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Asus G73Jh


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus G73Jh laptop.

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For full specifications see the Asus G73Jh specifications page.

NameAsus G73Jh
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 Processor 620M/820QM/720QM : 2.66 GHz - 1.6 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.33/3.06/2.8 GHz;
Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 540M/520M/430M : 2.53 GHz - 2.26 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.06/2.93/2.53 GHz
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 350M/330M : 2.26 GHz - 2.13 GHz
Screen17.3“ 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB (up to 8GB for 720QM/820QM)
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 5870
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNo problems
ScreenNo problems
HDDNo problems
Optical DriveNo problems
GraphicsAMD Catalyst 10.4 & 11.12 works okay. Open source radeon drivers work best (WITH FIX).The open source radeon drivers will lock on the highest frequency and make the fan stay on full speed. The fix is to enable powersaving/frequency throttling:
SoundNo problemsHad to adjust alsamixer settings to turn the sound up, I think that's typical with Kubuntu.
EthernetNo Problems with (K,X)ubuntu 10.04 & 11.10, Fedora 13, Arch Linux. May not work with Fedora 11 & 12.
WirelessNo Problems
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBNo problems
Card ReaderNo problems
WebcamNo Problems


Bios SettingsBe sure to set the vga controller setting to “other os”

Fedora 13

FC13 and this laptop have been the most painless installation I ever had for a laptop. The BIOS also lets you choose to boot from either of the two disks, which is something you don't see in most BIOS these days. So I could just keep the shipped windows 7 installation on one disk, and put linux on the other disk.

I have been using this laptop for a couple of weeks. FC13 and the Asus have been a terrific combination.

Ubuntu 11.10

I have had a very good experience with this laptop. The open source radeon drivers make the fans very loud because they don't have frequency throttling set up (see arch wiki for the fix: The proprietary AMD Catalyst drivers have throttling set up by default, but are a little buggy, especially with gnome-shell. Backlit key brightness up/down buttons do not work in 11.10, but have been fixed in 12.04.


Installed Kubuntu Karmic Koala when I first bought the laptop and had some minor problems with a second monitor and the video driver. When Lucid Linx came out I did a clean install (Kubuntu once again) and the video on both monitors is perfect. I did have to fiddle with it a little, but it's a huge improvement over Karmic Koala. I'm using an external keyboard and mouse and there are no problems there. I've used the built in keyboard and mouse (not extensively) and haven't noticed any problems with either of them, but I haven't used every key. Overall this laptop and the latest version of Kubuntu have been a dream - very fast and everything works with little effort.


Jim C., 2012/04/04 15:24

1. Locks up when ever power management kicks in. My understanding is that this is related to the lack of support for ACPI 5.0 in the current kernel. Rumored fixed in next kernel. My kernel is: Linux midknight 3.0.0-17-generic #30-Ubuntu SMP Thu Mar 8 20:45:39 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

2. Fans are loud if you don't go to ATI and get the proprietary drivers. Hope this gets fixed as ATI catalyst was a royal pain to use with my dual head KDE setup. Now that I have it working for example, I can no longer use the System Settings widget to manage my multi-monitor setup.

Troy, 2012/04/18 02:47

2. Fans are not loud with open source radeon drivers if GPU frequency throttling is set up. Unfortunately it isn't set up by default, you have to go do it yourself for now.

slen, 2011/05/15 17:45

Today workarounds for ubuntu subwoofer problem were posted.

See for Ubuntu 10.10:

and for ubuntu 11.04:

My subwoofer is now working great.

slen, 2011/05/14 18:28

I am running Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit on my G73JH. Greatest problem is, that subwoofer is not working unter ubuntu. There already exists a bug report. See

Has anyone made subwoofer working?

Dizzy1, 2011/04/15 15:45

Hopefully someone will find this useful.

echo 1 > /sys/class/leds/asus\:\:kbd_backlight/brightness

Keyboard lights value: 0-3

Dummy1010, 2011/02/26 23:11

I've owned this machine for 10 days as of the following post:

Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit Linux installed(via thumb drive in about 15 minutes) as a dual-boot side by side with Win7. Most annoying issue was the touchpad(both in windows and ubuntu) as the stock drivers in 10.10 cause the arrowed cursor to freak out with almost any touch of the pad, once the machine warms to operating temperature. Touchpad is fine while cool from a fresh boot though, odd.

Easy fix, just install the updated Synaptics Driver and disable scrolling etc in the mouse-settings, or better yet, just plug a USB and turn off the touchpad with a simple FN & F9 key combo. Note, this same exact symptom happened in Win7 as well, same solution, update the Synaptics driver and voila!

Every other piece of hard ware works out of the installation gate, nothing else to tweak or hack. The suspend feature is on again off as sometimes its fine, other times it locks the machine. No big deal to me as I rarely use this feature on any laptop, so… All is well otherwise.

This laptop is a beast and plows through just about anything. Ubuntu boots in almost 1/2 the time Win7 does. Nice!

cwpbl, 2010/11/12 09:47

Running Ubuntu 10.10.
Configuration tested with an external screen (DVI) in 1920×1200.
All works properly except :
- power management (suspend/hibernate does not work).
- several issue with the AMD driver for HD 5870 (some crashes, problem with dpms). The driver used is fglrx V2:8.780-0ubuntu2
- backlight keyboard does not work.

As a conclusion: Linux on this laptop allow to use RAID-O or striped LVM on 2 disks (not possible with W7) giving good IO perf. But with several issues, this is not a first choice for a Linux laptop.

Dizzy1, 2011/03/28 20:55

How did you get the external monitor to work on 1920×1200?

Dummy1010, 2011/03/28 21:00

I'd like to know the answer to this as well. I know this laptop with the ATI card is only capable of 1600×900 resolution with the stock screen, one of the only complaints next to the 5400rpm hard drive that was spec'd on this machine from the price-point.

I know the G73 with the Nvidia cards offer higher resolutions for a couple-few hundred dollars more…

Sidiasus, 2010/10/19 12:33

Running up-to-date Arch linux (10/19/2010) works well in most regards.
I have had no problems with the wireless card, or the Catalyst drivers (10.10 testing branch from AUR).
I had an issue where my synaptics driver wouldn't recognize the touchpad for the purposes of features like twofingervertscroll, but after updating to 1.9 (and synaptics 1.3.0-1), the issue was resolved.

I am not able to get my subwoofer working, after spending some time googling around. The solution is probably simpler than I think, but I'm no ALSA expert.

Lastly, I'm still trying to divine the correct “quirks” to pass to pm-suspend to get the machine to suspend properly. At this juncture, the system goes to sleep but hangs at a blank console with a blinking cursor before powering down.

Overall, the experience with this machine has been positive in Linux, and I would encourage anyone interested to invest. AMD's graphic drivers still are not perfect, but are better than they have been in the past.

Eric Peers, 2010/05/27 22:07

Running FC12 with networking just fine. Had issues with graphics drivers under FC13. Webcam works too. Having trouble with power management though.

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