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Asus U31JG

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus U31JG laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus U31JG. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus U31JG page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus U31JG specifications page.

NameAsus U31JG
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 460M 2.53 GHz
Intel® Core™ i3 370M/380M 2.53 GHz ~ 2.4 GHz
Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core P6200 2.13 GHz
Screen13.3” (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDup to 640GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 415M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorksGeneric 2.5” SATA
GraphicsAlmost worksPicture works immediately, nVidia card works with ironhide
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 06)
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
ModemNot Tested
USBWorksInstalled Ubuntu from USB stick
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorks Picture maybe upside down. Solutions are available
HDMI Out Not Working The blame probably rests with Optimus technology

Notes

Suspend/hibernate causes the computer to lock up. It is because of the USB3 incompatibility. Fixes are
available on internet.

Summary

The laptop uses nVidia's Optimus technology, which runs nVidia card in “kind of” slave mode. User can install
ironhide to get around that. HDMI output might be connected to nVidia card.

Apart from that everything works great. I plugged an SSD into mine and it now performs a complete reboot in 12 seconds. Neat. :)


Discussion

Justin, 2012/08/08 12:41

Hi. I have substantially increased my battery life on this laptop with BumbleBee: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bumblebee. If you experience sub par battery life with Linux, give BumbleBee a try!

-Justin

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asus_u31jg.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/08 00:51 by billg
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