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Asus U30SD

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus U30SD laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus U30SD. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus U30SD page on LapWik.

Author(s)

cricci cristiano.ricci6@gmail.com

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus U30SD specifications page.

NameAsus U30SD
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 2520M/2410M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M Processor
Screen13.3” (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsIntel® GMA HD
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processor YES
Screen YES
HDD YES
Optical Drive YES
Graphics YES Intel integrated is working fine, just shut down the Nvidia video card
Sound YES Just with kernel 3.0+
Ethernet YES
Wireless YES
Bluetooth YES
ModemNot Tested
USB YES
Card Reader YES
Webcam YES

Notes

Use acpi_call for the shutdown of the Nvidia. This will work, but the kernel will freeze on shutdown
here: http://linux-hybrid-graphics.blogspot.com/2010/07/using-acpicall-module-to-switch-onoff.html

Have to add a script for suspend/hibernate
here: http://thecodecentral.com/2011/01/18/fix-ubuntu-10-10-suspendhibernate-not-working-bug

Need some module option at boot for i915 module with kernel 3.0+ (huge power consumption)
here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/38117/battery-life-decreased-after-upgrade-to-11-04

Summary

Up to 10h battery life with wireless+firefox
Suspend/Hibernate Working
Audio Working (bad quality of the integrated speaker but i think is an hardware problem)


Discussion

cricci, 2013/04/11 12:04

Actually i'm using linux mint nadia and wifi works pretty well.
I'm using also bumblebee (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee). Still can't get the nvidia card to work but it works for shutting off the discrete video card without kernel freeze. (and you don't need to manually build acpi_call kernel module after upgrade)

djrf, 2012/06/10 01:29

instead of the acpi_call you might use bumblebee

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Bumblebee

cricci, 2012/07/08 19:29

i've just tried that.
when i try to use optirun i get this message:

optirun glxgears

[ERROR]Cannot access secondary GPU - error: [XORG] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA GPU at PCI:1:0:0. Please

[ERROR]Aborting because fallback start is disabled.

Lucio Tarantino, 2012/03/17 09:22

I have a lot of trouble (frequent disconnection or no connection at all) with ath9k (wifi) driver with Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04.( kernel 3.0 and 3.2 ).
Anyone has a working distribution o workaround?

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