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Asus UL80Vt


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus UL80Vt laptop.

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For full specifications see the Asus UL80Vt specifications page.

NameAsus UL80Vt
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor SU9400/SU7300 : 1.4 GHz - 1.3 GHz,
Intel Celeron Processor SU2300 : 1.2 GHz
Screen14“ HD (1366×768) Color-Shine (Glare-type)
GraphicsHybrid Graphics, Intel 4500MHD and NVIDIA GeForce G 210M
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB to 500GB - 5400rpm
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
NetworkAtheros AR81xx 10/100/1000 MBit
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 ABGN
Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150
Additional FeaturesExpressGate
12h Battery live

Linux Compatibility

HDDWorks(500 GB Version), approximately 12G occupied by Expressgate partition (includes win7 recovery)
Optical DriveWorks(Read&Write)
GraphicsWorks partiallyworks with nv drivers, to enable nvidia proprietary drivers follow steps found here:
SoundWorksIntel HD audio
EthernetDoes not workDriver is atl1c (atl1e?) Atheros AR81xx see comments
BluetoothNot TestedShould work
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamNot TestedWorks with cheese
SuspendWorks partiallyNo suspend to mem, hibernate works


Tested with Ubuntu Karmic 9.10
Tested with Sabayon Linux 5.1.3 (gentoo based)


Booting Sabayon install was a pain, graphical problems. For beginners, installing might seem impossible.

The ethernet (Atheros Driver: atl1c) supplied in the linux kernel 2.6.30+ works with flaws, LAN (eth0) is detected and dhcp works, but when one attempts to transfer any data (http, rsync tested), it does not transfer anything. Supprisingly ping'ing other hosts works. Additionally, there are no errors at all, so no clues, what is going on.
Using the driver supplied by Atheros ( and going trough the pain of finding the right kernel version, one gets the same problems. So one can consider ethernet as not working.

The hybrid graphics is not supported in linux kernel prior to 2.6.34, but afaik there is currently only preliminary support present. Because of that, the laptop uses the (energy consuming) nvidia graphics, resulting in a reduced battery life (ca. 5.75 h; idle system, full display brightness) and no hardware accelerated desktop (which should work with the Intel GMA).

The “Fn Keys” are not working out of the box: setting keyboard layout in kde to ASUS keyboard enables fn-F2 (wifi), F5,F6 show on screen feedback but do not seem to be effective: use setpci. I think that they are activated by a special driver or software (which is windows-based of cource). There seems to be no hope to support these on linux, thus you get full screen brightness (that is not bright at all), no Turbo33 (dynamic overclocking the cpu to 1.7GHz), can't switch wlan off, can't disable the touchpad, can't work with external screens, and so on.

Suspend to ram is not even advertised in /sys/power/state, so no STR support.
Suspend to disk (aka hibernate) works with flaws, the system does not power off, but resuming works. This feature was only tested though some extent.


To judge by Fedora 15 and concurrent Ubuntu, most things now work out of the box, some tzeeks can sort details.

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manny, 2011/05/09 04:08

I would not apply 00 to the command, because it goes all black and you wont be able to see anything (good thing i was only testing with the live-cd…).

i would keep the hexadecimals between 11 and 99

Karl, 2011/01/30 01:42

Sean, thank you very much, the command works very well. Just to clarify though, the range is not from 0 to 99, it's from 00 to FF - the numbers are hexadecimal.

chrisscm, 2010/11/26 16:19

Seems to work out of the box in Ubuntu 11.04 (!) Brightness doesn't work out of the box, just tested, but I have seen Youtube videos, heard sound, downloaded stuff, seen desktop effects etc.

Rico, 2011/05/01 06:38

Same problem here, have you found a solution?

Sean, 2010/05/26 17:16

My favorite trick for changing screen brightness is to open a terminal and type:

setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=XX

where XX is a number from 0 to 100. It's not perfect because you have to type it each time, but there are other fixes. This is a post ( using Ubuntu 9.10, but hopefully the tricks there can translate to Fedora.

Ian Debian, 2010/05/01 18:35

Check out for running Debian on the UL80VT.

Ivan, 2010/04/13 22:38

Mandriva 2010.1 One Beta1 loads and works OK “out of the box”. If you try to enable the Nvidia driver, it will fail, however if you enable the Intel proprietary driver it works OK, with that driver you can use the hardware accelerated desktop effects.

nvidia proprietary drivers cause system to crash during startup, couldn't fix yet , 2010/04/09 12:30

i install Nvidia proprietary driver and my GUI is not working how to uninstall this driver i am able to get root shell

GInt, 2010/01/22 18:45

The same happens to me with Mandriva 2010.0. I also had the “waiting for devide sdaX” problem, and, once I finally fixed it, it doesn't launch the GUI (black screen). After installing Fedora 12 instead, this second problem was off but all was working very (VERY) slowly. I guess it's either due to the dual GPUs or to something related with the nvidia/nv drivers.

Ivan, 2009/12/25 18:41

I tryed to install mandriva 2010 on my ASUS UL80VT, but it didn't load. On boot of the OS there is a legend on screen saying “Waiting for sda1 to appear (timeout 1 minute)” then it waits for the other partitions on the disks, but nothing happens.

However Ubuntu installed and booted fine.

Fran from indonesia, 2010/10/28 15:30

i have installed mandriva 2010 on asus ul80vt. with 2 conditiion :
1. remove the battery, use ac power directly.
2. when installing mandriva, there is question show up, means installer detect 2 graphic card (use intel graphic card 4500 series).

Problem is :
1. if i chose installed nvidia graphic card. when mandriva restart, the monitor is blank (black condition, no boot activity).
2. if i use the battery, mandriva can't boot device.

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