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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus L5C laptop. This is a loud, big and heavy laptop but it is still fairly cheap. The wireless controller is the main issue with this laptop on Linux.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Processor||Intel Pentium4 2.8Ghz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon 9000|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4303 802.11b Wireless|
|Other||5 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-intel8x0 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
The ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 in the Asus L5C is compatible with both the the open source radeon module and ATI's proprietary fglrx module. Our installation instruction are available here.
This Broadcom BCM4303 controller in the Asus L5C does not have any native drivers so ndiswrapper will need to be used. NDISwrapper need windows drivers to function, these can be found here.
A guide on using these drivers is available here.
With the issues with the wireless controller, the Asus L5C is difficult to configure especially for new Linux users. Other features are easier to configure so if the wireless controller is not essential this is still a good laptop.