ASUS Zenbook UX51Vz

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This page contains instructions, tips, pointers, and links for installing and configuring Arch Linux on the ASUS Zenbook UX51Vz ultrabook.

See the page for its 13" variant ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A that has mostly orthogonal information to those here (may be only partially applicable to UX51Vz)

Installation

The UX51Vz comes in a variety of configurations, most of those sold in western Europe come with two SSDs (2x128GB or 2x256GB) in an Intel Rapid Storage (aka Intel Matrix) RAID 0 configuration. To install Arch Linux on the UX51Vz, you can follow the official Installation_Guide. Since the UX51Vz uses UEFI and GPT, make sure to also read the UEFI, GPT and UEFI_Bootloaders pages. It is recommended to use rEFInd as a bootloader and mount the EFI partition on /boot. To prepare a UEFI USB device, read UEFI#Create_UEFI_bootable_USB_from_ISO. The only way to preserve the pre-installed Windows instance is to install Arch with RAID without breaking up the RAID 0 array. See RAID with the only difference that you should not create arrays, only assemble. To report the RAID information from the Option ROM (for instance "Intel(R) Matrix Storage Manager"):

mdadm --detail-platform

To get general details:

mdadm -D /dev/md127

To examine information (including members):

mdadm -E /dev/md127

This is the important part that uses imsm (Intel Matrix) metadata! To assemble the RAID array inside the container, and/or to start it (the -e option declares the style of RAID metadata (superblock) to be used):

mdadm -I -e imsm /dev/md127

To check the current state:

cat /proc/mdstat

To add it to the configuration file (to be activated automagically at boot):

mdadm --examine --scan >> /etc/mdadm.conf

Then proceed with partitioning and file systems creation as usual.

Boot from USB medium

Press Escape to get into the boot menu. If the USB bootable device is not listed, enter the configuration menu and directly press F10 to save. Press Escape again on reboot: This time the USB bootable device should appear in the menu.

Select 'Boot Arch Linux (x86_64)" and press Enter. The installation system will be booted and you will end up with a terminal.

Function keys

The function keys are largely the same as described in ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A. This goes for both screen backlight (which actually works out of the box on KDE as of June 2013) and keyboard backlight.

Solid State Drive

Check Solid_State_Drives

Touchpad

See ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A, the touchpad is the same.

Powersave management

For automatic powersaving when on battery configure Laptop_Mode_Tools. For manual power saving see Power saving. Also check out Powertop.

The UX51Vz can run a little hot, this is especially true for the HiDPI variant (aka UX51VZH) because the discrete GPU is always on. Be sure to check out Linux Thermal Daemon (available as thermaldAUR in the AUR), which proactively controls thermal using P-states, T-states, and the Intel power clamp driver. It can do wonders for temperature management while avoiding to spin up the fans.

Hardware and Modules

PCI

This is output of lspci -nnn -k on the UX51Vz-DB114H. Note that unlike most other UX51Vz models, this one has no integrated Intel graphics (plain Nvidia, not Optimus) and a retina 2880x1620 display.

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller [8086:0154] (rev 09)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port [8086:0151] (rev 09)
       Kernel driver in use: pcieport
       Kernel modules: shpchp
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
       Kernel modules: xhci_hcd
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel driver in use: mei
       Kernel modules: mei
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
       Kernel modules: ehci_pci
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
       Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4)
       Kernel driver in use: pcieport
       Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:1e12] (rev c4)
       Kernel driver in use: pcieport
       Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 [8086:1e16] (rev c4)
       Kernel driver in use: pcieport
       Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
       Kernel modules: ehci_pci
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation HM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller [8086:1e57] (rev 04)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel driver in use: lpc_ich
       Kernel modules: lpc_ich
00:1f.2 RAID bus controller [0104]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile SATA Controller [RAID mode] [8086:282a] (rev 04)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel driver in use: ahci
       Kernel modules: ahci 
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel modules: i2c_i801
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation GK107M [GeForce GT 650M] [10de:0fd1] (rev a1)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. GeForce GT 650M [1043:2141]
       Kernel driver in use: nvidia
       Kernel modules: nouveau, nvidia
01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: NVIDIA Corporation GK107 HDMI Audio Controller [10de:0e1b] (rev a1)
       Subsystem: NVIDIA Corporation GK107 HDMI Audio Controller [10de:0e1b]
       Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
       Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6235 [8086:088e] (rev 24)
       Subsystem: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6235 AGN [8086:4060]
       Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi
       Kernel modules: iwlwifi
04:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Qualcomm Atheros AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1083] (rev c0)
       Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:15a7]
       Kernel driver in use: atl1c
       Kernel modules: atl1c

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