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Asus U30SD


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Asus U30SD laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Asus U30SD. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Asus U30SD page on LapWik.



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For full specifications see the Asus U30SD specifications page.

NameAsus U30SD
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 2520M/2410M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 2310M Processor
Screen13.3“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® GMA HD
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n or 802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

Processor YES
Screen YES
Optical Drive YES
Graphics YES Intel integrated is working fine, just shut down the Nvidia video card
Sound YES Just with kernel 3.0+
Ethernet YES
Wireless YES
Bluetooth YES
ModemNot Tested
Card Reader YES
Webcam YES


Use acpi_call for the shutdown of the Nvidia. This will work, but the kernel will freeze on shutdown

Have to add a script for suspend/hibernate

Need some module option at boot for i915 module with kernel 3.0+ (huge power consumption)


Up to 10h battery life with wireless+firefox
Suspend/Hibernate Working
Audio Working (bad quality of the integrated speaker but i think is an hardware problem)


cricci, 2013/04/11 12:04

Actually i'm using linux mint nadia and wifi works pretty well.
I'm using also bumblebee ( Still can't get the nvidia card to work but it works for shutting off the discrete video card without kernel freeze. (and you don't need to manually build acpi_call kernel module after upgrade)

djrf, 2012/06/10 01:29

instead of the acpi_call you might use bumblebee

cricci, 2012/07/08 19:29

i've just tried that.
when i try to use optirun i get this message:

optirun glxgears

[ERROR]Cannot access secondary GPU - error: [XORG] (EE) NVIDIA(0): Failed to initialize the NVIDIA GPU at PCI:1:0:0. Please

[ERROR]Aborting because fallback start is disabled.

Lucio Tarantino, 2012/03/17 09:22

I have a lot of trouble (frequent disconnection or no connection at all) with ath9k (wifi) driver with Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04.( kernel 3.0 and 3.2 ).
Anyone has a working distribution o workaround?

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