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Asus C90S


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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NameAsus C90S
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo E6420 2.13Ghz
Screen15.4“ WSXGA+ Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 8600M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesUse the iwl3945 driver
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraNot Tested
Tv TunerNot 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.


reload, 2009/02/16 22:58

I've had Ubuntu and Kubuntu running without too much of a problem. You should try installing the Ubuntu/Kubuntu alternate install disc. When i installed from the live cd I had worse luck with the hardware. My card reader worked too.

Anonymous, 2008/09/12 12:44


Can anyone set/manage the cpu speed like in windows?

Anonymous, 2008/08/13 07:05

wifi, leds, atheros.

for wireless led :
modprobe -v asus-laptop

for wireless itself : ndiswrapper won't work with 64 bits kernel.
The chip is an Atheros AR5418.
tryng to find my way through madwifi, madwifi-ng, ath5k, ath9k, compat-wireless etc. but I lost myself. Sometimes, I see the beacons (via wifi-radar, for example), but I can't connect. Any help would be welcome.


Bdf, 2008/07/25 08:31


I'm glad to find this topic, but, because there's a but, i can't make my wifi work
if someone have a solution, it will be fine, a tuto will be better
thx a lot

Jack, 2008/05/12 01:36

wireless- can you write a tutorial?

please, can you wire a guide for wireless?

Jack, 2008/05/12 01:34

Wireless- help

The wireless doens't work in Ubuntu 8.04 on c90s

Pimmetje, 2008/05/02 03:18


I have tried to install the wireless on ubuntu. After some try's and many reading i got a ath0 wireless device. But i still hasn't find a way to enable my wlan (let the WIFI led turn on). So i got the driver but no more :(

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