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Asus F3E


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus F3E 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 F3E
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7250 2.0GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965 802.11abg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesUse the iwl4965 driver
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested


The webcam works with the linux-uvc drver. However this driver is still beta and may not work properly with every configuration. You will need to install this driver manually as I don't believe any distribution includes this.

For some of the hardware in the Asus F3E you will need kernel version 2.6.22 or higher. Ubuntu 7.10 and Fedora 8 are good candidates for this laptop.


As long as you use a Linux distribution with at least kernel 2.6.22 you shouldn't have many problems with the F3E.


Prageeth Karunadheera, 2008/09/25 21:15

Slow boot up on Hardy Heron

I installed Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron 32 bit on F3E. Upon system startup it slows down in the progress bar.

[ 18.429693] hub 7-0:1.0: USB hub found
[ 18.429702] hub 7-0:1.0: 6 ports detected
[ 18.533619] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:08:01.0[A] → GSI 16 (level, low) → IRQ 16
[ 18.586347] ohci1394: fw-host0: OHCI-1394 1.0 (PCI): IRQ=[16] MMIO=[fe6ff800-fe6fffff] Max Packet=[2048] IR/IT contexts=[4/4]
[ 18.596223] ahci 0000:00:1f.2: version 3.0
[ 18.596257] ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:1f.2[B] → GSI 20 (level, low) → IRQ 22
[ 18.701084] usb 2-1: device not accepting address 2, error -71
[ 19.252227] usb 6-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
[ 19.385381] usb 6-3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 19.475859] Clocksource tsc unstable (delta = -7255903713 ns)
[ 19.479853] Time: hpet clocksource has been installed.

What is this “device not accepting… means”? Is that the reason for slow startup?


Maher, 2008/09/12 13:09

No Ethernet Card??

I have a problem with F3E, I have installed Backtrack 3 Final, but the ethernet card is not recognized the Ethernet Card is:Atheros L1 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Controller
can u help me please??

user:), 2008/09/11 04:01

Low LCD brightness & “whistling”

I bought ASUS F3E few days ago (here Installation was troublefree (Ubuntu 8.04 HH), but there was (and is) a problem with brigthness of my LCD. Is very low everytime the system starts. But there is more serious problem. In this article is said, that the graphics card is fully supported, but it seems to me like a little “lie” ;) My graphics card is “whistling” all the time and the problem with brightness should be (IMHO) caused by the graphics card. Drivers are up-to-date. Does anyone know what the problem is?

There is a question for ABcsix, if he does not have the same problem, 'cause I have the same HW like him.

Bill Giannikos, 2008/09/11 04:49

Try the following:

sudo echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/asus_laptop/ls_switch

If that works you can add that line (without the sudo at the start) into /etc/rc.local and leave a comment here if it works so I can add it to the wiki. I believe this issue was caused by a update to the acpi_asus module.

Sorry, don't know about the “whistling”.

Anonymous, 2008/10/18 11:12

Try to add acpi=off as kernel parameter and “whistling” disappears.


Bill Giannikos, 2008/10/22 03:30

But this will turn off all power management on the laptop. It's not recommended.

Luca, 2008/07/15 07:40

Interesting comment

Thanks ABcsix on your very interesting comment that will be helpful for lots of people.

ABcsix, 2008/03/23 14:42

Same Laptop with Other Hardware

I have an ASUS F3E , with some differences in Hardware.
I'll try to install Fedora Core 8 in the next days.

Adquired in Mar 2008:

  • Network:
    • WLAN: Intel 3945 802.11abg
    • Ethernet: Attansic L1 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Controller
    • Bluetooth: Dispositivo Bluetooth (TDI protocolo RFCOMM)
  • Graphics:
    • Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family w/ Intel Graphics Media Accelera
  • RAM:
    • 2 GB
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