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Asus K93SV


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For full specifications see the Asus K93SV specifications page.

NameAsus K93SV
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 2630QM
Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
Screen18.4“ 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDD1To 7200
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M + intel sandy bridge / OPTIMUS
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n
Touchpadelantech ETPS/2
Internal Card readerAlcor

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNo problem to report for now
Screenworks! out of the box
HDDworks!out of the box
Optical Driveworks! out of the boxreading and writing dvd/cd tested
Graphics Works after some software installation. Technology optimus, Bumblebee-project 3.0 should works on all linux distribution with trivial installation
SoundWorks! out of the boxon debian wheezy / ubuntu
EthernetWorks! out of the box
Wirelessworks out of the box on ubuntu natty/after one package installation on debian wheezymodule ath9 + firmware-atheros package (debian)
BluetoothNot tested
ModemNot Tested
USBworks! out of the box
Card Readerworks on Ubuntu Oneiric out of the box / on debian squeeze you need to install manually a driver / work out of the box with linux 3.2.0 and above for debian squeeze see driver rts5139
WebcamWork! out of the box on debian wheezyvideo and sound recording (bad quality) tested
TouchpadWorks out of the box on Ubuntu Oneiric / Usable but not well recognized by default on debian squeeze, after installing an extra module nearly perfectly recognize / work out of the box with linux 3.2.0 and above For Debian squeeze see below psmouse-elantech-dkms paquet


- Wireless:
Debian user should install package firmware-atheros in order to have wireless working
- Touchpad:
Debian and Debian based distros's users should install this package to get touchpad well recognized (not needed anymore for linux 3.2.0 and above):
(not necessary on Ubuntu Oneiric)

Debian squeeze user (depreciated with linux 3.2.0 or above) have to install manually the realtek driver rts5139 in order to have card reader working. It can be doanloaded here:
then extract the archive and do as an user:
then as root:
make install
And then reboot.

- graphic: Thanks to Bumblebee 3.0, one can start applications directly from desktop choosing wether they should be using the integrated intel graphic or the nvidia one.
see here for installation:


although everything is not working out of the box, everything can be taken to work.

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DaVince, 2011/10/11 17:50

The LED screen brightness keys do not work, so you're stuck with a fixed (rather bright) brightness. Touchpad works right away, but apparently not with multitouch. Wireless network is fine. Hybrid graphics are not functional, in my experience.

Tested on Fedora 16 beta 2.

Jean-Louis, 2011/10/16 19:14

this is strange: on both debian and ubuntu they are working just fine…

DaVince, 2011/10/20 21:15

I see. Fedora is supposed to be quite “free” - ie no proprietary or less free software that might make these things work. Or perhaps they are better tuned to notebooks. I will be installing CrunchBang Linux soon, which is based off of Debian, and see what my experiences are like then.

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