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Asus K50AB

Introduction

This is a template for a future guide to running Linux with the Asus K50AB laptop. If you have the Asus K50AB 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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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus K50AB specifications page.

NameAsus K50AB
ProcessorAMD Turion 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology Processor ZM84
AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM74
Screen15.6” HD (1366×768) Color-Shine (Glare-type)
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB to 320GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100/1000
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse of proprietary fglrx driver recommended (power management), although open-source drivers work also fine.
SoundYesSome issues concerning headphones output. Probably kernel issue – solved (partially) by installing backported Alsa modules (Ubuntu).
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
WebcamYes

Notes

You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Asus K50AB here.

Summary

Asus K50AB works fine with recent Linux kernels except of some issues noted above.


Discussion

powl, 2013/09/09 12:31

before using fglrx drive (graphic card) i had overheating problems. now all runs perfectly

Ivcho Enev, 2011/11/19 17:35

Video card: Works
Optical drive: Works
Sound Card: Works (but I can`t use headphones)
Ethernet: Works
Wireless:Works
Webcam: Doesn`t works

Richard Korn, 2011/02/13 21:06

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Richard Korn, 2011/02/13 21:06

Having issues with the Elantech touchpad in ubuntu 10.10 where the middle click and right click (two fingers vs. three fingers respectively) is being switched during startup. One can run the script
synclient TapButton2=2
synclient TapButton3=3
two correct the problem, but only during the session. Bold Text

Keller Viktor, 2010/05/24 10:43

Everithing works on this machine. AMD provides driver for the video card (Radeon HD4570). Sound is great, but its not so scalable like on windows 7. Mobile Internet, ADSL and Wi-Fi works fine too.
So the main components:
Video card: Works
Optical drive: Works
Sound: Works (but not so scalable)
Ethernet: Works
Wireless: Works, not lagging
Card reader: Works
Webcam: Works

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