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Notes on installation and compatibility of Ubuntu with Asus laptop computers.

Summary

Make

Model

Installs ?

Not working

Ubuntu Release

Comments

Last Updated

Asus

A2500D

Yes

SD/MS cardreader

v5.04 (Hoary)

Boot Ubuntu with : linux vga=791. IRDA and modem not tested. There are info and patches for cardreader at http://projects.drzeus.cx/wbsd/, not tested.

2005-04-13

Asus

A2500K

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy) & v6.06 (Dapper) flight 4

SD/MS cardreader ,IRDA and modem not tested. There are info and patches for cardreader at http://projects.drzeus.cx/wbsd/, not tested.

2005-12-26

Asus

A2S

Yes

Boot Ubuntu with : linux vga=771

Asus

A3500E

Yes

Headphones have no sound

v5.10 (Breezy)

Had to challenge with it to make it boot on the first boot. The instructions are given below. After a bit of challenge I got click heresound and wireless working. Cardreader, CardBus, modem and IrDA haven't been tested yet.

2005-10-30

Asus

A3500L

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy)

This model is w/o wireless. Modem, CardBus and IrDA not tested. What I've tested works like charm.

2005-10-30

Asus

A3800g

Yes

bison-cam

v5.04 (Hoary)

Model is also known as A3000, A3878. details (lang=en)] (lang=de)]

2005-09-10

Asus

A4709L-LH

Yes

Modem, SD/MS cardreader and USB-WiFi not tested

v5.04 (Hoary)

Boot Ubuntu with: linux nofb

2005-06-14

Asus

A4B00L

Yes

Modem, SD/MS cardreader not tested, WiFi works loading WinXP drivers with ndiswrapper

v5.10 (Breezy)

http://aferrarini.altervista.org/linux/a4l_hw.php

2006-05-14

Asus

A6BG16E-RWDL

Yes

webcam, sd/ms cardreader

v5.10 (Breezy)

Also known as A6000

2005-10-23

Asus

A6T

Yes

webcam, cardreader, wireless, nvidia 3d acceleration

v6.06 (Dapper)

Inserted sd media will crash the system; when using nvidia instead of nv system becomes unstable and crashes more often; using d-link's wifi-pocket-adapter that connects to Ethernet plug works very well; not entirely stable due to rare sudden crashes that cause shutdown out of the blue; usb-mouse requires fixing manually after booting using the commands modprobe -r ohci_hcd and then modprobe ohci_hcd no_handshake=1 ; boot with acpi=off

2006-10-05

Asus

G1 AK005C

Yes

Webcam (driver in progress!) and integrated mic

7.04 Feisty Fawn beta

All other components installed and configured without problem

2007-04-18

Asus

L3000D

Yes

Boot Ubuntu with: linux acpi=off

Asus

L3500D

Yes

3D Acceleration

v5.04 (Hoary)

2005-04-09

Asus

L3500H

Yes

3D Acceleration; IRDA

v6.10 (Edgy)

2007-04-17

Asus

L5800C

Yes

Boot Ubuntu with: linux vga=771 acpi=off noapic loapic (not sure the 2 last are usefull). After that, i experiment a "freeze" on boot, rebooting on "repair mode" and the rest was OK.

Asus

L7300G

Yes

Modem

IrDA could work better, see Bug 2129.

Asus

M2400N

Yes

Details below

Asus

M3000N

Yes

Modem & IRDA not tested. Details for getting 1400x1050 panels up and running is listed below.

Asus

M5N/M52000N

Yes

SD Card & modem untested.

v5.10 (Breezy) & v6.06 (Dapper) Flight 7

Suspend, Hibernate and power management all working

2006-05-16

Asus

M6000

Yes

Power Management (Always shows Mains Power connected). No 3D video acceleration.

v6.06 (Dapper)

Untested: Modem, Infrared. See comments on M6000Ne below.

2006-06-23

Asus

M6000Ne

Yes

Details below

Asus

M6N16E-RWDL

Yes

(Warty)

Asus

M6V

Yes

3D graphics, SD/MS card reader, suspend

v5.04 (Hoary)

Modem, IRDA, WiFi not tested.

2005-07-27

Asus

S5N/S5200N

Yes

Card reader, suspend to RAM, modem not tested.

v5.10 (Breezy)

Works like a charm.

