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I would rate this laptop as almost fully compatible with Linux. I am using Debian Wheezy Linux distribution including some special installation for the Nvidia Optimus graphics.
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|Processor||Intel Pentium B950 2.1 GHz|
|Screen||15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen|
|HDD||up to 750GB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520MX|
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g
|Optical Drive||Yes||Works well with the DVD-RAM as well.|
|Graphics||Medium Compatibility||Most users will have troubles using Nvidia Optimus combination of graphics cards. I am on Debian Wheezy distribution and by following this instructions http://wiki.debian.org/Bumblebee and by using the depository http://suwako.nomanga.net/ I got it working. However, one has to choose which programs to run under Nvidia, for example “optirun xbmc” would run xbmc under Nvidia driver.|
|Wireless||Yes||Debian installation went well, but with the firmware drivers on special USB partition.|
|USB||Medium||USB 3.0, the left port, has shown problems in large transfers. By using USB 2.0, right ports, I had no problems.|
I am using Debian Wheezy. After installation of Nvidia Optimus on K53SC, I could easily run XBMC and other 3D software.
Touchpad is something I have yet to properly configure as it is obviously not properly recognized by kernel. For any questions or support, contact me: http://jml.tel
This is a great Linux laptop for business users. And it can be a nice gaming laptop for some people but it requires patience with the Nvidia Optimus usage.