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Asus K55VD


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For full specifications see the Asus K55VD specifications page.

NameAsus K55VD
ProcessorIntel Core i7 3610QM Processor
Intel Core i5 3210M Processor
Intel Core i3 3110M Processor
Screen15.6“ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD1TB 5400rpm
750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
320GB 5400rpm
Optical DriveBlu-Ray DVD Combo (Optional)
Super-Multi DVD
Blue-ray Writer (Optional)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 610M
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Graphics ChipYesusing bumblebee
VGA OutYes
HDMI OutYesincl. audio
Optical DriveYes
SoundYesheadphones need newer drivers
Headphone PortYes
Microphone-In PortYes
BluetoothNot Tested
USBYesincl. USB 3.0
Card ReaderYeswith linux 3.8+


Nvidia GPU:
Even if you do not plan on using the Nvidia GPU, bumblebee's module bbswitch can constantly save around 5W of power turning it off properly.

Fn Keys:
The Fn keys for brightness work if linux is started with the argument “acpi_osi=”.
However the userland does not seem to get informed about the changes made with the Fn keys this way, which means no popup and the system settings do not know the current brightness set.


You can enter a summary of how well the Asus K55VD works with Linux here.


Sothot, 2015/06/11 21:07

Instead of “acpi_osi=”, adding “acpi_osi=!Windows 2012” to the kernel command line, makes fn keys work correctly, even f3 and f4 wich are not marked (www and mail keys).

On the other side, to get audio correctly working (alsa or pulseaudio, does not matter), module snd-hda-intel needs to be charged with “model=auto” parameter.

João, 2015/05/13 23:20

I have the Asus K55V whit the i7 3630QM and Nvidia 635M. Everything works fine, I have dual boot whit Elementary OS (Whit Touchegg, gestures whit touch-pad works) and Ubuntu 15.04. I have installed bumblebee to turn of the Nvidia and save much more batery (But you can turn on too play games). The only thing that doesn’t work is the button too turn ON/OFF the wifi.

Serg, 2013/08/31 14:38

My gentoo on this laptop works perfectly. WorldOfTanks + wine + optirun work amazing. I would say better then Windows 7. I think this is the best one among laptops.

impshum, 2013/08/31 15:55

Glad to hear it.

impshum, 2013/04/29 17:28

Linux Mint 14 (Nadia) works great.

The fn+f5/f6 (brightness controls) don't work but thankfully there is an applet for control which is no problem at all.

I'm using Bumblebee for the graphics card and it works fine. Just assign optirun to the programs you want to use your card. Ta'da!

Check it out

AdmBot, 2013/01/15 20:54

If you are searching for a Linux laptop, I would more recommend one with an AMD chip, since the Nvidia
chip in this one, is not working on Linux, I never got it to work, tried tons of ways.

But everything else works (depends on your kernel also..) wireless is fine, touchpad also, Intel HD 4000 graphics are recognized and work fine.

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