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Asus N53SM


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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For full specifications see the Asus N53SM specifications page.

NameAsus N53SM
ProcessorIntel Core i7 2670QM Processor
Intel Core i5 2450M/2430M Processor
Intel Core i3 2350M/2330M Processor
Screen15.6“ 16:9 HD (1366×768)/Full HD (1920×1080) LED Backlight
RAMUp to 16GB
HDD1TB 5400rpm
750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
Optical DriveSuper-Multi DVD
Blue-ray Writer
Blue-ray reader
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
Integrated Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Graphics ChipWorks* Requires Bumblebee* or #Nvidia Prime with Nvidia Driver#
VGA OutWorks Correctly*
HDMI OutWorks* Requires script to switch audio
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks*
Headphone PortWorks*
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
Line-In PortNot Tested
SPDIFOutNot Tested
BluetoothWorks* With the #3.13 Kernel# and Blueman the BT device cans support all
USBWorks*USB 3.0 sometimes gives problem of visibility
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks*
Suspend/ResumeWorks*hibernate requires workaround

*Indicates tested in Ubuntu 12/Linux Mint 14/Ubuntu 14.04
#[text]#Indicates tested ONLY in Ubuntu 14


To get the integrated intel graphics card to enable by default (instead of the nVidia), you must install Bumblebee. This is very simple for Ubuntu users, other distros may follow along at:

This allows you to enable the nVidea card on demand by running the program with the prefix “optirun”.

Otherwise you can use the nvidia prime tchnology software with the prime indicator. Prime is the Manual switch
between Intel HD 3000 and Nvidia GT 630M.
For installation:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-331 nvidia-prime

for the indicator applet:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install prime-indicator

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 :

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
	pacmd set-card-profile 0 output:hdmi-stereo+input:analog-stereo

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

unpack it:

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:

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.


Federico Leonel, 2014/07/10 01:23

VGA Output works out of the box with archlinux + KDE

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