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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus N53SN laptop.
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This are the standard specifications the notebook comes with.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM
Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
|Screen||15.6” (1366×768) Widescreen OR full hd (1920×1080)|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||up to 640GB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 550M|
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g
|Touchpad||Out of the box multitouch support on OpenSuse|
|Screen||Functional (Brightness keys are working)||NVIDIA driver may drop ball on EDID + hybrid graphics (using NVIDIA gpu through the Intel graphics isn't working very well. (You have to manually select which card you want to use. Temperatures are also very high)|
|Optical Drive||Functional||Besides blu-ray everything works OK|
|Graphics||Sometimes blue and red lines appear at the startup of X.|
|Dedicated Graphics||NVIDIA proprietary driver functional||Works; toggling on/off via /proc is beta|
|Sound||Cougar Point High Definition Audio Controller functional||Works|
|Ethernet||RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller functional||Works|
|Wireless||AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)||Works (Shared w/ bluetooth [AR9002WB-1NGCD])|
|Bluetooth||AR3011 Functional, not tested||Different Tx/Rx time domain from 802.11n (effects throughput/interference [AR9002WB-1NGCD])|
|USB||Functional||USB3.0 breaks suspend2ram when enabled|
For school I need to use Windows too (yeah I know,… don't like it either). So my first idea was to run it in a VM. But right know I'm doing the opposite. I'm running a stripped down version (very minimal) of Windows 7 (without starting the explorer shell, and loading virtual box instead). On top of that I'm virtualizing Debian and OpenSuse. Temperatures are OK now, and I'm almost getting native speeds. I hope that I can do it the other way around in the near future (running Linux as a hypervisor os, with my operating systems on top of that).
I have tested OpenSuse 12.1 (which works best out of the box for this device, in my opinion).
Both Ubuntu 11.10 and OpenSuse 12.1 (and even Debian 6) are having the same temperature issues as described before. The SandyBridge support with hybrid graphics is ”+-working”, but for average people I would not recommend using it yet as a regular system (I don't think idle temperatures up to 70 degrees Celsius are healthy. Then a few minutes later temperature drops to 40 degrees Celsius, without killing any process!). For now you can experiment adding parameters to the grub boot loader for better ACPI support, but I haven't found any setting that really makes it better (that's also the reason I don't post them right here. If you want you can find them on the web if you do a search for “SandyBridge i7 grub parameters”).
As I said before the following is possible:
I'm not a fan of Windows in any kind, but for people like me who need it for school, and are not willing to risk any hardware problems due to the high temperatures and (until now) bad ACPI support, you can do the following.
Install Windows 7 with just driver support (and antivirus+firewall,… yes it is necessary on Windows!).
This barebone system is going to be our hypervisor OS.
Install Virtualbox (or VMware if you want, but I'm a fan of Virtualbox, although VMware works a little smoother, but Virtualbox is “more” open source then VMware is, unless you use the usb support and some extra features).
You can now (not necessary, but it's faster) disable the explorer shell at startup by changing the regkey at: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon In here you will find “Shell” (with explorer.exe as the value). Change the value to the full path of Virtualbox (or VMware).
When you reboot you will be able to start your virtual machine:).
I know this is a dirty solution, but it does the job. I hope I will be able to use Linux instead of Windows as my hypervisor OS. But I'm sure there are many people (especially developers) who will do a great job.
zepman.mcsalty.4 a t gmail.com (I changed the wiki a little and added the temperature issues and my dirty hypervisor solution. Feel free to contact me if you found a solution for my problems, or if you don't agree with my findings, any updates, or any other reason. Thanks)
I own the i7 version with NVIDIA 550M, and full HD screen (1920×1080) and bought it in Belgium. The origin of the notebook is The Netherlands in my case.