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Asus K52N

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K52N laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus K52N. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus K52N page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus K52N specifications page.

NameAsus K52N
ProcessorAMD Phenom™ II Quad-Core Processor P920 1.6GHZ/2M
AMD Phenom™ II Triple-Core Processor N830, 2.1 GHz
AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology Processor P520, 2.3 GHz
AMD Athlon™ II Dual-Core processor P320, 2.1 GHz
AMD V Series processor V120, 2.2 GHz
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD250GB to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 4250
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorksNeeds a recent Linux distribution for camera to work
Suspend/ResultDoesn't Work

Notes

Webcam

I believe proper support for the webcam was added in kernel 3.0, so any Linux distribution which uses that or newer should work

Suspend/Resume

Doesn't seem to work, it doesn't go to sleep fully and then just freezes.

Summary

The Asus K52N is let down by the suspend/resume issue.


Discussion

Mate, 2012/01/14 22:20

Hi

I bought my K52N 2010 August. Since that i've tried Ubuntu 10.something, Slackware 13, 13.37, Linux Mint, Pear Linux, and maybe some others also.

With sleeping mode i had problems with all the Distros. And when i put it into sleep (under a linux), usualy it doesn't seems to be sleep, its like it would start the process, but somehow it didn't finished so the main light didn't pulse. And after this it dosn't wake up by any button, not even the powerbutton, so i have to shoutdown it by putting the powerbutton about 3sec. And then when i want it on again, it didn't starts, the BIOS is not loading. First i was really shocked, then i removed the powercord, and puted it back, and voala it works again!

I'm currious does this problem have a solution yet, or its a common problem on Linuxlaptops?

With the rest:

Under Mint, and Pear (whitch are same as Ubuntu -i guess) camera works fine, it finds everything, i had problems also with the videocard on Mint after installing the external driver for it, it changed some caracters into “|||” an list was no longer vertical but 45°, i can't really tell it looks strange.

Under Slackware the camera is horizontaly fliped, the rest is ok.

Máté

math, 2011/05/10 09:24

I installed fedora 14 on this laptop (with ssd ocz vertexII)

any problem but the webcam doesn't work

Stephen Braithwaite, 2011/03/31 11:10

I installed Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat onto my new Asus K52N.

Everything appears to work well except the wireless networking. I have
trolling for advice about the Atheros AR9285 Wireless LAN Driver
Download for Ubuntu, and sadly after several hours of trying various
things, I could not get it to work. I did not have the internet
available when I installed Linux, and it is possible that if I had the
internet available during the install, then the installer would have
downloaded the proper drivers and installed them correctly.

I have not cared to check the built in camera. I covered it with a
small piece of black electrical tape, as I always do with laptops,
because that makes me feel much more confident that no-one is watching me.

I used the windows partition manager (“type 'format' into the text box
in the windows start menu to get it) to create my partitions.
Unfortunately that did not quite set up the partitions the way that I
would have liked them, because the extended partition did not extend to
the end of the hard drive, and attempting to use the remainder of the
drive became difficult. I would therefore recommend the use of
“gparted”, or the partition management of the installer to do the
partition work.

My goal was that of dual booting (Windows7 + Ubuntu Meerkat), and for
this, I offer the following advice:- As shipped the K52N had its 500G
drive divided into 3 partitions. The first was a small windows rescue
partition. The ASUS manual very nearly forbids the tampering of that
partition, and one ubuntu installer blogs that having removed it, he
couldn't use the computer at all. This may well be a myth, but I
recommend not touching this partition in any way.

The second partition is the C: drive. I recommend just leaving that
alone, also, assuming that you wish to dual boot. The third partition,
the D: drive, takes up maybe 400G of the 500G drive. I recommend just
deleting that partition and using this space for the installation of
Ubuntu. Dont forget (as I did initially) to make a swap partition.

Stephen Braithwaite, 2011/08/27 06:26

Asus has repaired the wireless LAN under warranty. They wiped the hard drive. The wireless LAN now works under Natty Narwhal Ubuntu. That SHOULD be it - everything now works perfectly. I still have not cared to try the built in camera.

ainos, 2010/12/10 16:24

Hi,

with ubuntu the webcam is upside down, and I wasn't able to resolve it….

What can I do?

