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Asus G50V

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus G50V 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 G50V. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus G50V page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus G50V specifications page.

NameAsus G50V
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA or WXGA+ or WSXGA+ Widescreen
RAM1GB to 4GB
HDD2 x 200GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 9700M GT
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945ABG 802.11abgn or Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
USBYes
FirewireYes
Card ReaderYes
CameraYes

Notes

Graphics

Depending on the Linux distribution you use, you may need to install the proprietary NVIDIA driver to get the display working at all. In any case you will need these drivers if you require 3D support. See our guides section on this site for installation details.

Sound

While sound works, the headphone jack does not work properly. No sound comes out of the headphones. Adding this line to the bottom of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base (it may be called alsa-base.conf on newer distros) may fix this problem:

options snd-hda-intel model=m51va position_fix=0

Or:

options snd-hda-intel model=asus-mode3

After editing the file, try the following commands as root in order until one works (or just reboot):
/etc/init.d/alsasound restart
alsa force-reload
update-modules

Then unplug and replug the headphones or line-out cable and try playing audio.

RAID

For users with two hard disks, using RAID via the Intel ICH9M in Enhanced Mode is possible by passing the dmraid=true argument to the installer at boot time for some newer distributions (confirmed working on Debian Lenny, Ubuntu Intrepid Alternate Installer).

Numpad

Using key combinations that include the number pad (with Numlock off), such as Shift+Home and Shift+End may not work as expected. This behavior can be changed by adding the following line to the InputDevice section of /etc/X11/xorg.conf for Generic Keyboard:

Option		"XkbOptions"	"numpad:microsoft"

Lights

Currently there is no way to disable the lights on the sides of the lid. There was a way to disable the lights on the ASUS G1 but it does not work for the G50. The touchpad light can be disabled. Note that this only works with the asus_laptop module, it does not work with asus_acpi.

echo 0 > /sys/class/leds/asus\:\:touchpad/brightness

OLED Display

The OLED display can be used with the ASUS OLED driver and G50 OLED daemon.

Hotkeys

On most distributions there should be no problems with hotkeys.

However, on Debian Sid, HAL may cause problems because two events are triggered per keypress. Mute and play/pause will not function properly; volume up/down will move two notches instead of one. An update to acpi-support and acpi-support-base fix the problem with the volume hotkeys, however play/pause and next/previous track still malfunction. To resolve the issue, rename a few files and restart acpid as root:

cd /etc/acpi/events
mv asus-media-play-pause asus-media-play-pause.x
mv asus-media-prev asus-media-prev.x
mv asus-media-next asus-media-next.x
mv asus-volume-mute asus-volume-mute.x
mv asus-volume-up asus-volume-up.x
/etc/init.d/acpid restart

To enable the touchpad control special function key (next to the power button), first make sure /etc/X11/xorg.conf is correctly configured. This assumes that sudo is set up for your regular user account without a password.

gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf &

There should be a Synaptics input section that has the SHMConfig option enabled like this sample:

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier     "Synaptics Touchpad"
Driver         "synaptics"
Option         "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option         "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option         "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option         "HorizEdgeScroll" "0"
Option         "MaxTapTime" "0"
Option	   "SHMConfig" "on"
EndSection

Next, edit /etc/acpi/asus-touchpad.sh:

gksudo gedit /etc/acpi/asus-touchpad.sh &

asus-touchpad.sh:

#!/bin/sh
[ -f /usr/share/acpi-support/state-funcs ] || exit 0

[ -f /usr/share/acpi-support/state-funcs ] || exit 0

# get the current state of the touchpad
TPSTATUS=`synclient -ls | awk '/TouchpadOff/ {print $3}'`

# if getting the status failed, exit
test -z $TPSTATUS && exit 1

if [ $TPSTATUS = 0 ]; then
synclient -s TouchpadOff=1
echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/asus_laptop/leds\:asus\:\:touchpad/brightness
else
synclient -s TouchpadOff=0
echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/asus_laptop/leds\:asus\:\:touchpad/brightness
fi

If you are running 2.6.31 or later change the two instances of asus-laptop above to asus_laptop. Log out of X and log back in and the touchpad should toggle.

NVIDIA PowerMizer

Your GPU may run hot (causing the fan to always run) using the proprietary NVIDIA drivers. The solution is to enable PowerMizer in /etc/X11/xorg.conf under the Device section for the graphics card. This will clock down the GPU and memory when the GPU is not in use by a 3D application. If you use a compositing window manager (like compiz), this setting will have little effect since the card will always be doing 3D.

