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This is a guide to running Linux with the LG S1 laptop, model P333A. The S1 from LG is a highend notebook with some impressive features. Linux support on the S1 can be problematic because of the ethernet controller used.

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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NameLG S1
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2500 2Ghz
Optical DriveDouble Layer DVD+-RW
Graphics256MB ATI Mobility Radeon x1600
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945ABG 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB 2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


The open source radeon module does not currently support the ATI Mobility Radeon x1600 in the S1. However support for the x1600 has been added in the latest version of the proprietary ATI module. You will need to install this proprietary module to get the display working correctly.

For the audio to work on the S1 you will need ALSA version 1.0.12rc1 or greater.

It is possible to get the ethernet port working on this laptop but it is not an easy job as it uses the et131x module which is not in the mainstream kernel. Please view this page for the modules and an installation guide. It involves patching and compiling so it can be a difficult for inexperienced users.


There are a number of issues with running Linux on the LG S1. It does take some Linux knowledge to fully resolve these properly.

Discussion, 2014/04/24 13:47

lematic what so ever in this version.

- i am waiting/hoping/parying/sacrificing goats for this problem to be solved in 10.04 LTS as it ubuntu's motto says. “ubuntu is for human being”, not just for freaks like

tugalsan karabacak, 2010/02/19 17:45

- i am using 9.04. i did the alsa patch now sound is working.
- i did also the ati patch. now it is functional (which I did not dig to much)
- then i upgrade version to 9.10, everything is gone.
- with repatching i did ati working but sound is problematic what so ever in this version.
- i am waiting/hoping/parying/sacrificing goats for this problem to be solved in 10.04 LTS as it ubuntu's motto says. “ubuntu is for human being”, not just for freaks like me :)

The Fish, 2009/09/07 04:13

does anyone have success getting the sound to work out of the built-in speakers on this notebook? If so, how?!?!?!

This is the one thing I wish worked under Linux…

The Fish

The Fish, 2009/01/06 01:27

I have installed Ubuntu 8.10 and everything works great. I do not know if the Ethernet is working (I suspect not) because I use wireless almost exclusively and haven't yet tried the Ethernet under Linux.

However I cannot get the sound to work except for the headphones jack. It does not come out of the built-in speakers except for once in a while upon initial boot and then quickly stops. No idea why. Very frustrating!!

If I could get the sound working under Ubuntu I would be VERY happy.

The Fish

Christian, 2008/05/27 06:26

not so good

I have installed Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) LiveVersion wothout problems, after installation, no way. screen error.
Now I have tried the opensuse 11beta3 and all looks fine, no sound, and 1 of 20 times i can connect to my acsesspoint, 19times not. And all Linux run veryvery slow on this mobile book. I think the older the computer, the faster is linux. Sorry for my english. So far im searching for a better linux.

J. Martin, 2008/03/08 12:08

My experience

I have installed Ubuntu 7.10 and Kubuntu 7.10 on this laptop withouth many problems but it is necessary to do it with the alternate version as the live cd doesn't recognize the screen.

When you start the operating system the propietary drivers get installed so the ethernet, the graphic card, wifi, etc works perfectly.

I have also tested bluetooth and works correctly.

I am not sure if it is a problem with the graphic card or other components but all linux distributions tested doesn't work very fast on this laptop.

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