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Asus G53Jw

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus G53Jw laptop.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus G53Jw specifications page.

NameAsus G53Jw
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 Processor 620M/820QM/740QM/720QM : 2.66 GHz - 1.6 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.33/3.06/2.93/2.8 GHz;
Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 540M/520M/460M/450M/430M : 2.53 GHz - 2.26 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.06/2.93/2.8/2.66/2.53 GHz
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 370M/350M/330M : 2.4 GHz - 2.13 GHz,
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
15.6” (1920×1080) Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB for i7 platform
Up to 4GB for i5 and i3 platforms
HDDup to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorksTurbo Boost working
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksNvidia Proprietary Drivers
SoundWorksHDA Intel
HDMIWorks
EthernetWorksr8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver
WirelessWorksAtheros AR9285
BluetoothWorks
WebcamWorksUVC WebCam (uvcvideo)
USB 2.0Works
Card ReaderWorkssee details below
Backlit KeyboardWorksMay require special configuration, see below
SuspendWorksMay require special configuration, see below
USB 3.0Partial/Needs TestingMay require special configuration, see below
ScreenPartialBrightness controls not working locked at 100%
HibernateNot WorkingHangs at boot

Card Reader

Works on Ubuntu 11.04 but does not work on Ubuntu 10.10 out of the box.

USB 3.0 Partial / Needs Testing / Not Working

Add pci=nomsi to /etc/default/grub :

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash pci=nomsi"

Update grub :

sudo update-grub

Ubuntu 11.10 AMD64 with the pci=nomsi:

Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 users (assuming without the pci=nomsi):

Backlit Keyboard

The Backlit Keyboard did not work 100% out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64. It works 100% with the Asus Keyboard Backlight package, even adjusting the brightness with the FN + F3/F4 keys works great!
https://launchpad.net/asus-keyboard-backlight

Suspend

Suspend (sleep) did not work out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 or Ubuntu 11.04. Create two files to fix.
Reference: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=9180298

/etc/pm/config.d/usb3-suspend-workaround :

SUSPEND_MODULES="xhci_hcd"

/etc/pm/sleep.d/20_custom-ehci_hcd :

#!/bin/bash
# Fixes for ASUS G53JW
 
EHCI_DEVICES="0000:00:1a.0 0000:00:1d.0"
 
case "${1}" in
	hibernate|suspend)
		# Unbind ehci_hcd devices
		for x in $EHCI_DEVICES
		do
			echo -n "$x" | tee /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ehci_hcd/unbind
		done
		;;
	resume|thaw)
		# Bind ehci_hcd devices
		for x in $EHCI_DEVICES
		do
			echo -n "$x" | tee /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ehci_hcd/bind
		done
		;;
esac

Make it executable:

sudo chmod 755 /etc/pm/sleep.d/20_custom-ehci_hcd

Hibernate

Hibernate (suspend to disk) did not work for me in Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 even with the Suspend Fix. The laptop powers off but gets hung part way thru the startup process when powering back on. I have to reboot with CTRL-ALT-DEL and boot into Ubuntu without restoring from the suspend.

Notes

Author(s)

Stephen Michaels
Xendarboh