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BenQ Joybook Lite U121 Eco


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For full specifications see the BenQ Joybook Lite U121 Eco specifications page.

NameBenQ Joybook Lite U121 Eco
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ Processor Z520/Z530
Screen11.6“ 1366 x 768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel® GMA500
Network10/100 Ethernet
802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
GraphicsNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the BenQ Joybook Lite U121 Eco here.
Ubuntu 9.10 works with everything except the Wireless inbuilt card (rt2870)


Debian 5.0 installs but external usb2ethernet adapter was needed this laptop has a problem loading Debians version of grub. Debian can be upgraded to squeeze via recovery mode then remove grub and install extlinux.

On squeeze kernel 2.6.32-3 the wireless inbuilt card (rt2870) works, also the inbuilt Ethernet card works.



Ajay , 2011/12/24 19:08

I am using Benq U121, runs fine on xp,7. However 1st time I installed Ubuntu 9.04 and it worked fine, however it refused to work. Then I upgraded to Ubuntu 11.10 and found sound issues, everything I play (mp3,flv,avi,mpeg) or videos on plays in fast forward. Checked the internal hardware, found everything fine, seems issues with the ubuntu package. My recommendations for LInux Ubuntu latest version will be wait for some time so that the bugs can be removed and it can work.

Brenton, 2010/05/23 15:30

Hello all, I have had problems trying to install the GMA500 drivers in Debian, I could only find ubuntu packages/sources and tutorials for GMA500. So I tried installing ubuntu lucid (10.04) and ran this script from this howto but the screen shows funny random squares upon loading kdm then the system locks up. If someone could please help me install GMA500 drivers on Debian your help would be much appreciated.

deepak, 2011/11/11 21:29

Hi Brento,

Chk this out

Ive finally done with lubuntu, which ran wifi too in the first attempt. It ran lubuntu ran well till date without any bugs.
Whereas, in Win XP and 7, Ive got lots of issues ie., BSODs.
that was due to the GMA 500 drivers which i figured out lately.
Do u have any solution to that in windows?


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