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Linux on Asus S8600

Installed OS: Debian/GNU-Linux Sid


The Asus S8200/8600 is a fine notebook, which works very good under Linux. I still have some problems getting the modem work and watching DVDs. All other Hardware is well supported. It was well equipped with additional, free accesoires like an USB-mouse and a laptop-bag.
There is a tool called lanoche. You can see its output here.


ASUS S8600
  • Intel P-III 600MHz
  • 192MB RAM
  • 12,1" TFT Display
  • 20GB Harddisk
  • DVD-ROM (external)
  • Graphic Silicon Motion Lynx 3DM
  • Soundchip ESS1988 (Allegro-1)
  • PC-Tel HSP 56000 (Winmodem)
  • NIC RTL8139
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82440MX I/O Controller (rev 01)
00:00.2 Modem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 7196
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Motion, Inc. SM720 Lynx3DM (rev b1)
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: ESS Technology ES1988 Allegro-1 (rev 12)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82440MX PCI to ISA Bridge (rev 01)
00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82440MX EIDE Controller
00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82440MX USB Universal Host Controller
00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corporation 82440MX Power Management Controller
00:09.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139 (rev 10)
00:0c.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1451 PC card Cardbus Controller
00:0c.1 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1451 PC card Cardbus Controller


I had no problems setting up graphics. The Silicon-Motion chipset is supported in XFree 3.3.6 and from 4.0.2. I haven't tried 3.3.6 - I'm happy with 4.0.2. You can see my XF86Config-4 here. Although the Lynx chip is good provided by Silicon Motion I'm not able to watch DVDs. Perhaps it is a misconfiguration. Please let me know, when you aredoing better than me.


The ESS chipset is supported in the current alsa source. I installed the alsa-source package, did a make install and voila - you've just to add snd-card-maestro3 and snd-pcm-oss to your /etc/modules.
Since kernelversion 2.4.2 a maestro driver is available in the kernel source. It is still beta, but it works...

Keyboard and Touchpad

Of course there are no problems setting up the keyboard. You have to play a little bit around to get the four additional function keys to work. The touchpad is recognized as a PS/2 mouse and so it works either, although I was not able getting the third and fourth button to work.


No problem. Just use the module rtl8139 in kernel 2.2.x and 8139too or 2.4.x


There is a module for the 2.2.x kernel-series, but I haven't tried it, yet. A couple of days ago I've downloaded a driver for kernel 2.4.7. It compiled, but gave me some undefined references. It should work, but it is not working for me, yet. Drivers for all recent kernel versions (2.2.x, 2.4.x) are available here.

Other stuff...

USB works, IrDA even in FIR-mode. PCMCIA works as well. I will give further information on setting up the hardware, when I will have time do do so. Until that don't hesitate to contact me.

Further Questions

For further questions please mail me or see this page by Till Kinstler.

Original Document: 2001-02-27

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