Activating Full Mode on the Asus Eee PC

Merry Christmas! Today I received an addition to my geek arsenal: an Asus Eee PC.

Eee In Easy Mode
The Eee’s default interface: Easy Mode.

They really are telling the truth in their slogan; it is indeed “Easy to Learn, Work, and Play.” But if you’re like me and require that default-looking desktop environment to satisfy your needs, probably want to activate the Eee’s Full Mode.

Eee In Full Mode
The interface that we’ll be activating, Full Mode.

So! Let’s get started with this. We need to get two packages to make Eee able to run this Full Mode.

Open a terminal (press Control+Alt+T) and type this command:

sudo apt-get update

All we’re doing here is updating our repository so that your Eee knows the latest available versions of the packages that we will be downloading right now:

sudo apt-get install ksmserver kicker

Now, reboot your Eee. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see the Full Mode on your next login, because we still need to tell our Eee that we want to use Full Mode.

Eee Full Mode in the Shutdown Menu
Our new option in the Shutdown menu for activating Full Mode.

Click on the power button in the lower right corner on your Eee, or press that shiny power button in front of your keyboard. There should now be an option for Full Mode. Click it, and within a minute your Full Mode will be loaded.

Booting Directly Into Full Mode

There is a fairly easy way to have your Eee PC boot directly into Full Mode so you don’t have to switch to the new mode from Easy Mode.

Open a terminal, and type these commands sequentially:

$ cd ~/
$ nano .xinitrc

Type this content into the .xinitrc file:

#Needed to get automount working
xhost + si:localuser:root
sudo rm /tmp/nologin
#Needed to get the network working
sudo /opt/xandros/bin/start_netserv &

startkde

Save the file (Ctrl+O) and exit (Ctrl+X). Reboot, and you should be given Full Mode immediately.

Enjoy your new Full-Mode-enabled Eee PC!

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12 Responses to “Activating Full Mode on the Asus Eee PC”


  1. 1 Assissotom January 17, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Very good site with a lot of useful
    information

  2. 2 bes February 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    works fine till the $ cd ~/ part where i get “command not found”

  3. 3 d March 1, 2008 at 8:58 am

    bes just type at the prompt:
    cd ~/

    not literally “$ cd ~/”

  4. 4 olrik March 8, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    it didnt work for me after I enter “sudo apt-get install ksmserver kicker”
    I get this message:

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

  5. 5 Damian May 21, 2008 at 2:11 am

    I have the same problem :

    it didnt work after I enter “sudo apt-get install ksmserver kicker”
    I get this message:

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

    What should I do?

  6. 6 someguy July 31, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    ditto: no installation candidate. I’m on a 901, so I’m guessing things have changed.

  7. 7 Shawn August 5, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I have the same problem… Package ksmserver is not available

  8. 8 ssshhh August 23, 2008 at 10:21 am

    that shit wont work!!!!:

    $ cd ~/
    $ nano .xinitrc

    Type this content into the .xinitrc file:

    #Needed to get automount working
    xhost + si:localuser:root
    sudo rm /tmp/nologin
    #Needed to get the network working
    sudo /opt/xandros/bin/start_netserv &

    startkde

    now my system wont start!!
    shit..

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