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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus W7F laptop. The small size and screen of the W7F makes it useful for carrying around easily. Linux currently has issues with the audio on this laptop.
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 Core Duo T2300 1.6GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
As default the native screen resolution of the Asus W7F is 1280×800, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 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 800
This will then allow you to use the native 1280×800 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.
For the audio to work you need to add the following into /etc/modprobe.conf (or your Linux distribution's equivalent):
options snd-hda-intel model=3stack
There are some minor issues with the Asus W7F but with a little configuration work this laptop works fine under Linux. It is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.17 or greater, such as Fedora Core 6 or Ubuntu 6.10.