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Asus Eee PC Touch Panel Installation: Pre-installation (with video)

Yesterday, after several weeks of delay, I received the 7-inch touch panel I had ordered for my [[[Asus Eee PC]]]. Much thanks to jkkmobile for discovering that one could install a touch panel in the Eee and for paving the way with his video how-to. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of taking my machine apart and internally installing this touch panel, I wanted to make sure that I could install the drivers and get it working okay externally. This was simple enough, since the kit I had ordered came with a USB cable interface. Here’s a video of what I’ve managed to get up and running so far:

The panel I ordered is made by Xenarc Technologies and although it came with an installation disk for the software / drivers, there are newer versions online, available here. It looks like, if I get fed up with Windows, I can easily switch back to Ubuntu, as there are Debian drivers available (which I may do, b/c Windows is already annoying me; you can see it stall out on me at one point in the video above). There are also OS X drivers, and I installed the software on my Macbook and plugged the panel in as a little external touchpad and it worked fine (though it’s clearly built to be a panel *covering* the display; I wonder how much a 13-inch panel to cover the Macbook’s screen would run?). The software allows you to calibrate the screen however you like, so you can install it upside down, if the cable placement works better there. That’s one of the things I have to determine once I crack my Eee open. I’ll post more with more details as I go through this process (and just as a forewarning: it probably won’t happen quickly, as I’m pretty swamped and I need to go foraging for all the supplies needed first).

If you’re thinking about doing the same sort of thing, here’s some recommended reading:
jkkmobile: How to add touch panel to Asus Eee PC
Xenarc Technologies Driver Download Page
EEE PC Internal Mods Guide
Eee PC Internal Upgrades – ivc wiki
Modding the Asus 701 Eee
[[[Asus Eee PC Hacks]]]
[[[Asus Eee PC Touchscreen]]]


Ubuntu on the Asus Eee PC: Part 1 (or How to run a functional Ubuntu install off a USB drive)

Ubuntu USB pen drive on the Asus Eee PC
I’ve been combing over various guides and instructions online for installing Ubuntu on the [[[Asus Eee PC]]], and I ran into a few kinks along the way since I don’t have a USB CD-ROM to install from and opted for a USB flash drive instead, so I thought I’d write the process out in this post in the hopes of helping those of you out there who are thinking about taking the plunge, but unsure of how it’s going to work. All of this information is available elsewhere, but I found it somewhat scattered, so I’m documenting it all here for my future self.

Step 1: Make a bootable Ubuntu USB Pendrive—First thing I did was follow all the instructions over at Pendrivelinux.com for installing Ubuntu 710 Gutsy Gibbon to a USB flash drive. I recommend printing out the full page and checking off each step as it is completed. The really great thing about this USB pendrive installation solution is that the install remains persistent. You can make changes to it, save changes, and it can always serve as a backup drive for your Eee or as a fully functional Ubuntu install that you load from time to time. To take full advantage of that we’ll activate the WiFi on the Eee PC for this pendrive install in a few steps.
Step 2: Make sure you have an active Ethernet connection—With the completed USB pendrive install completed, plug the USB drive into one of your Eee PC’s open USB ports. IMPORTANT: Make sure your Eee PC is plugged in to an active Ethernet connection via the Ethernet port. The WiFi doesn’t work right away (we’ll fix that in a few steps) and the Ethernet connection needs to be present at boot for Ubuntu to have an active internet connection.
Step 3: Boot into Ubuntu Live Persistent mode—Start up the Eee and hit the Escape key (ESC). This will bring up a dialogue asking which drive you want to boot from. Choose your USB pendrive and hit enter. It will take very little time to boot to the Ubuntu Live option page. Select the first choice (Persistent mode) and hit Return. Ubuntu will start unpacking the kernel and this can take a few minutes.
Step 4: Make those windows draggable—The most important tweak to do is to make sure all the windows in Ubuntu are draggable, so that windows that default to a taller size than the Eee PC’s default screen can be moved into a useable position. Fortunately, there are some pretty useful instructions for doing this on the Eeeuser wiki that I found via this helpful blog post. Launch the Terminal by navigating to Applications—>Accessories—>Terminal via the menu bar at the top of the screen. At the command line type in gconf-editor and hit Return. This will launch a GUI window with a long list of items in the left side bar. Follow this path:


Then uncheck constrain_y
As soon as you do this, you should be able to hit the Alt key while clicking on any window to drag it wherever you like. Since we did this on persistent mode, your USB pendrive will remember this setting whenever you use it again, however, you will need to repeat this step after you install Ubuntu onto the Asus Eee PC itself.
Step 5: Enable the WiFi—To enable WiFi on the Asus Eee PC running Ubuntu, you simply need to follow the instructions found here:

sudo apt-get install build-essential

wget 'http://madwifi.org/attachment/ticket/1679/madwifi-ng-0933.ar2425.20071130.i386.patch?format=raw'

wget http://snapshots.madwifi.org/madwifi-ng/madwifi-ng-r2756-20071018.tar.gz

tar zxvf madwifi-ng-r2756-20071018.tar.gz

cd madwifi-ng-r2756-20071018

patch -p0 < ../madwifi-ng-0933.ar2425.20071130.i386.patch?format=raw make clean make sudo make install reboot

After rebooting repeat step 3 above to get ready to install.

This post was getting pretty long, so I decided to split it up into sections. This above post includes all the introductory steps. If you stop at this point, then you already have a pretty nice Ubuntu alternative to your default Xandros installation that you can boot to via USB whenever you like.

Update: For instructions on installing Ubuntu to the internal drive see Part 2.