This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus F3Ja laptop. This is a middle of the range laptop from Asus but it definately more than usable. However its Linux support is below average.
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||Intel Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon x1600|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Either the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module can be used with the ATI Mobility Radeon x1600 in the Asus F3Ja, with 3D support only being available in the fglrx. You may like to follow this guide for further configuration information.
The audio controller in the Asus F3Ja only functions with ALSA 1.0.14rc1 or higher. Since no current Linux distribution includes this as standard you will need to install them yourself. You may also need to add the following like to your /etc/modprobe.conf (or your Linux distribution's equivalent) file: options snd-hda-intel model=asus-laptop
The Asus F3Ja's ethernet port is only supported with the r1000 driver. Unfortunately since this is a proprietary module most distributions refuse to include it. Therefore it will need to be installed manually. The driver can downloaded here. This has not yet been tested but the ethernet controller should be supported by the r8169 driver in the 2.6.19 kernel.
There is a little configuration work that needs to be done to get the Asus F3Ja working in Linux. However with some effort the F3Ja works well.