To enable power saving on both AC and battery, add this line:

Option	"RegistryDwords" "PowerMizerEnable=0x1; PerfLevelSrc=0x3333;"

To enable power saving only on battery, add this line instead:

Option		"RegistryDwords" "PowerMizerEnable=0x1; PerfLevelSrc=0x3322"

See Also

Summary

Everything should run fine after a bit of tweaking.


Discussion

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Darrell Fuller, 2011/11/02 02:26

I recently installed Ubuntu 11.10 on a G50V-A1 and it went almost perfect. The sound, wireless / wired, bluetooth and video all worked great. I did have to get the NVidia drivers to reduce the flickering in XBMC, but otherwise 11.10 worked right off the DVD.

Frank, 2010/10/14 03:48

I just want to say that I've been trying to fix this problem for a long time and you finally gave me the answer. =) I could only ever reboot and have headphones or speakers. I added options snd-hda-intel model=asus-mode3 to the end of the .conf and tried the commands. That didn't work, but after rebooting it was perfect. The other command didn't work at all. Also, I had to reboot without my headphones plugged in.

I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on an Asus g60v.

Thanx again!!!

xguru, 2010/08/06 14:12

It is very helpful!THX very much

Emmanuel Villagomez, 2010/05/12 23:43

Great post!, Thanks.

tilo, 2010/04/05 00:52

the keyboard shift stuff is doable with GUI:

System → Assistive Technologies

→ Keyboard Accesibility → Layouts

→ Layout Options → Miscellaneous compatibility options

credits to http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=60336

couldn't solve the GPU powermixer, but guess because of 185 driver.

sandcrawler, 2009/12/29 21:14

The unofficial driver for the DVD wouldn't load but I found there is a new official driver. After days of arguing with ASUS over this a year ago I feel somewhat vindicated that they released a new version despite the fact that the told me they “thoroughly test their firmware” and the problem had to be my OS. I'll only update here if it doesn't work… otherwise assume this firmware fixed the DVD freeze problems.

Official Firmware
http://tinyurl.com/g50v-dvdfw

sandcrawler, 2009/12/29 21:33

—In response to myself—
Sadly, even though the new firmware (sr09) works much better, it still froze on trying to burn a DVD.

sandcrawler, 2009/12/29 19:51

For those of you still having issues…

There is a patch for the DVD error if you use raid OR set IDE to compatible in the bios. See the link below in the comments.

For sound, if none of the options are working for you, make sure your drivers are loaded as modules. (use “lsmod” and look for snd-hda-intel) You can set options in the alsa config files till you are blue in the face but if the drivers are compiled into the kernel they don't do a bit of good.

jaime h, 2009/11/21 22:07

Hi, I have an Asus G50V and I have just installed Ubuntu 9.10 but my webcam doesnt work, I tried to use it and the following message appears:

Could not connect with video device (/dev/video0). please check connection.

Also made about headphones and I get no sound in headphones nor speakers while the headphones are plugged in, then I unplug them and the speakers sound.

The microphone doesnt work either.

Can someone could help me ??

warpriest, 2009/11/02 00:59

For some reason, my webcam image in upside down. Can someone help me?

Dick, 2010/01/28 05:51

My only experience using the webcam with Ubuntu is Cheese Webcam Booth. I had the same problem but I found that by going into “Effects” and selecting “Vertical Flip” it worked for me. If you're using another app, I don't know.

kleim, 2009/11/01 11:09

This worked on my Asus G51VX:
Edit your /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf: sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
Add this line at the end of your file: options snd-hda-intel model=m51va position_fix=0

HELP MEEE, 2009/10/30 19:33

This is strange, but you can just plug the headphone jack in halfway and sound will go to the external speakers as well as the speakers on the laptop. Its very strange, but none of the above code work for me.
I have a asus g51vx, and ubuntu 9.10.

Atila, 2009/10/29 15:49

What is need to do for the camera work in the right way(upright)?

FISH, 2009/10/02 17:54

Ubuntu 9.04 on G50Vt Best buy (Silver and Black w/Blue Graphics and LED)

For some reason my DVD Drive will not function at all times. At boot if theres a CD in there it will sometimes not function…and after use it will sometimes stop functioning….anyone experience this?

Oh….and THANK YOU so much to the poster who listed the fix for the headphones.

FISH, 2009/10/02 18:57

Nevermind….found the fix:

In the default configuration you will have a nasty surprise of all kinds of errors sooner or later during the installation process. This is all because of the Enhanced SATA setting in the BIOS. Before wasting good CDs trying to burn again the installation kit, try rebooting the laptop and pressing F2 during the flames to open BIOS settings, then from Advanced tab switch to Compatible mode instead of Enhanced.

