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How to Enable Advanced Desktop Mode on an Asus 701 EEE PC netbook

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This article will show you how to enable the advanced desktop mode, also known as full desktop mode.

Advanced desktop mode is the user interface that most Windows or Linux users are used to. The EEE pc netbook Xandros installation uses the KDE desktop.

While in Easy Mode, press Ctrl-Alt-T (Ctrl key + Alt key + T key all at the same time). This will open a console terminal.

Type the following lines at the prompt in the terminal window, then press Enter after each line:

wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/eeepcrepos/key.asc
sudo apt-key add key.asc

While still in the terminal window type: sudo synaptic
Then press enter.

This will open the Synaptic Package Manager.

In the Synaptic Package Manager choose: Settings , then Repositories from the menu.

Next you must click on New (in the bottom left hand side of the screen)
Then enter the URI : http://update.eeepc.asus.com/p701/

Then enter the distribution: p701
Next you must enter the section: main

Click on OK

Next click on the New button again.
Enter the URI: http://download.tuxfamily.org/eeepcrepos

Enter the distribution: p701

Enter the section: main
Click on OK
Click on Reload

Click on Search then type in advanced desktop

The search result for advanced desktop will appear on the left hand side of the screen. Single left click on it and you will  see the advanced-desktop-eeepc appear on the right hand pane.
Right click on the advanced-desktop-eeepc line in the right hand pane and select: Mark for installation

You may see a warning that the public key is not available. This is not out of the ordinary and you can proceed.
Click on Apply.
Sometimes the bottom of the window may be below the bottom of the screen. You can move the screen by

pressing and holding the ALT key then left-click anywhere on the window and drag it up with your mouse while still holding the ALT key.

Now you will need to restart your EEE Pc. When you click on the shutdown icon, choose the Full Desktop option on the left of the shutdown dialog screen.

Everytime you restart your EEE Pc, it will remember and use the last mode you were in.
You can easily switch between the modes by clicking on the Launch button and then clicking on Easy Mode

option which is just above the Logout entry on the menu.

Now you have a fully functional desktop user interface for your EEE PC.


If your EEE gets stuck in an infinite start-up loop or crashes, then you can restore the Asus EEE PC netbook to factory settings which might save your day and your netbook.




Last Updated on Thursday, 25 July 2013 03:34

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