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This is a template for a future guide to running Linux with the Asus F5Gl laptop. If you have the Asus F5Gl and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Asus F5Gl specifications page.

NameAsus F5Gl
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo or Intel Pentium Dual-Core
Screen15.4“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen
HDD160GB to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 8200M, 8400M
NetworkEthernet, 802.11bgn

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenOK 1280×800
Optical DriveOK
GraphicsSome performance problems NVidia driver, TwinView, Compiz problems
Sound OK Since kernel 2.6.28 microphone boost checkbox disappeared in Kmix. It was there with 2.6.27
WirelessOK rt9k module
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderPartially SD card tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraOK Cheese, Skype


Battery level / Power indicator does not work in KDE4 on MDV 2009. Laptop does not shut down by it self, I have to power it off by power switch. Hibernate/Suspend does not work

25.Dec.2008 - I was able to find an patch for broken acpi table of this notebook. After I compiled new kernel (2.6.27) battery indicator and other acpi functions/buttons started working.

The link to patch is here: Problem description here:

Suspend to RAM seems to work well, Hibernate has some issue (did'n go into it yet)

12.Feb.2009 - Serious video performance problems with Nvidia drivers 180.17, 180.27. Flash performance much better with driver 180.29.

NVIDIA driver - 180.35 worked for me exactly as 180.29, but I could not log off from KDE. KDE 4.2.1 did simply not shut down… I had to go back to 180.29.. :-( Unfortunatelly I am still not able to use compiz or KDE4 composite extensions reliably. Without composite everythings works fine. Seems that we have to wait for next NVidia driver :-/

07.Mar.2009 - NVidia published new 180.37 (beta) driver. I am able to log-off from kde4 now and It seems that suspend/resume works much more reliable. Unfortunately composite manager compiz or KDE4 extension crashes almost immediately after switched on with 100% CPU load. Had to do CTRL+ALT+F1 to get back to terminal and restart dm.

11.May.2009 - With kernel 2.6.30 the ACPI works fine. In the comments is a trick to install it in Ubuntu 9.04 (which, by default, comes with version 2.6.29).


You can enter a summary of how well the Asus F5Gl works with Linux here.

asus_f5gl.txt · Last modified: 2017/12/06 18:00 by don