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Asus N56DP

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus N56DP laptop. If you have the Asus N56DP 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus N56DP. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus N56DP page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus N56DP specifications page.

NameAsus N56DP
ProcessorAMD Fusion APU A10-4600M /A8-4500M /A6-4400M Processor
Screen15.6” HD (1366×768)/Full HD (1920×1080)/Wide View Angle LED Backlight
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD1TB 5400rpm
750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
750GB 7200rpm
500GB 7200rpm
Optical DriveBlu-Ray DVD Combo
Super-Multi DVD
Blue-ray reader
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 7730M
Network10/100/1000
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Graphics ChipWorksSee notes
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutWorks
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks
SoundWorks
MicrophoneWorks
Headphone PortWorks
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
SPDIFOutNot Tested
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
USBWorks
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderBROKEN
WebcamWorks
KeyboardWorksSee notes
TouchPadWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

Graphics

You can use the proprietary AMD drivers if you wish.

Keyboard

The keyboard backlight is inactive by default. A small C program to automatically control the backlight is available on http://forum.notebookreview.com/linux-compatibility-software/703985-asus-keyboard-backlight-controller.html

Summary

Installing the proprietary AMD drivers is necessary for Suspend/Resume functionality, and for using the switchable graphics.


Discussion

David Shaheen, 2013/11/14 09:13

Can someone please help me figure out how to install ubuntu on this laptop? I have no idea how to get it to work, I made a life usb and put it in, but the bios doesn't show a way to set the usb to boot.

Howard Chu, 2013/09/28 06:33

Hm, I don't know which kernel revision and fglrx driver version fixed this, but it's now working for me too. I just upgraded my Arch Linux install with kernel 3.11 and latest catalyst. But it was definitely a problem when I first posted here back in December. So somewhere between kernel 3.5 and 3.11 it started working.

Alex Karro, 2013/08/31 13:35

I have installed Debian (testing with kernel 3.10) and it seems that the touchpad is having issues with the right click. Also the FN key to turn off the touchpad doesn't seem to work. Everything else is working perfect and fast. I'm going to do a bit of research to see if I can “fix” this.

Grayson Barglet, 2013/06/26 07:51

Actually, forget that last part. Resuming DOES work, but only after installing the proprietary drivers. (You can't just choose the “fglrx” option from Mint's Driver Manager, alas. It takes a little more work than that).

Now the only thing not working that I know of is the card reader, but I didn't really put any effort into making that work.

Grayson Barglet, 2013/06/26 07:17

Running Mint 15 perfectly.

Used the directions here to install the proprietary AMD drivers (13.6 Beta):
http://xpressrazor.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/fix-catalyst-driver-in-ubuntu-13-04/
The proprietary drivers are nice, since without them both GPUs were constantly running and the fans were on all the time.

Unfortunately when you resume from sleep or hibernate, the laptop's screen can't turn back on. If you're connected to an external monitor that will work fine, but the laptop screen itself can't turn back on. Everything else seems to work, however.

Howard Chu, 2012/12/30 03:48

Running Ubuntu 12.10
Linux gamba 3.5.0-21-generic #32-Ubuntu SMP Tue Dec 11 18:51:59 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

Most things seem to work. After a suspend, kernel locks up on resume.

Sinan Talebi, 2013/02/07 12:38

Can you talk more specific about the N56DP. I want to buy this laptop.

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