ASUS x205ta

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Hardware PCI/USB ID Working?
Keyboard 0b05:8585 Yes
Touchpad 04f3:0026 Yes
GPU 8086:0f31 Yes
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Webcam 04f2:b483 Yes
SD-card reader Yes
Speakers Yes
Microphone Yes

The ASUS X205TA is an Intel Bay Trail device with a 64-bit CPU and a 32-bit UEFI.

Installation

Install GRUB 32-bit

During the installation process, when installing the bootloader, install GRUB 32-bit by issuing the following commands:

# grub-install --target=i386-efi --efi-directory=ESP --bootloader-id=GRUB
# grub-mkconfig

Where ESP is the mount point of your EFI system partition (typically /boot).

For users using archinstall, be sure to choose GRUB as your bootloader. By default, archinstall will install GRUB 64-bit UEFI binaries. To fix this, after archinstall has completed all tasks, chroot into your new system and issue the two commands listed above.

Accessibility

The firmware setup uses traditional BIOS color scheme, so it might work with OCR software. Navigation is controlled by the arrow keys on the keyboard.

Note: Blind users should request the help of a sighted person to change BIOS settings

Firmware

Enter firmware setup by pressing F2 after turning on the X205TA.

Secure Boot must be turned off to boot Arch:

  • Enter firmware setup
  • Navigate to the Security tab
  • Enter the Secure Boot menu
  • For Secure Boot Control, choose the option Disabled
  • Save changes and exit

To boot from your USB installation medium:

  • Enter firmware setup
  • Navigate to the Save & Exit tab
  • Select your USB installation medium from the Boot Override section of the menu

WiFi breaks after hibernation

Use the following script:

/usr/lib/systemd/system-sleep/hibernate.sh
#!/bin/sh

case $1 in
    pre)
        rmmod brcmfmac
        ;;
    post)
        modprobe brcmfmac
        ;;
esac

exit 0

and make it the script executable.

Bluetooth

Install a correct firmware file (e.g. BCM43341B0_002.001.014.0122.0176.hcd from Windows 10 driver) as /lib/firmware/brcm/BCM43341B0.hcd. See this page for more information on the hcd file.

In order to get bluetooth working create a systemd unit

/etc/systemd/system/btattach.service
[Unit]
Description=Btattach

[Service]
Type=simple
ExecStart=/usr/bin/btattach --bredr /dev/ttyS1 -P bcm
ExecStop=/usr/bin/killall btattach

[Install]
WantedBy=multi-user.target

and enable the service.

Next, follow the normal steps to activate bluetooth.

Microphone

There has recently been some success in getting the x205ta's Realtek RT5648 sound card working, including microphone support. Updated Alsa-lib's UCM files are available in alsa-lib-x205taAUR.

See also

Distro-Agnostic Installation Guide for the X205TA

Ifran's ASUS x205ta Installation Guide