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Asus G1S

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus G1S 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 G1S. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus G1S page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus G1S specifications page.

NameAsus G1S
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz
Screen15.4” WSXGA+
RAM2GB
HDD200GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
EthernetYes
WirelessYesSee notes below
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraPartialWorks with the linux-uvc driver, but quality doesn't seem good
OLED display Yes Needs some extra work

Notes

Most Linux distributions don't support the GeForce 8600M GT in the Asus G1S until you install the proprietary nvidia module. See the guide below for instructions on how to do this. Newly release distributions should be able to support this card in 2D mode, but the proprietary modules are needed for 3D support.

The Intel 4965 requires the iwlwifi driver. This driver can be very difficult to install depending on the kernel and distribution you are using. Currently Ubuntu 7.10, Mandriva Linux 2008 and OpenSuSE 10.3 support this controller as standard. Have a look at the 4965 guide below for a up to date list of distributions which support this controller as standard and also instructions for distributions which don't support it fully.

Again depending on the distribution you choose to use the audio system may not function. In this case you will need to install at least version 1.0.15rc3 of the ALSA drivers. Sound with Ubuntu 7.10 works fine.

Summary

As long as you use a very recently released Linux distribution (such as Ubuntu 7.10), the Asus G1S works just fine with Linux. The webcam doesn't work that great at the moment but the linux-uvc drivers are constantly improving.


Discussion

Vincenzo Romano, 2009/10/08 07:01

It took some efforts to make everything work (http://asusg1s.wikidot.com/ubuntu-8-04).
The bad news is about the small OLED display: I burned it in two months before being able to change its logo!
Be carefull!

Erik, 2009/01/11 19:29

Installed Suse 11.1 with KDE 4.1 all hardware except the camera work great although after random periods of time the unit will hardlock and flash scroll lock and caps lock. still trying to pinpoint the cause but ive found this is not an issue that is tied directly to this laptop or to the distro.

Ravi, 2008/02/07 21:00

Graphic Fix

Yes Upgrading to Bios 300 fixes all graphic North bridge mapping issues.

KJW, 2007/12/10 11:07

G1S and Java Audio?

Greetings, I am trying to get the program at http://adornthetruth.com/nikamo to run properly. I have tried both the G1S-A1 and G1S-B1 with Ubuntu 7.10. I have installed suns java and it works fairly well, however, any audio clips I play in the program get the last half second cut off. Other machines running Ubuntu, Windows, or Mac have no problems with this application. It only seems to be on the G1S. I even tried the live cd version of Hardy to see if the updated ALSA module solves the problem. It still has the same problem. If I play the audio files directly with the audio player they play fine, it is just running them in the java app that they get cut off. Can anyone else with the G1S verify this?

Thanks,

-KJW

Rcom, 2007/11/24 08:20

Well I have a G1s and I can't see installation graphics in Mandriva. In ubuntu I was able to work around the dark screen, but not in mandriva, any ideas? the cursor appears like a sqaure…and everthing else are just boxes of colors but nothing that you can see or read. This is the issue when you try to boot the install dvd.

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