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Asus F3Sv


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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NameAsus F3SV
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz
Screen15.4“ WSXGA+
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth
OtherUSB2.0, Firewire, Fingerprint Reader, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
WirelessYesSee notes below
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderYesBut doesn't work well
CameraYesTested with kubuntu
SPD/IFNot Tested
TV TunerNot 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).

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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.


zonaherbal, 2014/11/27 07:14

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Brendan L, 2009/12/05 04:20

There are propietry linux drivers for the TV Tuner. They are difficult to find. If I had a current like I would post it.

mechamynd, 2009/10/31 23:34

Everything working fine except webcam and fingerprint.
I'm new to linux, are there easy way to install webcam driver?

Chris B, 2009/05/10 03:47

working well with Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit. wireless works fine and the only thing needed to be installed were the nvidia drivers.

Mike G, 2008/06/22 11:48

Managed to install Ubuntu 8.04 x64 on this laptop, major problems with the wireless early on, following the guide on here to see if it does anything to remedy the problem.

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