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Asus U6V


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus U6V laptop.

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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For full specifications see the Asus U6V specifications page.

NameAsus U6V
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 9300M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesNeeds the NVIDIA driver
SoundYesWorks with 2.6.28-r9
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
CameraNoImage upside down


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rain, 2009/02/07 22:18

Everything already mentioned here works for me. I only have the following observations:

- After suspend and wakeup, no matter whether plugged into AC or not, display stays suspended, as post above says. I have to hit Fn+F7 twice to make it work (ie. turn the backlight off and on). This would probably show some sort of misunderstanding of the ACPI bios and nvidia driver. The backlight can be controlled via /sys/ if using asus_laptop module, so this could be worked around using a post-wakeup script.

- If you disable the sound in bios, it will not work in either OS (looks like working, but no sound is ever heard, no matter the mixer levels). You can make it work by suspending and waking up once, again showing a possible problem in the bios not doing things quite cleanly.

- Card reader DOES work, but completely differently than all other card readers i have seen. It acts as usb-storage, but permanently attaches as generic scsi media, /dev/sdb for me. This also means you have to enable the scsi generic kernel driver. The drive is seen by udev, but unusable, until you insert a card. Then it reads the partition table. If you remove the card, device still stays visible. Also, when suspending and waking up a lot, it sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. Haven't observed when does it break exactly.

Haven't tested express card or fingerprint reader.

Thammi, 2008/12/19 18:42

I just got everything I need working in Debian Unstable. Here some tipps:
- install current Kernel 2.6.28. Enables sound and wireless (enable iwlagn in menuconfig)
- don't disable “POST Sound”, this disabled my speakers in Win and Lin (Speaker Volume to 0 disables the distracting boot sound ..)

What does not work:
I didn't test Fingerprint reader and ExpressCard Slot.
The image from the webcam is upside down.
CardReader doesn't work (didn't investigate yet).

Anonymous, 2008/11/22 16:11

2008-11-21 debian unstable on the U6V, part 4

If you are a GNU/Linux developer and need me to test stuff out in order to make things work perfectly on the Asus U6V, you get my email address by adding “shh” to ”@” and finally “”.

Thank you from

Anonymous, 2008/11/22 16:05

2008-11-21 debian unstable on the U6V, part 3

“Normal” things work.

Ethernet works out of the box.

X11 works, including the NVIDIA native driver that reports about 2740 FPS for glxgears.

Mouse pad works, and I've even been able to disable tapping by setting “TouchPadOff” to “2” in the synaptics driver section (which currently doesn't work on my Asus Eee with the same GNU/Linux distribution) of /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

Anonymous, 2008/11/22 15:54

2008-11-21 debian unstable on the U6V, part 2

Camera works with luvcview, but the image is upside down.

Fingerprint reader works, but the gdm login stuff (don't remember which one I tested several weeks ago) takes 20 sweeps to recognize my finger, so it's much quicker to just type the username and password.

Anonymous, 2008/11/22 14:50

2008-11-21 debian unstable on the U6V

Somewhat works.

Wireless: Works only after a suspend.

Suspend: Wake-up works only when the power chord is attached. Otherwise, the display stays suspended.

Sound: I don't hear anything, but the software thinks it is OK.

Bill Giannikos, 2008/11/22 17:24

For sound, try adding the following line to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your distributions equivalent) files:
options snd-hda-intel model=laptop enable=1 index=0

This has worked for other laptops.

vojtam, 2008/10/11 12:10

Asus U6V

Hello i have Asus U6V, with Ubuntu 8.10 alpha.
Graphics OK, Ethernet OK, Wi-Fi OK( but not testing), touchpad OK, USB OK,

Rafael, 2008/10/27 08:34

Hi ! I've the same, every thing is ok apart from the sound. No sound at all!!

Rafael, 2009/02/13 20:12

Ok, problem solved ! Since I updated to Ubuntu 8.10, the sound is working great !

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