ASUS Eee PC 701
The install is pretty normal, except that you'll need to avoid the pitfalls of our alternative Linux install (http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=890):
- Never choose to use a journaling file system on the SSD partitions
- Never use a swap partition on the SSD
- Always edit your new installation fstab to mount the SSD partitions "noatime"
- Never log messages or error log to the SSD
Thee rules ensure that we won't reach the maximum limit of writes on our SSD faster than we should.
Before You Begin
Before you begin, you'll want to grab a few debs from the Xandros install to your Arch install to make your life easier. They include:
- The Kernel (linux-image-188.8.131.52-eeepc_3_i386.deb)
- Wireless driver (atheros-swan-modules-184.108.40.206-eeepc_20070713-2_i386.deb)
- LAN driver (atl2-modules-220.127.116.11-eeepc_18.104.22.168-2_i386.deb)
- Webcam driver (uvcvideo-modules-22.214.171.124-eeepc_20070706-2_i386.deb)
- Modem driver (hsfmodem-modules-126.96.36.199-eeepc_7.60.00.04oem-4_i386.deb)
I also grabbed the xorg.conf, since it has all the Synaptic touchpad info in it.
And I shouldn't have to tell you this: always back up your data ;)
Choosing Your Installation Media
The EEE PC does not have an optical drive installed on the machine. This means you will need to install Arch Linux through one of the alternative methods:
- External USB CD-ROM drive
- USB pen drive
Unfortunately, the kernel does not include drivers for a LAN or Wireless install. If anyone knows how to do this, they're more than welcome to add this information in =D
After choosing your installation media, it's now time to install Arch Linux (hooray!).
Installing Arch Linux
Note: if you're using the USB pen drive as your media, don't forget to follow these instructions
Prepare Hard Drive
The drive is split up into four partitions, and information about them can be found here: http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=1805
- I don't know how other people did it, but I ended up combining the first two partitions.
- Choose "NONE" for swap (see #2 in pitfalls).
- Select "ext2" as your filesystem (see #1 in pitfalls).
The only thing here is if you're using a USB pen drive as your media, select "SRC".
Nothing to see here.
Make sure to edit /etc/fstab and add "noatime" to the options (see #3 in pitfalls)
To decrease boot time, I set "timeout" to 0. It's all about boot up time ;)
Getting Everything Working
By now, you should have Arch installed. When I get back, I'll show you how to make it usable.