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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K42F laptop.
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For full specifications see the Asus K42F specifications page.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 520M/430M : 2.4 GHz - 2.26 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 2.93/2.53 GHz;
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 350M : 2.26 GHz
|Screen||14.1“ (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||250GB to 640GB|
|Graphics||Intel® GMA HD|
|Processor||Works out of the box|
|Screen||Works out of the box|
|HDD||Works out of the box|
|Touchpad||Works||Must use 2.6.34 kernel or newer, and identify elentech touchpad as synaptics touchpad within xorg|
|Optical Drive||Works out of the box|
|Graphics||Partially Working||For hardware acceleration, must use 2.6.35 kernel or newer. No vsync, so all videos have noticeable tearing|
|Sound||Works with modification||Must install the alsa realtek sound codec to get sound from headphones|
|Wireless||Partial||Seems to have issues with the ath9k driver. Maxes out at 80kb/s|
|USB||Works out of the box|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|HDMI||Works||Use lxrandr/xrandr to use HDMI out|
You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Asus K42F here.
Due to the poor performance of the wifi, I would say that this laptop is not ready for linux use yet. Battery life is only a little less than that of windows (2.5-3.5 hours). Don't buy this if you were hoping to have a linux box able to play any sort of video, as it will look terrible due tearing even on the simplest videos.