Thanks

spartan3000_it, 2011/02/21 14:59

<citazione dal forum italiano di ubuntu>
Hans de Goede (hdegoede@redhat.com) has emailed:

I've updated the
test snapshot on my homepage with a new version which does include
your model.

Please download:
http://people.fedoraproject.org/~jwrdegoede/v4l-utils-0.8.1-test.tar.gz
<the above link does not work: use https://launchpad.net/~libv4l/+archive/ppa>

Make sure the file is 704515 bytes large after re-downloading (your
browsers cache may contain the old version). If it is not clear your
browsers cache and try again.

Then follow the instructions,
now the image should no longer be upside down.

1. Install


Howto install and test v4l-utils depends on your system. There are
different instructions for if you have a 32 bit system or a 64 bit system.
which is using multilib. A 64 bit system without multilib is the same as
a 32 bit system.

To find out what you have do:
ls -d /usr/lib64

If this command gives a “No such file or directory” error, use the
Non multilib instructions, if the second command is successfull, you have multilib,
to find out which version (dubbed Fedora and Ubuntu multilib, because those are
the most well known examples, do):

ls -d /usr/lib32
If this command gives a “No such file or directory” error, use the Fedora multilib
instructions. If this command succeeds use the Ubuntu multilib instructions. Note
the ubuntu multilib instructions also apply to gentoo.

Non multilib instructions:



tar xvfz v4l-utils-<version>.tar.gz
cd v4l-utils-<version>/lib
make PREFIX=/usr
sudo make install PREFIX=/usr

Fedora Multilib instructions:



Basic 64 bit install:
tar xvfz v4l-utils-<version>.tar.gz
cd v4l-utils-<version>/lib
make PREFIX=/usr LIBDIR=/usr/lib64
sudo make install PREFIX=/usr LIBDIR=/usr/lib64

If you also want to use 32 bit apps (such as skype), you
will need to have the 32 bit libc headers installed, on Fedora
this can be done like this:
Fedora 10-: “sudo yum install glibc-devel.i386”
Fedora 11: “sudo yum install glibc-devel.i586”
Fedora 12+: “sudo yum install glibc-devel.i686”
Then do:
make clean
make PREFIX=/usr CFLAGS=-m32 LDFLAGS=-m32
sudo make install PREFIX=/usr

Ubuntu Multilib instructions:



tar xvfz v4l-utils-<version>.tar.gz
cd v4l-utils-<version>/lib
make PREFIX=/usr
sudo make install PREFIX=/usr

If you also want to use 32 bit apps (such as skype), you
will need to have the 32 bit libc headers installed, on Ubuntu
this can be done like this:
sudo apt-get install libc6-dev-i386
On gentoo this can be done like this:
sudo emerge -v app-emulation/emul-linux-x86-compat
Then do:
make clean
make PREFIX=/usr CFLAGS=-m32 LDFLAGS=-m32 LIBDIR=/usr/lib32
sudo make install PREFIX=/usr LIBDIR=/usr/lib32


2. Testing

You have a chance that your webcam app use libv4l or have an appropriate
script starting it. In that case you don't have to do anything. Just run
the application. This is the most common situation with Ubuntu and Fedora
packages. If your problem remains unsolved, then your app might not use libv4l.
In that case start the application from a terminal like this:

Non multilib:



LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so <your favorite webcam app>

Note on Ubuntu sometimes skype is using a wrapper script, so if skype
does not work try:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype.real

Fedora multilib:



For 64 bit applications (allmost all apps):
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libv4l/v4l1compat.so <your favorite webcam app>

For 32 bit applications (you only need it for proprietary softwares, which
don't have a 64 bit version, like skype):
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

Ubuntu multilib:



For 64 bit applications (allmost all apps):
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib64/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

For 32 bit applications (you only need it for proprietary softwares, which
don't have a 64 bit version, like skype):
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

Note on Ubuntu sometimes skype is using a wrapper script, so if skype
does not work try:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype.real

Please let me know if this version of v4l-utils turns the image the
right way up for you.

Thanks & Regards,

Hans

Ryan, 2010/10/30 10:47

It has HD Glare Screen, does it mean it reflects the light and annoys your eyes?

Stephen Braithwaite, 2011/08/27 06:27

The screen seems just fine.

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