2005-08-10

Asus

W1S00NA/W1000

Yes

Modem not tested

v6.10 (Edgy Eft)

Works good, even on the WXGA display with the driver out of the box. FN keys for volume control not functioning

2007-02-18

Asus

W5000A

Yes

Sound (works with 2.6.15 from dapper)

v5.10 (Breezy)

Modem not tested. See below for X details

2005-07-24

Asus

W5F

YES

Webcam

v7.04 (Feisty)

Modem not tested, Wireless & Bluetooth, Sound & Card-Reader works.

2006-10-29

Asus

W3H00V(W3V)

Yes

Suspend, Hibernate

v5.10 (Breezy)

3D confirmed as working. Modem not tested. See below for X details

2005-10-16

Asus

U36SD

Yes

See here

11.04 (Natty)

See here

2011-09-07

Asus

V6V

Yes

SD/MS card reader

v5.10 (Breezy)

Modem, IRDA not tested.

2006-04-01

Asus

V6J

Yes

See wiki

v6.06 (Dapper)

AsusV6J wiki

2006-09-01

Asus

Z71A

Yes

Card reader, probably modem, i haven't tested either

v5.10 (Breezy)

Absolutely the best laptop I've ever owned, and you can put it together yourself, avoid the MS tax! Everything works, though not all out of the box see details.

2005-08-10

Asus

Z9000

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy)

This model is w/o wireless. Modem, CardBus and IrDA not tested. What I've tested works like charm. Pretty much the same hardware as of the Asus A3500L.

2005-10-30

Asus

Z63A

v5.10 (Breezy)

z63a

Asus

Z9200U(Z92U)

SDcard reader, webcam/mic, 3D graphics, external monitor flickers

v5.10 (Breezy) & v6.06 (Dapper)

AsusZ92u wiki

2006-04-26

Details

Asus A2500K

* SYSTEM LOG ERRORS two ways of proceeding: 1.(only if problem continues)UNINSTALL completely ACPI daemon from apt for solving problems so you don't have completely ACPI

  • support Type "sudo modprobe ac" seems to work well Type "sudo modprobe battery" seems to work well Type "sudo modprobe fan" No problems but ??? Type "sudo modprobe thermal" No problems but ??? Type "sudo modprobe processor" No problems but ??? Type "sudo modprobe button" No problems but???

2.MODIFY /etc/rc5.d/S10acpid and add "modprobe -r asus_acpi" between "esac" and "exit 0"

  • DON'T Type "sudo modprobe asus_acpi" it's the cause of SYSTEM LOG ERRORS

* VIDEO ERRORS INSTALL flgrx driver for solving problems about video remember to modify /etc/xorg.conf removing "ati" driver and writing "fglrx" in

  • the driver section

Under kubuntu type: apt-get install fglrx-control and it appears an icon on the menu but under ubuntu type:

  • /usr/bin/fireglcontrolpanel

*WIRELESS WORKING 1.Launch synaptic or whatever package management tool you prefer 2.Install the package "ndiswrapper-utils" 3.Copy from

  • the ASUS W-Lan directory bcmwl5a.inf and bcmwl5.sys, please pay attention to copy them both otherwise driver won't work(windows wireless-lan driver). 3.Call "sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5a.inf" 4.Call "sudo modprobe ndiswrapper" to install the needed module. 5.Now you can set up your

    working Wlan device under Desktop->Administration->Networking 6.a)Dont forget to type "ndiswrapper -m"

b)if you want to load it at startup automatically add "ndiswrapper" in "/etc/modules"

See How to setup ndiswrapper for more information

-Bertoldic

Asus A4709L-LH

  • Nearly everything worked out of the box. WLAN, IrDA, modem, SD/MC card reader have not been tested yet.
  • Sound worked out of the box.
  • Computer powers off automatically when shut down.
  • Don't use frame buffer - otherwise you won't able to use the display at the optimal 1280x800. The SIS chipset used is easier to get working at this resolution than the mobile Intel chipsets - which require a third party utility to enable 1280x800.

