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Asus K53TA

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For full specifications see the Asus K53TA specifications page.
Official ASUS page:

NameAsus K53TA
ProcessorAMD Fusion APU A6-3400M/A4-3300M Processor
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 6650M
AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorksCan be overclocked
ScreenWorks Use linux >= 3.19.2 for proper operation after suspend/resume
Optical DriveNot Tested
Graphics ChipWorks, with problems Open source driver works best with kernel>=3.11 and Mesa>=10.0
VGA OutWorks, with problems
HDMI OutWorks, with problems
Built-in MicrophoneWorks Mic is sensitive, lower volume for use in VoIP programs
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackNot Tested
WirelessWorks, with problems
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
Touch PadWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks, with problems Laptop panel blank on resume - external displays work fine (update: Fixed with linux >= 3.19.2). For kernel>=3.13.*, GPU hangs on suspend, resume and shutdown


Closed source GPU driver

You can install and use the proprietary AMD Catalyst drivers, where the problems with the open source driver may not occur.
Versions that work well: (14.2 beta)
(Version 12.3 seems to work quite well, with very good performance as well)

Open source GPU driver

This section details the open source GPU driver's problems and workarounds.


Use following kernel parameters for good stable use.

  • acpi_sleep=s3_bios (ensures that laptop screen will work again after suspend and resume)
  • radeon.runpm=0 (disables automatically switching off GPU due to GPU hangs) - for linux >= 3.13
  • radeon.dpm=1 (new power management code)
Power management

Recommend using Linux kernel >= 3.11 - proper power management resulting in better performance and lower temperatures. Requires AMD GPU firmware as well, should be included in distribution's Linux firmware package.
All firmware can be found here:

GPU hangs on suspend, resume, shutdown

For Linux kernel >= 3.13 , GPU hangs during suspend, resume and shutdown. As a temporary workaround, boot with kernel parameter radeon.runpm=0. This will turn off the runtime power management that automatically shuts off the dedicated GPU (if present) when unused. It does not affect dpm (the new power management code).
Related bug report:

Blank laptop screen after suspend and resume

Laptop screen is blank (backlight off) after suspending and resuming when using the open source driver.
Workaround: Use kernel parameter acpi_sleep=s3_bios

Update: This has now been fixed upstream in the Linux kernel! See Freedesktop bugzilla link above for details and patch.

Linux 3.19.2 kernel (and later) now carries this patch!

Glamor 2D acceleration

Glamor uses OpenGL for 2D acceleration instead of DDX (xf86-video-ati). Might be faster, especially with enhancements to Glamor in X.Org 1.16
Glamor 2D acceleration may not work properly - in any case, it is optional and by default EXA is used.


Might increase OpenGL performance significantly.
Can enable HyperZ support by setting this environment variable: R600_DEBUG=hyperz
You can use the command 'export R600_DEBUG=hyperz' in the terminal, and then launch programs from the same terminal. The launched program will use HyperZ for OpenGL drawing.

Update: This should now be enabled by default as of Mesa 10.4/10.5

Hybrid/Dual graphics

With the open source driver, the dedicated GPU is not currently used. You can try using it by running the following commands:

  • xrandr –setprovideroffloadsink 0x55 0x8a
  • export DRI_PRIME=1
  • <launch-your-program>

Can check with glxinfo after 2nd command - should say TURKS instead of SUMO

Apparently, compositing needs to be turned on for this to work (the special effects that desktop environments/window managers use) - otherwise the window is just blank. Can be buggy and only works well for some software.

There are some changes in newer X.Org/DRI/DRM versions to fix bugs with this feature, and enable it even if compositing is not used. These should be available in X.Org 1.16


Overall works well when using latest stable software.


Frank Fisher, 2012/08/18 02:22

for those inclined to overclock this system's cpu,
will be helpful to you.

k10ctl is a k10 family cpu overclocking program.
nuff said.

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