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Asus X55A

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus X55A laptop. If you have the Asus X55A and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus X55A. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus X55A page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Asus X55A specifications page.

NameAsus X55A
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual-Core Processor
Intel Celeron Dual-Core Processor
Screen15.6“ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD1TB 5400rpm(optional)
750GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
320GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
Optical DriveBlu-Ray DVD Combo (Optional)
Super-Multi DVD
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Network Atheros AR8161 10/100/1000
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutWorks
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks
SoundWorks
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetNot Working
WirelessWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
USBWorks
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
KeyboardWorks
TouchPadWorks
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested

Notes

Ethernet

No drivers for the ethernet controller yet.

Summary

Apart for the ethernet issue the Asus X55A works well.


Discussion

Akos Deak, 2014/03/08 14:13

Great laptop. When I got it, I installed Fedora and it worked fine except for the Ethernet (I saw on a forum that there are drivers for it, but I didn't know how to install then, I'm still a linux newbie). Later I decided to replace the OS with Ubuntu (13.10), and it automatically recognized the Ethernet chip, so everything works fine now, even the special touchpad gesture movements (touching the touchpad with two fingers and pulling them up or down equals the scroll wheel). I'm pretty sure that more and more distributions will recognize the new ethernet chip, so the ethernet shouldn't cause problems for anyone in the future.

Robert McIntosh, 2013/03/03 20:09

Working well with Ubuntu 12.10 (64-bit). HDMI works excellent. Sound excellent. Excellent performance from a laptop that cost me less than $300 USD - feels and looks like an Apple Powerbook with Ubuntu installed. Extremely happy with this laptop. Ethernet doesn't seem to work out of the box, but low priority as wireless works out of the box with Ubuntu.

Marco, 2013/02/25 23:46

Hello there!
I installed Gentoo an this Laptop.
Everything works (HDMI included). Ethernet is problematic because it has a AR8161 chipset wich isn't included in the kernel.

Hans Christian, 2013/02/25 02:58

Hello! :) I have Ubuntu 12.10 on my Asus X55A and it works fine, but it has a bug and that is the HDMI…. It doesnt work propetly… But so far i havnt crossed any major bugs. I can tell you that installing Ubuntu on this computer is ok… You get a much faster pc and the processor works fine with Ubuntu :)

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