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Asus F5Rl


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus F5RL 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 F5RL
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2330 1.6GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X1100
Network10/100 Ethernet, Atheros AR5006EG 802.11bg

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested



You will need kernel version 2.6.22 or greater for proper hardware support from this laptop.


Most recent Linux distributions support the ATI Mobility Radeon X1100 “out of the box” in 2D mode. For 3D support you will need to use the proprietary fglrx module. See the guides here for installation details.


The asus-laptop module that comes with Ubuntu 8.10 makes so that, as long as it is active and loaded, you cant enable wireless, regardless of what method you use. You need to unload it after installing drivers for you wireless, in order to make it work.

For a complete guide on how to install drivers and unload the asus-laptop module, see this guide:


You will need to install the experimental Syntek module for support. I don't think any Linux distributions includes this so it will need to be installed manually.


The computer works very well with Ubuntu!


Gertie, 2014/12/17 09:08

Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive read anything like this before.

So good to search out somebody with some authentic thoughts on this subject.
realy thanks for starting this up. this web site is something that is needed on the internet, somebody with a little bit originality.
helpful job for bringing one thing new to the web!

jumper, 2011/01/09 17:59

about webcam -
its in russian, but google translate will help ;-)
works for me on fedora 13 & ubuntu 10.x

Sid, 2011/01/15 08:20

Works best with the link above. Thank you for the tip!
PS. Using Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64, Gnome.

reo, 2010/07/23 21:10

I installed Fedora 12 and 13.
I cannot to install Webcam Syntek.

antonius, 2010/03/30 23:54

I have a problem with the audio. i tried the last one of alfa and the realtek also.
but isnt working

Anyone knows the perfect audio driver to this model?

ozy.sakr, 2009/06/09 14:44

card readr very good . wireless good . dsl usb not good

kazik, 2009/06/04 07:06

Card reader is working very good. Wireless is working almost out of the box. Ceck this out:
Only some game performance is still lacking a bit. Mini games like zuma running with Wine are not working perfectly.

sabour86, 2008/12/08 18:19

I installed Fedora 10. . . Gets stuck at the login prompt. Caps lock and Scroll lock LEDs flashing. Anybody else tried Fedora?

Islam Alshaikh, 2008/10/16 12:05

It works fine with me under Ubuntu 8.04


  • ATI 3d not working , I use EnvyNg to install drivers , but with some hang after 3d screen saver.
  • Wireless work by windows drivers using windows wireless drivers , or you can test
  • 7 buttons mouse not working , work as normal 5 buttons mouse
Anonymous, 2008/09/03 22:57

Working perfectly under Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04.1 (milestone release)
Only hardware support that doesn't work out of the box is 3D graphics and wireless.
I got 3d working by installing envyng from the repos then running it to automatically install the appropiate Ati driver.
For the wireless just grab the lastest version of the madwifi driver from … version r3861 as I'm writing this post.

Step by step:

tar zxvf madwifi*
cd madwifi*
sudo make install
sudo reboot

then wireless will be working perfectly

mrmajco, 2008/07/09 21:53

I have installed PCLinuxOS2007 unofficial distro SK and work everithing wihout cam… But its perfect!!! Thanks a lot!!! :-)

majco, 2008/05/12 02:59

I installed 6 distros and every was same effect… not working correctly…. im waiting for pclos2008….

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