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Asus U80V

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus U80V laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus U80V. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus U80V page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus U80V specifications page.

NameAsus U80V
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9400/P8600/P8400/P7450/P7350/T6500/T6400/T5900/T5800 : 2.53 GHz - 2.0 GHz,
Intel® Pentium® M Processor T4200 : 2.0 GHz
Screen14” HD (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 4570
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 ABGN

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorTested works No issues, even powerlevels are supported
ScreenTested, works Works quite nice, might have to update configs for correct resolution
HDDTested, works No known issues
Optical DriveTested, works No known issues
GraphicsTested (on ubuntu 9.02), works Works, download the closed source driver
SoundTested, partially working Some issues concerning the microphone, sound in general works as it should
EthernetTested, not working Must compile driver from source…
WirelessTested, works Most distros get this up right away, although some have some driver issues
BluetoothTested, working No known issues
ModemNot tested
USBTested, working No known issues
Card ReaderNot Testet
WebcamTested, working Need to update driver. webcam will show up side down, but solution for this problem can be found on the internet.

Notes

Depending on how updated your distro is you might run linux on this latop easily or it will be somewhat more trouble. For instance, archlinux failes to load network drivers for the enternet card, ubuntu has the same issue although can easily be installed and load a custom driver later and backtrack 4 has a built in driver that supports the wireless (injection AND listening) but has the same issues as arch when it comes to the wired card.

Summary

In my experience the linux support on this model was somewhat varied, some things work and some things dont. This is to be expected when considering that this is a completly new model, I recon most of these issues will be ironed out in a few months.


Discussion

Benoe, 2009/10/23 06:00

I just installed ubuntu karmic rc 64 and most of the hardware is working out-of-the box.

The webcam shows upside-down picture, so I also have to do my search for solution, and the kb backlight is also not working.

phobia, 2009/09/21 20:57

Hi mark! Hope this will help: http://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/44491/ for the backlighted keyboard. Can you please give another updates and solved issues? Im planning to buy this notebook and use Linux (Ubuntu, Kubuntu.)

mark, 2009/08/30 03:07

Update:

Ethernet adapter is recognized, but not working immediately. I have to switch off networking and on again to be able to go online. Maybe try the above solutions one by one, reboot and see if it is working correctly.

The laptop hangs after you bring it back from its inactive state.

There is no Asus powermanagement available.

mark, 2009/08/29 21:25

Nothing much worked or is working with this laptop.

I installed Ubuntu 9.04.

Wireless LAN is working.

Ethernet is not working. Tried this http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=770173 but it does not work (maybe after restart). This also didn't work http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1206649&highlight=ethernet+connectionGraphic card cannot be recognized, need to be installed separately, but games “flicker” afterwards.

Hot keys do not work:
- The nice feature of the backlighted keyboard does not work.
- I found a solution for the screen brightness adjustment

Webcam does initially not work. I searched the whole day and night and got this one working including the correction of the upside down screen.

Sound is very weak via the speakers, but good with external speakers.

I installed 4 GB, but only see 3GB, which is due to the fact that I installed 32bits.

Express gate is gone (here to install it again: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1049170)

Pretty much it means that my laptop is reduced to a netbook.

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