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I've got the Asus Eee PC 1015B netbook and running Fedora 16. And I am facing the following problems:


  • function keys aren't working at all
    The Fn-Keys for adjusting speakers, brightness of the screen and such stuff aren't responding at all. They work on the (pre-installed Windows 7) and do what they should do under Open SuSe.

  • sound issues
    I had no sound - the system found both sound-devices and the appropriate drivers were loaded. Only in VLC player I was able to get any sound because only there I was able to definitely select *this* or *that* soundcard.
    After installing *Battle for Wesnoth* and giving it a frustrated try to play it without sound I suddenly got the whole soundsystem blasting at full level. Now everything works fine - but don't ask me how.
    Which is somehow frustrating because I was really trying to figure this out - and then it worked by itself. Which might bear the risk that it also might begone another moment.

  • screen brightness
    As mentioned above - I can't adjust the brightness of the LCD screen. I already installed *Jupiter* and it does what it should do, like en-/disabling power-save modes etc, - though the FN keys still don't work. And the screen at full brightness becomes really painful over some time.
    I looked-up this issues in different forums and internet-searches, and it seems to be a common problem.
    My guess also is that this problems are quite independent from the Desktop Environment - at least they are present in LXDE and XFCE4 and dwm.


So my question is:


where can I adjust the screen brightness via shell?

I don't need to raise or lower it very often, because I really like to work with a dimmed screen, don't watch much video on this and don't work in the graphics field on this netbook.



Thanks in advance for your support and all your efforts!

the same type of not book and I'm running Debian on it. I found this about the FN keys:


and I read I should be able to get sound working through backports

I haven't got my sound working either yet. Still working on it. Let you know once I make some progress.

Sound works for some reason pretty well on Fedora 16 here (same netbook).

  • the Fn-Keys on EeePC seem to be a real issue somehow. They work as they should on Suse 11.x, but not on Fedora 16.

  • sound: in VLC one can choose what soundcard to use - which did the magic for me

  • after Installing Battle For Wesnoth I gave it a try to play without sound, but there it was. Not everything considering sound works like a charm.

  • hard to tell:

    displayed both audio devices, and the modules were *there* - but no sound

Now everything works fine in Fedora 16, except for the screen brightness - and the Fn-Keys.


I'll give Fuduntu [] a try - because it is made with the Eee PC in mind and they already did some work for this platform. I'll tell you what it's like to work with it soon.


So all the best and until soon.


I found Jupiter [] - a little tool for controlling power consumtion

For some time now, there have been communities that have customised many Linux distros into builds that are specific to notebook and netbook PCs - not just including the correct module and hardware support but also optimising tools and utilities specific to features found with that particular build (power-saving, inbuilt camera, external monitor support etc).


I read many years ago that the first thing some people advised with the Asus eePC(?) was to scrub the vendor-provided image and replace it with one of the community-driven projects - bit like running a deCrapifier against a new Windows laptop. Nowadays many of the standard distros suffice pretty well for netbooks, coping with bespoke keyboard functionality (eg: mint), but sometimes it's worth trying out one of those specific builds to see if this functionality is only accessible via some known tweaks - at least you'll know it IS possible to access, and perhaps just a custom service or module needs to be ported across to a standard distro to gain that missing functionality.


For an eePC, try these links:


Hopefully they may shed a bit more light on matters.