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Asus G53Jw


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus G53Jw laptop.

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For full specifications see the Asus G53Jw specifications page.

NameAsus G53Jw
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 Processor 620M/820QM/740QM/720QM : 2.66 GHz - 1.6 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.33/3.06/2.93/2.8 GHz;
Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 540M/520M/460M/450M/430M : 2.53 GHz - 2.26 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.06/2.93/2.8/2.66/2.53 GHz
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 370M/350M/330M : 2.4 GHz - 2.13 GHz,
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
15.6” (1920×1080) Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB for i7 platform
Up to 4GB for i5 and i3 platforms
HDDup to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorksTurbo Boost working
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksNvidia Proprietary Drivers
SoundWorksHDA Intel
EthernetWorksr8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver
WirelessWorksAtheros AR9285
WebcamWorksUVC WebCam (uvcvideo)
USB 2.0Works
Card ReaderWorkssee details below
Backlit KeyboardWorksMay require special configuration, see below
SuspendWorksMay require special configuration, see below
USB 3.0Partial/Needs TestingMay require special configuration, see below
ScreenPartialBrightness controls not working locked at 100%
HibernateNot WorkingHangs at boot

Card Reader

Works on Ubuntu 11.04 but does not work on Ubuntu 10.10 out of the box.

USB 3.0 Partial / Needs Testing / Not Working

Add pci=nomsi to /etc/default/grub :

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash pci=nomsi"

Update grub :

sudo update-grub

Ubuntu 11.10 AMD64 with the pci=nomsi:

  • I don't have any USB 3.0 devices to test with. My USB 2.0 devices do work in the USB 3.0 port now, tested a mouse and a harddrive, although working fine, both seem a little strange. Some error messages in dmesg with the harddrive.

Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 users (assuming without the pci=nomsi):

  • Attempting to plug any device into the USB 3.0 port disables all USB ports. About one minute after unplugging the device from the 3.0 port normal function returns to the 2.0 ports.
  • I have used USB 2.0 devices in the USB 3.0 port without problems most of the time. I do not experience the above issue. However, I have experienced a total system lock-up with frozen screen and blinking capslock indicator light which felt related to me plugging a USB 2.0 drive into the 3.0 port while having a file transfer operation occurring with a device on a USB 2.0 port. I don't have any USB 3.0 devices to test with. dmesg says: usb3: No SuperSpeed endpoint companion for config 1 interface 0 altsetting 0 ep 129: using minimum values

Backlit Keyboard

The Backlit Keyboard did not work 100% out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64. It works 100% with the Asus Keyboard Backlight package, even adjusting the brightness with the FN + F3/F4 keys works great!


Suspend (sleep) did not work out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 or Ubuntu 11.04. Create two files to fix.

/etc/pm/config.d/usb3-suspend-workaround :


/etc/pm/sleep.d/20_custom-ehci_hcd :

# Fixes for ASUS G53JW
EHCI_DEVICES="0000:00:1a.0 0000:00:1d.0"
case "${1}" in
		# Unbind ehci_hcd devices
		for x in $EHCI_DEVICES
			echo -n "$x" | tee /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ehci_hcd/unbind
		# Bind ehci_hcd devices
		for x in $EHCI_DEVICES
			echo -n "$x" | tee /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ehci_hcd/bind

Make it executable:

sudo chmod 755 /etc/pm/sleep.d/20_custom-ehci_hcd


Hibernate (suspend to disk) did not work for me in Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 even with the Suspend Fix. The laptop powers off but gets hung part way thru the startup process when powering back on. I have to reboot with CTRL-ALT-DEL and boot into Ubuntu without restoring from the suspend.


  • Have been using Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 for 1 month, system is very stable. Card reader not working but only tested using 2GB SD card. After upgrading to the 260.19.06 Nvidia Proprietary Drivers using the Ubuntu update manager some minor visual errors are present on the top 1/4 of the screen. Battery time is very good even with the screen back light locked at 100%
  • Have also been using Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64 for 1 month. I also use Gentoo. I am very excited about this laptop, it has been a very solid and stable computer. Not Working: screen brightness adjusting and hibernate (suspend to disk).


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Make, 2013/03/21 14:08

Hi.. Let's rice this on top again.. is there way to fix screen back light lock?? My eyes melting :D. I have tune some brightness settings from Nvidia settings, but it's not that good..

Linnuks, 2012/04/11 21:13

Hi.. is there fix to the screen brightness set ( Fn+ F5 and F6)??

Kk2, 2012/02/14 10:39

my FN+F8 (Disable Touchpad) is not working, any ideias how to fix it?!

thx a lot.

Anom #1, 2011/11/02 14:40

Mouse has random freezes on 11.10

James, 2011/12/03 03:24

11.10 ubuntu has issues with graphics with the proprietary drivers. There is some artifacting and stuttering.

Fernando, 2011/07/31 01:50

Hola amigos, desde argentina escribo. Tengo esta maquina hace unos 4 meses y uso ubuntu 10.10. Aqui los resultados:

_Buenas gráficas, aunque los drivers de nvidia para ubuntu no logran todavía obtener el máximo beneficio de la tarjeta gráfica.
_No funciona el lector de tarjetas con un adaptador. (Tarjeta de 2g probada).

Estare viendo sus comentarios para seguir actualizándome.


Maddx, 2011/06/25 06:54

Thank you for your post.

I have the ASUS G73S running Ubuntu 11.04/64bit. Your notes on “Suspend” fixed my suspend issues (hooray). Some users might benefit from knowing that this is a script file, and must be have permissions set as executable or it will be ignored.

Hamed, 2011/04/01 12:27

Thank you for your useful Documentary,
I do the instructions above on my Notebook “ASUS-G53JW-A1” in Ubuntu 10.04. Keyboard backlit was fixed, but still I can't Hibernate!
Also, I have some problem with my sound card!
in Windows I can hear sound from both internal speakers and headphone, but in Ubuntu I can onle hear sound from headphone and no sounds play from internal speakers!!
I use aplay -l and the result is:

hamed@ubuntu:~$ sudo aplay -l
[sudo] password for hamed:
List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices
card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC259 Analog [ALC259 Analog]

Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 1: ALC259 Digital [ALC259 Digital]

Subdevices: 1/1
Subdevice #0: subdevice #0

I think there is multi card conflic, and I think this problem is occured after installing NVIDIA graphical drivers!

Can you help me to solve this problem?
Thank you

Xendarboh, 2011/04/05 18:17

I had this same problem in Ubuntu 10.10 AMD 64. Problem seemed to be related to updating some packages. The issue worked itself out for me, very weird. Here's an unanswered forum thread I started on the topic:

You can add to that forum post and hopefully with more info the issue can be solved.

Joost Tromp, 2011/03/06 16:45

Asus G53JW i7/720 or 740 FullHD - Ubuntu 10.10 x86

Processor Working
Screen Working
HDD Working (both built in SSD and 500GB hybrid)
Optical Drive Working
Graphics Working with NVidia proprietary drivers
Sound Working
Ethernet Working
Wireless Working
Bluetooth Working
Modem Not Tested
USB Working
Card Reader Not Working
Webcam Not Tested

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