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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus W6A laptop. Asus does provide some good quality small sized laptops and the W6A is another such example.
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 Pentium-M 750 1.86GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw2200 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
The Asus W6A's native screen resolution is 1280×800 but due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 operates this resolution isn't usable right away. A guide we have written called Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 should help you in this regard.
For the sound system to work on the W6A you will need to edit the /etc/modprobe.conf (or your Linux distribution's equivalent) file and add the following:
options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1 model=asus
The W6A does require a little bit of configuration work to get it working properly on Linux. However this shouldn't be too difficult to do and the notebook works great after this is done.