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Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi runs pretty well with Debian Stretch 64 bit, with kernel 4.9. Please see the compatibility list below.
Addition: We are at kernel 4.9 yet and things are just getting better.
Every component seems to be running just the way they have to, and no issues so far. Apart from the lack of screen rotation, everything works just perfectly! However, this is rather down to the lack of software support yet, as the driver for the gyroscope itself is actually loaded into the kernel. Better screen rotation and better touch support is coming with kernel 4.6.
Don't forget that Debian 9 is yet to be released next year (2017). You can of course always install some other flavours you prefer, but Debian is always STABLE!
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For full specifications see the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi specifications page.
|Name||ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi|
|Processor||Intel Core M 5Y10/5Y71 Processor|
2560 x 1440 pixels
|HDD||128GB ISSD SSD (M.2 2280)
256GB SSD (M.2 2280)
|Optical Drive||Hasn't got one|
|Graphics||Intel HD 5300|
|Network||Integrated Intel Wifi 802.11 ac|
|Distro||Debian_9_64-bit testing||Gnome 3.22.2 and Kernel 4.9|
|Processor||Yes||Out of box.(5Y71)|
|Stylus||Yes||Out of box, all buttons.(Asus-Collection)|
|Screen||Yes||Even touch functions and some of the gestures, now even automatic screen rotation.|
|G-Sensor||Yes||Out of box. (inv_mpu6050)|
|HDD||Yes||Out of box.|
|Graphics Chip||Yes||Out of box.|
|mini-HDMI Out||Not Tested yet|
|Sound||Yes||Out of box and all functions.|
|Microphone||Yes||Out of box, even automatic microphone volume.|
|Headphone Port||Yes||Out of box, even the built in microphone on a Sennheiser Adidas 680i. Also, it's detected by the OS when it's plugged or unplugged.|
|Microphone-In Port||Yes||Out of box (same as headphone line in).|
|Line-In Port||Yes||And again, this is the headphone port on the right side of the tablet part.|
|Wireless||Yes||Manual load required, but then fully functioning.|
|Bluetooth||Yes||Out of box.|
|USB||Yes||Out of box.|
|Card Reader||Yes||Out of box, (Tested with a Class 10 8-Gig Sandisk micro SDcard).|
|Webcam||Yes||Out of box and all functions.|
|Keyboard||Yes||Out of box, but only after installation. Pairing requires holding the on button all the way to the right. Apart from disable sound, volume down and volume up, no functions available. So as no screen brightness, no off screen and disable/enable touch-pad. But these are all available through the OS itself.|
|TouchPad||Yes||Out of box even double-tap.|
|Docking Station||Yes||This is the actual keyboard and touch pad as screen is removable.|
|GPS||Hasn't got one.||Shame!|
|Suspend/Resume||Yes||Out of box. Both, when lid is closed and when power button is pressed once.|
Installation was a little tricky, but once up and running it's great. Must turn Secure Boot off in bios and enable Launch CSM. Use the USB hub provided during installation for your keyboard and extra mouse. You'll only need them during installation. Once system is up and running, you can pair the docking station, which is your actual keyboard and touch pad.
DO NOT FORCE UEFI INSTALLATION. If you do, you won't be able to proceed with the installation and won't be able to install the boot-loader either.
Do not use Unetbootin or any other image creator. You'll need a linux machine, a memory-stick and the good old console. Simply just 'cp debian.iso /dev/yourdevicename' (mine was /dev/sde and then type 'sync' and hit enter. It takes a long time to write the iso to the stick. Make sure usb-strick isn't mounted and DO NOT USE A PARTITION ON THE STICK BUT THE WHOLE DEVICE. For example, /dev/sde is the device whilst /dev/sde1 would be a partition on the device.
Wifi needs to be loaded manually. This is done by adding the contrib and especially the non-free sections to your sources.list. When it's done just execute as root 'apt-get update && apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi' and then load the module, also as root' modprobe -r iwlwifi ; modprobe iwlwifi'. When it's done, configure wifi as appropriate. I didn't restart but you might have to. Alternatively, you can download the firmwares before the installation and copy them into the firmware folder on your memory-stick.
Since we doing 64 bit here, it would be ideal to add 32 bit to your system. This is done by executing the following command as root. 'dpkg –add-architecture i386' and then 'apt-get update' or 'aptitude update'.
If any question, let us know. Attila
I'm very happy with this device and performers excellent with Debian. I've removed all the hardware and functions from the wiki (apart from GPS) that the Transformer Book doesn't have or doesn't do, to avoid confusions. So whatever you don't see doesn't exist. Also added a section for the stylus.