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Asus N50Vn

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus N50Vn 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 N50Vn. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus N50Vn page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus N50Vn specifications page.

NameAsus N50Vn
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA or WXGA+ or WSXGA+ Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160 to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 or 5150 802.11abgn

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessoryesUbuntu 8.10
Screenyes@1280×800Ubuntu 8.10
HDDyesUbuntu 8.10
Optical Driveyes DVD super multi Ubuntu 8.10
Graphicsyes /w compiz and emerald Ubuntu 8.10
Soundissues sound level is abnormal low by default,after setting volume it works normal Tested in Kubuntu 8.10 x64
EthernetyesUbuntu 8.10
WirelessyesUbuntu 8.10 has issues. But it works perfectly with Ububtu 9.04. Uses ath9k driver and kernel 2.6.28-11.
BluetoothyesUbuntu 8.10
USByesKubuntu 8.10
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYesKubuntu 8.10
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamPicture is upside down.Kubuntu 8.10 and Ubuntu 9.04 To solve this you need to patch driver and compile it. In Ubuntu 9.10 camera works very well.
VDPAUyes

Notes

The nvidia 9650m graphics card works flawlessly on compiz and emerald. wireless and some acpi don't work
You should download latest drivers from nvidia website. Drivers suggested to install in Kubuntu/Ubuntu 8.10 are buggy.

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Discussion

vescha, 2010/02/21 23:08

Running archlinux on a 1 year old n50vn.

Pretty much everything works, the func keys, the sensor keys, 1440 900 res, touchpad, network, card slot, etc

But I have some undesired issues. My screen begun to stop working flawlessly, now I get some white “noise” once in a while and I have to move the screen a bit to fix it.

Also there's an issue with my nvidia card, if I run composite things like compiz it will freeze eventually or it's performance will not be very good, it used to work perfectly back in the day, I think I somehow burned my card, probably by mistreat. But I will try the bios upgrade anyway.

sp3cu, 2009/09/12 22:18

If somebody have problem with newer nvidia driver (artifacts etc) upgrade BIOS to >=210

UncleDeadley, 2009/06/15 22:09

Hi, I just bought an N50VN-A1B from laptopsinc.com. Great service. I loaded sidux (version of debian sid) on this notebook and most everything works great out of the box. I haven't tried the webcam solution yet. The one thing bothering me is that the right ALT key doesn't seem to work. Has anyone else had this issue and solved it?

memarko, 2009/06/02 22:06

Camera problem solution:

http://ubuntu-virginia.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=838210

Pippo75, 2009/05/19 14:19

I've the same problem for brightness… i've an Asus M51SN..
see here:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/376668
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/373571

did anybody solve the problem? The workarounds written here aren't useful..

yfg, 2009/05/11 16:40

uoooooohoooooooooo

Todd, 2009/05/04 22:45

Does anyone know how to fix the upside camera with Ubuntu 9.04?

memarko, 2009/05/06 13:02

There could be few way:
1. Does v4l support rotation? if so some control could be used to set different rotation mirroring
2. modify existing driver to mirror/rotate image. Description can be found here: http://www.thedirks.org/v4l2/v4l2fmt.htm
but i dont know where to find exact driver sources.
3. writing a new driver for virtual camera which only change the picture.

Tyler, 2009/04/24 07:40

In ubuntu 9.04, the live version wifi works right off the cd. After installing the distro asuswireless.sh,asuswireless2.sh and start.d/asuswireless60.sh must be deleted to prevent xwin from turning the wireless off on boot.

Ethan, 2009/04/14 00:02

Hello,
I tried to use the command:
sudo echo 1 >/sys/devices/platform/asus-laptop/wlan

but the terminal says:
Permission denied

I am the system administrator, btw.

Ethan, 2009/04/14 02:40

Never mind. I figured it out.
But I do have a problem- whenever I restart or shut down the computer, I have to put the command into the terminal every time I start Ubuntu. Is there a way to have the
sudo echo 1 >/sys/devices/platform/asus-laptop/wlan
command stick, or run automatically when I start up Ubuntu?

Xwang, 2009/03/29 05:37

Hi,
I've seen that free -m shows a total amount of memory of 3960 Mb instead of 4096. It is the same for you? My distro is kubuntu 8.10 amd64. Moreover the default brightness is wrong and I need to use the trick I xplained before, but If I unpluf the AC and the plug it again, brightness is set to minimum again.
Xwang

daniel, 2009/03/18 13:56

with all updates in order i can do pretty much everything. except use the ionizer.

