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Asus G71V


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus G71V 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 G71V. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus G71V page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Asus G71V specifications page.

NameAsus G71V
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo or Intel Core 2 Quad
Screen17“ WXGA+ or WUXGA Widescreen
HDD200GB to 2x500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 9700M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Everything tested on Debian Sid

ProcessorNo Problems
ScreenNo Problems
HDDNo Problems
Optical DriveNo Problems
GraphicsNo Problemsnv & nvidia driver both work / thanks to NVIDIA for your excellent linux support =)
SoundWorkskernel >= 2.6.28 (not with 2.6.26)
EthernetNo Problems
WirelessGot it workingkernel >= 2.6.28, iwlagn module and v5000 firmware
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNo Problems
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
CameraNot Tested


I'm running a Debian (testing) machine with KDE on kernel 2.6.32. The system is running stable and fast and except for wlan installation I had no greater issues.

The sound and wlan card couldn't be made to work with the 2.6.26 kernel. Don't waste time trying to get it to work and go for 2.6.28 directly (or higher, of course). Debian hasn't included this kernel version in its repositories yet, so you will have to get it from and compile it yourself.

To get wlan running, don't forget to include the iwlagn module. It's located in

make menuconfig > Device Drivers > Network Device Drivers > Wireless LAN

Then get and install the firmware for the 5000 series as described here: Current kernel builds include this module; the firmware can be installed via aptidude (firmware-iwlwifi).

I recommend you also install NetworkManager+knetworkmanager or wicd to manage your wlan networks. I had to join group “netdev” for it to work correctly. This will always try to connect and keep the connection to your favorite network without the usual console pain.


I really like this notebook =) And more so since it has a debian on its hard disk drive =D


asus_g71v.txt · Last modified: 2018/04/03 15:28 by don