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Asus W5A Compiling a Vanilla kernel (Last Update: 2006/03/16):

Guide for Configuring a Vanilla Kernel for ASUS W5A

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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  • mkdir linux-source && cd linux-source
  • Download the last kernel: wget -c
  • tar xvjf linux-2.6.16-rc6.tar.bz2
  • Download card reader driver (Version 0.11):
    • wget -c
    • wget -c
    • wget -c
  • cd linux-
  • patch -p1 < ../sdhci-0001.bin
  • patch -p1 < ../pci-sdhc-0001.bin
  • patch -p1 < ../mmc-respopcode-0001.bin
  • Download kernel config for Asus W5A: wget -c -O .config
  • make
  • With root: make modules_install && make install
  • Now you can reboot your machine and choose the new installed kernel (26156nsk)
  • Attention: It's needed load card reader drivers to make it work: modprobe sdhci && modprobe mmc_block
  • Now it's only need download the specific drivers for Asus ACPI: wget -c
  • tar xvjf acpi4asus-0.30.tar.bz2
  • cd acpi4asus-0.30/driver/
  • make
  • With root: make install
  • rmmod asus_acpi ; modprobe asus_acpi
  • Finished! All things, but WebCam, are working
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