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Asus G71Gx

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus G71Gx laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus G71Gx. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus G71Gx page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus G71Gx specifications page.

NameAsus G71Gx
ProcessorIntel Quad Core Processor Q9000 : 2.0 GHz
Intel Core2 Duo Processor T9600/T9550/T9400/P8800/P8700/P8600/P8400/T6600/T6500/T6400 : 2.8 GHz - 2.00 GHz
Screen17.1“ WXGA+ (1440×900)/WUXGA (1920×1200) Color-Shine (Glare-type)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
RAMUp to 6GB
HDDSingle HDD:
500GB - 5400rpm
320GB - 5400rpm/7200rpm
250GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveSATA
NetworkDVD Super Multi Double Layer:
Blu-Ray DVD Combo
10/100/1000

Linux Compatibility

I am running a Gentoo-Linux using kde 4.3 with kernel 2.6.31 on this laptop.
I also tested knoppix, elive, sabayon. All worked well. This Laptop is not problematic in Linux.

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorksOne disk replaced with an intel x25m
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksnvidia-drivers work without problems
SoundWorksIntel HD_Audio
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorksWireless Extensions in kernel
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
WebcamWorksuvc kernelmodule

Notes

Works well with Gentoo-Linux. Only problem:
NEVER plug in or plug out the power-adapter, when the Laptop is running in Linux.
It will in most cases lock the system completely. (The caps-lock-led blinks, and nothing works anymore)
This problem is still present, from kernel 2.6.29 up till 2.6.31. If you hibernate for plugging it works. Hibernating works like a charm on it with all the tested kernels.
The system is stuck so hard, you have to unplug the akku, so it gets up again. (Also the newest bios changes nothing in this behaviour)

Summary

It really is a nice Laptop, with an installed SSD as system-disk, it is a beast in speed, and performs my Desktop with a Q6600 out in most cases. (I need a ssd in my desktop now ;-))

Author

Roland Weigert


Discussion

julia, 2014/08/07 08:00

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Roland, 2010/04/21 21:02

My usb-ports work without problems. (usb-sticks, usb-mouse,handy,camera)
usb-drives, hmm (codepage ?, ums)
What does grep show you after plugging in?

I did not try to get the keys working.
webcam, as said above :
UVC in kernel, and only working with programs that support this (guvcviewer, skype)
If you got a persistant problem, I can try to give you my kernel-config. (But hmmm gentoo, no vanilla)

Josh, 2010/02/25 14:46

Hey I just bought this same model computer, and have installed ubuntu 9.1 64 bit on it. I dont thing my USB drives are working, because the computer is not recognizing my mouse, or my external hard drive. Do you know of a way to fix this? Also, how do i get my webcam and the 4 special buttons at the top of the keyboard to work?

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