Wednesday, December 12, 2007

You Ask, NoypEee Answers (Activating Eee's Advanced Mode)

NoypEee reader danny asks for any easy way to activate the Eee PC's advanced mode so here it is:
  • from the Easy Mode desktop press "ctrl-alt-t" to open the terminal
  • at the terminal window, type "sudo apt-get update" at the user prompt and wait for the user prompt to return
  • then type "sudo apt-get ksmserver kicker" and the installation process should start
  • once the process is done (you'll know because the user prompt at the terminal will return, close the terminal and restart your Eee. After the restart, you'll still see the usual Easy Mode screen.
  • to go to advanced mode, press the power button (or click on the round red button beside the smiley face in your task bar) and you'll see an additional option "Full Desktop" -- click it and your Eee will restart its window manager to the Advanced Mode.
That's it!

If you want your Eee to permanently boot in Advance Mode, go to Settings --> Personalization in Easy Mode and additional Login Mode will be visible, click on "Full Desktop Mode" .

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Danny A. said...

Thanks for the reply Sir. Additional question. Do I need to be connected to the internet while doing this?

Berniej said...

No problem Danny. And to answer your follow-up question: Yes, you need to be connected to the 'net because the apt-get command actually downloads some files from the asus repository.

Hope this helps.

Tyler said...

I had to use the command "apt-get install ksmserver kicker"

Berniej said...

@tyler: you can use that command **IF** you issue "sudo bash" on the CLI which actually initiates an instance of bash as root.

jamesfrigginmorrison said...

hey bernie,
I just got my 8g today; Im totally fresh to linux so this is all new to me. I followed your instructions and all was well until the "ksmserver kicker" part- it says its invalid, focusing on 'ksmserver'
any ideas? Im up the creek without a paddle.. or a canoo. cheers.

Berniej said...


Was there any errors when you issued sudo apt-get update? What was the specific error that came out when you issued "sudo apt-get install ksmserver kicker"?

If there are no errors, try issuing the command "sudo apt-get install ksmserver kicker" again taking note of the spelling...

ivan said...

Your example left out the 'install' parameter to apt-get.


Berniej said...

Hey, thanks for the heads-up ivan! However, I can't edit my main post because I heard that editing main posts after they are published is a "bad blogging habit". I'll just publish an erratum.

Thanks again.

Tyler said...

I was actually trying to point out that you were missing "install" in the last command. I guess i wasn't clear enough.

jamesfrigginmorrison said...

Cool, no worries guys, I got it up and running solid. its weird going from MS to Linux, but Im impressed so far.
Just gotta learn about KDE and Xandros etc. Pitty there are SO many programs that are OS specific.

Made in DNA said...

First and foremost, thank you for providing the information. I was looking forward to trying out the desktop unfortunately when I typed in this line:

apt-get ksmserver kicker

I got this error:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Package ksmserver not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is available from another source.
E: Package ksmserver has no installation candidate.

While I know there is nothing you personally can do about this, however, I am wondering if there has been other news about this? Or a workaround that you are aware of?

Thank you kindly for your time.

Berniej said...

Made in DNA: Make sure that you add the necessary Debian repositories to your Eee PC's Synaptic Package Manager.

The repository that worked for me is: stable main non-free contrib

ZBSPolitico said...

I added all the repositories (All of them, listed on the eeeuser wiki) and when i try to install kicker and ksm server i get this message:

Depends: libqt3c102-mt but it is not going to be installed

When I try to install libqt3c102-mt, synaptic freaks out and tells me 50ish other important looking programs need to be deinstalled. Help?

Berniej said...

@ZBSpolitico: You can see the updated instructions here:

hope this helps :)