This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus G2S 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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|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam, TV Tuner|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||See notes below|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Camera||Partial||Works with the linux-uvc driver, but quality doesn't seem good|
|TV Tuner||No||No drivers at the moment|
The ethernet controller needs kernel 2.6.21 or greater to function.
Most distributions don't yet support the GeForce 8600M in the Asus G2S. In this case you will need to install the proprietary nvidia module, see below for instructions on how to do this. Recent Linux distributions should be able to support the 8600M in 2D mode, but for 3D support the proprietary modules is needed.
The Intel 4965AGN controller requires the iwlwifi driver to function. This driver can be difficult to install depending on the kernel and distribution you are using. Currently Ubuntu 7.10, Mandriva Linux 2008 and OpenSuSE 10.3 support this controller as standard but you can view the guide below for a more up to date list of distributions which support this controller as well as instructions for distributions which don't support it fully.
Like the wireless controller, depending on the distribution you choose to use the audio system may not function. In this case you will have to install at least version 1.0.15rc3 of the ALSA drivers. Audio with Ubuntu 7.10 works fine.
A very recently released Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu 7.10, is recommended for the Asus G2S. The webcam doesn't work that great at the moment and there are no drivers available for the TV Tuner.