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 +====== Asus G73SW ======
 +===== Introduction =====
 +This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus G73SW laptop. ​
 +This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus G73SW. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the [[http://​​asus_g73sw|Asus G73SW page on LapWik]].
 +===== Editing This Page =====
 +If you would like to edit this page please first view our [[Editing Guidelines]].
 +===== Specifications =====
 +For full specifications see the [[http://​​wiki/​asus+g73sw|Asus G73SW specifications page]].
 +|Name|Asus G73SW|
 +|Processor|Intel® Core™ i7 2630QM @ 2.0GHz \\ Intel® Core™ i5 2410M |
 +|Screen|17.3"​ 1600x900 \\ 17.3" 1920x1080 \\ 17.3" 1920x1080 3D|
 +|RAM|Up to 16GB - Quad Core \\ Up to 8GB - Dual Core|
 +|HDD|up to 1.5TB|
 +|Optical Drive|DVD+-RW \\ Blu-ray \\ Blu-ray-RW|
 +|Graphics|NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460M Cuda 1.5GBs|
 +|Network|10/​100/​1000 Ethernet \\ 802.11 b/g/n|
 +===== Linux Compatibility =====
 +|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|
 +|Sound|OK|works(&​) |
 +|Ethernet|OK|works(&​) |
 +|Wireless|OK|works(&​) |
 +|Bluetooth|Not Tested| |
 +|Modem|Not Tested| |
 +|Card Reader|??​|not working(&​)|
 +|Webcam|OK|max resolution 1600x1200(&​)|
 +===== Notes =====
 +I suggest checking out this webpage for information on getting the backlit keyboard working, ​ along with other accoutrements: ​
 +===== Summary =====
 +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 1600x1200 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.
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