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Asus G46VW


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For full specifications see the Asus G46VW specifications page.

NameAsus G46VW
ProcessorIntel Core i7 3630QM Processor
Intel Core i5 3230M /3210M Processor
Screen14” 1366×768 Widescreen
14” 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11ac or 802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
DisplayPortNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Touch PadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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vkmc, 2013/07/12 13:56

BTW, this is my laptop

I have the i5 version with 8gb of RAM. None of the G46VW I saw have a DVD-RW or Bluray drive.

vkmc, 2013/07/12 13:51

Hey! I've already tried this laptop with three different GNU/Linux distros

Debian 7 (Wheezy)

It worked, but not so well due to the stable but not so updated drivers.

- Installation: No problems at all during this stage. I would advice connecting the wired network though.

- Usage: Sometimes during boot time it won't turn on the screen. The card reader didn't work, and neither the mics. Keyboard special keys were automatically detected (even the keyboard light ones!). I used Intel video drivers for this setup.

- Overall rating: 6/10 (just the basics).

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)

- Installation: No problems at all. Same advice here, use the wired network.

- Usage: I see this was the most used distro. It's a Debian derivative, so the performance was alike but in this setup the mics and card reader worked. Not the best for my taste, but it's an option. Again here, I used the Intel video drivers.

- Overall rating: 7/10 (not my distro of choice).

ArchLinux 2013.07.01

- Installation: Hey, It's Arch! It's harder than other distros, but following the beginners guide ('_Guide) it works like charm.

- Usage: AWESOME! I love this distro. Everything worked out the box, all the installed software is updated (Arch's bleeding edge feature) and there is a wiki for every doubt you can have. Keyboard bindings are working perfectly, and all other devices too. I tried installing nvidia privative drivers and nouveau ones, but I didn't success. The X's won't start and I decided to install Intel video drivers again just to start using it. I will give another try to it and publish my results in here.

- Overall rating: 9/10 (I would like to use my nvidia card rather than the onboard one)

For all the distros I mentioned,

- I had some trouble creating the EFI USB flashdrive. The better documented is Arch ( For Debian and Ubuntu I had to create it with dd. Unetbootin and that kind of software won't work.

- I couldn't install Grub properly, so I cannot access the Windows 8 setup I have along my preferred OS. I don't miss it, but I felt it was a good idea to point that out.


somber, 2013/05/04 08:14

Installed Linux Mint 14 Nadia today. Legacy BIOS mode, dual boot with win 7. Normal install, bootloader works fine. The volume and keyboard brightness hotkeys work fine, the screen brightness hotkeys do not work..

Could not install Ubuntu 13.04, the installer hangs.. Though the hotkeys for screen broghtness do work in live mode.. Does anyone know how to make them work on Mint (may be there is a way to sort of make them work as they do on Ubuntu)?


somber, 2013/04/22 07:50

Brightness hotkeys didn't work for me (Ubuntu 12.10), however, display brightness level can still be set from the terminal:
echo 5 > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_video1/brightness
the number is the actual brightness lever (ranges 0 to 10 I guess).

I was running the tests from a live usb, so didn't have appropriate video drivers installed…may be the brightness hotkeys will work after installation of the drivers. Otherwise, I guess it may be possible to set the hooks manually.

Other hotkeys (sound level, keyboard brightness, wireless on/off) worked fine.

Will try to look more into those during the next weekend )
If anyone has faced the same issue, please share.

somber, 2013/04/22 07:42

A good how-to for ndiswrapper on Ubuntu.

somber, 2013/04/22 07:40

For those with 802.11ac issues. Tested this under Ubuntu 12.10 with ndiswrapper ( and a driver for win xp ( Download and unpack the driver and use the .inf file with ndiswrapper:
sudo ndiswrapper -i filename.inf to install
sudo ndiswrapper -l to check
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper to load the kernel module

Use ndisgtk package if you want a ui for ndiswrapper.

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