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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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For full specifications see the Asus G1S specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||See notes below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Camera||Partial||Works with the linux-uvc driver, but quality doesn't seem good|
|OLED display||Yes||Needs some extra work|
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.
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.