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|Processor||Intel Core i7 3720QM Processor
Intel Core i7 3610QM Processor
|Screen||17.3” 1600×900 Widescreen
17.3” 1920×1080 Widescreen
17.3” 1920×1080 3D Widescreen
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|HDD||up to 1TB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M/670M|
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
|Processor||Out of Box|
|Screen||Out of Box||Cannot adjust brightness|
|HDD||Out of Box|
|Optical Drive (DVD/RW)||Out of Box|
|Optical Drive (Blu Ray)||Not Tested|
|Graphics Chip||Needs NVidia Driver; see below|
|VGA Out||Out of Box||With NVidia Twinview; use nvidia-settings to configure|
|HDMI Out||Out of Box||nvidia proprietary driver causes flickering; use Nouveau|
|Speakers||Out of Box||Stereo speakers, integrated subwoofer is not working (2.1)|
|Built-in Microphone||Out of Box|
|Headphone Jack||Out of Box||(Both AUX and optical out tested and functional)|
|Microphone Jack||Out of Box||Make sure to increase capture levels in alsamixer|
|Ethernet||Out of Box|
|Wireless||Out of Box|
|Bluetooth||Out of Box|
|USB||Out of Box|
|Card Reader||Out of Box||Appears as USB card reader when card is inserted|
|Webcam||Out of Box||Standard USB Video class (uvcvideo)|
|Touchpad||Out of Box|
|Keyboard||Most hotkeys do not work: see notes below|
|Suspend/Resume||Out of Box*||*Keyboard backlight turns does not turn on after resume|
2012-07-08 Matt Svoboda - using Asus G75VW-AS71
Laptop is mostly usable with the following exceptions:
1. Display issues
To get native resolution / hardware acceleration on Ubuntu 12.04, you'll have to download and manually install the Linux x86_64 driver from NVIDIA's website. Installing is a bit of a headache - you'll have to open a console, stop the display manager, and run the installer with root permissions, and since it patches the kernel, you'll need to repeat the process after every kernel update. It gives an error about the pre-install script failing, but proceeding with the installation worked for me.
The drivers are now available in “Additional Drivers”. These Drivers are proprietary and seem to be the drivers from NVIDIA's website. It is quite simple to install them this way.
One noticeable bug with the driver: with the GTX 660M, the latest driver (295.59) seems to have an issue in full-screen video where there is a horizontal “seam” in the middle where the video doesn't appear to sync up properly (only noticeable when there's lots of movement on screen); I have not found a fix for this.
It worked great for me:
Please type in to console and run it, it updates all new Nvidia drives from repository:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current
2. Keyboard issues
Most of the hotkeys at the top of the keyboard do not work, and there is no workaround. The following hotkeys *do* work when using the fn key:
- Instant sleep (F1)
- Enable/Disable wireless toggle (F2)
- Toggle display on/off (F7) - sometimes there's a delay
- Toggle keyboard backlight in 3 stage (F3/F4)
Unable to adjust brightness of display, the keyboard backlight is functional.
2012-08-06 conroe64 - using Asus G75VW-NS71, 670M graphics card
I was able to adjust the brightness of the display by downloading and installing the nvidiabl driver, here: https://github.com/guillaumezin/nvidiabl
It was somewhat difficult to get working, though, see http://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-fbdev/msg03993.html for a problem I ran into.
After installing this driver, and running “modprobe nvidiabl”, you can run “dmesg” to see a min, max value. To adjust the backlight, run:
“echo <value> | sudo tee -a /sys/class/backlight/nvidia_backlight/brightness”