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Asus W3V


This is a guide to running Linux with the Asus W3V laptop. The W3V is a reasonably price laptop and, while not the fastest available, is plenty quick for most people's needs. This laptop is a great choice for Linux as its support is excellent.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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AsusAsus W3V
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 1.6GHz
Screen14.0“ WXGA
RAMup to 2GB
HDDup to 160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon x600
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Bluetooth, IRDA (FIR)

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNo
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


You can use either the radeon driver from Xorg or the fglrx module from ATI for the ATI Mobility Radeon x600 included in the W3V. For installation details you can review the Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide.


The Asus W3V is an excellent choice for Linux. There were no issues with the configuration of this notebook with the installation being quite straight forward.


sebas, 2008/09/18 16:34

W3V 56k modem is not supported. :(

JDawg, 2008/09/09 08:12

Bluetooth For Me

Hi, I have 8.04 and for me, the bluetooth (and its corresponding hardware key on the side) work out of the box.

Dan, 2008/04/14 04:55

missing bluetooth

Got Ubuntu gutsy.
Bluetooth doesn't work out the box… still looking.

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