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Asus A4L

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A4L laptop. The Asus A4L is a powerful Pentium 4 based system. It's main issue with Linux is the wireless controller.

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 A4L
ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 3.20GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsSiS M661FX
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Sis USB 802.11b Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse the sis modules
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

You will need to use the ndiswrapper module to get the SIS USB wireless working properly. For installation details you may view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver is available from the Asus website.

Summary

Apart from the wireless controller, Linux support on this laptop is good. It is let down however with the need to use ndiswrapper and the issues which they may cause.


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Andrew, 2009/05/29 00:53

Just an update for this ASUS laptop.
I have just installed openSUSE 11.1 on this machine, with much improved support for the ASUS USB wireless adaptor (yes, it is connected via USB internally).
Wireless now works 'out of the box' so to speak.
Configured to work on my home wifi network using WPA with a shared parse phrase.
the openSUSE (using KDE) is a nice distro for the A4L.

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