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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus M50VM 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 M50Vm. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus M50Vm page on LapWik.
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For full specifications see the Asus M50Vm specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53Ghz|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA+ Widescreen|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Geforce 9600M|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11abgn/Atheros AR928x, Bluetooth|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
The NVIDIA Geforce 9600M found in the M50VM is not directly supported by X.org yet so you will need to use NVIDIA's proprietary module. See the details in the guides section for installation instructions.
Support for the Intel WiFi Link 5100 will only be added in the 2.6.27 version of the kernel. So you need to use a very up to date Linux distributions such as Fedora 10 or Ubuntu 8.10.
Sound works in ALSA with “options snd-hda-intel model=3stack-dig” to the file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base. This will not not mute speakers if headphones are plugged in. Upgrading to ALSA 1.0.18RC3 will fix all issues with the sound. (confirmed in Ubuntu 8.10RC 64-bit)(discounted in Ubuntu 8.10 32-bit, speakers still don't mute when headphones plugged in)
The webcam works with the UVC module. Some distributions (such as Ubuntu 8.04) include UVC but others (such as Fedora 9) you will need to install. Have a look at our guides section for details.
A little bit of tweaking is required to get the Asus M50VM running well but as long as you are using kernel version 2.6.27 or higher this laptop works just fine.