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Asus F6A

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus F6A 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus F6A. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus F6A page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus F6A specifications page.

NameAsus F6A
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo or Intel Celeron
Screen13.3” WXGA Widescreen
RAM1GB to 4GB
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abg or AZWAVE NE771 802.11BG

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWork Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU T3200 @ 2.00GHz
ScreenWork
HDDWork
Optical DriveWork
GraphicsWork
SoundWork kernel 2.6.28 worked had some problems with default Fedora 10 kernel
EthernetWork
WirelessWork
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWork
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWork
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
CameraWork

Notes

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Summary

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Started with Fedora 10. Had no sound. Pulled in a 2.6.28 kernel from rawhide and sound worked. Hibernate/suspend worked. Backlight control was backwards. Could not get keyboard shortcuts to work.

Just installed gentoo. Had to re-compile kernel with CONFIG_ACPI_VIDEO turned off to fix the backwards backlight control. I initially had problems with suspend, hibernate and backlight control not working. For some reason I had to re-emerge hal, dbus, libnotify and gnome-power-manager to get them to work. The keyboard hotkeys don't work as of yet. The webcam and media card slot work. From what I can tell, the webcam uses uvcvideo, wireless uses iwlagn, and ethernet uses e1000.


Discussion

ericw, 2009/04/16 04:07

I finally have the hotkeys working. It seems that prior to kernel 2.6.29, the hotkeys were reported through acpid and you needed to supply a script to handle the events. With kernel 2.6.29, the keyboard seems to be detected properly using hal, so everything just works now.

Also in the kernel config I am using ASUS_LAPTOP and not ACPI_ASUS. I also don't have BACKLIGHT_LCD_SUPPORT enabled in the kernel, but the brightness controls work properly. As of right now everything seems to be working the way it should.

Riccardo Pittau, 2009/04/01 10:09

Sorry for my english! :P

Riccardo Pittau, 2009/04/01 10:03

Tested with ubuntu 8.10, pre-build kernel 2.6.27, all functions except camera (need external drivers) and sound (need to modify /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf adding line: “option snd-hda-intel model=eeepc-ep20”)
Now installed ubuntu 9.04 beta, pre-build kernel 2.6.28, same sound problem (solved as in ubuntu 8.10) and have to fix the backwards backlight, probably turning off CONFIG_ACPI_VIDEO (have to try yet)

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