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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus F3SV 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 T7500 2.2GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||USB2.0, Firewire, Fingerprint Reader, Webcam|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||See notes below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Yes||But doesn't work well|
|Camera||Yes||Tested with kubuntu|
|TV Tuner||Not Tested|
Most Linux distributions don't support the NVIDIA GeForce 8600M in the Asus F3SV. In this case you will need to install the proprietary nvidia modules. You can follow the guide below on how to do this.
Like the GeForce 8600M, the Intel 4965AGN wireless controller is not supported by the majority of Linux distributions. Depending on your distribution the installation of these drivers may be quite a difficult process. The Intel 4965AGN guide below will provide an up to date list of distributions which support this driver as standard and a guide on installing them on others.
Kernel versions older than 2.6.22 may not properly support the sound in the Asus F3SV. If that is the case for your setup then you will either need to upgrade to kernel 2.6.22 or to install the latest development ALSA drivers (at least version 1.0.15rc3).
Visit this page for more information about using the fingerprint sensor → http://reactivated.net/fprint/wiki/Main_Page
The Asus F3SV works well with Linux as long as you use a distribution which is up to date. Currently Ubuntu 7.10, OpenSUSE 10.3 and Mandriva Linux 2008 work great.