HOWTO – add a touch screen to the Asus Eee PC



jkmobile added a touch screen to his Eee PC and he’s posted a video showing how to do it. He was able to find a properly sized after-market touch panel that could be fitted on top of the stock screen just behind the bezel. It then connects to the PC using a USB connection, which he was able to completely hide by soldering the connector directly to the motherboard’s USB pins.

I wasn’t aware that these touch panels were readily available. It looks like this mod could be easily adapted to just about any laptop model. Cool stuff.

Add a Touch Panel to Asus Eee PC – Video, Link

12 thoughts on “HOWTO – add a touch screen to the Asus Eee PC

  1. Motoma says:

    Fantastic tip!

  2. thanks says:

    …add “-dpi 200” to the command line and it becomes much more readable.

  3. Ed says:


    bash-3.2# yum install xorg-xll-server-Xephyr

    I get some messages ending with

    No package xorg-xll-server-Xephyr available.
    Nothing to do

    Do I need somehow to make yum look in another repository? blackbox seems to have installed fine.

  4. Ed says:

    OK I think I have to edit file
    to remove the line
    &/or uncomment a baseurl line; I’ll try these tomorrow…

  5. Brian Jepson says:

    Hi Ed,

    That should be xorg-x11-server-Xephyr… two ones, not two lowercase Ls. Sorry I didn’t point that out in the post–it’s even more of an issue for us because of the difficulty in cutting and pasting into the Terminal activity.

    If you don’t want to retype stuff, check out this tip:
    – Brian

  6. N. Holzschuch says:

    Great tip!
    In my case (YMAMV) “yum install Xephyr” worked.

    It’s the best way to make multi-window programs (such as aMSN) work on the XO.

  7. Ed says:

    Hi Brian,

    It works fine for me when I type what you wrote. Thanks for a good tip.

    – Ed

  8. John says:

    It appears that the arrow keys to the left of the screen steal the functionality of the actual arrow keys on the keyboard when blackbox is loaded. How exactly would one either tell X to look for two keyboards or tell it to ignore the first one it finds (since this appears to be the “on-screen” keyboard)?

  9. -Sparky says:

    It is up running on the XO. I can toggle
    between XO activities, but I cannot get
    them to appear in windows on the Xephyr
    screen all at once like your screen shot. The only window I get is the
    terminal screen. Totally new with this
    window manager. Any help would be nice.
    The man pages don’t get this basic.

  10. Brian Jepson says:

    Hi Sparky, unfortunately, activities won’t show up on the X11 desktop, but you can start applications in one of two ways:

    1) Type the name at the terminal prompt followed by & and press enter, as in:

    xeyes &

    2) right-click on the desktop and choose a program from the menu. The menu has entries for programs that are not installed (such as Star Office), so this may be hit and miss.

    – Brian

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