This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus F8VA 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.
This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus F8Va. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus F8Va page on LapWik.
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For full specifications see the Asus F8Va specifications page.
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||14.1“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen|
|RAM||1GB to 4GB|
|HDD||120GB to 320GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW or Blu-ray|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Graphics work instantly in most distributions, however it will not work out of the box with Ubuntu 8.10, Mandriva, Gentoo and their immediate derivatives (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Mint, etc. Sabayon is a notable exception). The wireless will work with any distribution as long as the base kernel is 2.6.27 or later. The sound so far seems not to follow any rhyme or reason, but will work in openSUSE 11.1. In fact, all components of the system work perfectly in openSUSE 11.1.
Ubuntu 8.04 (and derivatives) wireless-no graphics-yes sound-no
Ubuntu 8.10 (and derivatives) graphics-no wireless-yes sound-no
Sabayon 4 graphics-yes wireless-yes sound-untested
Gentoo (and derivatives) graphics-no (x crashes) wireless-untested sound-untested
Mandriva graphics-no (x crashes) wireless-untested sound-untested
OpenSUSE Graphics-yes wireless-yes sound-yes
The sound issue can be resolved using this very helpful thread; http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=874548&page=2 however this apparently leads to some system bugs.
The newest madwifi also supports the wireless card in this laptop (Atheros AR928x)
the graphics issue with ubuntu can be resolved using this thread; http://ubuntu-virginia.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=934989&highlight=F8VA