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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K43E laptop. If you have the Asus K43E and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.
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For full specifications see the Asus K43E specifications page.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
|Screen||14” (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||up to 750GB|
|Graphics||Intel® GMA HD|
Atheros AR9285 802.11 b/g/n
|Microphone Jack||Yes||Might need to install PulseAudio volume control in Ubuntu|
|Card Reader||Yes||Required editing a configuration file in Ubuntu 12.04|
|Microphone||Yes||Sound was not good but it worked|
|Hibernation||No||Some ASUS laptops have problems with this|
This is a good laptop for GNU/Linux usage, it works very stable and the minor problems that may arise are not very different from the other great choices.
I have been using solely Ubuntu 12.04 on this for 10 months and basically everything works. I have problems with the internal microphone sounding bad, but this might be an Ubuntu problem fixed in newer distros. Debian Wheezy seems to work fine, but I have not tested minor details, but the card reader worked out of the box. The wireless card is compatible with free software, which makes it possible to boot a freedom respecting GNU/Linux distro like Trisquel. The Atheros drivers are a bit buggy, some people run into problems when they have to be a little far from their routers, so you can try changing your routers to wireless G mode only to see how things work out. I've been using it in the same room as my router and it has been a great ride.