How to Add Games to the Asus EEE PC


While some people will want to use the ASUS Eee PC for work, a little entertainment never hurts, and that includes games. These tips are designed for people new to Linux, with Xandros the default operating system found on many 2 GB and 4 GB models. Read on for how to add games to the ASUS Eee PC.

  • Back up your files and settings, preferably to a USB flash drive, especially if this is your first experience with adding programs to your ASUS Eee PC, or you are new to using Linux.

  • Use Terminal Mode by selecting the Ctrl+Alt+T keys simultaneously to access a program called Synaptic. Synaptic enables you to read about several games as well as install them, mostly from preapproved compatible sources. Also note that many games for Linux and the ASUS Eee PC are obtained through file repositories. These may be updated via Synaptic as well. If you are working in Advanced Mode or with KDE, you can also access Synaptic via the File menu.

  • Access Synaptic in Terminal Mode by typing “sudo synaptic” (no quotes), then hitting "Enter." The Synaptic Package Manager should now be viewable. Do not worry about mistakes at this point since the Synaptic Manger will not install programs without your permission.

  • Find "Games" or “Games and Applications” in the left-side Synaptic window listing. Click on "All" and then type “G” or “Games” for faster location. Notice how the different names of packages (programs) appear on the right side. Click on these individually, or use the search function to find games of interest. Their description is available in the lower-right box underneath the games list.

  • Right-click on a game you wish to install and select “Mark for Installation.” A confirmation menu will appear; select "Mark" and "OK."

  • Select “Apply” in the Synaptic Manager to complete the process. After the game is added to your ASUS Eee PC, you can elect to view the “Details” to verify how the process worked.

  • Navigate to the /usr/game directory, with your File Manager, to locate your game. Simply click on it, and the game should load if the installation went well. For convenience, you can learn how to add an icon or link, depending on which Linux setup you have.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add only one game at a time on the ASUS Eee PC until you get a better idea of how the process works. Game installations can also be removed just as easily through Synaptic by right-clicking on the name and selecting “Mark for Complete Removal.”
  • Learn about which games work well on the ASUS Eee PC and where to find additional games by clicking the link in the Resources section below.
  • Play flash games online with your ASUS without installations.
  • Learn how to optimize your window space for best results. See "How to Optimize an ASUS Eee PC."
  • Save larger games to a USB drive or SD memory card to save disk space.

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