcam package.

To simply test the camera, you may use MPlayer:

 mplayer -fps 15 tv://

The webcam is reported to work with Skype.