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Asus A7D

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A7D laptop. This is a AMD Turion64 based laptop of which there are not that many. The wireless is the main issue with Linux on the A7D.

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 A7D
ProcessorAMD Turion 64 MT-32 1.8 GHz
Screen17” WXGA+
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon x700
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4318 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other5 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
CameraNot Tested

Notes

The ATI Mobility Radeon x700 graphics chip is supported by both the Xorg radeon driver and proprietary fglrx module. The Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide may be helpful here.

This Broadcom BCM4318 wireless controller doesn't have native drivers available. This means you will need to install ndiswrapper. The Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide may be helpful here. The windows driver to use are available at the Asus support site.

Summary

The primary issue with Asus A7D is with the wireless networking, other features work well. Hopefully some native drivers for the wireless will be made available soon.


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