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36% (54)
50% (74)
5% (8)
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ProcessorIntel Core i7-3610QM/Intel Core i5-3210M
Screen15.6“ @ 1920×1080
RAM6GB/8GB DDR3, 1600MHz
Optical DriveBLU-RAY or DVD-RW SuperMulti with DualLayer support
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, 2GB
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
NetworkAtheros AR8161/8165 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20)
NetworkWifi 802.11b/g/n
NetworkBluetooth 4.0

Key combinations

Boot menu: clicking Esc and Del by turns

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse Bumblebee to support NVIDIA Optimus technology
Card ReaderYes
Fn keysPartially
Backlit keyboardPartially Supported in Ubuntu 12.10

Fedora 23 x86_64 KDE

Everything worked out of the box, even optimus (through nouveau/PRIME, see e.g. to get the idea how to use it) and keyboard backlight . For the subwoofer you will need hdajackretask (part of alsa-tools package) with which you can override pin 0x16 as internal speaker.

Suspend works, Fn button combos work.

Fedora 18 x86_64 Live KDE

What doesn't work out of the box?
Keyboard: not backlit, some special fn-key combinations don't work
Subwoofer: fixable by putting “options snd-hda-intel model=asus-mode4” into /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
Ethernet: fixable by adding alx driver from compat-wireless (but unsigned driver can't be loaded in secure boot mode)
GeForce GT 650M: fixable by installing akmod-nvidia from rpmfusion
Installer: intermittent annoying video flicker, apparently caused by rapid toggling of brightness from 0% to 100%; post-reboot installer video output is misaligned, but gets better after another reboot (e.g. ctrl-alt-f3, log in as root, “shutdown -h now”)
Rebooting: after shutdown, to avoid weird problems, wait 5-10 seconds before turning power back on

openSUSE 12.3

What doesn't work out of the box?
* Keyboard and ASUS sign on the back are not backlit.
* Subwoofer
* Ethernet card
* Not all Fn combinations work

Ubuntu 12.10

What doesn't work out of the box?
* Ethernet card (easily fixable with alx driver, see compat-wireless package).
* Fn Keys for brightness control (Fn+F5, Fn+F6).

Everything else works just fine!

Ubuntu 12.04

Eth: install alx driver in compat-wireless

Update to the latest Linux kernel, and then keyboard backlit and Fn brightness (Fn+F5,F6) work.


sudo apt-get install libxi-dev libxmu-dev freeglut3-dev build-essential binutils-gold

Download the package from nvidia. During installation, install all but not the driver.

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ /usr/lib/
export PATH=$PATH:/path/to/nvidia/cuda/bin
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/path/to/nvidia/cuda/lib:/path/to/nvidia/cuda/
export LIBRARY_PATH=$LIBRARY_PATH:/usr/lib/nvidia-current:/usr/lib32/nvidia-current

Then you can build CUDA samples. To run, “optirun ./sample”.

Ubuntu 10.04.4

Eth: install alx driver in compat-wireless
Wifi: install ath9k driver in compat-wireless
Bluetooth: copy ath3k-1.fw to /lib/firmware/
Audio: download driver from realtek website: realtek-linux-audiopack-5.17 (HD Audio codec)

Screen: NOT supported by the X Window of Ubuntu 10.04.4. The screen will turn black when switching to console mode (Ctrl+Alt+F1), switching user, etc. Can't detect the monitor in the monitor settings (says unknown). Can't switch resolution, default to 1920*1080.

Graphics-Nvidia GT 650M: The driver could be installed in the following way, but because of the screen issue the driver can not function properly.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current

Keyboard: Fn+F1, F2, F7, (maybe F8) works.
Webcam: Works.




Tommi, 2015/11/03 16:29

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. All works, even ethernet and keyboard backlights! No extra-driver installations needed. I rate it 5/5 =)

Installed via USB3.

elenor, 2014/11/08 12:20

Debian Wheezy and KDE:

Right click on touchpad doesn't work, touchpad can be configured to two- or three-finger clicks instead.
Ethernet works out of the box, but I had to install ath9k driver to get WiFi running.
The in-built bluetooth adapter is not recognized, no matter what I do.
I gave up and am using a USB bluetooth dongle instead which works fine - plug & play.
Keyboard backlight is not working.
Sound and graphics are fine, except the subwoofer doesn't work.
The Fn+F-keys all work fine except F3 and F4 (keyboard backlight).

Matt, 2013/09/14 21:26

I got absolutely everything to work on this on Slackware 14.0 with a custom compiled kernel (3.7.10), except for the touchpad, right click doesn't work (but you can do a 3-finger tap for a right click). I use a mouse anyway.

For ethernet, follow the steps here and it will compile the module for your kernel:

Any kernel above 3.6.x will make all function keys work.

Subwoofer works with the modprobe.d conf file as mentioned above.

nVidia card works with optirun just fine after installing bumblebee on 3.7.10.

rital, 2013/06/05 20:53

Ethernet No:

actually it is well supported via dkms-alx

samat, 2013/02/11 14:47

For working Fn+F5 and Fn+F6 (display backlight) need to add acpi_osi= boot option for kernel in grub.conf
For keyboard backlight I make short scripts and bind Fn keys in KDE.

echo 2 » /sys/devices/platform/asus-nb-wmi/leds/asus\:\:kbd_backlight/brightness - for switch on
echo 0 » /sys/devices/platform/asus-nb-wmi/leds/asus\:\:kbd_backlight/brightness - for switch off

PS: I use Gentoo linux

nemasu, 2013/01/14 21:56

I couldn't get the sound working at all, nor could I get the realtek driver compiled.
So I switched to OSS, and now my sound works.

grissom, 2012/12/19 20:03

Hello If somebody need to install and configure bumblebee and nvidia on ubunutu 12.10, this is complete tutorial which helped me:


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