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[[Category:ASUS]]
 
[[Category:ASUS]]
{{Note|Read the WHOLE guide, it's very verbose}}
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== System specification ==
  
==System Specification==
 
 
*CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz (Sandy Bridge)
 
*CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz (Sandy Bridge)
 
*Memory: 4 GB DDR3 PC1333 - can be expanded to a maximum of 8GB (two DIMM slots)
 
*Memory: 4 GB DDR3 PC1333 - can be expanded to a maximum of 8GB (two DIMM slots)
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{{Note|This page was written for the i3 model but I'm sure the i5 model will not be much different}}
 
{{Note|This page was written for the i3 model but I'm sure the i5 model will not be much different}}
  
==What DOESN'T work out of the box==
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== What does '''not''' work out of the box ==
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*Sleep/Hibernate (see below)
 
*Sleep/Hibernate (see below)
 
*Nvidia GPU (Switchable GPU, see below)
 
*Nvidia GPU (Switchable GPU, see below)
 
*Fn Volume Keys (see below)
 
*Fn Volume Keys (see below)
  
==What Works out of the Box / With default configuration==
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== What works out of the box / with default configuration ==
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*CPU (all cores detected)
 
*CPU (all cores detected)
 
*Wireless
 
*Wireless
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*USB
 
*USB
  
==Not Tested==
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== Not tested ==
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*HDMI
 
*HDMI
  
==Installation==
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== Input/touchpad ==
Before running the Arch installer, you MUST install and configure a GPT partition scheme. If you do not, you will get '''terrible''' performance when writing small files (which should effect most users).
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===(Pre-install) Configuring GPT (Erasing the whole disk)===
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The keyboard and touchpad work more or less without problems using the {{Pkg|xf86-input-keyboard}} and {{Pkg|xf86-input-synaptics}} modules, respectively. Right- and left-clicking works, as well as Two-Finger scroll. Tapping is enabled out of the box and can be disabled in {{bc| /etc/X/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.}}
I assume you are installing Arch as the single OS on your machine. We choose GPT because it's newer, it supports larger partition tables, and the machine in focus here does have UEFI but my revision allows you to turn that off in BIOS
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<working on this>
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== Bluetooth ==
 
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''' At this point, you should install archlinux with the installer. '''
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===(Arch Installer) Installing===
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*Assure that you do not install/configure anything on the first 2MB partition that you created. You should start modifying and configuring partitions starting after that partition; usually /dev/sda2
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Install everything as usual.
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Now Install GRUB2
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{{bc|1=$ grub-install --directory=/usr/lib/grub/i386-pc --target=i386-pc --boot-directory=/boot --recheck --debug /dev/sda}}
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Lastly, make a grub config. (also do this if you make changes /etc/default/grub)
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{{bc|$ grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg}}
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Follow the rest of the Sections below to get all of the hardware working.
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==Input / Touchpad==
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The keyboard and touchpad work more or less without problems using the {{Pkg|xf86-input-keyboard}} and {{Pkg|xf86-input-synaptics}} modules, respectively. Right- and left-clicking works, as well as Two-Finger scroll. Tapping is enabled out of the box and can be disabled in {{bc| /etc/X/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.}}
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==Bluetooth==
 
 
Installing a tool like "blueman" from the AUR and starting the bluetooth DAEMON allowed communication to bluetooth keyboards and mice.
 
Installing a tool like "blueman" from the AUR and starting the bluetooth DAEMON allowed communication to bluetooth keyboards and mice.
 
Bluetooth speakers not tested. (*users feel free to add to this)
 
Bluetooth speakers not tested. (*users feel free to add to this)
  
==Nvidia GPU (Optimus)==
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== Nvidia GPU (Optimus) ==
{{Note|Your best bet for this part is to install 'yaourt' from the AUR to ease in installing the following packages}}
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Read the [https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Bumblebee Bumblebee]/optimus page. I will only outline a few things...
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You need to install the packages (and all of their dependencies) :
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{{Tip|Your best bet for this part is to install {{AUR|yaourt}} from the AUR to ease in installing the following packages}}
*bumblebee
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*nvidia-bumblebee
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You need to install the packages {{Pkg|bumblebee}} and {{Pkg|bbswitch}}.
*nvidia-utils-bumblebee
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*bbswitch
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In short, Bumblebee allows you to use the switchable GPU and use it only when you want to via the 'optirun' application.
 
