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Asus G53SW

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus G53SW laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus G53SW. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus G53SW page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus G53SW specifications page.

NameAsus G53SW
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 2630QM
Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
Blu-ray-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested

Notes

Everything seems to work out of the box with Gentoo 10.0 but the keyboard lights, the screen dimming and the Fn hotkeys.
To have all the previously mentioned things working it is required to install a kernel version 2.6.39 or superior with asus-wmi drivers built-in or as a module.
Refer to this forum post for more information: http://forum.notebookreview.com/asus-gaming-notebook-forum/553474-g73-asus-wmi-linux-driver-i-need-your-help.html

Summary

This laptop runs great with linux. Everything is supported, but some things may have to be configured by hand.


Discussion

Boyd, 2012/03/18 17:45

Suspend function freezes laptop; monitor brightness adjustments work only with some kernels; WiFi is slow (ath9k bug?); closing the lid freezes laptop; SD card reader requires kernel 3.2+

I've tried many custom kernels and still have issues.

venum, 2012/01/04 10:32

All working great…but sometimes keyboard is not working at all booting linux.
Booting windows never happened this issue.

phl, 2011/09/01 21:17

ALMOST everything runs great. In addition to what is written above, I must say that the USB3 port does not recognize any device that is plugged in, eitherUSB3 or USB2.

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asus_g53sw.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/07 08:58 by billg
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