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This is a guide to running Linux with the ASUS Transformer Book Trio TX201LA laptop. This laptop is actually two physical devices in one (i.e. like the typical Asus Transformers except better), a tablet running Android 4.2.2 and a dock that can function separately from the tablet with another OS. The two devices enable the laptop to function in three different modes: laptop, “desktop,” and tablet. Hence the “Trio” moniker.
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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For full specifications see the ASUS Transformer Book Trio TX201LA specifications page.
|Name||ASUS Transformer Book Trio TX201LA|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 4500U Processor
Intel Core i5 4200U Processor
Tablet : Intel Z2560
|Screen||11.6“ 16:9 IPS FHD (1920×1080)Amtel Maxtouch digitizer|
Tablet : 16GB up to 64 GB EMMC
|Graphics||Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400|
|Network|| Integrated 802.11ac + bluetooth Chipset RTL8821AE see (http://wikidevi.com/wiki/Realtek_RTL8821AE_Combo_Module)
Tablet Connectivity: Integrated 802.11n + bluetooth
This compatibility list deals with installing Linux only on the pc portion (the base/dock), and not on the tablet portion.
|Screen||Yes||The touch screen is an Amtel Maxtouch digitizer. Touch recognition works|
|Sound||Yes||According to the hardware design: sound for pc side comes only from the base speakers and that from the android side only comes through the screen speakers|
|Microphone-In Port||Not Tested|
|Ethernet||N/A||There is a usb to ethernet cable that comes with higher end models which works|
|Wireless||Yes (see Wifi Notes below)||According to http://wikidevi.com/wiki/Realtek_RTL8821AE_Combo_Module staging drivers are expected in kernel 3.14 and fully functional drivers in kernel 3.15. However as of kernel 3.13 there are no Linux wireless drivers|
|Bluetooth||Yes||Broadcom bluetooth radio that is physically part of the wireless card but connects via usb, whereas the wireless chip via pci-express|
|USB||Yes||According to the hardware design, all ports on right side of the base are pc only ports, whereas all ports on the left side of the base can be accessed through pc and tablet sides|
|Card Reader||Yes||According to the hardware design, the micro-sd card reader is tablet only, but it can be accessed through mtp when the tablet is on|
|Webcam||Yes||Front-facing Chickony usb web cam only. The back-facing camera is designed for tablet only use, whereas the front-facing camera is designed to work on both tablet and pc sides|
|Keyboard||Yes||All keys including the OS switch key work|
|TouchPad||Yes||Works as of Kernel 3.15|
Will work for Kernels 3.10 → 3.13 (other kernel versions are untested)
To get the RTL8821ae wireless chip set working with the “rough” Kernel 3.14-rc staging driver you will need to do the following (Note: Since these drivers are under heavy development, it will be useful to pull the latest version from time to time):
$ sudo cp rtl8821aefw.bin /lib/firmware/rtlwifi/
$ sudo yum install kernel-headers kernel-devel gcc automake (on fedora)
$ cd rtl8821ae
KDIR := /lib/modules/$(shell uname -r)/build PWD := $(shell pwd) default: $(MAKE) -C $(KDIR) SUBDIRS=$(PWD) CONFIG_R8821AE=m modules
Note: According to the documentation the driver module should be “r8821ae.ko” but I got a “rtl8821ae.ko” file. If your build results in the earlier file, be sure to substitute that file name for mine in the succeesing steps (folder names should stay the same)
$ sudo mkdir /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/staging/rtl8821ae $ sudo cp rtl8821ae.ko /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/kernel/drivers/staging/rtl8821ae/
$ sudo depmod -a $ sudo modprobe rtl8821ae (or r8821ae depending on what your module is named)
ASUS Transformer Book Trio TX201LA works very well with Linux provided the tweaks provided in the notes above are included.