Asus A6BG16E-RWDL

  • Nearly everything worked out of the box.
  • IrDA is working. I used ircp in order to transmit pictures to my Sony Ericsson T68i cell phone.
  • Suspend-to-ram and Suspend-to-disk are working out of the box. However, if working with a framebuffer (vga=791 in grub) suspend-to-ram doesn't wake up anymore.
  • Native resolution of screen panel (1280x800) is working out of the box.
  • Sound works great.
  • PCMCIA and Modem haven't been tested yet.
  • Integrated webcam et SD reader aren't working. A driver is being developped for the bison cam : see ALi USB2 M5603C on http://www.linux-projects.org.

  • hotkeys are working perfectly out of the box : fn-hotkeys (wifi, suspend, lcd brigthness, sound) as well as run-hotkeys (mail, browser, etc.) and even audio-dj ! I'm able to control rhythmbox with the play/pause/next/previous buttons on front of the laptop.
  • Of course, DVD burning is working very well.
  • Wifi is working like a charm.
  • In order to use the front leds (wifi, led), you've got to install mail-notification for example, and to configure "echo 1 > /proc/acpi/asus/mled" as the action when a mail incomes, and "echo 0 > /proc/acpi/asus/mled" when the mail box is empty. Just the same with the wifi led.

  • Battery time is between 3h15 and 4h30, depending on the set lcd brigthness.

Asus M2400N

  • Nearly everything worked out of the box. IrDA and Modem have not been tested yet.
  • Sound worked after adding "acpi_irq_isa=7" to the boot options (not needed in Breezy). ("sudo nano /boot/grub/menu.lst" opens according file, edit the line "kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.8.1-3-386 root=/dev/hda4 ro quiet splash".) Volume control buttons fully functionable in Breezy.
  • Also the WLAN module (centrino 2100) is installed it doesn't work.
  • IPW2200 worked out of box.
  • Computer doesn't power off automatically when shut down, except Breezy.

Asus M6N/e

  • Most things works out of the box, even the widescreen.
  • Intel 2200bg wireless works with the ipw2200.sf.net drivers. Sound,display,broadcom works out of the box
    • MattZimmerman: this driver is already part of the standard kernel, installed by default

    • Acpi working, Asus corrected the DSDT issues with the latest BIOS. For M6N it's 0214a and 0208A for M6Ne.

  • For a correct shutdown please comment "CONFIt G_X86_UP_APIC" in your kernel's .config and recompile it or just add "nolapic" to your boot options in /boot/grub/menu.lst
  • To make S3 (Suspend to RAM) work simply add "acpi_sleep=s3_bios" to your boot options in /boot/grub/menu.lst
  • Don't use framebuffer console: it causes flickering (especially radeonfb mobule)

Asus M3N

  • If you have a 1400x1050 panel on your M3N, follow the steps listed here to get it up and running.
    • download 855resolution from http://perso.wanadoo.fr/apoirier/ unpack with tar zxvf filename and build with make. (If you get a message that states that you are lacking cc, use apt or your favourite package tool (like synaptic) to install gcc.

    • Instructions for use are in the Readme. Add a little script for executing the patch at startup with appropriate options in /etc/init.d/
    • Then, to get it to actually execuate at startup, symlink this script from /etc/rc2.d - make it start before X.org stats, symlinking with a name like S15Res855 should do the trick (assuming you are root and standing in /etc/rc2.d the command you issue is like this: ln -s ../init.d/yourscriptnamehere

    • Now, either restart X.org completely or just reboot the whole system.
    • Hopefully your panel will now run in it's native resolution! Smile :-)

Asus W5A

  • This laptop has a 1280x768 screen. To get this working, you'll need the latest 855resolution (from the webpage above), as well as X from breezy. The 855resolution package in universe is out of date, but has a useful init script. Add Option "VBERestore" to the driver section of xorg.conf to keep your text consoles available.
  • Hibernate/suspend: in /etc/default/acpi-support, set SAVE_VBE_STATE=true and POST_VIDEO=true, and add resume=/dev/yourswappartition for hibernate. Suspend you need to add echo 1> /proc/acpi/asus/lcd and then change the brightness (either with fn-f5/f6 or via /proc/acpi/asus/brn). Suspend only works once per reboot.

