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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus L5D laptop. The L5D uses an AMD processor, one of only a few. Linux support is not great as this laptop needs to use ndiswrapper.
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||AMD Athlon64 3000+|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5650|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4306 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-intel8x0 module|
|56K Modem||Yes||Use the Linuxant modules|
|Card Reader||No||Does not appear to function properly with the sdhci driver|
For the NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5650 you can use either the open source 'nv' or NVIDIA's 'nvidia' driver with the nvidia driver being needed for 3D support. The Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide can be followed for installation instuctions.
NDISwrapper is required for the Broadcom BCM4306 wireless controller to function with Linux. For further installation instruction you can view our ndiswrapper guide which is available here. The driver to use with ndiswrapper is located on the Asus website.
Active submitted the following:
64bit system: working (Gentoo x86_64) : cpu, screen, optical drive, graphics (NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-1.0-9631-pkg2.run), sound, ethernet, wireless (64-bit_Broadcom_54g_Drivers.zip + ndiswrapper), 56kmodem (see Modem), usb.
Firewire, sdreader, pcmcia remain untested/not working.
The wireless controller is an issue with the Asus L5D. It requires ndiswrapper and therefore configuration is fairly tricky. Other components work fine with Linux.