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Asus K73SV

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K73SV laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus K73SV. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus K73SV page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus K73SV specifications page.

NameAsus K73SV
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 2630QM
Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
Screen17.3” 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorOK
ScreenOK
HDDOK
Optical DriveOK
GraphicsOK
SoundOK
EthernetOK
WirelessOKYou will need to compile the RT539xPCIe driver available at http://www.ralinktech.com
BluetoothOK
ModemNot Tested
USBOK
Card ReaderOK
WebcamOK

Notes

You may have trouble compiling Wireless drivers but don't lose faith, there's plenty of help on the internet.
Also, if you wish to use proprietary drivers for the NVIDIA graphic chipset, you'll have to install bumblebee. If you are on ubuntu or such, just use the repos. If bumblebee isn't disponible on you repos, just run the installation script, which will do all the work, including downloading and installing its dependencies and the proprietary driver.

Summary

The Asus K73SV works pretty good with Linux. Sound, Webcam and USB work great and out of the box. Graphics do so too with bumblebee and proprietary drivers but there are still clearly visible bugs with the nouveau drivers. Wireless works good after proper configuration. Touchpad support used to only be acceptable but is now excellent. Bluetooth doesn't work? (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1825811 says there's a way to enable it)


Discussion

Spade Ace, 2012/04/19 11:30

Have problems with suspend and hibernate modes. It just does not work.

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asus_k73sv.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/07 10:50 by billg
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