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Asus M51TA-X2


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus M51Ta laptop.

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NameAsus M51Ta-X2
ProcessorAMD Turion X2 Ultra ZM-82 2.2G
Screen15.4“ WXGA+ 1440×900
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650
ATI Radeon HD 3200 yes BOTH
NetworkRealtek RTL8168C
Atheros AR5008X

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesBrightness buttons work once acpi works, see below.
Optical DriveNot TestedI was able to boot to it without complications (it is SATA), I haven't tested CD or DVD burning.
GraphicsPartialThe cards are detected, but I haven't gotten either to run effectively.
SoundNot TestedThe card is detected, but I haven't put much effort into it because of other issues.
EthernetYesWorks just fine.
WirelessPartialI know it can detect networks, but as of this writing, the only way to get WPA is with the ndiswrapper, which I haven't really tested.
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYesI've plugged in a thumb drive, but I've little doubt it works flawlessly
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraNot Tested


ACPI: As of this writing, ACPI is TERRIBLE. To get the system to boot at all (even LiveCDs, and even so, some don't work still) you must disable acpi (acpi=off) OR disable mtrr (somewhere in the kernel config, just search for it). With mtrr disabled (credit to rainy_day from the asus forums for turning mtrr off), acpi partially works, and I can see my battery life and status (enable the Asus acpi driver in the kernel config), but the battery only lasts just over an hour (it lasts over twice that in Vista). Something may be figured, and I will update accordingly.


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asus_m51ta.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/13 15:21 (external edit)
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