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Asus A9Rp


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus A9Rp laptop.

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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NameAsus A9Rp
ProcessorIntel Celeron-M 440 1.8GHz
Screen15“ XGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Radeon Express 200M
Network10/100 Ethernet, ZyDAS ZD1211 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIANot Tested


This laptop requires the latest BIOS version for it to even boot Linux.

For the graphics chip you can use either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module. Some older versions of X may not have support for the ATI Radeon Express 200M, in this case you will need to use the proprietary module.

Every thing is detected but WIRELSS,Audio(Built in speakers are OK but the 3.5 mm jack has weak sound),Modem

To solve audio and wireless problems, users follow the instructions bellow:

1-Download and install kernel sources, I copied it to /usr/src/

2-Get this patch for audio and decompress to your kernel source root folder, say it is:/usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5

so, you should have alsa-git-2007-05-03.patch in your linux kernel source folder

3-Open console and run:

 patch -p1 <alsa-git-2007-05-03.patch

OK, Now kernel is patched for audio, we proceed to wireless.

4-Say your kernel source folder is /usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5, open this file: /usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5/drivers/net/wireless/zd_usb.c and add this line to the ZD1211-B section:

{ USB_DEVICE(0x0b05, 0x171b), .driver_info = DEVICE_ZD1211B }, 

Save the file.

5-Now you should download this file and decompress the content into /lib/firmware/zd1211(if this directory does not exist, create it)

OK,we are almost done!Now, you should compile the new kernel and install it.You can open /usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5/README.txt to find out how to do so. what I did:

cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.21-5 Make oldconfig Make Make modules_install Make install

If using GRUB, you are done!Reboot and enjoy:) If using LILO, reinstall LILO and reboot and enjoy!

The above procedures should work all of the linux distributions.

asus_a9rp.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/23 17:44 by don