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This is a first edition of a guide to running Linux with the Asus U31SD laptop.
Tested with ArchLinux 64-bit.
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For full specifications see the Asus U31SD specifications page.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
|Screen||13.3“ (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||up to 640GB|
|Graphics||Double GPU (Optimus):
Intel® GMA HD
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g
|Graphics||Partially Working||Intel GMA HD fully works.
Got NVIDIA to work using bumblebee, vdpau for NVIDIA not supported due to limitations in xorg. HDMI not tested.
|Sound||Working||Spdif not tested, but shows up in alsamixer|
|Suspend||Working||Tweaks needed, see notes|
Tested with archlinux.
Suspend does not work out of the box due to problems with the usb buses, they need to be disabled before going to sleep.
Passing pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 to the kernel (3.0) will decrease power consumption.
The NVIDIA card is possible to turn off using acpi_call but this is considered highly experimental at the moment (may mess up your BIOS) but it seems to work for me (use at your own risk).
This laptop runs quite well with linux, but tweaks are needed to get the power consumption down and suspend to work.