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This is a compatibiltiy guide to running Linux with the Asus B53J laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus B53J. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus B53J page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Asus B53J specifications page.

NameAsus B53J
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 620M Processor
Intel® Core™ i5 430M/520M/540M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 350M Processor
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility™ Radeon® HD5470
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

HDDWorksReplaced factory 320GB with 1TB Seagate and works perfectly
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksWith the ATI proprietary drivers and opensource
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderWorksDetected with Fingerprint GUI, fprint-demo, and pam fprint using Libfprint 0.5.1
WebcamWorksTested with Cheese software & Skype


I used Ubuntu 11.04 64bit I used Slackware 14.1


You can enter a summary of how well the Asus B53J works with Linux here. I was able to successfully test everything but the modem (probably either a Winmodem or Linmodem) and the Expresscard slot, the latter of which only because I don't have a card for it, even though it almost certainly will work with one. To use the opensource drivers for Xorg and get the most out of the ATI video card, be sure that your kernel is properly configured and using the correct firmware (all the “Cedar_*.bin” firmware and “CYPRESS_uvd.bin”). Also, be sure to use the ”–with-drivers=all“ flag with configure when building libfprint to detect the fingerprint reader.


Andrea Ravazzolo Sudoit Scott A. Conway

asus_b53j.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/26 08:10 by don