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Asus A6U

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A6U laptop, model A6QU32DL56PG. One of only a few laptops with the AMD Turion64 processor. 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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Specifications

NameAsus A6U
ProcessorAMD Turion64 MT-32 - 1.8Ghz/512K
Screen15.4“
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsSIS760GX+
Network10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse sis modules
SoundYesUse snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYesUse 8139 module
WirelessPartial
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot tested, probably wont work
PCMCIANot Tested
CameraNot tested, probably wont work

Notes

You will need to use the ndiswrapper module for the Broadcom wireless controller. A Howto for ndiswrapper is available here, with the Windows files available here. There is also a set of native modules called bcm43xx, but these were not tested.

Summary

The Asus A6U is let down by the wireless component which makes installing Linux harder than other laptops.


Discussion

Perry Peeters, 2011/11/07 16:16

Installed Ubuntu 11.10 without any problems.
The only challenge is to get the buil in webcam working properly.

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