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Asus K50IN

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus K50IN specifications page.

NameAsus K50IN
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo Processor T6500/T6400 : 2.1 GHz - 2.0 GHz, FSB 800Hz, 2M L2 Cache;
Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor T4200 : 2.0 GHz FSB 800MHz, 1M L2 Cache
Intel® Celeron® Processor T3000/900 : 2.2 GHz - 1.8 GHz, FSB 800MHz, 1M L2 Cache
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® G102M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksnvidia-beta 190.36
SoundWorks
EthernetWorksCONFIG_R8169
WirelessWorksath9k only from 2.6.30 kernel
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorksHorizontally flipped

Notes

suspend doesn't work (s2ram -v -f -p works only once after reboot)
hibernate works with tuxonice, but there is a little chance not to wake up after hibernating

Summary

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Discussion

Eric, 2013/10/03 19:56

I have this laptop, installed Kubuntu 13.04 AMD64 and everything seems to work fine expect lock screen and suspend to RAM features. Whenever I close my laptop or suspend it/lock screen and try to wake it up, the screen will stay black and not respond!
The computer itself does wake from sleep, but the screen just stays black! Really annoying, anyone know how to fix it?
Thanks.

canci, 2012/09/30 11:42

I have in the past complained about random freezes on this laptop. They would disappear with newer kernel versions, or so I hoped, but in truth they just got rarer. What finally solved it for me was to updated the laptop's BIOS to the latest version.
Google for the instructions.

Amin Hossain, 2012/07/22 09:34

I am using this laoptop for longtime. But surdenlly my webcam become up and down. That's mean my head come down and legs goine up.
Please give me a solution

LGeek, 2011/04/30 11:22

Using Ubuntu 11.04 64 Bit in Asus K50IN for me is awesome!!!!!
Camera, effects and Grafics all is working excellent for me!
Nvidia drivers are detected, and working fine, because is needed for unity to work, but is working well.
Sometimes for me it freezes to me, but I think is because the compiz ou the kernel (2.6.38-8). For me the camera in horizontally flipped only in skype.
Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit's is very good!!!

Tobias Brennvik, 2010/12/23 19:53

Everything works, except camera flipped, easily fixed and audio, audio has been a problem on all the ubuntu releases I tried so far, inside some games it starts cracking up also when using wine games… anyone know how to fix this, help would be greatly apprechiated cus all the googling Ive done so far have left me more confused.

irem, 2011/10/21 22:09

I cannot fix the audio, but I don't think I'm doing it right. Could you tell me how you did it? The specific problem I have is that earphones don't work, but the speakers work. Thanks.

Cz-David, 2011/10/22 00:36

That is not a software problem. The headphones / speaker switch is in hardware. If the switching doesn't work I recommend to flex your warranty.

irem, 2011/10/23 10:46

It has got to be a software problem because I have win7-ubuntu dual boot and things work perfectly in win7. Is my reasoning faulty?

Cz-David, 2011/10/23 12:00

In that case it looks like a software problem. Which is really strange. Maybe drivers can set the hardware to disable switching. Have you tried any other distro ? or version? Try a few live cds.

siamer, 2010/11/05 22:37

Laptop ASUS K50IN on PClinuxOS working out of box ! Everything ! Only camera is flipped… Suspend, hibernate etc. works perfect (no problems at all…)…

karl, 2010/10/13 15:11

With ubuntu 10.10 reboot did not work for me I fixed it by
change etc/default/grub to
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=“reboot=pci”
run sudo update-grub

canci, 2010/10/01 09:19

I've been using this notebook since December 2009 and it runs great on Linux, except the following:

- Random inexplicable freezes (disappeared after upgrading kernel to 2.6.35 – which means that anything from Ubuntu 10.10 or similar releases won't have this issue)
- Camera was upside down (see Dehumanizer's explanation above how to fix this)

The battery life isn't that great, though, but you don't expect it from this category.
(Does anyone know if I could get a battery that gets me 6h or so?)

convinience, 2010/09/26 16:09

I had troubles with ubuntu 10.04 on this laptop, but the ubuntu 10.10 beta works like a charm.

Dehumanizer, 2010/02/17 22:38

Guide to fix the webcam flipped image: http://radu.cotescu.com/2009/11/05/flipped-images-ubuntu-webcam/

There was another issue I've had to fix. The wireless used to work, but intermittently. I could fix this with a new driver contained inside linux-backport package. Direct way to install:
# For Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid users:
sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-intrepid

# For Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty users:
sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty

# For Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic users:
sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-karmic

bfo, 2009/12/06 21:01

I have bought this notebook and everything works as expected, including seamless hibernation and suspending, with Archlinux and vanilla kernel 2.6.32. I haven't tested the camera yet.

bfo, 2009/12/10 15:02

EDIT:

Indeed, as written in the description above, camera image is horizontally flipped. But that seems to be no problem, since you could just simply use some filters, for example in Cheese, to flip it back to its natural orientation :-) It may be a bug in v4l driver.

EDIT2:

After wakeup from suspend mode, function keys don't work in Xorg up to version 1.7.3. After reboot and hibernation everything works fine.

Cz-David, 2009/11/14 20:11

I have just bought this notebook few days ago. Everything worked even on live cd (Ubuntu 9.10). One time the screen would not light up after suspend. Sensors detecting only CPU temperature and no PWM fans. Nvidia drivers are working perfectly (installed by envyng). When idle the notebook battery lasts for 4 hours on Ubuntu. And the area around touchpad is cool all the time.

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