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Asus A6R

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A6R 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 A6R
ProcessorIntel Celeron-M 1.6GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Radeon Xpress 200M
Network10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4318 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
CameraNot Tested

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.

You need to ensure the 'external amplifier' option in the sound mixer is off for the audio to work.

This wireless controller in this laptop does not have any native drivers for Linux so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be found here.

Summary

The main issue with this laptop was with the wireless networking. Other than that 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

ToniE, 2014/08/11 12:59

I cannot install or run Lubuntu 10.4 on the A6R. Pretty soon after booting, even when I use nomodset the screen gets dark and stays dark. CD stops. Ubuntu 10 works fine, but Ubuntu 12.04 is too much for this older laptop. Any suggestion what to do for Lubuntu?

TonE, 2014/08/11 08:59

I am trying to run Lubuntu 10 on this A6R laptop - no luck; display is soon after booting from the Lubuntu CD totally hosed-up: vertical red, white, blue and green lines - and this does not improve. With nomodeset option the display stays dark for ever.

miki, 2014/04/29 18:40

Everything works OK on http://crunchbang.org/ distro out of the box

etc, 2011/06/09 18:38

Linux OpenSuse 11.4 on Asus A6Rp (CPU 1,86 GHz; 2GB RAM; 80GB PATA HDD)
-WiFi: OK (B43 driver)
-Webcam: OK (sourceforge.net/projects/syntekdriver/)
-Card reader: OK
-IrDA: OK
-Sound: OK (ALSA used instead of default PulseAudio which makes troubles)
-USB connection to mobile phone: OK (via ObexTool v0.35)
-PCMCIA: not tested
-Modem: not tested

help me.., 2010/09/01 01:44

please help me too find the motherboard asus a6000r series notebook ati radeon Xpress 200M…
tq..

Kharms, 2009/11/03 10:29

There is too many users with Asus a6r and Ubuntu, Debian or smth like this. One really big trouble - soundcard.
I've got gOs (googlegadgetOS, based on Ubuntu 8.04) and all i've got - “beep” sound from dynamics (integrated or with output).

Sorry for bad english ^_^

Me, 2008/11/11 05:58

Kubuntu 8.04, 8.10

I'm using this laptop for some time, so a few comments:
wireless works with b43 module for broadcom, WITHOUT ndiswrapper. In ubu 8.04 (kernel 2.6.24) the range is miserable, but with 8.10 it's all right.
SD card reader works.
Webcam doesn't work

mathew G. Hauge, 2008/09/13 03:09

Suse 10.3 and Asus A6R

I have installed Suse 10.3 on my Asus A6R. Everything works fine except for the wireless LAN card, and camera. I have not tested the modem, so I do not know if this works.
Suse seems to find and install the Wlan card, but when scanning for a network I'll find the network, but can not connect.

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