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Asus K56CM


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K56CM laptop. If you have the Asus K56CM and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Asus K56CM specifications page.

NameAsus K56CM
ProcessorIntel Core i7 3517U Processor
Intel Core i5 3317U Processor
Intel Core i3 3217U /2365U Processor
Intel ULV Pentium 987 Processor
Intel ULV Celeron 847 Processor
Screen15.6“ 16:9 HD (1366×768) LED Backlight
RAMUp to 8GB
750GB 5400/7200RPM
500GB 5400/7200RPM
320GB 5400RPM
Optical DriveSuper-Multi DVD (Optional)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ScreenWorksDoesn't remember screen brightness after suspend/resume. Needs to be adjusted manually.
Graphics ChipWorksSee notes
VGA OutWorks
HDMI OutNot Tested
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortWorks
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Working
WebcamNot Tested
KeyboardWorksA few of the special keys don't work.



This laptop uses the Optimus feature which combines the NVIDIA discrete graphics with the Intel graphics on the processor. You can get this setup working with the Bumblebee project.



Andreas, 2013/04/14 15:50

screen remembers brightness after suspend/resume running ubuntu 13.04. fn +/- brightness keys does also work.

Tom, 2013/01/21 09:19

Today I have tried with ubuntu 12.10 and it also works but I have one problem with grub2 after instalation. I have resolve my problem using “Recomended Repair” in Boot-repair tool (

Tom, 2013/01/01 14:11

I've got Asus K56CM with fedora 17

Device Compatibility Comments
Processor seems to be ok
Screen ok (after sleep/hibernate screen has very low brightness. It is needed to correct brightness manually.)
HDD ok
Graphics Chip ok
VGA Out ok
HDMI Out Not Tested
Display Port Not Tested
Optical Drive ok
Sound ok
Microphone Not Tested
Headphone Port ok
Microphone-In Port Not Tested
Ethernet OK
Wireless OK
Bluetooth Not Tested
Firewire Not Tested
Card Reader Not Work
Webcam Not Tested
Keyboard ok (few special keys dont work , for example managing screen brightness)
TouchPad ok
Suspend/Resume ok (only problem with screen brightness)

majlo202, 2013/01/18 07:54

Hi Tom,

Graphics Chip ok ←– can you confirm that you're able to use both integrated gpu and nvidia via bumblebee with no issues ? (I bought a Lenovo Z500 a week ago where I was not able to get the Geforece GT635m working so I returned it back immediately … but is seems like a Lenovo only issue as they used some weird geforce chipset which is not supported by linux nvidia drivers at all … at least based on what I have read around the forums)


Tom, 2013/01/18 21:23

Hi Milos,
I have tried bumblebee but it does not work for me.


majlo202, 2013/01/21 13:47

Based on what I've found, this model is not optimus enabled = contains only the discrete nvidia gpu. Therefore no bumblebee is needed.
How long does it work on battery while only surfing via wifi ?

majlo202, 2013/02/05 10:53

Hi Tom,

I just bought the laptop and was surprised that it's optimus enabled !! And bumblebee is fortunately working for me …


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