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Asus K42F


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K42F laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus K42F. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus K42F page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Asus K42F specifications page.

NameAsus K42F
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 Processor 520M/430M : 2.4 GHz - 2.26 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 2.93/2.53 GHz;
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 350M : 2.26 GHz
Screen14.1“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD250GB to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® GMA HD
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks out of the box
ScreenWorks out of the box
HDDWorks out of the box
TouchpadWorks Must use 2.6.34 kernel or newer, and identify elentech touchpad as synaptics touchpad within xorg
Optical DriveWorks out of the box
GraphicsPartially Working For hardware acceleration, must use 2.6.35 kernel or newer. No vsync, so all videos have noticeable tearing
SoundWorks with modification Must install the alsa realtek sound codec to get sound from headphones
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessPartialSeems to have issues with the ath9k driver. Maxes out at 80kb/s
USBWorks out of the box
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
HDMIWorks Use lxrandr/xrandr to use HDMI out


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Due to the poor performance of the wifi, I would say that this laptop is not ready for linux use yet. Battery life is only a little less than that of windows (2.5-3.5 hours). Don't buy this if you were hoping to have a linux box able to play any sort of video, as it will look terrible due tearing even on the simplest videos.


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anka, 2013/09/10 05:16

i use this laptop with fedora core 13 - 17 then ubuntu 10.10 - 12.10 and backtrack 4 and 5 ( r1 - r3 )
this notebook work good, but make the battery damage. i use this laptop with that linux for 3 years. thanks for attention then sorry if my english bad. CMIIW…

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