This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus G73SW laptop.
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|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM @ 2.0GHz
Intel® Core™ i5 2410M
17.3“ 1920×1080 3D
|RAM||Up to 16GB - Quad Core
Up to 8GB - Dual Core
|HDD||up to 1.5TB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460M Cuda 1.5GBs|
|Processor||OK||works(&), cpu scaling not tested|
|Screen||Not Tested||Cannot change brightness, 3D not supported by nvidia|
|Optical Drive||OK||works (&)|
|Graphics||OK||works(&)tested on binary nvidia driver|
|Card Reader||??||not working(&)|
|Webcam||OK||max resolution 1600×1200(&)|
I suggest checking out this webpage for information on getting the backlit keyboard working, along with other accoutrements:
You can enter a summary of how well the Asus G73SW works with Linux here.
*Please feel free to delete this, *I have never been so happy to have Linux working on a machine in my life.
I am currently running Xubuntu 11.10 64bit and can honestly say I am extremely happy. You can see my mark(&) showing what I am sure of and what I have tested extensively. I put that there in an effort to let those reading know how it works and on what exactly.
CPU is recognized and programs such as htop & lshw display 8 cores, showing hyper-threading is working. Typing cat cpu/procinfo displays the proper information as well, so Linux is not having a hard time working with this CPU. My kernel version is 3.0.0-11, and so far it manages extremely well. Sauerbraten, Minecraft, and Firefox Nightly all going smoothly while listening to streaming music with VLC.
Graphics are being managed by the Nvidia Proprietary driver version 280.13, and I have yet to have any type of problem. Like I said above, GPU intensive applications run smoothly and that was with a CRT Dell E772c 1280 x 1024 humming besides me using the VGA output. I am blown away at the capabilities of this machine. Of course, I just put down a PIII Dell Latitude CPx for this i7 ASUS. *insert cat macro here*
I inserted an an old SATA HDD into the secondary HDD slot, and it was recognized without incident. I was able to utilize it easily. I am unfamiliar with Linux support regarding SSDs, but when I take the time to look into it, I hope I find it well supported. I would love to place one as an OS drive.
I did not test the BlueRay drive at all; other than to the Linux installer CD and to see what the CPU could do in regards to converting a DVD into mp4 format. My ffmpegfoo is lacking and I was unable to complete that task, but the DVD was recognized.
I am not an audiophile, but I hava had no issues with sound. Headphone jack works very well, and I personally enjoy the tight fit it provides. Speakers are loud, and I am able, through software controls and the fn key combination (fn F11/F12) in Xubuntu, to change the volume. Testing as I type this, Pulse Audio does not re-enable the sound when you press the fn key + F10, though it works enough to mute the sound. I had to open xfce4-mixer and enable sound again from there.
My network configuration was the first and most unexpected moment of my entire Xubuntu installation. I have never had the fortune of owning a laptop that had its wireless chipset supported outright. I spent a long time without wireless thanks to an RTL8192SE curse. When it came time to configure, I was resigned to plugging in the ethernet cable, like I always have to. Every time. With out fail. To my surprise, the installer recognized the Network Interface, and happily displayed my available wireless networks. I was not required to enter anything. Not even an SSID. Setting my Netgear Wireless-N 150 router to: ⇒ 150Mbs n Mode on channel 11 results in⇒not being able to connect. (zero configuration) ⇒ 150Mbs g/n Mode on channel 11 results in⇒connected at 54Mbs (zero configuration) ⇒ 150Mbs b/bg/n Mode on channel 11 results in⇒ I stopped testing here, since I am sure I will connect at 54Mbs for the remainder of the modes. Ethernet is moot in my opinion, but I will say it works and works very well. Ethernet is magic in my mind.
The USB ports are all recognized, and I currently am using one for an optical mouse and one for an external HDD. I have had no issues. The USB 3.0 port is recognized as well with a simple lsusb command, though I have nothing to test it, speed wise.
I normally do not use an SDcard luckily, since I can not get Xubuntu 11.10 to recognize my four functioning cards. I have not attempted to alter fstab yet, so others may weigh in on that, but out of the box, so to speak, it is not working for me. Though the card slot does not cause a reaction with my system, an SDcard in a USB card reader does become recognized when connected to the USB 2.0 ports & the 3.0 port.
I installed cheese to utilize the webcam and was surprised to get a max resolution of 1600×1200 for both the video and picture capture capabilities. Many cats on my head were enshrined in digital format. Good times.
The touchpad functions properly, though I have no software for it. The right side scrolling function for this webpage works properly, as does the tap to click, and the buttons. Since I use a USB optical mouse, I placed `rmmod psmouse' in my /etc/rc.local, as it is a Synaptic Touchpad. (sudo modprobe psmouse in a terminal will return the touchpad functionality)
I am completely satisfied with the default support provided by my version of Xubuntu Linux, and am confident that if I take the time to configure and supplement the support for it, that this computer will be able to utilize all of its capabilities. I hope this helps someone in some way. I enjoyed sharing my still fresh first impression of Linux on this laptop.
Once again, if I have overstep my bounds or go off the deep end with this information or the way I imparted it, please don't hesitate to delete it. I am much better at reading that I am at writing.