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Asus K52Jr

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K52Jr laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus K52Jr. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus K52Jr page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus K52Jr specifications page.

NameAsus K52Jr
ProcessorIntel® 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/330M : 2.26 GHz - 2.13 GHz,
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD250GB to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 5470
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorksScaling and Turbo Boost operational (for Lucid with i5-430)
ScreenWorks Fn+F7 successfully turns off the screen. Screen switching (Fn+F8) untested
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorksBlueRay reading not tested
GraphicsWorksfglx drivers and Catalyst operational
SoundWorks, with problemsHeadphone plug insertion does not mute laptop speakers
EthernetDoes Not Work
WirelessWorks
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamPartialImage is turned 180 degrees (upside down)
TouchpadPartial Touchpad and native Asus multitouch functions work, but KDE/Linux is unable to configure the touchpad and cannot turn it off
BluetoothWorksCheap $2 usb dongle works flawlessly with Bluez and Kbluetooth
HDMI-outWorksAudio and video functional.

Notes

No issues running Ubuntu 9.10 32 bit edition under VMware 2.0

Summary

K52jr-x4 (i5-430 2.26-2.53GHz, 320GB@5400rpm, 4GB memory) With Lucid Lynx 10.04, just about everything works out of the box. Have yet to test BlueRay. Problem with upside down webcam image still a mystery. No BT, but bt dongle works perfectly. Still searching for software to stop the touchpad from working while typing. According to turbostat, Intel's Turbo Boost monitor for Linux, TB is properly scaling to 2.53 GHz on both cores. The ATI drivers are working fine at full native res with full 3D, but have not carefully compared performance with Windows. Aside from the mediocre screen (it's shiny and has middling contrast) it's a solid Linux machine. The i5 makes Tux fly. Worth the money. andrew.garib@gmail.com 10.05.29

*UPDATE 10.06.03*

Commenter Elena said the Ethernet doesn't work, and I remembered that I haven't tested that yet. It's brokeded until further notice. Hoping newer kernel will fix the problem. andrew.garib@gmail.com


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ravil, 2011/07/30 05:42

You can turn off the touchpad by executing “synclient TouchPadOff=1” in the terminal emulator window.

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Peter, 2011/02/02 10:51

Hi, xubuntu 10.10, ASUS K52JR-SX198
everything works out of the box with some exceptions:
camera upside down (still did not find out how to make it work normally :-( )
bluetooth not tested.

alek, 2010/09/10 13:07

I have installed LinuxMint 9 KDE (but had also Gnome version), and it works perfectly. Had a problem with web camera (upside-down), but got solution in ubuntu forum. eth0 and wlan0 work fine (had a small problem with wlan0 in KDE but it is because of KNetworkManager). LinuxMint has a program Hardware device which install propietary drivers and with it I got ATI drivers with 3D funcionality.
An other partition have sidux. In sidux have a small problem with ATI driver. after minimize and maximize windows there is dark border and when I pass with cursor I got the buttons visible.
Didn't have any problem with network drivers eth0 (JMicron JMC250) or wlan0 (Atheros AR9285). In sidux use program Ceni to set up network.

Also have the problem when plug in headphones have a sound from speakers.

Alek, 2010/11/08 10:18

Just install the file alsa-driver-linuxant and solve the problem with sound from speakers when the headphone jack is plug in.

Elena, 2010/06/01 09:44

Hi, I have an Asus K52JR and I'm using Ubuntu 9.10.
In my notebook the sound card do'nt work well, the sound comes out from both headphones and speakers. The Ethernet card is not supported, I installed the newest drivers butwhen the ethernet is on the pc crashes.How can I do????

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