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Asus F3Jc

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus F3Jc laptop. The F3Jc is a low cost laptop but still has some decent specifications. Linux compatibility is a bit hit and miss at the moment.

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 F3Jc
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2250 1.73GHz
Screen15.4” WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
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
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes

Notes

NVIDIA has a set of driver which provide 3D support for the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300. You will need to install these drivers for 3D support. You may like to see our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip howto.

ALSA version 1.0.14rc1 or greater is required for the audio to work on the Asus F3Jc. At this time no distribution includes this so you will need to install it manually.

The r1000 driver is required for the network controller on the Asus F3Jc to function. Since this is a proprietary module not many Linux distributions include it so manual installation is necessary. You can obtain this driver from Realtek's site. Work is being done in kernel version 2.6.19 which should provide support for this as well.

Summary

A bit of configuration work is required for the Asus F3Jc so it may be a difficult laptop to deal with for beginners. Future kernel releases should make this easier eventually.


Discussion

gabadines, 2009/09/14 16:00

Through WUBI … I've installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my F3JC - currently works fine - wifi excellent - I use Ubuntu when I'm out and about - looking for free Wifi Access e.g, mcdonalds, krispy creme …etc - I dont wish to muddle up my windows xp wifi setup :-)

Tell you what …I am definitely a linux convert - and I am experiencing the benefits of both worlds ..Window and Linux

Terry Froy, 2007/08/22 22:28

Bluetooth works out of the box on Fedora 7.

… the integrated webcam will work if you pull the latest driver from http://syntekdriver.sourceforge.net/ (via SVN).

Be sure to change line 63 from:

static int default_vflip = -1;

to

static int default_vflip = 1;

If you don't do this, your image will be flipped as if you are upside down.

(above patch was required for Rev. 52 - may not be necessary for later revisions)

cirenman, 2007/07/19 01:58

F3JC with CAD

I'm hoping to install Linux to my ASUS F3JC-AP015P and use a Linux CAD package with it to do basic architectural wiring diagrams and similar.

Haven't had great deal of luck with Linux in the past and reading forums it sounds like this might be difficult at the moment.

Can anyone help? Recommended distros and CAD programmes…
Thanks

Bill Giannikos, 2007/07/19 02:01

Re: F3JC with CAD

The details here are a little old now. You probably wouldn't have a problem installing Ubuntu 7.04 or Fedora 7 on this laptop as they both have kernel version 2.6.20 or greater.

I have no idea about CAD.

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