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Asus G75VX

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus G75VX specifications page.

NameAsus G75VX
ProcessorIntel Core i7 3630QM Processor
Screen17.3“ 1600×900 Widescreen
17.3” 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 32GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX (3GB)
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11ac

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
Graphics ChipYesProprietary driver
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
DisplayPortNot Tested
SoundYes
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetYes
Wireless (Broadcom 802.11ac)No driverUse ndiswrapper
Wireless (AR9485 bgn)Yes
BluetoothNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
WebcamYes
Touch PadYes
Suspend/ResumeYes

Notes

Flash crashes regularly, locking X at times

Summary

Generally pretty good if you don't mind using proprietary drivers for video and wireless.


Discussion

Marco Caramma, 2013/12/11 16:37

note: if iwlist complains that wlan0 is unactive execute:

ifconfig wlan0 up

fix: sed line should be

sed -i -e 's/^\(pcm\.front cards\.pcm\.\).*/\1default/g' /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf

no space before default … sorry about that

Marco Caramma, 2013/11/20 20:04

This are the instructions I follow to make sound, video and wifi work nicely under Debian Wheezy (minimal install) …. hope will help

# wireless
aptitude install wireless-tools wpasupplicant
wget -c http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/non-free/b/broadcom-sta/broadcom-sta-dkms_6.30.223.141-1_all.deb
dpkg -i broadcom-sta-dkms_6.30.223.141-1_all.deb
modprobe wl
iwconfig wlan0
iwlist wlan0 scanning
wpa_passphrase NetworkEssid
cat » /etc/network/interfaces «EOF
auto wlan0
iface wlan0 inet dhcp

wpa-ssid NetworkEssid
wpa-psk psk-output-from-wpa_passphrase

EOF

# X.org
aptitude install xorg spectrwm xdm wget

# video
aptitude install nvidia-kernel-dkms
mkdir /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d
cat > /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-nvidia.conf «EOF
Section “Device”

Identifier "My GPU"
Driver "nvidia"

EndSection
EOF

# sound
aptitude install alsa-base alsa-utils
adduser marco audio
adduser marco video
amixer cset numid=3 2
sed -i -e 's/^\(pcm\.front cards\.pcm\.\).*/\1 default/g' /usr/share/alsa/alsa.conf

# reboot and setup mixer
reboot
alsamixer

Zack, 2013/11/01 22:11

*Edit*

For the wifi, after following fix suggestion #2, open terminal and type:

nano etc/modprobe.d/kali-blacklist.conf

Then add:

blacklist bcm43xx

blacklist b43

blacklist b43legacy

blacklist ssb

hit control + O to write it to file and then open the GUI as it'll now work. I forgot to add this blacklisting part.

Evelyn Blackwell, 2013/10/12 05:32

I am using the laptop with Ubuntu and my nVidia graphics and Broadcom 802.11ac wifi work fine. One issue I do have is the lack of granular control for the subwoofer. Either it's all the way on (and giving off way too much bass) or all the way off, leaving no support for the L/R speakers.

Zack, 2013/10/18 14:57

How did you get the subwoofer working? Is the sound coming out of the regular speakers too?

Zack, 2013/10/07 20:28

Everything worked fine but the graphics and wifi.

Graphics: Use proprietary drivers from nvidia website and install it by following the official guide: http://docs.kali.org/general-use/install-nvidia-drivers-on-kali-linux

Wifi: I have the Broadcom 43b1. Charlie nailed it with his explanation but I ran into a problem with kali linux due to its out of date repositories. So this is for anyone with kali linux or who gets the “ndiswrapper not found” error. Get the XP only version from the link in Charlie's post, go to applications → system tools → add or remove software. Search for “ndiswrapper” and install all 6 or so packages that come up. Unfortunately, some of these are out of date and cause the error. So then download the latest version of ndiswrapper from the actual website, and follow Fix Suggestion #2 here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/132894/how-to-fix-ndiswrapper-not-found
(ignore the first part with the ubuntu software center)
Then open up the GUI (which in kali is found under Applications→System Tools→Administration→Windows Wireless Drivers) and add bcmwl5.inf from the downloaded file from charlie's post and it should work after a reboot

It appears that ndiswrapper is only for wifi in this case, so the bluetooth is still not working for me

Derrick Patton, 2013/07/17 19:55

Read this thread:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1173761

more to the point, entry #25

It looks like Anthony Wong created a driver for it

http://people.canonical.com/~ypwong/drivers/broadcom/

There is a 32 and 64 bit version

I downloaded it, compiled it, installed it, rebooted, and I got the wireless card to work. There are issues, but it works. (issues such as I am not sure it turns off when the machine is sleeping, you can not use the hw buttons to turn it off )

make

make install

depmod -a

modeprobe wl

Clive McCarthy, 2013/07/29 17:48

I tried to build the code but got:

KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd`
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-26-generic'
CFG80211 API is prefered for this kernel version
Using CFG80211 API
  CC [M]  /home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o
In file included from /home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:68:0:
/home/clive/Downloads/src/include/wlioctl.h:107:17: error: ‘VHT_CAP_MCS_MAP_NSS_MAX’ undeclared here (not in a function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c: In function ‘wl_monitor’:
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2821:7: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2821:7: note: each undeclared identifier is reported only once for each function it appears in
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2833:23: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_HAVE_BW’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2834:5: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_HAVE_MCS’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2835:5: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_HAVE_GI’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2836:5: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_HAVE_FEC’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2837:5: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_HAVE_FMT’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2842:25: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_BW_20L’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2845:25: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_BW_20U’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2848:25: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_BW_40’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2851:25: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_BW_20’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2855:24: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_SGI’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2858:24: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_FMT_GF’ undeclared (first use in this function)
/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:2861:24: error: ‘IEEE80211_RADIOTAP_MCS_FEC_LDPC’ undeclared (first use in this function)
make[2]: *** [/home/clive/Downloads/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/home/clive/Downloads] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.8.0-26-generic'
make: *** [all] Error 2
Boris, 2013/03/29 17:52

There are several different models, I've got a G75VX-T4014H (i7-3630QM, 8GB, 256GB SSD+1000GB HDD, GTX670MX, LAN+WLAN Atheros).
I've installed Ubuntu 12.10 64bit in UEFI mode without problems after playing a bit with the BIOS settings (CD Boot was off) and removing all partitions except recovery and Win8 primary, dual boot via Grub2 is fine.
Using proprietary nvidia-experimental-310, no problems so far.
Weakest part spec-wise is the WLAN/Bluetooth chip Atheros AR9485 (bgn 1×1, 150MBit only) but Linux support is fine out of the box - I suppose the Broadcom chip in the other models is 802.11ac without Linux support.
I would have expected a 3×3 450Mbit model on a laptop of this class instead. Additionally swapping it will not be easy and probably void the warranty.
I also tried a Netgear A6200 USB adapter but no driver as well.
This is really a nice machine, very quiet for a gaming laptop.
2 HDD and 2 RAM slots are easily accessible after taking of the back cover and for 8GB models like mine the installed 2x4GB are under the keyboard so RAM extension shouldn't be a problem provided the sticks are compatible to the installed ones.

charlie, 2013/03/27 01:41

This is was designed to be a windows 8 gaming box, and it says “Republic of Gamers” all over it. I got it for the i7 processor(s) and the nvidia video to do video processing. So far (2 weeks) it does that very well with kdenlive on Ubuntu Studio 12.10 with just the stock 8Gb of ram. On the Windows 8 side it's still under-powered (ram) for Lightworks pro. I got it anticipating the upcoming Lightworks for Linux release.

This is still a very new laptop as of this writing and has some of the glitches on Linux that entails. If you aren't familiar with installing Linux on unsupported hardware, you might want to avoid this laptop for a year or so. I've installed Ubuntu 12.10 and had the following issues:

  • Dual boot issues: WARNING - This is a UEFI system! Read about Linux issues with UEFI before doing this. I installed Ubuntu 12.10 ok but was left in an unbootable state (wouldn't boot into grub2). I was able to use the Linux-secure-remix (64bit) boot rescue CD/DVD to get it booting. It now boots Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10. It shows both bios and UEFI options, some of which won't work depending on the bios settings. http://sourceforge.net/p/linux-secure/wiki/Home/ Go to the “Files” and make sure you get the 64 bit iso. The 32 bit iso will refuse to work on a UEFI system.
  • NVidia driver - Needed to install nvidia-compat package to get this proprietary driver. It works OK without it, but why pay extra for this laptop if you're not using the GPU ? Note that the nvidia-compat package is not the latest Nvidia driver, which may explain the chrome lockups mentioned below.
  • Wireless - The Broadcom 43b1 (rev3) - This does not currently work with Linux drivers. I had to use ndiswrapper to load the windows XP bcmwl5 driver, which I got from the asus site: http://www.asus.com/Networking/PCEAC66/#support_Download_17
  • I've experienced occasional X lockups when trying to view videos in Chromium-browser. This can be dealt with by ssh-ing into the system and killing all the chromium-browser processes. This will hopefully be solved eventually with newer nvidia drivers.
  • Battery: This is a Lithium Ion battery. This means that the charging circuit must shut down charging when full or risk overheating, fire and numerous bad things. If you leave it plugged in when turned off, it can get stuck not charging. This can be a problem in either Windows or Linux, and require shutting down and re-seating the battery. Not an OS related problem.
  • Battery: given the small size of the battery and the severe horsepower this laptop packs, the battery life is rather short, about 3 hours if you're lucky and don't push it.
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