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Asus U38N


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For full specifications see the Asus U38N specifications page.

NameAsus U38N
ProcessorAMD Trinity APU A8-4555M 1.6 GHz ~ 2.4 GHz Processor
AMD Trinity APU A10-4655M 2.0 GHz ~ 2.8 GHz Processor
Screen13.3“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDUp to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 7600G/7620G
NetworkNo Ethernet
802.11 a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Touch PadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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Paul, 2015/04/16 10:05

Anyone know where to get a perfect video-driver for this computer? My videocard is only working like 50% with Play on linux and it detect wrong vidocard…sux, I tried many things..(

Miguel, 2014/10/27 16:19

This notebook is working ok with Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS and Catalyst 14.9. Bluetooth requires some code as Paul says before. To install first boot with nomodeset parameter, then install Catalyst official driver from AMD (version 14.301) instead Ubuntu repositories (version 13.350). If you install fglrx from Ubuntu then changing brightness toogles internal/external displays.

Paul, 2014/09/21 16:19

Did you manage to get light in F2-button “wi-fi ON” and did you figure out a way to get the bluetooth working? Sux without bluetooth

rewind, 2014/09/21 16:31

Hi Paul. Actually I didn't needed it before the last week, when I found (forgot) that it was not working and tried to debug it with no success.
Currently it is with Linux Mint 17, which is based on Ubuntu trusty 14.04 LTS with the latest stable 3.13 kernel.
For the wi-fi button I'm using the so called “airplane” mode, which is actually software blocking the device as with rfkill.

Paul, 2014/09/27 07:35

I got some help from a dude and he wrote: Try these two commands, apparently it does work for some users
In terminal, sudo modprobe btusb
- and then - sudo sh -c 'echo 13d3 3392 > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/btusb/new_id'

And, it works! :))

Humbert, 2014/06/20 06:22

I could install debian with windows 8 (dual boot) in this laptop. Detailed instructions here:

I hope it helps!

rewind, 2013/11/24 10:35

OK, some things I forgot.

The touchscreen should have some way to be configured and I have to research some more about this.

The card reader was tested last night and is working without any issues. Also I forgot to say that the keyboard LEDs control is working also and has some OSD showing the brightness level of the LEDs. Neat! :)

rewind, 2013/11/13 22:14

It was a struggle with the preinstalled Windows 8, but after it complete removal I was able to install Linux Mint 15 x86_64.
Almost everything worked out of the box after the installation. For booting up without problems I had to add to the kernel options “nomodeset” and “xforcevesa” but afterwards everything was fine.
For this notebook 3.8 and later kernel is recomended and the latest available fglrx form AMD website (currently with 13.11 b6).
What is working:
Processor with Turbo scaling
Screen and graphics with full resolution (after fglrx was installed)
SSD (with discard, working well)
Touchscreen and touchpad, even if the touchscreen is not working as in Win8 (touching an open webpage in the browser selects text instead of swipe and scroll down)
Wireless (with Broadcom proprietary driver installation)
HDMI out is working
Sound and built-in mic are working without any issues
Headphone Jack is working and there's no microphone jack on this model
USB is working (2 ports are USB3 and were working with full speed)
Webcam was working normally

What was not working:
Bluetooth - shows that is enabled, but founds no devices and does not become visible
Brightness controlls were working, but had no impact on brightness, which was at the maximum setting. Since the brightness control were not working, I was unable to test the automatic sensor also.

What was not tested:
VGA out (I have no displays with VGA currently)
Card Reader (No cards around to test with :) )

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