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Asus K53SD

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus K53SD specifications page.

NameAsus K53SD
ProcessorIntel Core i7 2670QM Processor
Intel Core i5 2450M Processor
Intel Core i3 2350M Processor
Intel Pentium Dual-Core B960 Processor
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 610M
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks**Seems to have resolution issues when installing Intel and NVIDIA propietary drivers.
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutWorks
SoundWorks
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackNot tested
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothN/A
ModemN/A
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorks
Touch PadWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

Works out of the box with Fedora 16/17 but with 17 it has some issues:

* Brightness control is disabled (kernel issue)
* Power off gives kernel panic

Gaming:

As far as I've tested, 3D games work fine even with the nouveau drivers. Tested with:

* Warzone 2100 (1920×1080 Full Screen, Maximum detail, Nouveau)
* Amnesia (1920×1080 Full Screen, Medium detail, Nouveau)

Summary

Works fine with Linux, it appears to need some tweaking in the kernel.


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Tom Maneiro, 2013/08/02 21:07

Oh, a final warning:

DO NOT ENABLE UEFI. Seriously, UEFI on the K53SD is half-baked, and almost no Linux distro will boot on it (at least Debian won't). Stick to BIOS/MBR and you will be happy.

Tom Maneiro, 2013/08/02 21:03

K53SD running Debian Jessie here:

- Mine came with Ubuntu preinstalled (complete with the “Ubuntu Certified” sticker). But then I got rid of it and promptly installed Debian Wheezy… and shortly after Wheezy, moved onto Jessie. Make sure to enable the non-free repos, as you need some firmware blobs and other stuff!

- Laptop tends to run too hot on default kernel settings. These tweaks will help A LOT and improve battery life as a bonus:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=intel_i915_power&num=1
Beware: Intel GPU may hang (and restart itself) in rare ocassions!

- nVidia Optimus laptop means messing with Bumblebee and friends. Don't expect stellar performance or low power usage, but with primusrun it's good enough to run games, including Portal from Steam.

- As for the Intel GPU… you WANT the latest Mesa 9.1.x version (Wheezy's 8.0.5 is too stale for any serious usage) so you can actually use your GPU without major glitches (mainly for games and desktop compositing).

- Mine came with Bluetooth, works after installing the firmware-atheros package. Tested with several cellphones and a Nintendo Wii Remote.

- WiFi can be a problem on any kernel past 3.2: if you plug to a wired network but leave wireless on, the wired NIC (also an Atheros part, kernel module atl1c) will stop working randomly after a while, until you unplug and replug the network cable. The only workaround is to DISABLE wireless if you're going to work wired.

- USB3 port (provided by an ASMedia chipset) is BUGGYBUGGYBUGGY. The only cure for this is to update the USB3 controller firmware… and sadly this can be only done from inside Windows (using a update package NOT provided for laptops!). This also may carry the undesired side effect of causing the laptop to take up to 30 seconds to even reach the initial POST screen on cold boots (as it seems that the FW updater was only meant for desktop boards, and messes up with something inside the laptop). Your call: longer POSTs or a unusable/data-corruption-prone USB port.

- Audio over HDMI works, but the switch isn't automatic. Use PulseAudio Volume Control (pavucontrol) to manually switch between analog and HDMI audio outputs. Oh, you aren't using Pulse? Too bad, because manually setting ALSA devices can be a pain…

- Brightness control can be wonky at times. Forget about any kind of fan control/monitoring, as the atk0110 module on this laptop does NOTHING.

Aside of that, the K53SD is a solid pick for Linux, and on some markets (like Latin America) you can get units with Ubuntu preloaded and officially supported by ASUS.

venky, 2013/02/18 02:06

well..i bought asus k53sd sx809d ..installed win7..and now i am trying to instal ubuntu, to my surprise i am not able to instal! whenever i boot up in ubuntu..after selecting to instal ubuntu inside windows..and then press continue..it asks me to take out the installation media..and press enter..but then windows is booted(obviously) i tried both 64bit and 32 bit..i am new to this.. kindly help me :(

Anonymous, 2012/12/12 08:26

I appreciate your advise and will try this when I get some time.

Please look up the word derogatory - http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Aderogotory&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8.
“So Quit yapping that Nvidia is not working” - no one was 'yapping', it is being noted for those who use nvidia/intel drivers.

SERIOUSLY, please grow up, this kind of attitude is not needed when assisting people, proper respect and dignity can be given to others just as you yourself would hopefully appreciate.

Thank You.

Arjun, 2012/11/30 05:44

Works fine with Ubuntu You Don't need your Nvidia because anyways even if you are running games with wine full graphics cannot be got
so what you need to do is to forget Nvidia and use your inbuilt Intel HD 3000 (It Is Nearly 2GB) So all games which will work will work with it.
So Quit yapping that Nvidia is not working

type this in terminal to get Intel working

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo reboot
sudo apt-get install mesa-utils
sudo reboot

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