Review of Linux Compatibility
The Asus X552CL is a 15.6 Inch notebook with nVidia GeForce 710M graphic chipset.
The notebook is supported under Linux, but needs some manual settings.
The integrated WiFi chip bases on a Qualcomm Atheros AR9485:
03:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01) Subsystem: Lite-On Communications Inc Device 6627 Kernel driver in use: ath9k
This chipset is automatically deactivated by the hardware switch, which is located on the notebook’ case. To inhibit this behaviour the option “wapf=1″ has to be added as an option for the module asus_nb_wmi. This can be configured by:
echo "options asus_nb_wmi wapf=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/asus.conf
which stores the option in the asus.conf file. The new options is used for the next boot of the Linux systems.
To use the two included graphic chipsets in parallel, the tool Bumblebee needs to be installed. Under Ubuntu this can be done (since Ubuntu 13.10) by activating the repositories Universe and Multiverse (e.g.m in the settings of the Ubuntu Software Manager).
Afterwards, bumblebee is installed with the command:
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus linux-headers-generic
and is available after a reboot of the system.
The internal Gigabit Ethernet is automatically recognized and fully supported:
04:00.2 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 0a) Kernel driver in use: r8169
The kernel module r8169 is used as driver and is automatically loaded by the kernel.