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Asus K70IO

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K70IO laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus K70IO. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus K70IO page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus K70IO specifications page.

NameAsus K70IO
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo Processor P8700/P8600/T6600/T6400/T5900/T5800 : 2.53 GHz - 2.0 GHz
Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor T4200/ T3400/ T3200 : 2.16 GHz - 20 GHz
Screen17.3“ 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 120M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorksSee notes below
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
TouchpadNot Working/Working

Notes

Graphics

To get the display working fully you will need to install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers. There are guides available on this site to assist in installing these drivers on various distributions.

Touchpad

The touchpad does not work. No solution yet.

Touchpad works perfectly [including multi-touch for RMB/MMB] on Debian testing.

Touchpad works perfectly on Arch Linux 2009.08

Wireless

This laptop uses the Atheros AR9285 which is not supported by most Linux distributions currently. In Ubuntu 9.04, you can get the controller working by installing the backports package with:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-$(uname -r)

Of course, you will need to use a wired connection to the internet temporarily since the wireless doesn't work.

Although untested, it's possible that Fedora 11 works correctly with this controller.

Kernel 2.6.31.1 vanilla works perfectly.

Summary

This Asus K70IO has a few problem with Linux, with the major issue being the touchpad. For now this laptop is not recommended for Linux.

Linux seems to have done a lot in the meantime: on openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 8 ALL WORKS OUT OF THE BOX !!!!! Including touchpad (fully functional), laptop hotkeys, webcam, cardreader. ALL 100% OK.


Discussion

Chev from thelostforum.net, 2009/11/01 14:19

Forgot to mention wireless worked fine from theinstall as well.

And for the webcam. It does work with Cheese but you are just upside down (:

Chev from thelostforum.net, 2009/11/01 14:08

I've installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala on my Asus K70IO, just clicking :)

The graphic drivers have been replaced by Nvidia ones and I've tested them with Nexuiz, Guild Wars (Wine) and Half-Life 2 (Wine) without noticing any problem.

The touchpad works while I've not done anything specific to make it work. I've not yet tested the memory card reader as well but the webcam is not working from scratch. Now I'm gonna go and see if there is any solution for this little issue…

Ramon Fincken, 2009/10/20 21:36

Touchpad, wireless and graphics card all work under Ubuntu 9.04

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