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Asus G73SW

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus G73SW laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus G73SW. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus G73SW page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus G73SW specifications page.

NameAsus G73SW
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 2630QM @ 2.0GHz
Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
Screen17.3” 1600×900
17.3” 1920×1080
17.3” 1920×1080 3D
RAMUp to 16GB - Quad Core
Up to 8GB - Dual Core
HDDup to 1.5TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
Blu-ray-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460M Cuda 1.5GBs
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorOK works(&), cpu scaling not tested
ScreenNot Tested Cannot change brightness, 3D not supported by nvidia
HDDOKworks(&)
Optical DriveOKworks (&)
GraphicsOK works(&)tested on binary nvidia driver
SoundOKworks(&)
EthernetOKworks(&)
WirelessOKworks(&)
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USB2.0OKworks(&)
USB3.0OKworks(&)
Card Reader??not working(&)
WebcamOKmax resolution 1600×1200(&)
TouchPadOKworks(&)

Notes

I suggest checking out this webpage for information on getting the backlit keyboard working, along with other accoutrements:
[[http://scottsautorepair.net/microsoft.sucks/G73SW.keyboard.lights.html]]

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the Asus G73SW works with Linux here.

*Please feel free to delete this,
*I have never been so happy to have Linux working on a machine in my life.

I am currently running Xubuntu 11.10 64bit and can honestly say I am extremely happy.
You can see my mark(&) showing what I am sure of and what I have tested extensively. I put that there in an effort to let those reading know how it works and on what exactly.

CPU is recognized and programs such as htop & lshw display 8 cores, showing hyper-threading is working. Typing cat cpu/procinfo displays the proper information as well, so Linux is not having a hard time working with this CPU. My kernel version is 3.0.0-11, and so far it manages extremely well. Sauerbraten, Minecraft, and Firefox Nightly all going smoothly while listening to streaming music with VLC.

Graphics are being managed by the Nvidia Proprietary driver version 280.13, and I have yet to have any type of problem. Like I said above, GPU intensive applications run smoothly and that was with a CRT Dell E772c 1280 x 1024 humming besides me using the VGA output. I am blown away at the capabilities of this machine. Of course, I just put down a PIII Dell Latitude CPx for this i7 ASUS. *insert cat macro here*

I inserted an an old SATA HDD into the secondary HDD slot, and it was recognized without incident. I was able to utilize it easily. I am unfamiliar with Linux support regarding SSDs, but when I take the time to look into it, I hope I find it well supported. I would love to place one as an OS drive.

I did not test the BlueRay drive at all; other than to the Linux installer CD and to see what the CPU could do in regards to converting a DVD into mp4 format. My ffmpegfoo is lacking and I was unable to complete that task, but the DVD was recognized.

I am not an audiophile, but I hava had no issues with sound. Headphone jack works very well, and I personally enjoy the tight fit it provides. Speakers are loud, and I am able, through software controls and the fn key combination (fn F11/F12) in Xubuntu, to change the volume. Testing as I type this, Pulse Audio does not re-enable the sound when you press the fn key + F10, though it works enough to mute the sound. I had to open xfce4-mixer and enable sound again from there.

My network configuration was the first and most unexpected moment of my entire Xubuntu installation. I have never had the fortune of owning a laptop that had its wireless chipset supported outright. I spent a long time without wireless thanks to an RTL8192SE curse. When it came time to configure, I was resigned to plugging in the ethernet cable, like I always have to. Every time. With out fail. To my surprise, the installer recognized the Network Interface, and happily displayed my available wireless networks. I was not required to enter anything. Not even an SSID. Setting my Netgear Wireless-N 150 router to:
⇒ 150Mbs n Mode on channel 11 results in⇒not being able to connect. (zero configuration)
⇒ 150Mbs g/n Mode on channel 11 results in⇒connected at 54Mbs (zero configuration)
⇒ 150Mbs b/bg/n Mode on channel 11 results in⇒ I stopped testing here, since I am sure I will connect at 54Mbs for the remainder of the modes.
Ethernet is moot in my opinion, but I will say it works and works very well. Ethernet is magic in my mind.

The USB ports are all recognized, and I currently am using one for an optical mouse and one for an external HDD. I have had no issues. The USB 3.0 port is recognized as well with a simple lsusb command, though I have nothing to test it, speed wise.

I normally do not use an SDcard luckily, since I can not get Xubuntu 11.10 to recognize my four functioning cards. I have not attempted to alter fstab yet, so others may weigh in on that, but out of the box, so to speak, it is not working for me. Though the card slot does not cause a reaction with my system, an SDcard in a USB card reader does become recognized when connected to the USB 2.0 ports & the 3.0 port.

I installed cheese to utilize the webcam and was surprised to get a max resolution of 1600×1200 for both the video and picture capture capabilities. Many cats on my head were enshrined in digital format. Good times.