  • Bluetooth: get the patches from http://nocturno.nsk.pt/scriptpages/index.cgi?operacao=asusw5&language=english

Asus W3V

  • Loading sound card (snd-hda-intel) driver hangs hotplug and prevents breezy from booting. To boot hit Ctrl+Alt+SysRq+e during hotplug initialisation

  • Once the OS loads up you can make sound work by following my notes on bug #15465 (https://bugzilla.ubuntu.com/show_bug.cgi?id=15465)

  • 1280x780 screen was detected automaticaly
  • I used the FGLRX drivers from the ATI site http://ati.com, and did the full install

  • Video out to CRT and S-Video out both work in clone mode--other modes weren't tested (FGLX drivers needed)
  • Machine does not suspend in s1 or s3 mode
  • There's some stuff in dmesg about bluetooth but I don't have any devices to test this with
  • CD player and volume control keys work

-- MylesByrne

Asus M6V

  • Sound card (intel HDA)of this laptop doesn't work out of the box, but it can be configured by using latest ALSA drivers.
  • 1400x1050 screen was detected automaticaly
  • Bluetooth and Hibernate work.
  • WiFi was recognoized and setup during the installation, but I haven't tesetd it.

  • Haven't tested modem, IRDA.
  • Some of the special keys dont work: cd controls & sound controls, I assume they can be configured.

  • Battery and CPU temperature monitoring works.
  • CPU frequency scaling works.

Asus Z71A

I bought the barebones kit from digitalhotbuy.com and added the cpu/ram/hdd/wifi myself. I decided against buying an optical drive, and put a second battery in that bay instead.

  • Sound card works out of box
  • video works out of box
  • 1280x800 screen was set to 1024x768 out of the box, but after installing and configuring "855resolution" the proper resolution is set you may need to run "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg" (the howto is on this forum)
  • Hibernate works out of the box
  • Suspend to ram works after installing "gnome-power-manager"
  • The keyboard is totally recognized. the "Fn" keys and special buttons do what they are supposed to out of box. (sleep button works, volume buttons work, etc)
  • Haven't tested modem, or SD/MS card reader but those are totally useless anyway.
  • Battery and CPU temperature monitoring works. Gnome-power-manager even recognizes that i have two batteries and will monitor each one separately.
  • CPU frequency scaling works.
  • PCMCIA works fine.
  • Onboard LAN works fine
  • Automatic screen dimmer works fine
  • i love this machine, i might buy another

-CameronBergh

Asus Z9000 and Asus A3500L

  • Sound works out of the box
  • Suspend to disk works, suspend to ram works, as well (after uncommenting ACPI_SLEEP=true in /etc/default/acpi-support and /etc/init.d/acpi-support restart)

  • Models tested have no wireless in them.
  • Modem, CardBus, Card reader and IrDA haven't been tested yet.

  • Absolutely love and recommend these machines.

Asus A3500E

  • As I've stated above, it refused to boot on the first boot after install. Here's what I've done to fix, or it would be better to say, to workaround the issue.

I've managed to boot by adding "init=/bin/sh" at the end of "kernel" line in GRUB, e.g.

  • [snip] root (hd0,5)

    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.13.3 root=/dev/hda7 ro quiet splash init=/bin/sh <-- here you go [snip]

Then, after boot I've moved hotplug startup scripts out of the /etc/rcS.d/ directory (S40hotplug, S41hotplug-net) and rebooted to check whether it boots normally now. It basically worked, but there were some issues with it, one of them was probably kernel related, snd-hda-intel sound module refused to work with my sound controller, and I've googled that this was fixed in 2.6.13-rc3. So I just grabbed vanilla 2.6.13.3 from kernel.org, built it, moved hotplug scripts back to the place and rebooted. The system booted normally and with sound working (except when using headphones or external ), as well as wireless (I also had to build ipw2200 wireless kernel module, which was not in Ubuntu repositories, and use ipw2200 firmware from ipw2200.sf.net/firmware.php). By the way, if I'm not mistaken, in 2.6.14 ipw2200BG driver was accepted into the Linux kernel.

  • At the time of writing this (2005.10.30), it is said, that no headphone sound is fixed in ALSA CVS.
  • If not these few issues, it would be a brilliant machine, very fast and responsive. Note that it might be not an issue anymore with a more recent kernel.

-┼ŻygimantasBeru─Źka

Asus V6V

  • Video doesn't work out of the box. Install flgrx driver, modify /etc/xorg.conf removing "ati" driver and writing "fglrx" in the driver section.
  • SD/MC card reader not work.
  • Nearly everything worked out of the box. IrDA, modem have not been tested yet.


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