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Asus F9S

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus F9S 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 F9S
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7250 2.0GHz
Screen12.1” WXGA Widescreen
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNvidia Geforce 8400M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965 802.11abg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesSee below
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the 4965 Driver
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
CameraYes

Notes

You will need to use the proprietary NVIDIA driver to get 3D support from the Geforce 8400M. The open source 'nv' module only supports 2D.

I believe no current Linux distribution properly supports the sound controller in the Asus F9S. You will need to update to the latest version of ALSA (at least version 1.0.16rc1) for sound to work.(EDIT: simply add “options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo” minus the ”” to /etc/modprobe.conf to get working audio input/output, warning though make sure your microphone volume is set to low as you may get a really high pitched squeal from having it set too high.)

On some distributions (notably Ubuntu 7.10), you will need to update to the latest version of the iwl4965 driver or you may get random wireless dropouts.

Summary

Unfortunately the Asus F9S isn't the easiest laptop to use with Linux. The major issue with sound can be a problem for many people. However driver support has improved in the development versions of ALSA and iwl4965 so hopefully soon to be release distribution will work much better.


Discussion

afbs84, 2009/11/04 13:29

Hi guys!
I have only one 4800mAh Battery on my F9S laptop. I want buy a 3-cell battery but i do not know the “part number”… Someone can help me?…
Thanks a lot…

Sayed Hussein, 2009/11/05 11:10

You can go to asus website and search for the part number I think it is easy …

Sayed Hussein, 2009/09/04 18:27

RE“Anyone knows which driver for the ASUS F9S webcam ?”

I think the driver already exist but you want a program to open your cam, try to install “cheese” from add/remove panel…

Sayed Hussein, 2009/09/04 18:23

Hi every body

I installed ubuntu in my laptop and I forced so many problems when using the new operating system but now after 5 months thanks Allah I can say that linux respected me than microsoft,,, I'll not talk too much but the sound problem has been fixed just do the following steps and have a nice sound :-)

open the terminal and write
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
then a text editor will be opened, go to the end and add
options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo
to a new row, then save it and restart your computer.

My OS is linux ubuntu 8.04 and my laptop is asus f9s

Thanks

Sylvain Marliere, 2008/09/23 22:37

Anyone knows which driver for the ASUS F9S webcam ?

I have installed Debian with no problem on this laptop.
Sound is working well with ALSA + lenovo trick.
Wifi also, with iwl3945 drivers.

However, I haven't been able to run the 1.3M camera (actually, a “GD-6A31” from D-Max Taiwan Corp.).
Anyone got it working, thank you for feedback !

Cheers,
Sylvain

James Carthew, 2008/04/29 20:09

ASUS F9S linux

I use an Asus F9S with windows and linux. I found linux has solid driver support. The only thing that's a bit dodgy is the wireless support which as far as I know the iwl4965 guys are working on.

Alexandre Balavas, 2008/03/12 04:15

Asus F9S : other processor

my Asus F9S have Intel Core Duo T7500 2,2 ghz, which have native virtualization support for XEN

Alexandre Balavas, 2008/03/12 04:11

in order compile the latest alsa-driver

follow the link
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=606588
in order have the procedure to proper compile the latest alsa-driver ( 1.0.16 )

Bill Giannikos, 2008/03/12 04:55

You can also view the guides here (click the Guides option in title bar up top) for details in installing the ALSA modules on a number of distributions.

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