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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A8Js laptop. This is a high end laptop with a good set of features. Linux support can be a little tricky.
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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|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz|
|HDD||120GB or 160GB|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce Go 7700|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||5 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
For the Nvidia GeForce Go 7700 you can use either the open source 'nv' module or NVIDIA's proprietary 'nvidia' module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide.
For the audio in the A8Js to work you need to add the following into /etc/modprobe.conf (or your Linux distribution's equivalent):
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1 model=3stack
Ubuntu users should edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
The network port on the A8Js is supported by the r1000 driver. Unfortunately most Linux distributions do not include this driver so it will need to be installed manually. You can download the driver here. Although untested, the network card should now be supported by the r8169 driver since kernel version 2.6.19.
There were no problems in getting the Asus A8Js working when used with an up to date Linux distribution.