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  1. #61
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    Jul 2011
    Florida, USA

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    I'm running an ASUS EeePC 1015T netbook, with the AMD Nile V105 and integrated ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics. It came with 1GB RAM but I upgraded it to 2GB (it can take up to 4GB... advantage of the AMD chipset it's running). On it, I run the pre-installed Windows 7 Starter and Ubuntu 11.04 Natty in a dual-boot environment.

    11.04, whether running GNOME 2 or Unity, works very very nicely and I run it far more than I run Windows. All my function keys and buttons work on it right out of the box, as do my wireless LAN and ethernet ports for connecting to the internet. My touchpad works perfectly too, though I have to go into my mouse settings and change from edge-scrolling to multi-finger for scrolling, but that's just my preference.

    However, I have found 2 issues running Ubuntu on this model of netbook:

    1) Ubuntu 11.04 seems to use more battery than Windows 7 Starter does, whether I'm running Ubuntu Classic or Unity (2D and 3D), even when I add Jupiter and Jupiter EeePC support. I can get up to 6 hours in Windows 7, but only up to 4 hours in Ubuntu. That's only of a minor nature as I'm usually not far from an electrical outlet and can run on AC most of the time. But on long-extended trips... it matters. Not sure why the less resource-intensive Ubuntu would use more battery power than software-bloated Windows.

    2) The ATI proprietary driver seems to have poor performance. This became extremely apparent when I was running it while watching YouTube videos and other streaming videos, as they were so extremely choppy. The open-source driver performs much better for those than the proprietary one does. It seemed to run my desktop environment just fine, but once I started playing streaming videos (I haven't tried any movies from AVI's, MP4's, or Matroska), it really sucked. So I went right back to using the open-source driver that came with Ubuntu. I suspect it might be an Adobe Flash issue (not sure if I had already installed Flash. I know I hadn't installed the Flash-Aid plug-in), but I've also heard that ATI's Linux drivers basically suck compared to NVidia's.

    I could find the time to give the proprietary driver another go, and do a full test of everything I normally run, and see how it runs. Does anyone else have problems running the proprietary drivers on a netbook/laptop/desktop with integrated ATI graphics?

    Updates: I did another test running the proprietary fglrx Catalyst driver, and here is what I've found so far: I actually got better battery consumption using the proprietary driver over the open-source one. With the open-source, I got maybe 4 hours at most. With the proprietary driver, I'm getting up to 5 hours. That's a pretty good improvement, but still not quite the 6 hours I'm getting in Windows 7 Starter (which doesn't have Aero)... and is what the manufacturer's specs are. But, that was me running Compiz like I usually do. I didn't try it in Unity 2D nor in Ubuntu Classic (effects disabled).

    Advantage aside, I found that my Compiz effects seem to run a little bit slower in Ubuntu Classic (I didn't try it in Unity as it also runs Compiz), not much, but still slower. In addition, I ran into the same problem with streaming videos on websites like YouTube, which all use Flash animation. I even ran my Flash-Aid again to make sure everything was up to snuff, and I still get very choppy Flash videos. BUT... my avi's, mp4's, and mkv's all run flawlessly.

    Bottom line... the fglrx driver sucks at running Adobe Flash, and is a bit slower with Compiz. But it has much better power management and plays my movies just fine But I do visit YouTube and other sites for streaming videos, so I'm back to the open-source driver.
    Last edited by viperdvman; October 3rd, 2011 at 06:42 PM. Reason: Ran some tests

  2. #62
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    Oct 2011

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    Recent build. Everything works great OOTB. No BIOS customization needed.
    Power-on to logged in and running: Ubuntu 10.10 ~25sec, WinXP SP3 ~2min
    Still working on installing add-on software packages, but so far it works great!

