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Asus K53SC


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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For full specifications see the Asus K53SC specifications page.

NameAsus K53SC
ProcessorIntel Pentium B950 2.1 GHz
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
HDDup to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520MX
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

HDDYesVery quiet.
Optical DriveYesWorks well with the DVD-RAM as well.
GraphicsMedium CompatibilityMost users will have troubles using Nvidia Optimus combination of graphics cards. I am on Debian Wheezy distribution and by following this instructions and by using the depository 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.
WirelessYesDebian installation went well, but with the firmware drivers on special USB partition.
ModemNot Tested
USBMediumUSB 3.0, the left port, has shown problems in large transfers. By using USB 2.0, right ports, I had no problems.
Card ReaderYes
TouchpadNot recognized by kernel Touchpad is recognized, although I use Liquorix kernel which works.I am yet in struggle to get vertical scroll working and 3 button emulations. I have enabled touchpad and all options with this simple command: synclient TapButton1=1 TapButton2=2 TapButton3=3 in automatic startup. Your startup option may vary. Vertical scroll is not like on other touchpads, it works with 2 fingers, instead with one finger on the right side. But two finger scroll is even better and it works always. I needed just few hours to adapt to it.


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:


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.


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