Archie, 2009/03/26 01:53

Hello,

wonder if same applies to ASUS N51V. I'd like to buy this laptop and haven't found any info on UBUNTU compatibility.

Thanks

Tyler, 2009/03/13 00:25

Bluetooth and wireless work perfectly.

sudo echo 1 >/sys/devices/platform/asus-laptop/wlan
sudo echo 1 > /sys/devices/platform/asus-laptop/bluetooth

memarko, 2009/03/17 23:03

Which driver are you using?

Tyler, 2009/03/18 05:29

Whichever one comes with Ubuntu Intrepid by default. I can't check exactly which one right now (it wasn't my laptop), but authentication, the lights, etc. were all working. (I posted the original comment from the laptop on a wireless network.)

me_marko, 2009/03/22 23:20

Thank you. So everything should work fine. But not to me ;)
Do you use ath9k driver or ndiswrapper or something else?
Are you using 32-bit or 64-bit Ubuntu Interpid?
Which packets related to kernel do you have installed?

Tyler, 2009/03/26 03:57

It's the ath9k driver. Make sure your wireless/bluetooth switch is on and try Fn+F2 and the two lines of code I posted earlier (making sure that you don't get permission errors. If you do, use chmod).

me_marko, 2009/03/31 19:36

Thanks.

, 2009/03/09 18:51

I don't know if you have the problem with the default brightness of the lcd set to minimum (I don't know if it is related to kde 4.2). However I have resolved the problem using this script:

#!/bin/bash

echo 8 | sudo tee -a /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCDD/brightness

exit 0

Which I have added to the autostart of kde.

In order to have the sudo command work without the password you should use sudo visudo to modify the file /etc/sudoers adding the following line:

username ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/tee -a /proc/acpi/video/VGA/LCDD/brightness

being username the name of your user.

Xwang

PS someone knows how to rotate the image of the camera?

Xwang, 2009/03/01 13:37

I've just installed kubuntu 8.10 amd64 on this notebook (in Italy it is sold as pro5av) and after having updated the system, the only two problems I have is the buggy behaviour of Fn-F2 and the default brightness of the screen that is low, even disabling the light sensor by adding the following line to /etc/rc.local to disable it:
echo 0 > /sys/devices/platform/asus-laptop/ls_switch
Should I log in Vista to set the default brightness?
Thank you,
Xwang

PS the sound volume from notebook speekers is not low (I've set the audio volume to 6 in the BIOS) but it is not very good. Two 10€ external speekers solve the problem.

Giovanni, 2009/02/05 09:38

good news…updated ubuntu and drivers video. Now got 1440×900….so flawlessy!!!! It looks like great with compiz perefctly working

Audio working fine just getting volume master and front to maximum. PCM i've leaved at 80% cause on other PCs audio distorces if PCM is 100 % …I'll try…

Fn+F2 still buggy…it stops the bluetooth and Lan but it can't reactivate.

Touch buttons on the bottom of screen works perfectly!!!

I'm very happy now…i've launched all kind of (sh*t :D, useless ) eyecandy like compiz, emerald, AWN and screenlets and my RAM (3 GB recognize from ubuntu) is occupied only for 15% … WoW (ndr. would say from Redmond)

daniel, 2009/02/12 13:34

could you get the ionizer to work?

daniel, 2009/01/27 12:24

Every thing Giovanni said is still happening even with all updates in order. the ionizer only seams to work if we turn it on in vista and reboot into ubuntu. the resolution might be from the monitor, mine only goes until 1280×800. audio is still incredibly low but the rest works fine… at least i didn't get breaks like on vista…

Giovanni, 2009/01/26 14:32

got a pro5avn (based on n50vn) with ubuntu 8.10 with no updates (still waiting for ADSL to be activate). Got not much time to check completely. There's no audio (a very weak noise from speakers), Video works great but 1280×800 seems to be the finest resolution despite what nvidia offers (1440×900).
Wireless and bluetooth both works but:
there's a keybind for activate/deactivate (Fn+F2). On boot, wireless and bluetooth are on; on using keybind for deactivate one or both of they, they deactivate but then it is impossible to reactivate both, even using the manual switch in front of the laptop.
The touch buttons down the display doesn't works. Even the ionizer (will be usefull one day? :D ) doesn't.

May be one day developers resolve this issues. It is a very good laptop with some interesting and powerful features (Windows vista rate it with 5.0 according to worste score owned by the graphic card).
Hope this so.
When i will wired with ADSL i will upgrade ubuntu. Maybe some features will work. Still hoping

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