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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus C90S 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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|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 2.13Ghz|
|Screen||15.4“ WSXGA+ Widescreen|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Geforce 8600M|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the iwl3945 driver|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Tv Tuner||Not Tested|
The C90S includes the NVIDIA Geforce 8600M which is currently not supported with the open source 'nv' module from Xorg. To get the display working you will need to install the proprietary modules from NVIDIA.
Some hardware in this system requires kernel version 2.6.22 or later. Ubuntu 7.10 work well with this laptop as it already includes both this kernel as well as the proprietary nvidia module.
It wasn't difficult at all installing Linux on the Asus C90S. You will need to manually install the proprietary module in some Linux distributions (eg. Fedora 8) but that isn't too difficult.