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Introduction

This guide is about how to install Linux on the Asus A6J laptop. These laptops come in a few different configurations and mine is an A6Ja.

The A6Jc model offers similar hardware and the installation instructions should be nearly the same. The A6Jc model I have utilizes an nVidia 7300 Go 128MB, making a few driver installations different.

Hardware

Specification

Cpu and Cache Intel® Core™ Duo Processor T2000 Sequence: 1.60GHz-2.16GHz, 2MB On-Die L2 Cache, 667 MHz
Chipset Mobile Intel® 945 PM Express Chipset
Display 15.4" WXGA (1280*800)
Video ATI Mobility™ Radeon™ X1600 256MB VRAM
Hard disk 2.5" 9.5 mm IDE HDD with support for Ultra DMA100 60/80/100 GB
Optical IDE, DVD±RW+DL
LAN Realtek RTL8168B PCI-E 10/100/1000 Mbit
WLAN Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG
Audio Intel Corporation 82801G
FireWire Ricoh R5C55
USB Intel 82801G
Modem Yes
Cardreader SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO
Webcam 1,3 megapixels

Interface

lspci output

Code: lspci output
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M56P [Radeon Mobility X1600]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)
04:01.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b3)
04:01.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 08)
04:01.2 Class 0805: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 17)
04:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 08)

lsusb output

Code: lsusb output
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 004 Device 002: ID 0b05:1712 ASUSTek Computer, Inc.
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 174f:a311
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

What works

What doesn't work

Audio

Sound works with the snd-hda-intel driver.

Linux Kernel Configuration: Sound
Device Drivers  --->
    Sound  --->
        <*> Sound card support
            Advanced Linux Sound Architecture  --->
                <*> Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
                < >   Sequencer support
                < >   OSS Mixer API
                < >   OSS PCM (digital audio) API
                      PCI devices  --->
                          <*> Intel HD Audio
            Open Sound System  --->
                < > Open Sound System (DEPRECATED)

Lan

Since gentoo-sources-2.6.18-r1, the Realteak 8168B Ethernet Device is supported by the r8169 driver in the kernel.

Linux Kernel Configuration: Ethernet
Device Drivers  --->
    Network Device Support  --->
        Ethernet (1000 Mbit)  --->
            <*> Realtek 8169 gigabit ethernet support
                [ ]   Use Rx and Tx Polling (NAPI) (EXPERIMENTAL)

Wlan

See this guide.

nVidia Drivers

The A6J models with an nVidia car such as the 7300 Go will function with the default nv X driver, however if you want the best performance and control of your video card, you will need the official nVidia Linux drivers.

To install the nVidia drivers, see the nVidia Driver How-To.

Webcam

The chip on the camera, is made by Syntek Semicon.

See more info: http://syntekdriver.sourceforge.net/

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