The Asus M50V is a laptop manufactured by Asus in 2009. It features an Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 along with 4GB of RAM, a 250GB hard disk, and an nVidia GeForce 9600M GS with 1GB of VRAM.
This article describes the hardware on the M50V and the drivers required to use it.
|Processor||Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo P8400||Full||acpi-cpufreq|
|PCI Express Bus||Intel ICH9 PCIe||Full||pcieport|
|Secondary Storage||Hard Disk||Intel ICH9M SATA AHCI Controller||Full||ahci|
|DVD RW Drive||HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T50N||Full||ahci|
|Memory Card Reader||Ricoh R5C822||Full||sdhci-pci|
|Video Chipset||Discrete GPU||nVidia 9600M GS||Partial||nouveau|
|Network||Gigabit Ethernet||Realtek 8168B||Full||r8169|
|802.11n Wifi||Atheros AR928X||Full||ath9k|
|Sound||HD Audio||Intel ICH9 HD Audio||Full||snd_hda_intel|
|Peripheral||USB 1.0||Intel ICH9 UHCI USB Controller||Full||uhci_hcd|
|USB 2.0||Intel ICH9 EHCI USB Controller||Full||ehci_hcd|
|IEEE 1394 Firewire||Ricoh R5C832||Full||firewire_ohci|
|Fingerprint Reader||AuthenTec AES1600||?|
Hard Disks and DVD Drives
The hard disk controller should work with the standard AHCI driver:
Make sure that AHCI support is compiled into the kernel, and not as a module, or the kernel may fail to boot.
The DVD drive may lock up spinning a disc upon insertion due to bad firmware. A firmware update exists, but the install tool is made for Windows, so it may be a good idea to install the update first if coming from a Windows environment. Note that installing this update may void the warranty. See this bug for more details.
Memory Card Reader
The memory card reader should work fine with the standard driver:
The video chipset is an nVidia GeForce 9600M GS, which has full support for 2D/3D acceleration, CUDA, and OpenCL with the proprietary drivers. At the time of this writing, the open source drivers provide 2D acceleration and partial 3D support. See nVidia for details on video card support and driver selection.
The keyboard support for X11 is provided by evdev. Touchpad support is provided through synaptics.
The media buttons on the touchpad are not supported, but normal touchpad and scrollwheel functionality works perfectly.
Networking is provided by a Realtek 8168B Gigabit Ethernet device.
Wifi is provided by an Atheros AR928X wifi adapter:
The audio hardware is supported by the Intel HD Audio drivers:
USB support is provided by the standard drivers:
The Firewire port should work fine with the standard driver:
At the time of this writing, the author has not tested Firewire.
The built-in webcam is a is supported through V4L with USB2.0 UVC:
The fingerprint reader should be supported through USB and libfprint. See Fingerprint Reader.