La mia tesi di laurea Il Capobanda!!! Click here for helicopters Index of UNOFFICIAL Circumvesuviana Home Page main index Quick note for Italian users: ho comprato un notebook Asus A1370D appositamente per usarlo con Linux. In queste pagine mi permetto di spiegare un po' di cose, sperando che tornino utili a qualcuno.
La traduzione in italiano (con abbondanti commenti extra) è in questa pagina. Scusate l'inglese, come al solito maccheronico.
Se invece cercavate le pagine sui notebook Apple, sono qui!


Below, some information about Asus A1370D notebook, and how I installed Linux on it. Italian translation is in this page. Please excuse me for my poor English. I will update this page as soon as I have more good news.
STUNNING: I've been told that even official Asus tech guys used my pages for reference. Simply great. I hope that their Linux support will increase...!

Click here for latest news (updated 2003-Sep-04)!

As of July 2008, I salvaged its motherboard (screen was broken, keyboard was broken, hard disk was broken, etc)... and used it as a "no moving parts" home server, nailed on the wall!

Click here if you were searching for Apple Powerbook pages.

This is the "Asus A1370D (A1000-series) and Linux" notebook page.

IMPORTANT: I got lots of explicit "success reports" - these notes were useful to install Linux on other machines, explicitly Asus A1330, A1375, A1360, A1368, A1356D, A1358R, A1350D, and other Asus machines, and even on Mitac 7521, Aristo Sirion, Progress 2800, Eurocom 2700T, Asem NB410S, IPC MagicNote/U and Medion 9438 notebooks and other SiS630-based Pentium III notebooks.

THIS PAGE: I got e-mail feedback from: España, Thailand, Poland, Argentina, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and others from China, Switzerland, Egypt, Ireland, USA, Denmark, Netherland, Lebanon, Malaysia, Germany, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, France, New Zealand, Belgium, Italy... and even girls from Italy and Germany!!! ;-)


WARNING:


Sigh, sniff, sob!
As of 2004-Sep-04, the screen backlight doesn't work anymore. This means that the LCD screen doesn't show anything. It's time to buy a new notebook. More than 41 months of massive usage (not less than a few hours per day), and I have now to leave it... sigh! See you on my next notebook! :-)

The buried board is the one marked as A11204-A04-03676, just under the screen cover, near the internal microphone. It contains an MP1011EMA chip. The board takes seven input wires (the connector on the left) and outputs two wires (white and gray). The MP1011 chip produces a perfect sinewave output suitable for the screen backlight circuit. I already tested the surface-mounted fuse (the light green one on the left part of the board) but the board still doesn't show signs of life. It's a very hard thing to "debug" a full SMD board.

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Linux software

Notebook hardware

Other hardware


How to install a SuSE Linux 9.0 distribution

I assume that the entire hard disk of the notebook will be dedicated to Linux. I did so with my 30Gb hard disk. If you need a Windows partition, or if you want to "resize" one, please check out for other documentation on other sites.

Installation from the five CDs is quite straightforward: just follow the steps below.


Linux kernel questions.


Known problems of latest Linux kernels which I used on my Asus A1370D notebook using using SuSE Linux 9.0.

The 2.6.1 kernel gives out only these warnings:

  1. Local APIC disabled by BIOS -- reenabling... Could not enable APIC! (this warning is here since Linux 2.4.10, depending on the Asus ACPI stuff; we can safely ignore it)
  2. cpufreq: Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) for this chipset not (yet) available. Let's wait some other months...
  3. sis5595 smbus 0000:00:01.0: Looked for SIS5595 but found unsupported device 0630
    sis5595 smbus 0000:00:01.0: SIS5595 not detected, module not inserted.
    Uh, another thing which support isn't (yet) available.
  4. cpufreq: No CPUs supporting ACPI performance management found. We have to wait...
  5. "ACPI: No IRQ known for interrupt pin A of device 0000:00:00.1" I do not know what does this mean; anyways, it doesn't show extra problems.
Some notes:

The 2.6.0 kernel shows out these problems:


The main processor cooling fan is a Sunon GC054006VH-8 fan (DC 5V 0.5W) with 11 (eleven!) 4mm-high blades, and its base has space for three screws.

I still didn't find neither a replacement, nor an equivalent. I use Linux and don't use high CPU-intensive programs, so I don't care too much. But I found lots of other people needed to replace the fan. They wrote me because found the string "Sunon GC054006VH-8" on my site...!

I got this email from an Italian guy:

I have a Sony Vaio notebook and found that the Vaio notebooks are very similar to Asus A1xxx notebooks! I need the same Sunon cooling fan, but Sony assistance cannot provide it.

There are two solutions:
  1. www.inkjet4u.co.uk (60euro, from Great Britain to Italy);
  2. www.sunon.com (150 euro, from Taiwan to Italy, but sea shipping, 30 to 90 days for delivery).

I got also an email from USA:

I found the best solution for my Sony Vaio (and maybe for your Asus) on www.alliedelec.com (search for PartNumber GC054006VH-8).

I got also an email from Germany:

The Sony Vaio (and maybe your Asus) compatible fan is available on www.reichelt.de site, part number LÙFTER-54006, at 34.80euro plus shipping.

I did not test it yet, but I immediately report it to you. An user told me that he had success connecting his Asus A1340D (so we can expect it to be good for all Asus A13xx notebooks) with its Nokia 6610 cellular phone via infrared connection.

The Asus have kn133 infrared chipset, so you need to compile your kernel 2.6.3 with via-ircc support; then download latest irda-utils and, after the machine boot, use these commands:
echo 115200 > /proc/sys/net/irda/max_baud_rate
irattach irda0 -s

Have a try!


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