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Asus A3H

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A3H laptop, model A3HF420SM56HG. A good notebook which is unfortunately let down by the need to use ndiswrapper, making installation trickier.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameAsus A3H
ProcessorIntel Celeron-M 420 1.6GHz
Screen15”
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDouble Layer DVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel 940GML
Network10/100 Ethernet, Atheros AR5001 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse i810 module
SoundYesUse snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYesUse 8139 module
WirelessYes
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

The wireless controller requires the use of the ndiswrapper module. For details on using ndiswrapper you may like to follow our Configuring the ndiswrapper module article. The Windows files are available here. The files you need are net5211.inf and ar5211.sys.

Summary

The wireless functionality requires some Linux knowledge to get working, especially if ndiswrapper is not included with your Linux distribution. Other than that the Asus A3H is well suited for Linux.


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