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This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus W7J laptop. A nice and small laptop, the W7J's Linux compatibility is pretty good with only a little 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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|Processor||Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83Ghz|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce Go 7400|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||3 x USB2.0, 1 x FireWire, Webcam|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Camera||No||No drivers currently available|
For the Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 you can use both the open source nv module and Nvidia's proprietary one. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module.
This sound system on the W7J uses the snd-hda-intel module, however the driver does not detect the system correctly. For sound to work you need to enter “options snd_hda_intel model=3stack” in /etc/modprobe.conf. Hopefully this will not be necessary in the future.
For the wired network port to work you need to use kernel 2.6.17 or greater.
It is recommended to use a Linux distribution which includes kernel verion 2.6.17 or greater, such as Fedora Core 6, for this laptop. There are a few fiddly bits to getting this laptop running under Linux but does seem to work fairly well after it has been configured.