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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus N53SM laptop. If you have the Asus N53SM and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.
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|Processor||Intel Core i7 2670QM Processor
Intel Core i5 2450M/2430M Processor
Intel Core i3 2350M/2330M Processor
|Screen||15.6” 16:9 HD (1366×768)/Full HD (1920×1080) LED Backlight|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|Optical Drive||Super-Multi DVD
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M|
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
|Graphics Chip||Works*||Requires Bumblebee|
|VGA Out||Not Tested|
|HDMI Out||Works*||Requires script to switch audio|
|Display Port||Not Tested|
|Microphone-In Port||Not Tested|
|Line-In Port||Not Tested|
|Bluetooth||Works*||Requires new driver|
|Suspend/Resume||Works*||hibernate requires workaround|
*Indicates tested in Ubuntu 12/Linux Mint 14
To get the integrated intel graphics card to enable by default (instead of the nVidea), you must install Bumblebee. This is very simple for Ubuntu users, other distros may follow along at: http://bumblebee-project.org/install.html
This allows you to enable the nVidea card on demand by running the program with the prefix “optirun”.
For the HDMI Audio fix (in Linux Mint 14, maybe the same in Ubuntu) you can either go into your audio devices and switch to the “HDMI” audio profile, or you can copy + paste the following into a script ToggleHDMIAudio.sh :
#!/bin/bash CurProf=`pacmd list-cards | grep "active profile:" | cut -d'<' -f2 | cut -d'>' -f1` echo $CurProf if [ "$CurProf" == "output:hdmi-stereo+input:analog-stereo" ]; then pacmd set-card-profile 0 output:analog-stereo+input:analog-stereo else pacmd set-card-profile 0 output:hdmi-stereo+input:analog-stereo fi
To fix any bluetooth issuses install a new driver from source:
download the source driver compat-wireless-2012-12-18.tar.bz2 (or more updated) from http://wireless.kernel.org/download/compat-wireless-2.6/
tar -xjvf compat-wireless-2012-12-18.tar.bz2
run the script for compile only the bluetooth modules:
cd compat-wireless-2012-12-18 ./scripts/driver-select bt
compile and install:
make sudo make install
disable current bluetooth modules and load the new ones:
sudo make btunload sudo modprobe ath3k sudo modprobe btusb
restart bluetooth demon:
sudo /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart
otherwise reboot the pc.
After that, if your Bluetooth does not work, do
If your bluetooth chip is detected as 13d3:3304 in lsusb, you need to tell the ath3k driver that.
sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/ath3-bt.conf
and add this lines
install ath3k modprobe --ignore-install ath3k ; /bin/echo "13d3 3304" >> /sys/bus/usb/drivers/ath3k/new_id
You may want to stop here, but, if you want, reboot the computer, and did the modprobe -a ath3k and rmmod btusb again. After this, the modprobe configuration is no longer required and it can be deleted.
Linux runs VERY WELL on this laptop. 30s resume, less than 45 cold boot. Everything pretty much works out of the box, and the other things are simple enough to fix.