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Asus K53E


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K53E laptop.

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For full specifications see the Asus K53E specifications page.

NameAsus K53E
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® GMA HD
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks out of the boxIncluding Turbo Boost
ScreenWorks out of the box
HDDWorks out of the box
Optical DriveWorks out of the box
GraphicsWorks out of the boxIntel
SoundWorks out of the box
EthernetWorks out of the box
WirelessWorks out of the box (Atheros) ath9k driver
BluetoothWorks out of the box kernel 3.0+
Modem- Does not have one
USBWorks out of the box
Card ReaderWorks out of the box
WebcamWorks out of the box


Everything works with kernel 3.2+


It's a good bang for the buck.


Paddy, 2017/06/01 17:17

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Desktop works well

Arup Roy Chowdhury, 2013/05/03 13:55

Brilliant well built bargain of a laptop. In India its sold with Free Dos so we don't pay Windows tax on it. With Ubuntu 12.04 it works out of the box with nothing needed. In case you want the latest Intel drivers, you just need to add either Oibaf or Glassen PPA and you get latest Intel HD drivers. With TLP ( installed, battery life is a commendable 4.5 hours of surfing and watching movies. I have compared that with Windows 7 on the same machine and its nearabouts same. It also runs very cool compared to others in its range.

alunado, 2013/02/27 15:58

Debian wheezy, cd with litle KDE 4.8, all works ok !!

Nova, 2013/01/16 17:51

I have been working with my asus k53e for almost a year now. I have found that ubuntu's wifi is the worst, yet linux mint 14 solves this for the 32bit. If you move up to the 64bit though, it's an issue again.
Fedora based linux distros tend to do well with the wifi at 32bit. Infact faster than windows could produce, but once you move up to 64bit, it slows down to a crawl with the wifi.

The 32bit distros work well with this laptop except for ubuntu based systems. Some work, some don't. It's a flip of the coin.
CentOS was by far the worst with this laptop.

This message was sent using opensuse 12.1 32bit.

Guillermo, 2012/08/06 16:03

can't get working Wifi led, any idea?

Guillermo, 2012/07/19 02:17

Can't get working properly HDMI , just video on my TV, audio still working on laptop, anyone knows what happened with this?

Guillermo, 2012/07/21 12:49

Ok, nvm i just got it:

sam, 2012/04/25 04:43

I have ASUS K53E with I5 processor;

Trying to install RHEL 6.2 (latest). I cant find any 64-bit or even 32-bit drivers for the Atheros Network and Ethernet Controllers. Of the ones that I saw on the various postings, like the compatability .rpms they all corrupted the kernel and could not reboot again.

Can anyone point me to where the stable .rpms drivers are for RedHat Linux?


BTL, 2012/04/03 14:17

I have version with b940 processor@ 2.0 GHz and 6 GB of ram . There is several problems with Ubuntu on this machine

-Camera works upside down
-Wi-Fi led dont work
-cooler spinning all the time at full speed
-Hibernate and suspend functions dont work

Sorry about my bad english

Marlon Smth, 2012/01/25 21:29

I'm running 11.10 and everything worked right out of the box except the suspend/hibernate feature AND the brightness settings never get saved. Every time I boot up it's on the brightness setting and I have to go to system settings to change it. Any ideas on how to fix this?

john, 2012/01/13 02:44

Works great ubuntu 10.04

just had a bit of fiddling to find the drivers for canon printer

Having trouble with skype webcam


fragment, 2012/01/10 20:45

Little late for a reply on this one, but can someone tell me how I might start configuring the suspend/hibernate on OpenSUSE 12? I had a fix for Ubuntu, but since switching to OpenSUSE I can't seem to figure it out.

Thanks to anyone who can help.

Guillermo, 2011/11/30 17:21

Any1 here try install this laptop with ubuntu 11.10? or should be wait till 12.04?

Dan Ramos, 2011/12/08 05:32

I'm running 11.10 now (3.2.0-030200rc4-generic kernel) and my situation hasn't changed. With heavy usage, the ethernet continue to drop and requires me to disable then re-enable to restore it and wifi still doesn't work.

Guillermo, 2011/12/08 18:08

Did you experience ethernet problems during installation?

Dan Ramos, 2011/12/09 07:11

Not as I recall any, nope… some days it doesn't happen at all, other days it's every couple of minutes. I wish they'd just fix the drivers for this chipset already. >.<

Dan Ramos, 2011/10/10 06:06

Running Ubuntu 11.04 (natty) with latest Ubuntu Linux kernel available from the Ubuntu kernel team's site at (3.1.0-0301rc9-generic)… and even with the latest, while the ethernet works and configures fine… after a while of heavy usage it will die and requires me to disable then re-enable ethernet to restore it. Wireless seems impossible to get working. Aside from that, everything else seems to work normally with the new kernel (including the weird keyboard problems I used to get with the older kernel).

pythogorian, 2011/07/17 00:56

But, why RH on laptop?

Alan Marshall, 2011/07/13 18:55

I set up my K53e as dual-boot (Win7 & RH 6.1).
All good except :
1) Ethernet adaptor does not work - driver not part of that kernel.
2) Latest multimedia rpms give dependenacy errors and dont install.
3) Wireless had to be hand configed.

Will update more later when I get a chance to work on it.

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