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This is a 13.3inch laptop with Intel integrated graphics combined with Nvidia Optimus (GeForce 310M NVA8 (GT218)). There is a launchpad.net team for the Asus U/UL series at:
This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus U33Jc. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus U33Jc page on LapWik.
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For full specifications see the Asus U33Jc specifications page.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 520M/450M/430M : 2.4 GHz - 2.26 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 2.93/2.66/2.53 GHz;
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 370M : 2.4 GHz
|Screen||13.3” (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||320GB to 640GB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M|
|Graphics||Partial||Nvidia can be switched off for battery saving (acpi_call module)|
|USB||Yes||USB 3.0 works|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Partial||Flipped out the box but can be fixed with compatible packages|
After installing Ubuntu 10.10, you will reboot and get a blank screen due to the hybrid graphics card configuration. The easiest to solve the problem is to:
- reboot with failsafe mode (failsave x-server)
- download the acpi_call module and switch off the graphics card
- reconfigure the xserver (it will use the integrated intel card)
To use the nvidia card, install the NVIDIA binary drivers and then reboot, go into the BIOS, and change the “Boot VGA Controller Selection” from “Windows 7/Vista” to “Others”.
You can enter a summary of how well the Asus U33Jc works with Linux here.