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Asus B53F

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus B53F specifications page.

NameAsus B53F
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 Processor 620M : 2.66 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.33 GHz;
Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 540M/520/430M : 2.53 GHz - 2.26 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.06/2.93/2.53 GHz
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 350M : 2.26 GHz
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD320GB to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 5470
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes[1]
ScreenYes[1]
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes[1]
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderYes[2]
WebcamYes
TouchpadYes[3]

Notes

To make standby working: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11926504

[1] I've tested with my Core i3-380M with integrated graphics.

[2] 2012-06-06: I had to compile libfprint0 by myself from here: git:/ / anongit.freedesktop.org/libfprint/libfprint and apply this patch first: git clone https://github.com/andree182/vfs301.git

[3] Activate extra button for toggle touchpad on/off: http://wiki.daviddarts.com/Ubuntu_Lucid_on_the_Asus_UL30VT#Touchpad

Summary

I use Linux Mint 12 and everything works for me as expected.


Discussion

sergio, 2011/02/26 21:41

I unfortunately own this laptop…
I won't write comments about the poor screen quality nor the useless keypad because this is unfortunately the trend chosen by almost all manufacturers.

I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 and there are a couple of issues…

1) Be very careful when partitioning your hard drive if you want to dual boot (the pc comes with Windows Seven installed). I mainly use Linux, but I also wanted to keep Windows Seven (Adobe Lightroom doesn't exist for Linux). Beware that I had to manually partition the hard drive because the automatic wizard simply got rid of my Windows partition (twice!), therefore I strongly recommend to burn the recovery dvds of your windows system (5 dvds! It takes ages to recover!).

2) Ubuntu 10.10 doesn't seem to recognize the touch-pad, so you cannot desable it, pressing the disable button has no effect. This is quite annoying because you happen to inadvertently touch it with your hands while typing and your cursor moves away or worse you clicked something.

3) The power saving stuff doesn't work either, meaning that you cannot hybernate your work.

4) Both Gnome and KDE sometimes get totally stuck, and I have to shut the computer off with the button.

So if you plan to buy this pc and run Ubuntu think twice.

/sergio

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