Misc: Asus Eee PC 1005HA network adapters and Ubuntu Jaunty netbook remix

There are several ways of doing this. You can download the Atheros driver source and compile, but this is by far the simplest since you only have to download the deb package and install to get your wireless network to work and do the rest while connected. Here is how:

Download your kernel’s Linux backports modules from here – mine was 2.6.28-11 generic. If you don’t know what your kernel version is use “uname -r” in console. Note that installing the wrong build can break your package manager and cause more frustration, so be careful. Copy the file to a flash drive and install it on the Eee. Reboot and your wireless NIC should work.
sudo dpkg -i linux-backports-modules-2.6.28-11-generic_2.6.28-11.12_i386.deb
Once your wireless connection is up and running, connect to the Internet, fire up Synaptic Package Manager and search for “eee”. You will see a package called “atl2-source” which is your Linux base driver for Atheros Ethernet Controller. Install, reboot and your wired network controller should also work. You can also run the following command in console instead of using Synaptic:
sudo aptitude atl2-source
There are a few more packages for Eee-PC in Synaptic… Make sure to install the ACPI driver.

15 thoughts on “Misc: Asus Eee PC 1005HA network adapters and Ubuntu Jaunty netbook remix

  1. Michelle says:

    i recently bought a white Asus Eee PC and i am very surprised about the size of this machine. it is very small and lightweight compared to my Toshiba laptop.

  2. Chesny says:

    Asus Eee is not only portable, it is also one of the most affordable netbooks you can buy. Asus is also a good brand which means quality and reliabilty.

  3. Nate says:

    one correction, the package for wired should be atl2-source not alt2-source
    You have it correct in one place but wrong on the install command

  4. Linzy says:

    i recently bought a white Asus Eee PC and i am very surprised about the size of this machine. it is very small and lightweight compared to my Toshiba laptop.
    +1

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