The touchpad functions properly, though I have no software for it. The right side scrolling function for this webpage works properly, as does the tap to click, and the buttons. Since I use a USB optical mouse, I placed `rmmod psmouse' in my /etc/rc.local, as it is a Synaptic Touchpad. (sudo modprobe psmouse in a terminal will return the touchpad functionality)

I am completely satisfied with the default support provided by my version of Xubuntu Linux, and am confident that if I take the time to configure and supplement the support for it, that this computer will be able to utilize all of its capabilities. I hope this helps someone in some way. I enjoyed sharing my still fresh first impression of Linux on this laptop.

Once again, if I have overstep my bounds or go off the deep end with this information or the way I imparted it, please don't hesitate to delete it. I am much better at reading that I am at writing.


Discussion

warfacegod, 2013/05/23 23:37

All hardware, including card reader, Bluetooth, Fn keys, and back lighting work 100% with Debian Wheezy. That's been the case for some time.

However, with Mint LMDE and CrunchBang, some Fn keys don't work. Backlighting will only work after you Sleep the system. This is rather baffling because LMDE and CrunchBang are both based on Wheezy. I'd very much like to know what Debian is doing that makes everything work.

warfacegod, 2014/01/21 15:31

Thought I'd update my post. The USB3 port no longer works. This is a hardware problem. Doing a manual reset will get it running again. Unfortunately, mine only worked for 20 minutes then quit. I've seen numerous posts in various Linux sites about this happening across both Windows and Linux.

I believe this may be related to the SATA III failure issues the previous revision Sandybridge architecture had.

Mithunc, 2012/05/22 05:05

I still can't get the card reader for this laptop to work.

This is a related issue but using the rts_pstor driver has not worked for me:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/698006

It works perfectly in Windows.

My other problem is that the Nvidia GPU is always running at what I assume is its max setting, because the fans are always spinning and its idle temp is 57C when it should be much lower.

feci, 2012/04/10 11:46

I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 on this machine, with the 3.x.x series of kernels, 3.1.4 and 3.3.0 manually installed.
I have the G73SW-something with i7 2630QM, 2x750GB HDD, Nvidia GTX 460M, Bluray-combo, resolution of 1920×1080 without 3D and 16GB of DDR3.
If I remember well everything was running out-of-the-box, except the USB3 port. I remember that I had initially some problem with the backlight for the keyboard, but I think that I've solved it with kernel 3.1.4. There were also some problems at some point with the nouveau driver, 3D acceleration wasn't working, but again 3.1.4 solved that too.
Webcam is working out-of-the-box (this is a rarity in my case) and sound works also (with pulseaudio).
CPU scaling works (including turbo), bluetooth works, wifi, etc.
The only persistent problem is the USB3, which as far as I can tell is getting worse, e.g. with 3.1.4 it was somewhat working (freezed the system during bigger data transfers), but with 3.3.0 it isn't working at all, and the stock kernels behave the same way as 3.1.4. Sadly only the unified receiver from logitech is working on USB3, but nothing that actually could benefit from the bandwith.
I didn't test if I can switch off the touchpad, and didn't test the card reader either, but I expect that these will work.
I will probably install also 12.04 on it, but with the 3.3.0 kernel.

What I'm curious about, is wether SATA III is supported, I can't find any reliable info about it. Perhaps some of you have a 6Gbs SSD in it and could tell me if it works at maximum speed or not.

taoshi, 2012/03/22 02:45

Tnkz for this page!!
Im considering buy this machine and this give even more confidence of getting a linux out-of-the-box. I really hope that nvidia put 3d support under linux or better that the free driver giveit ;)

If I finaly buy this box I'll put the results of my install to cotinue this great help

Whit attention of updates on this page, tnkz again.

Saludos from Ecuador!

Rob Kampen, 2012/01/05 21:01

I purchased mine on Dec 9 and over Christmas loaded CentOS 6.2 via the live CD. I can confirm that it handles my 60 Gb SSD as my OS drive and it boots from cold start to asking for my password in 32 seconds.
I have been working with elrepo to get all the function keys working - so far we cannot get <Fn F9> touchpad toggle to function, and we are just getting the latest asus_nb_wmi driver to deal with the keyboard backlight to work.
I have not tested the bluetooth. The nvidia driver handles the LCD 1920×1080 just fine with all 2D stuff working well. No way to test the external display capability at this time.
Wireless - just works.
Anyone who can confirm that the F9 touchpad toggle works under Linux???

sblatt, 2011/09/21 15:51

I bought this laptop 1 Month ago and installed archlinux. So far everything works great, only keyboard backlights and 3d don't work.

Rob Kampen, 2012/01/05 22:49

Does the <Fn F9> key turn off the touchpad under linux?

Auroq, 2012/04/04 19:41

The <Fn F9> does toggle the the touchpad for me. In fact all of the Fn F keys work for me including the led baclights. I can't verify any of the other Fn keys however because I have yet to set them up.

I'm Running 64 bit Arch Linux
Kernel 3.2.12-1-Arch

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