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Asus U47A

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus U47A laptop. If you have the Asus U47A 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 U47A. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus U47A page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus U47A specifications page.

NameAsus U47A
ProcessorIntel Core i7 3520M 3.6 GHz Processor
Intel Core i5 3210M 3.3 GHz Processor
Intel Core i3 3310M 2.4 GHz Processor
Screen14.0“ HD (1366×768) Color-Shine (Anti-Glare/ Glare type) (Optional)
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD1TB 5400RPM
750GB 5400/7200RPM
500GB 5400/7200RPM
320GB 5400RPM
Optical DriveSuper-Multi DVD
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Network10/100/1000
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks like a CPU should 4 cores shown for the multithreaded portion of the CPUMines uses the i5
ScreenDefault resolution which is 720 shows as expected
HDDMine has a 750 GB HDD real amount is approximately 700 GB not much to say5400 RPMs is kinda slow i'll probably buy a SSD in the future
Graphics ChipIntel Based 4000 Graphics works out of the box
VGA OutNot ApplicableDoesn't have one
HDMI OutNot Tested No HDMI monitor to test with
Display PortNot ApplicableDoesn't have one
Optical DriveWorks made a disk and booted from a disk
SoundWorks very well
MicrophoneNot TestedI'm a lonely person
Headphone PortWorksThe output of sound from the headphones seems to better than the built on speakers in addition the speakers turn off when you plug in earphones finally Linux does this by default :)
Microphone-In PortNot applicable?I only see two ports microphone and speaker
EthernetYep Yep works too1GB connections are FAST
WirelessWorksWireless might say 1MB connection but it was pulling down at about 30MB on my wireless network
BluetoothLinux says it works no bluetooth devices readily available
USBUSB 3.0 just the way every laptop should be
FirewireNot Applicable
Card ReaderWorking
WebcamWorksWireless might say 1MB connection but it was pulling down at about 30MB on my wireless network
KeyboardWorksIt's a keyboard it works
TouchPadSensitiveIt does work but it is very delicate
Suspend/ResumeWorksThe laptop is really quiet you'll have to try and find out but it does suspend/resume perfectly

Notes

Battery life claims to be approximately 5 hours. I've read else where that there are Intel HD drivers bring life up a bit more. I tend to have power available to me every where I go so I'm not worried about the battery. Wireless does not auto connect after sleep so you have to hit Wireless → Network Settings and select a wireless network a bit finnicky but it does work.

January 25, 2013 - I forced the wireless card to use the iwlwifi drivers auto connect works now if you know the network.

Summary

I'm using Linux Mint 14 as of January 23, 2013 everything works fine enough for me so far. I completely removed Windows and thus I'm now head first into using Linux on this machine. The only thing I feel is a tad weird is that if you enable the disable trackpad while typing it takes a bit for you to gain access to the trackpad again. I'll have to learn how to either change that or not touch the touchpad as often.


Discussion

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RKaneKnight, 2014/01/15 17:15

I finally got it to boot from USB.

On the U47A you have to choose the P0:(whatever) as the first boot device and then go back into BIOS. When it's set to Windows or Microsoft or whatever that forces the secure boot, so when you change it to P0 then it will recognize your USB stick.

Hope this helps someone else.

Travis Wenks, 2013/11/12 05:53

I am using Linux Mint Cinnamon x64. I have added an Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230
this was on amazon for about $20. I have the Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3632QM CPU @ 2.20GHz and have also added a Kingston Hyperx 120g SSD. Boot time from full off is under 4 sec to the login screen. I am having trouble with the keyboard controls to dim the screen. The slider in Cinnamon works fine but I find I am using the battery way faster with the screen on full bright. Also - the 'b' key is rought to push.

Jared, 2013/10/25 23:27

Hey, I'm trying to install Ubuntu on my Asus U47A with a USB key; to be clear, this is my only option, because I don't have CDs available at the moment. Anyway, it's not working very well, and I'm not sure. I was able to find advice for how to change the options in the BIOS to make it more compatible for a USB key install on an Asus X401a (here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/237589/booting-ubuntu12-10-usb-on-asus-x401a-win8), but it doesn't seem like the same toggles are obvious in the Boot menu or the Security menu of my U47A. The initial problem of that X407a user seems similar to mine, though, in that after I completely disable the option of booting from the hard drive in the BIOS, it still doesn't boot and instead returns to the BIOS menu.

Any help is going to be appreciated!

Mike, 2013/09/01 22:37

I'm using Ubuntu 13.04 on mine. Wi-fi autoconnects and I get good speed. I'm having problems with the battery. Battery meter will only go up to 40% and I sometimes have to uplug anf replug the charging cable to get it to stop discharging. Anyone know if there are settings that can be changed to fix this?

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