ALLurGroceries, 2009/10/04 05:39

That's a workaround, but if you are running RAID you don't have that option… there's a known problem with SRST / COMRESET failing due to a bug in the firmware for the DVD drive. There is unofficial firmware that you can load onto the drive if you run into this problem. There are details here:
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=394692#dvd

Andre Durao, 2009/07/07 12:12

Hi all, Iam currently using Ubuntu9.04 in my g50vt-x5(bestbuy)
the only way that works for my headphone works right its

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
add line:
options snd-hda-intel model=asus-mode3

sudo /etc/init.d/alsa-utils restart
sudo alsa force-reload

ALLurGroceries, 2009/05/19 12:19

I just added the Hotkeys section but I forgot to log in before editing lol. Had some problems with Mute and Volume hotkeys on Debian Sid AMD64 so hopefully this helps someone. This is only a fix for this specific problem, if your hotkeys don't work at all something else is wrong.

Edit: Updated the hotkeys fix since a new version of acpi-support came out which fixed the problem with the volume hotkeys.

Bruce Cadieux, 2009/03/17 06:24

I have everything working on my ASUS G50vt running openSUSE 11.1 with KDE4.2.
I use for sound setting asus-mode3
I just tried some of the sound settings suggested here, but the asus-mode3 setting gives more functionality and allows for the use of an external microphone. External speakers work extremely well with these settings.

The OLED display works extremely well, and I have been in contact with the developer of asusg50oled OLED Daemon and got the installer to correctly identify openSUSE, also getting Amarok2 to display.

The webcam can indeed be made to work properly (upside right) with a simple patch. It works with amsn, ekiga, kopete, and skype.

Currently using nvidia 185.13 beta drivers and they work well as do the 180.29 drivers in the nvidia repository included with opensuse.

Firewire works extremely well and kino with avc controls can control my minidv camcorder.

Wireless and wired works perfectly for me.

Camera card reader works and the express card slot also works.

DVD playback is great as is DVD and CD burning, and the the lighscribe burning works extremely also.

In short, everything works, I have been extremely happy with this laptop using Linux.

sandcrawler, 2009/03/03 22:53

Asus G50vt-X5: I've had this running under an AMD64 profile in Gentoo since the latter part of February 09.

Using the MonaLisa link in this article I was able to setup the OLED properly and the hotkeys work to turn the OLED and the touchpad LEDs off. I've found no way yet to turn off the lid lights.

I haven't tried compiz on this laptop but the kwin composite enhancements (desktop cube, etc) render without a hiccup. Even with my system load at 4+ while compiling I can still spin the cube at near 60FPS. I realize the load has less to do with video performance but it should have some effect none the less ;)

I also had the headphone issue at first and fixed it with something similar to the original author. Gentoo Specific: In my /etc/modprobe.d/alsa I added the following
options snd-hda-intel model=g71v
options snd-hda-intel probe_mask=1
then ran update-modules. Other distros may just be able to add the above options to their modules.conf file.

While slightly off-topic for this forum, I also have Vista64 bit running Crysis on high settings. This is definitely a rig capable of gaming.

I've yet to figure out why the Bluetooth LED is lit when I'm not supposed to have that module. I've double-check lspci and lsusb but nothing there hints that it should exist.

Oh yeah, the integrated camera works with the UVC drivers but the image is flipped upside down. There is a kernel-patch to fix the problem but it is manual process right now.

I still have some work to do to get the FN-media keys to work. I expected the acpid samples to fix that but they didn't by default. I suspect I need to go in and tweak the keycodes or something. Not a big issue for me yet :)

Overall this has system been a good experience outside of the bungling I did trying to setup full-drive encryption. That's another story though :P

ALLurGroceries, 2009/02/27 10:56

Just updated the entry with a fix for the headphone jack sense problem that worked for me on my G50V-A2. Added details about using the OLED, installing with RAID configured, disabling the lights and modifying numpad behavior. Linked to MonALISA Team Blog's Ubuntu howto. Also, I saw NRG's comment below about CPU usage; BIOS 209 and later “solve the bug of the CPU speed full run issue” (ASUS release notes). I don't know if it's the cause of the issue NRG described but it's worth a try. For reference I'm on Debian Sid AMD64 with kernel 2.6.29-rc6 and ALSA 1.0.16.

Stephen, 2008/11/23 12:03

G50V-X1 (The 'Best Buy' (Store) Model)

Currently running OpenSUSE 11.0. OpenSUSE looks and feels great on this machine. Some issues, however, have made the experience less than adequate.

