Asus F3SA Notebook and LinuxMon 19 November 2007
I got a nice new Asus F3SA-A1 notebook a few weeks ago. I had installed Fedora 7, which had only one major issue - the boot disc kernel didn't support the dvd/cdrom so I had to boot off it then install off the LAN. I moved to Fedora 8 this past week and had no issues. 4-5 years ago I wouldn't buy a notebook because of a lack of Linux or BSD drivers. Strangely enough having done a Vista install and two Linuxes, it was Microsoft Vista that had driver issues. Linux installed, booted and just about everything worked. Vista needed over two dozen third party drivers installed just to get basic functionality.
There are four major issues though on Linux. First is the video driver, you need to get it from ATI for the HD2600 card. On x86-64 the latest 8.42.3 version just doesn't work. Thankfully Livna has a fixed one that installs fine. The next problem is the audio. It's detected properly as an hda-intel model, and appears to work fine but there is no sound. Changing modprobe.conf and adding an options line:
options snd-hda-intel model=lenovo
gets it basically working. I found that on Fedora Forum. There are less mixer devices after doing it hough.
ALSA has an asus-laptop model that is supposed to work on the F3S but it doesn't for me. (Or it's stuck on mute).
The last two issues are devices that I can't figure out at all. Fortunately I didn't really care about the webcam because it doesn't work. And there is 1GB of flash builtin to the machine called Intel Turbo Memory that doesn't seem to be used at all.