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Asus A6T

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A6T laptop. The laptop was tested with Fedora Core 5.

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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Specifications

NameAsus A6T
ProcessorAMD Turion TL52
Screen15.4“
RAM1GB
HDD100GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsnVidia Geforce Go7600
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet + Broadcom 802.11g Wireless + Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, Firewire

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYesUsb smp kernel for dual core
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsPartial
SoundYesUse snd-hda-intel module
EthernetNo
WirelessYesUse Linux 2.6.24 or more recent.
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
WebcamYesUse http://syntekdriver.sourceforge.net

Notes

The open source nv module does not support 3D acceleration so if you want to use any 3D applications or OpenGL hardware acceleration you will need to install the proprietary modules from nVidia. You can use the “nvidia-kernel-2.6-amd64” package on Debian (requires non-free).

The wired network port does not work with several kernels. The wired network works with 2.6.18, 2.6.20 and 2.6.22. Using 2.6.26 it seems to work as well. There are reports that it will work with the non-smp kernels but this was not tested. The required driver is “r8169” (installed in most Linux kernels by default).

Using 2.6.24 and more recent kernels wireless works if the firmware is installed (will require the “b43-fwcutter” package on Debian/Ubuntu). Additionally you could use the ndiswrapper approach, this is, however, relatively difficult (i.e. compared to the above method) and doesn't get much better results.

Thanks to swisswuff for adding this: I am currently working on setting this machine up for Suse Linux 10.1. So far, I got the network card running, and the 3D graphics, as well as xgl/compiz, the new animated 3D desktop theme. Once I got it all together, I am going to post what it all entailed, but right now it's still too early.

Thanks to karmusaus for adding this: Ubuntu 6.06 32bit Ethernet works “out of the box”. Module r1000 (i think). Graphics crash on 3D applications (ie glxgears) with synaptic installed nvidia drivers. Wireless LED is on; Wireless network didn't work, bluetooth not tested.

Summary

One of very few laptops with an AMD processor in it, but unfortunately it does not work well with Linux.

asus_a6t.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/22 11:54 by don