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Asus X83Vm-X1


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For full specifications see the Asus X59Sr specifications page.

NameAsus X83Vm-X1
ProcessorIntel® Centrino® 2 processor technology with interrelated Intel® Core™2 Duo processor P8400
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen LED Backlight
Optical DriveDouble-layer DVD±RW/CD-RW (warning)
GraphicsATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD 3470
NetworkEthernet 1000m, 802.11b/g/n
SoundAzalia audio chip

Linux Compatibility

Optical DrivePartial FailThis drive would not 'respond' after it had spun down and the computer has to be rebooted to resolve. At other times it would spin up and never spin down again requiring a reboot - Launchpad bug report - The belief is that there is a firmware that would resolve the issue.
Recently I modified the bios configuration (F2) and used in the ide sata the compatibility mode (by default in enhanced mode). This allows to use the DVD and CD writer; but there is a catch. You have to return to the enhanced mode if you want to star on windows (dual boot); specially with vista, because of a CRC drive check, the sistem will not start on windows untill placed in enhanced mode.
GraphicsPassednote: requires binary driver
SoundPassednote: This driver may have caused system instability
EthernetPassedIs mis-identified as the incorrect RealTek
56K ModemNA
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraPassedTest limited to Cheese and Ekiga


I ended up returning the notebook due to the lockups and issues with the DVD drive.


I would not recommend the laptop to Linux users at this time.


ivan, 2011/03/11 17:31

si pasa la tengo con kubunto 10.10 sobre windows y no ahi falla

works fine in ubuntu 8.04 to karmic 9.10 and in 10.04, 2009/12/02 03:29

works fine in ubuntu 8.04 to karmic 9.10 and in 10.04

Ubuntu 8.10 Works, 2009/02/12 04:32

I installed Ubuntu 8.10 on the x83vm-x1 and everything worked beautifully out of the box. The nVidia driver installation was via an automatic popup. Highly recommended. Note that the specs mentioned on this page are incorrect; the x83vm-x1 has the p8400 process, 14.1” screen and 9600M GS graphics card.

Dustin, 2009/01/31 00:08

also the model number you have listed is for the 14.1” one not the 15.4, i have both laptops…

Dustin, 2009/01/30 23:56

laptop works fine (every thing works, didnt test the web cam but it saw it) in ubuntu from 7.10 to 9.4, and debian 4.0 and debian testing/unstable (5.0?). Also works fine in freebsd 7.1

All os's are x64.

And if you take a look at Dells ubuntu site, the linux laptops are 50-100 bucks more then the windows ones, and most have less then equal hardware compared to the windows machines…

Opposite experience, 2009/01/21 09:54

I had the opposite. I just got this laptop today and installed Ubuntu 8.10. Other than having to shoehorn in a proprietary driver for the nVidia graphics card, it has been seamless. Sound, ethernet, wireless, Compiz Fusion, etc. I'll be toying around with more music and video in the week to come.
I did however note that the specs quoted on this article are not those of the X83Vm-x1, Asus laptop sold through Best Buy as a “Blue label”, unless there are different models than I was able to find.

mickey hadick, 2009/01/31 01:47

Any suggestions on the wireless? I'm having problems getting it to work.

Krylz, 2009/09/05 10:56

How did you get the sound to work????i cant get the sound to work on it please respond!

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