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Asus W6A

Introduction

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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Specifications

NameAsus W6A
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 750 1.86GHz
Screen13.3“ WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD100GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

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

Summary

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.


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asus_w6a.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/11 14:02 (external edit)
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