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A tutorial on 701 and 900 models is planned by gnufs.
Asus EeePC 4G 701
This document provides notes on how to get gNewSense running on the Asus EeePC 701 4G with little configuration. It does not discuss disk write optimisations, battery life improvements etc. I recommend reading through some of the notes on the Ubuntu community wiki Eee PC page and ubuntu-eee's wiki notes for more details.
- 1GB+ USB Flash drive
Fusbi (by gnufs)
- p7zip-full package (required for Fusbi)
Running Fusbi. (Preparing the flash drive)
We need to make this file executable. Run the following in a terminal:
sudo chmod +x /path/to/FUSBi-0.3_GNU-Linux
Then double click it or run ./FUSBi-0.3_GNU-Linux in a terminal to launch it.
Make sure your interface reads similar to the following,
(Obviously you will need to alter the iso and flash drive paths.)
Select ok and let Fusbi copy the iso to the stick.
Booting and installing
Insert the prepared stick into one of the three USB ports on the Eee.
Power up the Eee and hit ESC repeatedly at the bios screen until you see the black/blue/yellow boot device screen.
Select the stick ("FREECOM DATABAR" for example) and gNewSense will then load into a graphical environment for installation.
When you reach the desktop, select and click INSTALL.
Everything here is fairly straightforward, go through the installation steps until disk partitionning step.
On the disk formatting screen, select manual installation and ensure /dev/sda1 reads like so:
Select forward. This message can be safely ignored.
Select forward to continue installation.
Run through the rest of the settings and let the installation run. Installation will take roughly 15-25 minutes.
Once the install has finished, select reboot to reboot. The graphical X display may crash at this point. If so, wait until the screen appears to freeze, then remove the flash drive and hit ENTER/RETURN. The machine will now reboot and load into your new gNewSense desktop.
We now need to install gnufs's Linux-libre 2.6.27 kernel packages to get complete hardware support.
Point your browser or wget to the following files:
Once they are downloaded, open a terminal and run the following to install:
sudo dpkg -i linux-image-126.96.36.199-libre-fshoppe1_i386.deb linux-headers-188.8.131.52-libre-fshoppe1_i386.deb
This will take a little time to complete.
Once it is finished, reboot the system. Grub will have updated itself and stuck this new kernel at the top of the list (default) so your Eee will boot from it in the future.
Your new gNewSense installation should now have near perfect Eee 701 support.