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Asus A6G

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A6G laptop.

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 A6G
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 725 1.6Ghz
Screen15.4” WXGA
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon 9700
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested
CameraNo

Notes

For the graphics chip you can use either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module. Some older versions of X may not have support for the ATI Mobility Radeon 9700, in this case you will need to use the proprietary module.

Summary

There were no problems in getting this laptop working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.16 or greater, such as Fedora Core 5 or Ubuntu 6.06.


Discussion

stan, 2010/09/16 00:54

The only thing I'd like to add is that to make frequency scaling work (cpufreq), you have to use a patched speedstep-centrino module.

See for example this old post: http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-75810.html
And this Arch Linux package: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=33104

The only distribution that had cpufreq working out of the box on my A6BG16 is Mandriva 2010.1.

Prchlik, 2008/05/28 04:21

Asus A6G

Here is my experience with A6G and Linux.
My spec:
Processor Intel Pentium-M 755 2.0Ghz
Screen 15.4” WXGA
RAM 1025MB
HDD 60GB
Optical Drive DVD+-RW
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
Network 10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless
Other 4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility
Processor: Yes
Screen: Yes
Optical Drive: Yes
Graphics: Yes - The newest drivers from Ati doesn´t work. Last stabe one was 8.40 with Xorg 7.2
Sound: Everytime, on the start it plays, but after some minutes sound drops off.
Ethernet: Yes
Wireless: Yes
56K Modem Not Tested
USB: Yes
Firewire: Not Tested
SD Card Reader: Yes
PCMCIA: Not Tested
Webcam: Tested, but without results. It is not still working.

Tested distro: openSuse 10.2, 10.3, Mandriva 2007, Ubuntu 7.04, 8.04, Fedora 8, 9, Arch Linux

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