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Asus F5Rl

Introduction

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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Specifications

NameAsus F5RL
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2330 1.6GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
RAM1GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X1100
Network10/100 Ethernet, Atheros AR5006EG 802.11bg

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
CameraYes

Notes

General

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

Graphics

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.

Wireless

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:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1006254

Camera

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.

Summary

The computer works very well with Ubuntu!


Discussion

jumper, 2011/01/09 17:59

about webcam - blackdiv.livejournal.com/41493.html
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: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=22994&p=134760&hilit=asus+wireless+f5rl#p134760
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

Problems:

  • 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 http://snapshots.madwifi.org/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6/
  • 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 http://snapshots.madwifi.org/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6/ … version r3861 as I'm writing this post.

Step by step:
wget http://snapshots.madwifi.org/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6/madwifi-hal-0.10.5.6-r3861-20080903.tar.gz

tar zxvf madwifi*
cd madwifi*
make
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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