ASUS Zenbook UX32A

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This page contains infos and tips for installing and configuring Arch Linux on the Asus Zenbook UX32A.


The installation should work with no problems, wifi should work out of the box. The UX32A ships in two versions, either with 500 GB HDD + 24 GB SSD or with 128 GB HDD and 128 GB SSD. Since 24 GB is more then enough for a full Arch Linux installation, it is recommended to install at least the non-home partitions onto the SSD.

Warning: This could lead to problems if Windows stays installed on the same machine


Most things work withouth problems, to controll the backlights you have to follow the instructions here: ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A#Keyboard backlight.

Function Keys

The following function keys work:

  • Standby (FN+F1)
  • Screen brightness (FN+F5/F6)
  • Turn Screen on/off (FN+F7)

The other keys are recognised and yield the specific signal, with the exception of the Presentation Mode (FN+F8), which only yields 'p' and the wifi button, which isn't recognised at all.

i3 configuration

For the i3 window manager you can use the following in your configuration to make some of the keys work:


bindsym XF86AudioLowerVolume exec amixer -q set Master 5-
bindsym XF86AudioRaiseVolume exec amixer -q set Master 5+
bindsym XF86AudioMute exec $(amixer get Master | grep off > /dev/null && amixer -q set Master unmute) || amixer -q set Master mute

bindsym XF86TouchpadToggle exec $(xinput list-props 12 | grep 'Device Enabled.*1$'  > /dev null && xinput set-prop 12 134 0) || xinput set-prop 12 134 1

bindsym XF86KdbBrightnessDown exec asus-kdb-backlight off
bindsym XF86KdbBrightnessUp exec asus-kdb-backlight on