    Asus M4N68T-M V2 Mobo in Micro Center Power-Spec case
    AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition
    4GB Crucial DDR3
    Dual Drive/Dual Boot Ubuntu 10.10/WinXP SP3
    10.10 on 250GB Seagate Barracuda
    WinXP on 120GB Seagate Barracuda
    500GB Seagate Barracuda storage
    500GB Seagate BarracudaES storage
    2TB Seagate Barracuda Green storage
    640GB Seagate FreeAgent Extreme USB desktop drive
    Teac Multi-card reader from an old Dell box
    Hitachi DVD-CDRW

  3. #63
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    May 2007
    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    Asus G53SX-A1 Ubuntu installs fine. Some minor tweaking needs to be done:

    1) Install Drivers Manually following
    2) Add a auto-update script to automatically reinstall kernel modules upon kernel update/replacement:
    1) Instead simply add drivers from Nvidia from ppa:


    tar -xjvf compat-wireless-2.6.tar.bz2
    cd into_folder_that_was_created
    ./scripts/driver-select ath9k
    sudo make install
    sudo make unload
    sudo modprobe ath9k


    Brightness Control Function buttons:
    1) Go to Nvidia settings and save config into xorg.conf
    2) In xorg.conf in the "Device" section for your GPU add
    Option "RegistryDwords" "EnableBrightnessControl=1"
    restart X and brightness works.

    Enable Suspend
    1)Follow steps from followed by
    very easy

    Volume Control button:

    Keyboard backlight control buttons:
    1) Install libnotify-bin
    2) Install asus-kbd-backlight_0.1~ppa5_i386.deb file at from

    Install Bluetooth Drivers
    1)Install drivers following
    both laptops use the same chip.

    Card reader
    Have not gotten a chance to use it yet so I don't know. But I suspect that if it is not working this will help:

    Sorry I don't know and don't use it.

    This will mostly apply to pretty much the entire line of G73 (some G73 use ATI video cards though) and G53 series of laptops including G73SW G73Jw G53SX G53SW G53Jw. G73Jh uses ATI video chip. I also suspect that above will apply to G74SX. Some of this may apply to G51Jx as well.

    Additional sources:
    Last edited by gillza; January 19th, 2012 at 06:28 PM.
    Crackers don't matter!
    Asus G53SX-A1 with Ubuntu

  4. #64
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    Oct 2011

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamslides View Post
    I've been using an ASUS Eee Box B202 since it was first released. It has a Ralink 2860 wireless card and works 100% fine with Ubuntu.

    I've tried OS X, Windows 7 and all I can say is Ubuntu has a very, very impressive series of features that overshadow those OS's very easily. I particularly love Synaptic which makes it so much easier to update things.

    I see OS X trying to imitate Compiz in Lions release, a poor attempt IMO. Windows 7 has nothing that Microsoft produces for similar effect although it's a mature platform so it SHOULD. I expect Ubuntu to only get better while the others get worse.

    Just the other day I was trying to extract across a multiple RAR archive, in OS X not even UnRarX would do it! I had to copy the files over to a USB thumb drive and do it using PeaZip on Ubuntu. Go figure huh!

    I think by now everyone knows the B202 works though :-Z
    Sorry, I've been in and around Unix and Linux for something like 24 years and for home use, I believe Linux is still not ready.
    Last edited by stevecramertoo; October 8th, 2011 at 04:53 PM.

  5. #65
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    Oct 2011

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    Ubuntu 10.10 works great on Asus Eee Pc 1001Ha

  6. #66
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    Mar 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    Asus M4A88TD-V EVO/USB with AMD x4 965 Black. Absolutely no problems with anything.

  7. #67
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    Aug 2011

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    1005PEB 11.04 Works like a dream. 11.10 everything worked fine after 3 restarts except Banshee. Banshee freezes almost immediatly and when going into video/music file and play but no control at all. Back to 11.04 which works fine.

  8. #68
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    Oct 2011

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    I've just installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my Asus Eee PC 1215B. Out of the box, everything is working very well, and I haven't encountered any problems yet.

  9. #69
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    Oct 2011

    Talking Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    I'm new to the site but not a noob. I built a cpu using Asus mobo M3N78-VM with AMD phenom II x2 550 chip and 4g of Kingston ram with a Corsair GS650 power supply due to having a limited budget at the time and little resources i couldn't be happier running Ubunutu 10.10 x86 64 w/KDE 4.4 desktop. Everything works great!

  10. #70
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Lubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: ASUS Computers Ubuntu works well on.

    I have successfully put a clean install of Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot 11.10 on my Asus EeePC 1000h.

    I no longer have the issues I had with 11.04 such as losing wireless functionality after using suspend.

    But I keep getting kernel panics on it !!!!!

    But Leann Ogasawara is looking into it
    Last edited by JosephWheatley; October 26th, 2011 at 04:25 PM. Reason: not working after all
    Lubuntu 12.04 on Packard Bell BV EasyNote MZ35
    Debian 7.1 Wheezy on Asus EEE PC 1000h

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