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Asus U31SD

Author(s)

Frej

Introduction

This is a first edition of a guide to running Linux with the Asus U31SD laptop.
Tested with ArchLinux 64-bit.

If you have the Asus U31SD and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus U31SD. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus U31SD page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus U31SD specifications page.

NameAsus U31SD
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 2410M
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M
Screen13.3“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 640GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsDouble GPU (Optimus):
Intel® GMA HD
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorking
ScreenWorking
HDDWorking
GraphicsPartially WorkingIntel GMA HD fully works.
Got NVIDIA to work using bumblebee, vdpau for NVIDIA not supported due to limitations in xorg. HDMI not tested.
SoundWorkingSpdif not tested, but shows up in alsamixer
EthernetWorking
WirelessWorking
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWorking
Card ReaderWorking
WebcamNot Tested
SuspendWorkingTweaks needed, see notes

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.
Guide: http://thecodecentral.com/2011/01/18/fix-ubuntu-10-10-suspendhibernate-not-working-bug

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).

Summary

This laptop runs quite well with linux, but tweaks are needed to get the power consumption down and suspend to work.


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asus_u31sd.txt · Last modified: 2011/10/13 13:39 by 83.248.129.162
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