ALSA doesn't work correctly with the headphone jack. Sound works through the speakers, but the phone jack is weird. If I barely slide the phone plug in–just until it makes contact–if I'm lucky, it will stay there and I'll have sound through the headphones.

If I push the plug in the normal way, I have no sound.

Now this jack is a combo: It's S/PDIF as well as the headphone jack. I surmise that ALSA is not processing the pinouts correctly, thereby not allowing the proper signals to get to the proper contacts within the jack, itself.

I could also just have a bad jack, but it works with Windows Vista 64 Home Premium, so I am doubtful of this.

OLED Display: I have it set through DirectConsole2 on the Vista side, to display my name and the battery level. Upon startup, the OLED displays either this, or the Republic of Gamers/Logo image. It's split about 50/50 between which display is likely to pop up.

It's not a functionality issue, but I don't know why it does this. DirectConsole2 is windows software, but I suppose that OpenSUSE 11.0 is reading a config file of some type during startup. I do not have a clue as to where this file might be or what it is.

Wireless: I've got the lower-end laptop of the G50V line. As such, it has a different Wi-Fi package than the Intel cards (PCI Express PCIe) that come with the higher-end units.

My card is a PCIe-form-factor, Atheros AR928x. The ath9k module is what is needed, and this was solved for me by upgrading to a newer kernel package.

General Networking Issue (Highly Annoying): I use a special type of Internet connection at my residence. It's a local Radio Link based system, using a large, square Tranceiver/Antenna unit. Go to www.tranzeo.com and look for the TR-CPQ-19f unit to see to what I am referring.

My Internet Service Provider (ISP) is www.radiowire.net out of Jefferson City, Missouri.

The system is linked through a network of wireless nodes, most on 2.4GHz, with some on 5.8GHz for specialized runs. Windows works flawlessly, but on OpenSUSE there is an annoyance that is going to have me remove OpenSUSE 11.0 if it continues.

The annoyance is this: There is a noticeable delay in the network connecting to various web pages. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) seems to be immune, so that may be telling to someone more networking-savvy than me.

Additionally, I have noticed that the KDE Network Manger tends to drop the IP connection mysteriously, then reconnects. This is when Ethernet is plugged-in. Wi-Fi does work, but the signal fluctuates. If this is due to the Atheros ath9k module, then I suppose I have some tweaking to do. Still, the IP shouldn't just drop on a hard-wire connection. It doesn't do it on the Vista 64 side, although there are some occasional lags. (This last part *probably* has something to do with RF Lag Time on the link; it's not frequent, and may be only during heavy use times or extremely wet weather.)

I have experienced numerous webpage timeouts. Refreshing the page usually, though not always, solves the problem. The KDE Network Manager may be the culprit. I have not tested it with GNOME or XFCE.

Pulse Audio System seems to not work. I can't make any connection with local sound nodes at any part of the system. Again, this is probably related to ALSA. ALSA 1.0.18–the version I'm using–seems to be working, when the 1.0.18 version of the alsa-driver package is utilized. It works for the on-board speakers on the G50V; it does not work for the headphone jack, save for the weird *tweak* in the opening paragraphs, the one by sliding the phone plug in just a little. I wouldn't recommend it, just for electrical-shorting reasons, since that is, essentially, what I'm doing: shorting the contact from another pin that's getting some kind of current to the phone jack.

It sure wasn't designed to work that way, and as stated previously, *the jack works perfectly with Vista64 Home Premium*, so it's not the computer's fault, it's either ALSA's (most likely), or OpenSUSE 11.0's (less likely, but it could be.)

Summarizing, once these problems are ironed out–especially the networking-lag-drop issues and the headphone-S/PDIF jack bug–OpenSUSE 11.0 will be a major power-distro for the G50V!

I'm aware there are issues that are currently being ironed out with the alsa-project, and I've filed a bug report with alsa-project.org, under alsa-driver.

If anyone else has anything further to add, please do so. I may also be reached at sabrown@inbox.com.

NRG, 2008/11/18 07:48

Works decently

I'm currently running Ubuntu 8.10/Intrepid Ibex on this system. It works decently, but is very jittery with compiz. CPU utilization sometimes spikes when doing simple tasks such as alt+tab or changing viewports in compiz. Disabling compiz seems to help some. For the most part, the glitches are not long-standing as long as you pause for a second to let it catch up.

Currently, I have not found anything for enabling the hot keys on the OLED display.

Even though the support is not crystal, all mandatory items are included (wifi/networking, video drivers, sound, touchpad, cpu, etc)

Gumbo, 2008/11/16 13:01

Linux on Asus G50V

It works well but it would be nice if they made the specific drivers available. Im currently running ubuntu 8.10

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