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Asus S6F

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus S6F laptop. This is an extremely small laptop but still packs quite an impressive specification list. Linux support is great as well.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameAsus S6F
ProcessorIntel Core Duo L2400 1.66GHz
Screen11.1“ WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD100GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested

Notes

As default the native screen resolution of this notebook is 1366×768, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 functions this resolution would not be usable right away. To get it working you will need to install the 915resolution program and type in:
915resolution 3c 1366 768
This will then allow you to use the native 1366×768 resolution. However this setting will be forgotten after each boot so you will need a way to automatically run this command at every boot. Fortunately most Linux distributions come with the 915resolution program and include a simple way of achieving this. You can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide for more information.

Summary

There were no problems in getting the Asus S6F working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.16 or greater, such as Fedora Core 5 or Ubuntu 6.06.


Discussion

Firdaus Wan Teh, 2010/04/01 14:04

I have installed ubuntu 9.0 and upgrade to version 10. I still have problem with NO SOUND on my ASUS S6F. Please help me how to get the sound driver and how to install it. Please help because I want to use ubuntu..

Roy, 2007/06/22 19:05

Some quirks and workarounds.

My Asus S6F seems to have a screen resolution of 1366×768.
Most things are autodetected by Fedora Core 6.
The ipw3985 drivers needed can be found in the livna repo.
Suspend/hibernate seems to work ok most of the times, however the r8169 driver needs to be removed and inserted again every time.
The internal card reader works great!
This also goes for bluetooth.
I still have some problems with the fan: Some times it will not start even if the cpu temperature approaches 100 degC. When it starts to burn my thigh I have to do a hibernate-resume cycle to start it again, but now it will not turn off so the thing is damn noisy! Still investigating, I haven't found a way to reproduce the problem. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. I really do not know if this has anything to do with Linux at all, I suspect this could be a BIOS bug.

Just my notes…

r.

Bill Giannikos, 2007/06/22 19:51

You're right about the screen resolution, I made the changes to the wiki.

You can also follow our Configuring the ipw3945 module for the Intel 3945ABG wireless controller for the wireless controller. We use the ATRPMS packages.

The fan problem does seem to be an ACPI issue. Are you using the latest BIOS version?

Roy, 2007/07/09 19:03

Hi, again.

I tried to upgrade the bios to v209, but it made no difference. However, upgrading to Fedora 7 does seem to help. I've been running it for a week now with no overheating problems so far.

On F7 suspend to RAM needs the s3 quirks:
pm-suspend –quirk-s3-bios –quirk-s3-mode
I've submitted the necessary changes to the hal list.

I could not get the iwl3945 driver to work properly in F7, so I'm sticking with the ipw3945 module for the time being.

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