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Asus M50SV


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus M50SV laptop.

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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus M50Sv. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus M50Sv page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Asus M50Sv specifications page.

NameAsus M50SV
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5Ghz
Screen15.4“ WXGA+ Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 9500M
NetworkGigabit Ethernet, 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
Fingerprint ReaderYes



The NVIDIA Geforce 9500M needs the latest version of the nvidia drivers to function. Most Linux distributions don't include this so manual installation in necessary. Check out the guides section on this site for installation details.

On some Linux distributions you may need to disable the light sensor to fix a dark screen issue:
echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/asus_laptop/ls_switch

On some other distributions you may instead have to change the sensor light level (light levels go from 0 to 15):

echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/asus_laptop/ls_switch
echo 7 > /sys/devices/platform/asus-laptop/ls_level

You can add this line(s) to your /etc/rc.local file to permanently fix the issue.


For full audio support you will need to use ALSA version 1.0.16 or grater. Like the graphics controller, most Linux distributions only have an older version so you will need to install it manually. Again, check the guides section on this site for installation details.


The webcam works with the Linux-uvc driver. Some (Ubuntu 7.10) Linux distributions include this driver while other don't. Check our guides section for installation details.


There is some configuration work required for the Asus M50SV to function properly with Linux however nothing exceptionally difficult is necessary. This laptop work just fine after the properly installation work is done.


Kata Cinta, 2014/11/12 00:17

DragonSeer, 2008/08/07 08:15

ASUS M50SV Does Not Work With Sabayon 3.5

Just letting everyone know that the wireless network card does not work on Sabayon 3.5.
I have tried all the suggestions at the forum and none of them work.
You can still surf via hardwire network, but whats the point? You might as well wait until they get it right.

Gaveen, 2008/05/01 11:42

Screen Brightness

To fix dark screen disable the ambient light sensor like so:

sudo -s
echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/asus_laptop/ls_switch

Graydon, 2009/11/19 03:44

that command doesnt work in fedora…

[root@localhost ~]# echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/asus_laptop/ls_switch
bash: /sys/devices/platform/asus_laptop/ls_switch: No such file or directory

asus user, 2008/04/25 15:18

beautiful laptop!

get compat-wireless latest for the iwl4965 driver
get libfprint/pam_fprint for the fingerprint reader - works great!

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