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Asus W5A (Last Update: 2006/03/16):

Installing Mandriva Linux 2005 LE

This link describes the patches needed to a vanilla kernel to make things work
Laptop hardware description:
Hardware Components Status under Linux Notes
1.86Ghz Pentium-M CPU Works Speedstep works, nothing is required.
12.1 Wide screen LCD Works Select Flat Panel 1280x800
80GB 4200RPM UDMA 100 HDD with 8MB cache Works Nothing is required.
768MB RAM Works Nothing is required.
MATSHITAUJ DVD-RW Dual Layer with 2MB cache Works Nothing is required.
Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG Works Nothing is required.
Realtek RTL-8139 Works Nothing is required.
Internal 56k Modem Works Don't use dialup so haven't tested, but nb test it. Check the driver at
Bluetooth Builtin Works ACPI 4 Asus Patch by me (last update: 27/07/2005) is needed (bellow is the howto)
Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller Works Last dri snapshot driver is needed: common and driver
Intel High Definition Audio Works I need update the kernel to 2.6.12-8mdk from cooker packages to make sound works.
ALi USB 2 WebCam Under Construction Driver under contruction
CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev b3) Works Nothing is required.
FireWire: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller Works Nothing is required.
Ricoh Co Ltd|R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (Card Reader) Works Driver
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Basic Installation of Mandriva 2005 Limited Edition:

  • Why Mandriva? - It's simple and the silver member edition have all I need
  • Installing - Basic install was pretty easy, but X doesn't work after install is complete.

Setting up additional features for Mandriva Linux 2005 Limited Edition:

  • Getting X to work - To make X work with acceleration you have to do this:
    • urpmi kernel-source
    • cd /tmp/
    • wget -c
    • wget -c
    • mkdir common && cd common && tar xvjf ../common-20050718-linux.i386.tar.bz2
    • cd dripkg && ./
    • cd /tmp/
    • mkdir i915 && cd i915 && tar xvjf ../i915-20050718-linux.i386.tar.bz2
    • cd dripkg && ./
    • reboot and it's wall works! :) I run quake3 and I get 90fps.

    PS: You can get the latest drivers, it should work too.

  • Getting speedstep work - In Mandriva Linux nothing has to be done to get speedstep to work, the kernel modules used are: freq_table, speedstep-centrino, cpufreq_*
  • Getting Network Card to work - In Mandriva Linux nothing has to be done to get network card to work, the driver used is: 8139too
  • Getting Wireless Card to work - In Mandriva Linux nothing has to be done to get wireless card to work, the driver used is: ipw2200, from rpm ipw2200-firmware-2.2-1mdk.i386.rpm. Supports wep, wpa and 802.1x (For 802.1x support you need to install xsupplicant).
  • Getting Bluetooth to work - You need to do this:
    • cd /tmp
    • Get acpi4asus: wget -c
    • Get acpi4asus patch: wget -c
    • tar xvjf acpi4asus-0.29.tar.bz2
    • cd acpi4asus-0.29/driver
    • patch -p0 < ../../asus_core_w5a_0.29.patch
    • make && make install
    • modprobe asus_acpi
    • and: echo 1 > /proc/acpi/asus/bled should enable bluetooth led and bluetooth work too ;)
  • Getting Sound to work - You need to do this:
    • Get last mdk kernel: wget -c (If this version is no longer available, download the lastest)
    • Get last mdk kernel source: wget -c (If this version is no longer available, download the lastest)
    • Install both: rpm -ivh kernel- kernel-source-2.6-2.6.12-8mdk.i586.rpm
    • Reboot, and your sound works! :)
ACPI 4 Asus Patch - version 2 Last Update: 27/07/2005
ACPI 4 Asus Patch Last Update: 13/07/2005
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