In short, Bumblebee allows you to use the switchable GPU and use it only when you want to via the 'optirun' application.
  
Be sure to add 'bumblebeed' to your DAEMONS array in '''rc.conf'''.
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Be sure enable '''bumblebeed''' [[Systemd]] service to start Bumblebee at boot.
  
 
Once you reboot, you should start seeing huge power saving.
 
Once you reboot, you should start seeing huge power saving.
  
 
To check and make sure that you aren't using your GPU all the time:
 
To check and make sure that you aren't using your GPU all the time:
{{bc|<nowiki>$ lsmod | grep nv</nowiki>}}
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$ lsmod | grep nv
 
Should return nothing, this means your GPU is off.
 
Should return nothing, this means your GPU is off.
  
 
You can check your GPU by running '''glxgears''' with and without the 'optirun' prefix and comparing the Frames Per Second.
 
You can check your GPU by running '''glxgears''' with and without the 'optirun' prefix and comparing the Frames Per Second.
  
==Sound==
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Read the [[Bumblebee]] page for further informations.
Install the typical ALSA packages (libs, oss, plugins, utils).
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After the installation, you need to launch alsamixer
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{{bc|$ alsamixer}}
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And raise the '''SPEAKER''' level, pressing '''ESC''' to save. You should now have (low quality) sound. This is a work in progress.
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== Suspend/hibernate ==
  
==Suspend / Hibernate==
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The USB unbind hook is no longer necessary as of [http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git;a=commitdiff;h=dbf0e4c7257f8d684ec1a3c919853464293de66e Linux 3.5].
Attempting to suspend will put your machine into a coma. The issue here is that you need to unload the EHCI module before sleeping.
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{{ Note| ACPI by default doesn't call pm-suspend, if we want to customize the sleep process, we need pm-suspend }}
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Create a script:
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{{Note|ACPI by default doesn't call pm-suspend, if we want to customize the sleep process, we need pm-suspend }}
{{bc|$ nano /etc/pm/sleep.d/20-asus-u31sd}}
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{{bc|<nowiki>
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If you want sleep your machine when you '''close your lid''', you need to edit ACPI handler script {{ic|/etc/acpi/handler.sh}}
#!/bin/sh
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BUSES="0000:00:1a.0 0000:00:1d.0"
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case "${1}" in
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    hibernate|suspend)
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    # Switch USB buses off
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    for bus in $BUSES; do
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        echo -n $bus | tee /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ehci_hcd/unbind
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    done
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    ;;
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    resume|thaw)
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    # Switch USB buses back on
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    for bus in $BUSES; do
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        echo -n $bus | tee /sys/bus/pci/drivers/ehci_hcd/bind
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    done
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    ;;
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esac
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</nowiki>}}
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Give it executable flag:
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{{bc|$ chmod +x /etc/pm/sleep.d/20-asus-u31sd}}
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If you want sleep your machine when you '''close your lid''', you need to edit ACPI handler script:
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{{bc|$ nano /etc/acpi/handler.sh}}
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Change line 20, to this:
 
Change line 20, to this:
{{bc|<nowiki> SLPB|SBTN)    pm-suspend ;;</nowiki>}}
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SLPB|SBTN)    pm-suspend ;;
  
 
And Towards the bottom, make lines 58 and 59 look line like this:
 
And Towards the bottom, make lines 58 and 59 look line like this:
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}}
 
}}
  
So now you can use the '''hotkey (F1)''' or close your lid and your laptop will sleep.
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So now you can use the hotkey ({{ic|F1}}) or close your lid and your laptop will sleep.
  
==Fn Multimedia Keys==
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== Fn multimedia keys ==
As with most Asus laptops/netbooks, this laptop sends its Multimedia events via ACPI. Using `acpi_listen`, I was able to discover the button commands the buttons sent to acpi. Add the following to your '''/etc/acpi/handler.sh''' file (make sure you add this after the ;; in the button/lid section):
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As with most Asus laptops/netbooks, this laptop sends its Multimedia events via ACPI. Using '''acpi_listen''', I was able to discover the button commands the buttons sent to acpi. Add the following to your {{ic|/etc/acpi/handler.sh}} file (make sure you add this after the ;; in the button/lid section):
 
{{bc|
 
{{bc|
 
     button/volumeup)
 
     button/volumeup)
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You can mess with these values to move your volume at different intervals, 5 seemed to work well for me.
 
