Richard Jones' Log: EEE PC woes

Fri, 22 Feb 2008

I've really enjoyed having my EEE PC during my commute. I've even gotten quite used to having it just balanced on one leg while hacking away on some random pyglet project or other (I think I have about 4 in play ;).

Unfortunately, the trackpad has just died. Actually, it's the trackpad and buttons. Something in the innards is telling the system that whatever button I press (whether the rocker button or a single tap on the trackpad) is held down. Once when I power-cycled the machine the trackpad didn't respond at all. I've tried resetting the software to no avail.

I'll be taking it in to the shop for a warranty claim tomorrow. I'm really hoping they'll just give me a replacement - otherwise I'll be lugging a full-size laptop around PyCon (amongst the 755-and-growing other registrants OMFG). Boo.

Comment by Ian Bicking on Fri, 22 Feb 2008

Have you tried the VGA connector on the laptop with projectors? I've had bad luck with getting stuff up on projectors from Linux generally, but I'm curious if the Eee has it figured out any better.

Comment by Richard on Fri, 22 Feb 2008

Yeah, the VGA out works really well - there's a neat little GUI you use to control it.

It works significantly better than my Dell running Linux which took about 30 minutes and several people hacking on an x11 config file to try to get running with a projector at

Comment by Michael R. Bernstein on Sun, 24 Feb 2008

Looks like we hit 804 today. If the post-earlybird registration rate holds true to form (~40/week), we just might hit 900. Wish I was going this year. Sigh.