ASUS Eee PC 701

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Most of this information is from the Arch Forum ( You can also find a lot of helpful information from the EEEUser Forum (

The install is pretty normal, except that you'll need to avoid the pitfalls of our alternative Linux install (

  1. Never choose to use a journaling file system on the SSD partitions
  2. Never use a swap partition on the SSD
  3. Always edit your new installation fstab to mount the SSD partitions "noatime"
  4. 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-
  • Wireless driver (atheros-swan-modules-
  • LAN driver (atl2-modules-
  • Webcam driver (uvcvideo-modules-
  • Modem driver (hsfmodem-modules-

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:

  1. External USB CD-ROM drive
  2. 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:

  • 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).

Select Packages

The only thing here is if you're using a USB pen drive as your media, select "SRC".

Install Packages

Nothing to see here.

Configure System

Make sure to edit /etc/fstab and add "noatime" to the options (see #3 in pitfalls)

Install Bootloader

To decrease boot time, I set "timeout" to 0. It's all about boot up time ;)


Hooray ;)

Getting Everything Working

By now, you should have Arch installed. When I get back, I'll show you how to make it usable.