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Asus K95VM

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus K95VM specifications page.

NameAsus K95VM
ProcessorIntel Core i7 3610QM Processor
Screen18.4“ 16:9 Full HD (1920×1080) LED Backlight
RAMUp to 16GB
HDD2.5” SATA
1TB 5400rpm
750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
3.5“ SATA
1TB 7200rpm
3TB 7200rpm
Optical DriveBlu-Ray DVD Combo
Super-Multi DVD
Blue-ray Writer (Optional)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 630M
Network10/100/1000
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorOK
ScreenOK
HDDOKTested only with primary HDD (3,5”)
Graphics ChipOKOptimus working both with Nouveau or Nvidia drivers
VGA OutOK
HDMI OutOKNo automatic switch for sound output though
Display Port-Does not have any
Optical DriveOKTested only DVD-5 and DVD-9
SoundOK
MicrophoneOK
Headphone PortOK
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetOK
WirelessOK
BluetoothOK
USBOKBoth USB2 and USB3
Firewire-Does not have any
Card ReaderOK
WebcamOK
KeyboardOK
TouchPadOKWith kernel <3.7 click pad buttons where not working
Suspend/ResumeOK

Notes

Because the distribution I am using (OpenSUSE 12.3 and likely others) doesn't handle switching to HDMI the way I wanted, I've put together the following script. I hope some of you may find it usefull.

The script switches through 3 modes. 2 when HDMI cable (and display) is connected and 1 when unplugged.
1) Switch video and sound to HDMI turn off laptop monitor.
2) Keep laptop monitor on. Expand desktop to HDMI and send sound there.
3) Switch all back to laptop (video and audio). Works only after you have unplugged the cable from the HDMI.

#!/bin/bash
hdmi_on=`xrandr | grep -c "HDMI1 connected"`
if [ $hdmi_on -eq 1 ]; then
    if [ ! -f "/tmp/hdmistatus" ]; then
        touch /tmp/hdmistatus
        hdmi_status=0
    else
        read hdmi_status < /tmp/hdmistatus
    fi
    #echo "Status is: $hdmi_status"
    if [ $hdmi_status -eq 1 ]; then
        xrandr --output LVDS1 --auto --below HDMI1 --primary
        #xrandr --auto --output HDMI1 --auto --above LVDS1
        #xrandr --output LVDS1 --primary
        notify-send -u normal -t 1000 -i preferences-desktop-display-randr "HDMI & LVDS On" "Video to HDMI and Laptop. Audio to HDMI"
        hdmi_status=2
    else
        xrandr --output HDMI1 --auto --same-as LVDS1 --output LVDS1 --off
        #xrandr --auto --output LVDS1 --off
        pacmd "set-card-profile 0 output:hdmi-stereo" > /dev/null 2>&1
        notify-send -u normal -t 1000 -i video-television "HDMI On" "Video & Audio to HDMI"
        hdmi_status=1
    fi
else
    xrandr --output LVDS1 --auto --output HDMI1 --off
    pacmd "set-card-profile 0 output:analog-stereo" > /dev/null 2>&1
    notify-send -u normal -t 1000 -i computer-laptop "HDMI Off" "Video & Audio to Laptop"
    hdmi_status=0
fi

Power consumption

I've had different power consumption with different kernel versions.
3.7.10 provides one of the best power management so far, settled at ~20Watts with laptop mode on and some tweaking with powerTOP.
3.9 so far didn't have good results (>35Watts) so I'm waiting for the next release to give it a try.

Summary

This is a great piece of hardware and other than the chiclet keyboard that needs some time to get used to, the only thing that bothers me somehow is that the screen wobbles a bit as the hinges when adjusting the screen. Given the fact that with its size its a desktop replacement rather than a laptop to be carried around, I'd say it won't have a problem any time soon.
Having tried openSUSE 12.1 12.2 and 12.3 everything except the EFI boot (for 12.1) and optimus worked out of the box. All in all I would say a good buy.


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Dimitrios Tanis, 2013/06/03 10:59

Hi printfere,
Please be more specific about your problems so we can help e.g.:
- What distros have you tried?
- Did you install through EFI boot?
- Did you by any chance mess with the EFI os MS boot partitions (the first two on the disk)?
- Did the installation finish successfully?
- Are you able to boot any OS?
- Do you have the default bootloader (GRUB2)?

printfede, 2013/06/03 09:00

I'm having trouble getting pre-installed Windows 7 to dual-boot with any linux distro on Asus k95vm. May someone help me please?

Dimitrios Tanis, 2013/05/19 00:12

The changes above are made by me but posted them anonymously because still I haven't received my confirmation email.

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