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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus M51Tr laptop.
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|Processor||AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology Processor ZM82/ZM80/RM70;|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA/WXGA+/WSXGA+ Color-Shine (Glare-type)|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||160GB to 320GB - 5400rpm|
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multi Double Layer:
Blu-Ray DVD Combo
|Graphics||Yes||For 3D, ATI Catalyst™ 10.3 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver is needed instead of radeonhd driver. HDMI output was not tested though it is recognized by system|
|Sound||Yes||With ALSA 1.021, headphones output, microphone, speakers all work correctly. SPDIF (multiplexed with headphones output) was not tested|
|Modem||Not working||Not recognized|
|Firewire||Yes||Tested with Kino and external HDD|
|Card Reader||Yes||Only SD card tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Yes||Tested with Kopete|
|Touchpad||Yes||Tested with Gsynaptics|
There are two ways of installing ExpressGate (included on utility DVD) on this machine. One is via Windows (XP works). After install, you can safely delete all Windows folders, i.e. leave only ASUS.000, ASUS.SYS and splash.idx. Then you can proceed with Linux install. The other one is via WINE. More about this procedure can be found here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1049170
With openSUSE 11.2, installation went smoothly. Except for the modem, all the components were recognized properly and worked out of the box. Battery management is working, brightness hotkeys are recognized and working, as well as the volume up/down and multimedia hotkeys. ExpressGate hotkey is also working (provided that ExpressGate is installed as discussed under NOTES section. Regarding graphics, ATI Catalyst™ 10.3 Proprietary Linux x86 Display Driver is better then default radeonhd driver. With this driver, you can stand-by and hibernate this machine properly.