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Asus A9Rp

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A9Rp 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 A9Rp
ProcessorIntel Celeron-M 440 1.8GHz
Screen15” XGA
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Radeon Express 200M
Network10/100 Ethernet, ZyDAS ZD1211 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

This laptop requires the latest BIOS version for it to even boot Linux.

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. Some older versions of X may not have support for the ATI Radeon Express 200M, in this case you will need to use the proprietary module.

Every thing is detected but WIRELSS,Audio(Built in speakers are OK but the 3.5 mm jack has weak sound),Modem

To solve audio and wireless problems, users follow the instructions bellow:

1-Download and install kernel sources, I copied it to /usr/src/

2-Get this patch for audio and decompress to your kernel source root folder, say it is:/usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5

 ftp://ftp.alsa-project.org/pub/kernel-patches/alsa-git-2007-05-03.patch.gz

so, you should have alsa-git-2007-05-03.patch in your linux kernel source folder

3-Open console and run:

 patch -p1 <alsa-git-2007-05-03.patch

OK, Now kernel is patched for audio, we proceed to wireless.

4-Say your kernel source folder is /usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5, open this file:
/usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5/drivers/net/wireless/zd_usb.c and add this line to the ZD1211-B section:

{ USB_DEVICE(0x0b05, 0x171b), .driver_info = DEVICE_ZD1211B }, 

Save the file.

5-Now you should download this file and decompress the content into /lib/firmware/zd1211(if this directory does not exist, create it)

http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=129083

OK,we are almost done!Now, you should compile the new kernel and install it.You can open /usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5/README.txt to find out how to do so. what I did:

cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5
Make oldconfig
Make
Make modules_install
Make install

If using GRUB, you are done!Reboot and enjoy:)
If using LILO, reinstall LILO and reboot and enjoy!

The above procedures should work all of the linux distributions.


Discussion

Jaiden, 2010/02/24 08:28

Were can u get video card drivers for the asur a9rp that work on ubuntu 9.10?

Andreas Marschke, 2010/01/24 00:27

Debian Sid/Squeeze with has no problem with the Audio nor ethernet or bios only the wireless seems a bit complicated but recognized.
<pre>
$: uname -a
Linux laptop 2.6.32-trunk-686 #1 SMP Sun Jan 10 06:32:16 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
</pre>

Andreas Marschke, 2010/01/24 00:27

Debian Sid/Squeeze with has no problem with the Audio nor ethernet or bios only the wireless seems a bit complicated but recognized.
$: uname -a
Linux laptop 2.6.32-trunk-686 #1 SMP Sun Jan 10 06:32:16 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux

Eric, 2008/05/13 11:47

Flash procedure

This is just to recall that flashing does not require a dos boot diskette on this laptop, which is good as it does not have a floppy disk reader. Asus download pages for this laptop refer to a Flash utility which is misleading in this respect. One just has to use the flash utility embedded inside the BIOS (look at the menu on the right). The bios file has to be on a VFAT hard disk or memory card (sorry no USB stick).

polish, 2007/09/14 23:30

fiesty fawn notecies

The latest BIOS reduce shared memory for graphics chip to 64MB. So I have more memory for system.
On kubuntu fiesty fawn suspend to disk and suspend to ram is OK, but you need change HAL scripts. Change hal to call acpi scripts and change acpi scripts to call hibernate program.

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