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Asus A6M

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A6M laptop. This laptop uses the AMD Turion64 processor, unfortunately its Linux compatibility is not the best.

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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Linux Compatibility

DeviceTypeCompatibilityComments
ProcessorAMD Turion64 X2 TL-50 1.6 GHzYes
Screen15.4“ WXGAYes
HDD80GBYes
Optical DriveDVD+-RWYes
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 6100Yes
Sound YesUse the snd-hda-intel module
Ethernet10/100/1000Yes
WirelessBroadcom BCM4318 802.11gYes
Bluetooth Not Tested
56K Modem Not Tested
USB4 x USB2.0Yes
Firewire1 x FirewireNot Tested
Card Reader Not Tested
PCMCIA Not Tested
Camera Not Tested

Notes

For the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100 featured in the A6M either the Xorg 'nv' driver or NVIDIA's proprietary 'nvidia' module is usable. The proprietary module is required for 3D support, more details in our installation guide guide.

The Broadcom BCM4318 802.11g wireless built into the A6M has no native drivers so ndiswrapper must be used. More details on this is in our ndiswrapper guide. The windows driver to use is found on the Asus support website.

The r1000 driver is required for the ethernet port in the A6M. However, as it is proprietary, most Linux distributions do not include this driver. You will need to download it from here and install it manually. Work is in progress on the r8169 driver and support should be added in version 2.6.19.

Summary

The Asus A6M currently has a couple of issues with Linux. The need to use the ndiswrapper module does make configuring this laptop for Linux a little difficult.


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pescorosso, 2013/03/21 07:33

as of 2013, this old machine is doing fine. Everything is supported in the recent kernels, webcam and cardreader too, now running gentoo.

eddv, 2010/08/28 08:45

using ubuntu lucid, all works fine …

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zarathustra, 2008/11/10 09:29

a6m & linux: workd

Got an Asus a6m myself, wireless is supported with the broadcom firmware (bcm43xx), webcam doesn't work, bluetooth works fine out of the box, cardreader doesn't work. ethernet works out of the box.

all in all, just fine when you're willing to make some consessions.

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