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Asus B50A

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus B50A 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus B50A. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus B50A page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus B50A specifications page.

NameAsus B50A
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen
RAM1GB to 4GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes using alsa-drivers-1.0.17
EthernetYes
WirelessYes using iwlwifi-5000
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderYes* using fprint, see comments below
CameraYes* see comments below

Notes

Tested using archlinux.

Kernel 2.6.25 (I think, the one that comes with the archlinux CD) has a buggy driver for the ethernet card. I had to download the r8168 driver from the realtek website to get the internet working and proceed with the update. Kernel 2.6.26 & 27 correctly handle the card.

The fingerprint reader “works”, meaning that it acquires fingerprints. However I was not able to get a reliable user authentication working with it.

At first the webcam didn't work at all, now it does. Probably it was due to a kernel update (version 2.6.27), but I cannot say for sure. However there is still one additional hack. With the standard driver the image appears upside down. This seems to be a known issue (see e.g. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=838210). For archlinux installing this package (http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=18950) solves the issue.

Summary

Once I discovered I had to use the latest alsa drivers, it works quite well. Suspend & hibernate also seem to work flawlessly.


Discussion

laura, 2009/06/21 11:41

I also installed Ubuntu 8ggestion, 8.10. I had to add that line to alsa-base and I have not yet sorted the issue with the webcam. If you have a suggestion….

Laura

Ubik, 2009/08/09 11:07

Hi,

How about fan and noise ?
I saw a few reviews and this Asus seems to be very quiet. But those tests where performed under Windows. How it behaves under Linux ?

JNK, 2009/06/02 20:41

i installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my new asus b50a, everything works fine with the drivers included in the system, except
- the fingerprint-reader acquires fingerprints, but i could not configure the login mechanism to accept fingerprints, as stated above
but more important for me
-the webcam does not work. can anyone tell me which drivers you need in order to have the webcam recognized by the system?
thanks!

nicgom, 2009/03/26 13:08

hi, i just installed intrepid on the same laptop,
had the very well known sound problem, i deinstalled and removed pulseaudio from the laptop and then did this:

i added this “options snd-hda-intel model=3stack-dig” to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

the sound works, but at maximum volume i can hardly listen to anything, does anybody know how to solve this issue?

Benny, 2009/03/26 12:38

I needed to add this to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

options snd-hda-intel model=3stack-dig

to have working sound. Apparantly the automatical model recognition from alsa does not work here.

Meßmer Sebastian, 2009/01/15 13:22

I bought this notebook and installed Ubuntu 8.10 64bit on it.
The system works fine, but there are some things that don't work:
- The key for enabling/disabling the touchpad (when you are using an external mouse)
- The key for switching wlan/bluetooth on/off
- The key for switching between the intern and an extern monitor
- The keys for Power4Gear, Splendid Video Intelligence, Life Frame and Power For Phone
- ACPI
Another issue is that alsa needs manual changes in its config file but then works without problems.

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