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Asus F50Z (X61Z)


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus F50Z laptop, also known as X61Z. This guide is intended to provide you with 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus F50Z. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus F50Z page on LapWik.


For full specifications see the Asus F50Z specifications page.

NameAsus F50Z (Asus X61Z)
ProcessorAMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology Processor -Lion CPU ZM-86/84/82/80, S1g2 package, 2M L2 cache, DDR2 800MHz, Hyper Transport 3.0;
AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology Processor -Lion CPU RM-70, S1g2 package, 1M L2 cache, DDR2 8
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor -Lion CPU QL-60, S1g2 package,1M L2 cache, DDR2 66
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD M780G
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Integrated 802.11bgn

Linux Compatibility

ScreenPass See section Notes
Optical DrivePass
GraphicsPass Manual config, fglrx
SoundPass Manual config
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderPass
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


This laptop works almost flawlessly. Every tested hardware element works out of the box, the only requiring manual configuration are listed above.

Sound processor is snd-intel-hda (Azalia) and requires a model parameter (options snd-hda-intel model=g50v) to get features like jack sensing to work.

Suspending to disk or RAM (or both) using pm-utils works flawlessly as well (including under heavy load such as gentoo compilation or with 3D stuff working hard… like suspendeding while playing Spore, no biggy), addition of the machine to the s2ram whitelist has already been requested (use s2ram -f until then).

Webcam is a standardized USB Video Class device and works without any dirty drivers.

Ethernet is a Realtek r8168, Wireless is an Atheros ath9k. Both perform exceptionally.


A reliable and durable linux machine that's plug and play.



asus_f50z.txt · Last modified: 2017/12/06 17:59 by don