Installing Debian on EeePc

Following documents the experience I had while installing Debian on my EeePC 701. This page servers as a reference to me, cause I rarely re format my linux or mac boxes. Installation was smooth. All hardware on my eee was supported out of the box. has a great wiki with more instructions tips and tricks also model specific data.

On Mac

  • Plug in your USB drive.
  • Open disk utility right click on the USB drive and select info. Note your disk identifier.
  • Unmount the drive.( Not Eject )
  • Switch to terminal and type

    sudo dd if=/debian-eeepc.img of=/dev/

Double check you disk identifier. Don't erease you main drive or external drive.


From bios change your boot priority to USB boot. Now you are ready to boot from the USB drive you prepared.


Just follow the on screen instructions, and install a basic system. You can add additional applications later.

Disk Arrangement

I have a 2 GB internal card and a 8 GB card on the reader.

  • / 2 GB (internal)
  • /home 2 GB (external)
  • /usr 5 GB (external)
  • /var 1 GB (external)

Post Installation

X Window

apt-get install xserver-xorg-core


apt-get install gnome-core
gconftool-2 -t bool -s /apps/metacity/general/reduced_resources true


apt-get install network-manager-gnome

Then open /etc/network/interfaces with your favorite editor and comment out your wireless interface. That will let gnome network manager to manage your network settings. If you emit this step network manager will only show your wired network.