You can mess with these values to move your volume at different intervals, 5 seemed to work well for me.
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== Optimize power consumption ==
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Add this to the kernel line of your bootloader[http://www.linlap.com/asus_u31sd]:
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pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1

Revision as of 11:07, 1 September 2013

System specification

  • CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz (Sandy Bridge)
  • Memory: 4 GB DDR3 PC1333 - can be expanded to a maximum of 8GB (two DIMM slots)
  • WiFi: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285
  • Ethernet: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Bluetooth: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR3011 Bluetooth
  • Hard-Drive: 640GB Hitachi HTS547564A9E384
  • Optical Drive: None
  • Integrated Graphics: Intel 2nd Generation
  • Discrete Graphics: Nvidia GT520M (GF119)
  • Sound: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200
  • Screen: 13.3" LCD 1366x768)
  • SD Card Reader
  • Webcam: V4L compatible
Note: This page was written for the i3 model but I'm sure the i5 model will not be much different

What does not work out of the box

  • Sleep/Hibernate (see below)
  • Nvidia GPU (Switchable GPU, see below)
  • Fn Volume Keys (see below)

What works out of the box / with default configuration

  • CPU (all cores detected)
  • Wireless
  • Ethernet
  • Framebuffer resolution (nouveau and intel xorg drivers provide this)
  • Intel GPU
  • Touchpad
  • Bluetooth
  • Hotkeys (Brightness / Monitor on-off / wifi / sleep)
  • USB

Not tested

  • HDMI

Input/touchpad

The keyboard and touchpad work more or less without problems using the xf86-input-keyboard and xf86-input-synaptics modules, respectively. Right- and left-clicking works, as well as Two-Finger scroll. Tapping is enabled out of the box and can be disabled in
 /etc/X/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.

Bluetooth

Installing a tool like "blueman" from the AUR and starting the bluetooth DAEMON allowed communication to bluetooth keyboards and mice. Bluetooth speakers not tested. (*users feel free to add to this)

Nvidia GPU (Optimus)

Tip: Your best bet for this part is to install yaourtAUR from the AUR to ease in installing the following packages

You need to install the packages bumblebee and bbswitch.

In short, Bumblebee allows you to use the switchable GPU and use it only when you want to via the 'optirun' application.

Be sure enable bumblebeed Systemd service to start Bumblebee at boot.

Once you reboot, you should start seeing huge power saving.

To check and make sure that you aren't using your GPU all the time:

$ lsmod | grep nv

Should return nothing, this means your GPU is off.

You can check your GPU by running glxgears with and without the 'optirun' prefix and comparing the Frames Per Second.

Read the Bumblebee page for further informations.

Suspend/hibernate

The USB unbind hook is no longer necessary as of Linux 3.5.

Note: ACPI by default doesn't call pm-suspend, if we want to customize the sleep process, we need pm-suspend

If you want sleep your machine when you close your lid, you need to edit ACPI handler script /etc/acpi/handler.sh

Change line 20, to this:

SLPB|SBTN)    pm-suspend ;;

And Towards the bottom, make lines 58 and 59 look line like this:

close)
        pm-suspend

So now you can use the hotkey (F1) or close your lid and your laptop will sleep.

Fn multimedia keys

As with most Asus laptops/netbooks, this laptop sends its Multimedia events via ACPI. Using acpi_listen, I was able to discover the button commands the buttons sent to acpi. Add the following to your /etc/acpi/handler.sh file (make sure you add this after the ;; in the button/lid section):

    button/volumeup)
      amixer set Master 5+
      ;;
    button/volumedown)
      amixer set Master 5-
      ;;
    button/mute)
      amixer set Master toggle
      ;;

You can mess with these values to move your volume at different intervals, 5 seemed to work well for me.

Optimize power consumption

Add this to the kernel line of your bootloader[1]:

pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1