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Asus U50Vg

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus U50Vg laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus U50Vg. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus U50Vg page on LapWik.

Author(s)

Abd Allah Diab
Matteo Cancellieri (some adds and updates)

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus U50Vg specifications page.

NameAsus U50Vg
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9550/T9400/P8700/P8600/P7350/T6600/T6500/T6400/T5900/T5850 : 2.66 GHz - 2.16 GHz,
Intel® Pentium® M Processor T4200 : 2.0 GHz
Screen15.6“ HD (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® G 105M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 ABGN

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUsing nVidia Driver
SoundYes
EthernetYesTested using Ubuntu 9.10, didn't work with Ubuntu 9.04
WirelessYesTested using Ubuntu 9.10, didn't work with Ubuntu 9.04
BluetoothYes
ModemNot Included
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamYesTested using Ubuntu 9.10 with cheese

Notes

Loaded Fedora Core 12 64 Bit.
2.6.31.6-166.fc12.x86_64 #1 SMP Wed Dec 9 10:46:22 EST 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
and had to load the intel iwlwifi driver from the compat-wireless-2-1.6 distro
http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Download#Archive_of_compat-wireless-2.6_tarballs
and loaded acpi4asus-0.41 and got all the hot keys working.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/acpi4asus/
Looking for info to get backlight on keyboard working.
The webcam and Card reader also work.
Ubuntu 9.10
It works almost perfect
For the keyboard backlight in kernel <2.6.32 use this thread http://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?pid=3118523 from post #7 and next from kernel 2.6.32 keyboard backlight should work (source http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1359360 )
Wireless connection works not so good, to improve performance you should install 'linux-backports-modules-wireless-karmic-generic' package.
openSuse 11.3
Keyboard backlight works well out-of-the-box with kernel 2.6.34, but stops to work after Suspend. Solution - reload asus_laptop module: modprobe -r asus_laptop && modprobe asus_laptop.
Wi-fi doesn't work stable with Gnome+NetworkManager+DIR-300 router with WPA and DHCP, so finally I installed wicd and assigned static IP.


Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the Asus U50Vg works with Linux here.
Fedora Core 12 works great on the U50vg. I am dual booting linux and Vista
Used Pmagic to resize the partition and delete the d: partition. Everything seems stable
and have encountered no problems other than getting the right wireless configuration created.
With ubuntu 9.10 works not bad, with some adjustment works perfect.


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mark, 2011/02/22 05:19

My U50Vg has neither lights in touchpad nor bluetooth radio. I installed 64 bit Ubuntu 10.10 and everything I have tested, with the exception of the keyboard backlighting, works without tweaking. I have not tested the external display, e-sata ports or the express-card slot. The flash memory card reader, usb ports, wired and wireless networking, work fine, the battery and AC adapter are detected, even skype works with video without screwing around.

The keyboard backlighting is an easy fix- see here: https://launchpad.net/asus-keyboard-backlight
All you do is add the ppa, then download and install the package asus-kbd-backlight
It takes 30 seconds and works perfectly.

All the keyboard function keys work except fn+F9 which is supposed to toggle the touchpad, and the fn+A which is supposed to toggle auto brightness.

Currently dual booting win 7 and 10.10. About to wipe win 7 and go ubuntu 10.10 all the way!

itbarany, 2011/01/16 17:01

You can make the keyboard lights work, granted you and google translate can work the forum out. I honestly don't see why there isn't an english version for it.

The led lights that follow your finger on the touchpad will always get stuck in an about half way through position and it will be like that untill you reboot the laptop. It doesn't set back functionality, you can still use the tp, but it's an eyesore.

The boot changes for worse after installing the nvidia drivers.

The fan sometimes goes crazy. You turn the laptop on and it just goes berserk on max but if you put your hand to it you can feel that it's cold air it pushes out, so it's unnecessary. Also something that can only be fixed by rebooting.

Other then these, Ubuntu 10.10 works as a charm, but these small setbacks ruin it for me.

hasan, 2010/08/26 02:20

Finally Solved , Just Upgrade To Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - the Lucid Lynx
and all problems solved
I am happy :-D

myRaiko, 2010/05/17 11:44

it works perfect with Ubuntu 10.04

Tom, 2009/12/24 18:35

Works great on Fedora Core 12 after loading new ACPI and lwlwifi drivers

Abd Allah Diab, 2009/11/20 22:14

I tested the laptop using Ubuntu 9.10 and the back light works along with its keyboard shortcuts.

hasan, 2009/11/19 09:42

it works correctly , but the back light doesn't work at all , not all keyboard shortcuts work , need help

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