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67% (8)
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17% (2)
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ASUS X102BA

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the ASUS X102BA specifications page.

NameASUS X102BA
ProcessorAMD Temash Dual core A4-1200 1.0 GHz Processor
Screen10.1“ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight Glare panel
RAMUnknown
HDD320GB 5400 RPM
500GB 5400 RPM
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 8180G
Network10/100 Base T
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n or 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (Optional)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Graphics ChipWorks partially Brightness stuck at maximum under open-source driver. Only very recent fglrx supports it, and has broken suspend.
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Display PortNot Tested
SoundWorks
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWorks
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorks
KeyboardWorks
TouchPadWorks
Suspend/ResumeWorks But not with fglrx

Notes

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Summary

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Discussion

wowi, 2015/01/22 18:46

I am running Debian Wheezy on X102BA. Very stable, good experiences with TLP, but little problems with graphic driver, f.e. I cannot change the brighness, may be somebody know what to do

ahmad, 2015/01/19 14:52

short answer for total fully working : use ZORIN 9
long answer:
i just got this asus x102b around a week for using it as netbook (not gaming) and may be watching some movies , it came pre loaded with freedos , it has 500g hdd and 2g ram (it only reads 1.4g) due to integrated gpu usage .
ofcourse i am going to use linux on it (not windows) for privacy and stability reasons (love linux)
i tried many some linux distroes which i have already on dvds or live usb
i tried mint13 and fedora 18 and ubuntu 12.4 and zorin 6(my favourite and based on ubuntu 12.04) and others (can't remeber)
some worked and some was so heavy just black and mouse lines
the best of these are mint and fedora but for brightness control and wifi card
then i red online that ubuntu from 12.10 and up have better touch support and modern gpu drivers (i don't like the new file manager in the modern ubuntu's as user rights redused)
and i remembered i had zorin 9 dvd (based on ubuntu 13 or 14)
so i tried the live session and WOW
compatibility
every thing work the card reader , the touch screen, the brightness control , the wifi, bleutooth, , the gpu driver is perfect and even compiz effects work like a charm
usability :
-battery in the live session gave me average time with wifi and bluetooth off which i expect the double when installed (i think it will be around 4hrs or less)
-compiz is so light
-touch screen works like a mouse and i can scroll folders up and down (i expected it to work like android)
-the AMD A4 is week which when i tried to open 16mp photo it took 100% of it to open and 300m extra ram, but gimp didn't use much
-for video playing i tried 360p mp4 and 720p avi worked perfect although it took 100% of the 2 cores but for 1080p mts files it has no sound and some how slow (those mts files also suffering working on my i5 pc but better than this)
-for gaming i tried gta2 with wine it worked an average speed
-for internet usage i haven't tested the browsers but net surfing needs more ram than processor so make big swap partition

           suggested ackes needed for better performance in zorin 9 :

- use jubitor or tlp fr similars for longer battery
- remove compiz for less processer usage
- look for lightweghit programs to use insted of the default like smplayer and audacious and (you will find lightweghit programs for every thing)
- big swap partition is a must (say 4g) due to little ram(1.4)
- change the interface to something you like as it comes looking like windows 7 , i suggest using cairo dock interface with no upper deck , or use lightweight ones

thanks for reading all this but i want to show the world that linux run on any thing

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Anonymous, 2014/08/03 06:42

Have installed Linux Mint (Cinnamon) 17 on the X102BA, and have found that everything seems to work quite well. Much more usable with 2 GB RAM than Windows 8.1! The only issue is that so far Mint's touchscreen support doesn't seem to support swipe scrolling, only touch to click. That being said, the touchpad is far more usable under Linux.

My Chromebook is still a faster, nicer user experience, but when I need to be assured of the flexibility to do whatever I need on the road, this computer running Linux may now replace the Chromebook more often when I'm packing a lightweight laptop. Running Windows 8.1 this computer was torture to use… with Linux this computer is worth owning.

Gerben, 2014/03/10 09:28

The touchpad doesn't do multitouch or scrolling. It's detected as a PS/2 Elantech Touchpad, there are kernel patches that make it synaptics compatible, but not from stock 13.10 kernel.

mentalnirex, 2014/02/20 15:37

Hi Dmitry,

I wrote up some notes on this laptop at http://unofficialx102.wordpress.com/

Do you have working brightness control?

I found I had it stuck on max brightness with the opensource driver, or was unable to suspend using the fglrx driver.

Cheers

Dmitry, 2014/02/19 09:07

Have just installed Ubuntu 13.10. Vga with radeon driver full resolution, Wifi, Usb, touchpad, touchscreen, keyboard, webcam, sound are working from the box

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