[CentOS] 5.3 on an EeePC??

Michael A. Peters mpeters at mac.com
Wed Apr 29 12:52:26 UTC 2009

nate wrote:
> Beartooth wrote:
>> 	I have an ASUS EeePC 701 (with 2GB of RAM and an 8 GB card), on
>> which I've installed CentOS on the hard-drive-plus-card. But it can't
>> even use my eth0.
>>    Some one on a local LUG, where I had mentioned that other OSs did fine
>> with all the same exact hardware, suggested that CentOS, being designed
>> for stability rather than the bleeding edge, likely lacks drivers; so I
>> need to get some.
>>    Anybody know what drivers (for wireless as well as ethernet cable) I
>> need, and how/where to get ones to fit CentOS??
> Why do you want CentOS on an EeePC ? It's not really intended for
> that purpose, if your having to ask where to get the drivers for it
> your probably not suited for running CentOS on the EeePC. Your better
> off with Fedora, or Ubuntu or something that has broader hardware
> support.

I don't have an EeePC but I like to run the same distro on everything.
So since my remote server, lan server, desktop, and laptop run CentOS - 
that's what I would want on an EeePC as well.

With respect to the nic, my suspicion is that you may just need either 
the Fedora kernel or a patch from the Fedora kernel.

With CentOS 5.0 - the onboard gigabit nic on my Asus board worked OOB in 
Fedora 8 or 9 (forget which) but did not work in CentOS - though CentOS 
did see it and tried to use forcedepth (I think that was it), which 
worked in Fedora but not well CentOS. So I just use a PCI card (though I 
suspect onboard would work now, why change it?)

Can't do that with an EeePC - but you probably could rebuild the Fedora 
kernel for the EeePC.

I wonder if a working driver for the EeePC nic is something that could 
be patched into the CentOS plus kernel ??

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