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:
Device Drivers ---> [*] Serial ATA and Parallel ATA drivers ---> <*> AHCI SATA Support
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:
Device Drivers ---> [*] MMC/SD/SDIO card support ---> <*> Secure Digital Host Controller Interface support <*> SDHCI support on PCI bus
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.
Device Drivers ---> [*] Network device support ---> [*] Ethernet (1000 Mbit) ---> <*> Realtek 8169 gigabit ethernet support
Wifi is provided by an Atheros AR928X wifi adapter:
Device Drivers ---> [*] Network device support ---> [*] Wireless LAN ---> <M> Atheros Wireless Cards ---> <M> Atheros 802.11n wireless cards support
The audio hardware is supported by the Intel HD Audio drivers:
Device Drivers ---> <*> Sound card support ---> <*> Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ---> <*> Sequencer support <*> OSS Mixer API <*> OSS PCM (digital audio) API [*] OSS PCM (digital audio) API - Include plugin system [*] OSS Sequencer API <*> HR-timer backend support [*] Use HR-timer as default sequencer timer [*] PCI sound devices ---> <*> Intel HD Audio
USB support is provided by the standard drivers:
Device Drivers ---> [*] USB support ---> <*> Support for Host-side USB <*> EHCI HCD (USB 2.0) support <*> UHCI HCD support (most Intel and VIA) support
The Firewire port should work fine with the standard driver:
Device Drivers ---> IEEE 1394 (FireWire) support ---> <*> FireWire driver stack <*> OHCI-1394 controllers
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:
Device Drivers ---> <*> Multimedia support ---> <*> Video For Linux [*] Video capture adapters ---> [*] V4L USB devices ---> <*> USB Video Class (UVC)
The fingerprint reader should be supported through USB and libfprint. See Fingerprint Reader.