41.22 ASUS EeePC 1005P (Rhesus)
The system was purchased from Bing Lee for $425. It is an excellent netbook with a bright screen, and purportedly a long battery life, and well featured when running Ubuntu.
41.22.1 Rhesus Usage
Rhesus is a netbook computer for portability and general computing requirements including presentations, email, skype, web browsing, music and video. It has been replaced  as the primary portable machine, and has since acted as a audio media server connected to a receiver, for reception of internet radio and podcasts.
41.22.2 Rhesus Hardware
The netbook features a 10.1 inch display, an Intel Atom N450, 1.6GHz CPU, 11 hours battery life, with 1GB of DDR2 memory and a 250GB hard drive. It includes an inbuilt SD card reader, 3 USB2 sockets, wireless, bluetooth, and a TouchPad.
From the dmesg, dmidecode, lspci
and lshw commands and
|Machine:||Asus EeePC 1005P|
|CPU:||Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz|
|Memory:||1GiB DDR2 DIMM Synchronous 667MHz (1.5 ns)|
|Network:||Atheros AR8132 / L1c Gigabit Ethernet (atl1c)|
|Atheros AR9285 802.11bg wifi (ath9k)|
|Disk:||Hitachi HTS45402 (250GB/232GiB ATA /dev/sda)|
|Video:||N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller (i915)|
|Audio:||N10/ICH 7 Family High definition Audio Controller (snd_hda_intel)|
|Touchpad:||Synaptics SynPS/2 ()|
41.22.4 Operating System
Rhesus came with MS/Windows 7 Starter which was immediately installed over. Ubuntu Netbook Remix (10.4) was installed from USB . The iso image was downloaded from Ubuntu. It was uploaded to a 2GB USB Thumb drive formatted as fat32. The machine’s BIOS boot menu was obtained through a Ctrl-Esc on booting, selecting the removable drive. Successive upgrades of Ubuntu have been successful. Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04  went smoothly running do-release-upgrade.
Working: Skype (audio, though only external microphone), video, ethernet, wifi.
Not Tested: Skype (video), hibernate, suspend, external monitor.
Not Working: Skype with internal microphone (Sound Recorder records sound okay).
41.22.6 Rhesus Install Log
188.8.131.52 3 May 2010
Download ubuntu-10.4-netbook-i386.iso from http://www.ubuntu.com. Write to a 2GB USB thumb drive using ImageWriter (usb-creator-gtk).
Then start the EeePC holding Ctrl-Esc to get into the boot menu to boot from the USB HDD. Getting the boot menu seems tricky on netbooks. Sometimes it worked, one time I needed to F2 then F10, then OK, then repeatedly press Esc.
Install went forward just fine.
To get the Fn-F5 and Fn-F6 working properly (rather than randomly),
change a line in the file
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor splash"
$ sudo update-grub2
It worked just fine after this.
Wifi did not seem to be working at first, though the module seemed to have been loaded (ath9k). I started Network Tools under System, and that allowed specificaiton of the passphrase, and then it started working and continues to work on reboot.
41.22.7 Rhesus Troubleshooting
184.108.40.206 12.04 Upgrade: Sound Input Issues
After upgrading, recording audio from the internal mic or from an external mic resulting in a very noisey/scratchy background and low quality voice. Solution was found to add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-audio-dev/alsa-daily/ubuntu precise main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ubuntu-audio-dev/alsa-daily/ubuntu precise main
The install the latest version of the sound driver:
$ wajig install alsa-hda-dkms
$ sudo reboot
Sound was much better. Now has a level of contstant white noise in the background. On advice I also added the following to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf, but made little difference to the background noise - so stay with it for now - sounds okay.
options snd-hda-intel model=asus
Note that the built in microphone is working just fine too.
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