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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus B50A laptop.
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|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen|
|RAM||1GB to 4GB|
|HDD||160GB to 320GB|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Yes*||using fprint, see comments below|
|Camera||Yes*||see comments below|
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.
Once I discovered I had to use the latest alsa drivers, it works quite well. Suspend & hibernate also seem to work flawlessly.