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Asus A8Sc


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A8SC 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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NameAsus A8SC
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz
Screen14.1“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 8400M
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other5 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


The NVIDIA GeForce 8400M in the Asus A8SC is not currently supported by the Xorg 'nv' driver. You will need to install the nvidia proprietary module for the 8400M to work. See the guide below for details.

On many Linux distributions sound doesn't work unless you compile and install the latest ALSA drivers. At least version 1.0.15rc3 is needed. Some distributions, like Ubuntu 7.10, doesn't require this.


A little bit of configuration knowledge is currently required for the Asus A8SC to function well under Linux. However newer distributions should fully support this laptop as standard.


Muddler, 2010/08/21 21:52

Card reader works fine for SD cards but not for XD cards. This is unlikely to change unless someone writes a driver. That aside, the above tallies with my experience.

mrX, 2009/01/01 21:25

tested on Kubuntu 8.04:
Bluetooth: Kbluetooth: file transfer works fine no problem,
CardReader: works fine, no problem
graphics: installed drivers from nvidia page, dual view works without problem, in grellm now show the actual temp graphic.

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