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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K73E laptop.
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|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM
Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
|Screen||17.3“ 1600×900 Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||up to 750GB|
|Graphics||Intel® GMA HD|
|Processor||Excellent||Use i7z for TurboBoost|
|Wireless||Excellent||ath9k, broken in all 3.3 kernels, so use ⇐3.2 or 3.4⇒|
|Card Reader||*) Excellent|
Don't compile synaptics drivers in kernel if you want multitouch.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS works beatifully out of the box with this laptop, no binary blobs or specific drivers needed. Intel's graphic drivers are OSS, so they are already in the kernel, and all the other components either have an OSS driver or a generic driver in the kernel. The LTS release comes with either the 3.2, 3.5, 3.8 or 3.11 kernels, so there isn't any issue with wireless.
*) From autumn 2012 to summer 2014 I have run several Linux-distributions on this machine and everything works like a charm.
*) In fébruary 2015, after three years, the female power connector stopped working. It appears to be a known weakness of this brand, but I had yet to accept that the soldering joints which hold the connector give in after some time. I had them repaired and the machine is again completely functional.