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Asus W3A

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus W3A laptop. The specification on the W3A are quite middle of the line. The Linux support for this laptop is excellent with only some configuration work required.

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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Specifications

NameAsus W3A
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 730 1.60 GHz
Screen14“ WXGA
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2915 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

Some recent Linux distributions not longer requires the following but most still do. As default the native screen resolution of this notebook is 1280×768, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 functions this resolution would not be usable right away. To get it working you will need to install the 915resolution program and type in:
915resolution 3c 1280 768
This will then allow you to use the native 1280×768 resolution. However this setting will be forgotten after each boot so you will need a way to automatically run this command at every boot. Fortunately most Linux distributions come with the 915resolution program and include a simple way of achieving this. You can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide for more information.

Summary

The Asus W3A is a middle class laptop with some common features. This means that Linux support on the W3A is good without any major issues with the installation.


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