You can reach the BIOS via
<ESC> on startup lets you choose between several boot devices (hard disk, cd, removable). Note that there is a new BIOS 0105A available from ASUS(ftp://ftp.asuscom.de/pub/NOTEBOOK/L4x00R/Bios/). You can use FreeDOS(http://www.freedos.org/) for flashing.
It was installed with Debian 3.0r2 Testing which was a rather painless procedure. Afterwards, kernel 2.6.6 with patches for SWSUSP, ACPI and DSDT-initrd was installed.
XFree86 does not run out of the box with the free radeon driver shipped with Debian. The easiest solution might be to include the repository for the dri-trunk in your
/etc/apt/sources.list, see the
dri project for instructions.
The touchpad works with
/dev/psaux. The standard ImPS/2 driver is good enough, even the scroll wheel is supported.
The console runs fine with
vesafb at XGA.
Works well if you have the external monitor plugged in at boot time. You cannot switch between the various possible combinations of external/internal on/off. This might change, when the next version of acpi4asus is released.
PCMCIA works out of the box with
The network interface works just fine with the
Currently, there are theoretically two possibilities to make this chip running:
ndiswrapperfrom the community(http://ndiswrapper.sf.net)
ndiswrapper 0.7 seems to work well, even with WEP "encryption". The commercial driver from Linuxant is untested.
ACPI seems to work. You do not need a patched DSDT but there are some erros showing up at boot.
Standby and Suspend-To-RAM have only been tested briefly and they do not seem to work. The machine wakes up at once in S1 and does not wake up at all from S3.
SWSUSP2 (22.214.171.124, 2.6.6-test11) does not work well. It fails on resume, because some pages do not match. There was no time to investigate if tweaking suspend.conf to unload drivers and such would help.
speedstep-centrino should be chosen. The user-space daemon
cpufreqd runs fine with it.
All Hotkeys work with the driver
acpi_asus. They can be configured via the
acpid, although the machine is unknown to acpi4asus(http://sourceforge.net/projects/acpi4asus) 0.28. It works in compatibility mode to M2E just fine, with the exception of display switching. Proper data was sent to the maintainers of acpi4asus to have it fully supported with the next release.
Sound works with Advanced Linux Sound Architecture - ALSA driver
scanModem suggested to take the driver for 537 modems from Intel which does not work (Version 537EP 126.96.36.199). Windows talks about Agere, but the driver
ltmodem (Version 8.31alek) does not work either. The
conexant (Version 04051300) and
slmodem (Version 2.9.7) drivers do not work, too.
SIR seems to work fine on /dev/ttyS1.
No FIR driver available in the kernel sources seems to work.
The drive works fine on
/dev/hdc, both reading and writing DVD/CD-RWs.
Works out of the box. Tested with USB Mouse and Harddisk (2.0).
ohci1394 module loads fine, though FireWire was not really tested due to the lack of a proper device.
0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 5830 (rev 02) 0000:00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 5838 0000:00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 4347 (rev 01) 0000:00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 4348 (rev 01) 0000:00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 4345 (rev 01) 0000:00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc ATI SMBus (rev 18) 0000:00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 4349 0000:00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 434c 0000:00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 4342 0000:00:14.5 Multimedia audio controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP150 AC'97 Audio Controller 0000:00:14.6 Modem: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 434d (rev 01) 0000:01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 5835 0000:02:05.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c475 (rev b8) 0000:02:05.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C551 IEEE 1394 Controller 0000:02:06.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401 100Base-T (rev 01) 0000:02:07.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4301 802.11b (rev 02)