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Asus F3Ja

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus F3Ja laptop. This is a middle of the range laptop from Asus but it definately more than usable. However its Linux support is below average.

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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Specifications

NameAsus F3Ja
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz
Screen15.4“ WSXGA+
RAM1GB
HDD120GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon x1600
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraNot Tested

Notes

Either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module can be used with the ATI Mobility Radeon x1600 in the Asus F3Ja, with 3D support only being available in the fglrx. You may like to follow this guide for further configuration information.

The audio controller in the Asus F3Ja only functions with ALSA 1.0.14rc1 or higher. Since no current Linux distribution includes this as standard you will need to install them yourself. You may also need to add the following like to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your Linux distribution's equivalent) file:
options snd-hda-intel model=asus-laptop

The Asus F3Ja's ethernet port is only supported with the r1000 driver. Unfortunately since this is a proprietary module most distributions refuse to include it. Therefore it will need to be installed manually. The driver can downloaded here. This has not yet been tested but the ethernet controller should be supported by the r8169 driver in the 2.6.19 kernel.

Summary

There is a little configuration work that needs to be done to get the Asus F3Ja working in Linux. However with some effort the F3Ja works well.


Discussion

Vasco Rama, 2009/11/13 21:57

dunno when was this written, but since 8.10 ubuntu runs just fine out of the box in that laptop, 9.10 runs like a charm, very sweet really :)

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