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Asus F9S


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus F9S 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.

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NameAsus F9S
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7250 2.0GHz
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNvidia Geforce 8400M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965 802.11abg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesSee below
WirelessYesUse the 4965 Driver
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


You will need to use the proprietary NVIDIA driver to get 3D support from the Geforce 8400M. The open source 'nv' module only supports 2D.

I believe no current Linux distribution properly supports the sound controller in the Asus F9S. You will need to update to the latest version of ALSA (at least version 1.0.16rc1) for sound to work.(EDIT: simply add “options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo” minus the ”“ to /etc/modprobe.conf to get working audio input/output, warning though make sure your microphone volume is set to low as you may get a really high pitched squeal from having it set too high.)

On some distributions (notably Ubuntu 7.10), you will need to update to the latest version of the iwl4965 driver or you may get random wireless dropouts.


Unfortunately the Asus F9S isn't the easiest laptop to use with Linux. The major issue with sound can be a problem for many people. However driver support has improved in the development versions of ALSA and iwl4965 so hopefully soon to be release distribution will work much better.

asus_f9s.txt · Last modified: 2018/02/15 17:00 by don