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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus U5F laptop. This is a small laptop with a good set of hardware included. Sound support is a bit problematic at the moment but future Linux distributions should solve this issue.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Graphics||Yes||Use the i810 module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
For the audio in the Asus U5F to work you need to install ALSA version 1.0.14rc1 or greater. No Linux distribution currently provides this version of ALSA so you will need to compile it manually. You will also need to add the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your Linux distribution's equivalent) file:
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop-eapd
The major issue with the Asus U5F is with the configuration of the audio system. All the other features work well and with future Linux distributions the audio shouldn't be a problem either.