This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A7D laptop. This is a AMD Turion64 based laptop of which there are not that many. The wireless is the main issue with Linux on the A7D.
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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|Processor||AMD Turion 64 MT-32 1.8 GHz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon x700|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM4318 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||5 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
The ATI Mobility Radeon x700 graphics chip is supported by both the Xorg radeon driver and proprietary fglrx module. The Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide may be helpful here.
This Broadcom BCM4318 wireless controller doesn't have native drivers available. This means you will need to install ndiswrapper. The Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide may be helpful here. The windows driver to use are available at the Asus support site.
The primary issue with Asus A7D is with the wireless networking, other features work well. Hopefully some native drivers for the wireless will be made available soon.