openSUSE 10.3 on Asus G1S

openSUSE 10.3 Support for Asus G1S

openSUSE 10.3 is quite well supported on Asus G1S notebook. Most important peripherals are working straight out-of-the-box, or at least after little tweaking. In table below is presented what peripherals and features of Asus G1S are supported by openSUSE 10.3.

Display Yes Install nVidia drivers for optimal performance
Webcam Yes Needs tweaking?
Touchpad Yes Install ksynpatics package for fine tuning settings
CD/DVD burning Yes
Speakers Yes
Microphone Yes
LAN Ethernet Yes
Wireless Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Firewire ?
Suspend Yes?
Hibernate Yes?
TV-out ?
CD/DVD Lightscribe ?
56K Modem ?
SD Card Reader ?
ExpressCard Slot ?
Hibernate Fn+F1 ? Needs tweaking
Wireless On/Off Fn+F2 ?
Brightness Fn+F5/F6 ?
Volume Fn+F10/F11/F12 ?
Multimedia Keys ?
Touchpad on/off button ?
Browser launch button ?
E-Mail launch button ?
Wireless LED ?
E-Mail LED ?
Touchpad LED ?
OLED screen ?
Green sidelights ?
Logitech MX518 Mouse buttons ?

About openSUSE 10.3

The openSUSE project is a community program sponsored by Novell. Promoting the use of Linux everywhere, provides free, easy access to the world's most usable Linux distribution, openSUSE. The openSUSE project gives Linux developers and enthusiasts everything they need to get started with Linux.

openSUSE Resources

Please visit openSUSE documentation page which contains following valuable information:

  • Installation guide
  • Package Management
  • Configuration
  • Hardware tweaking and optimization
  • HowTo guides on a wide variety of topics.
  • Users FAQ

Please visit openSUSE Community site where you will find even more information and software. You may also visit SUSE Forums.

You may also want to visit Novell's official openSUSE 10.3 documentation page and official openSUSE support forum.

Installing openSUSE 10.3 on Asus G1S

Before starting this installation process, please take following information into account:

  • If you are going to create a dual-boot or multi-boot system, it is recommended that you should install Windows XP and Vista before installing Linux. If you install Windows after Linux, the Windows installation process will wipe the GRUB boot loader and you have to install it manually.

Disclaimer: This installation guide assumes that you know how to partition your hard disk
and you have at least some experience on operating and maintaining Linux system.
If you are not familiar with all this, please work with someone who has experience
on working with Linux. As always, please backup your valuable data before proceeding
with this guide.

Download openSUSE 10.3 Live CD

Download openSUSE 10.3 Live CD KDE (685MB) from openSUSE download site. After download, burn the ISO-image to a CD using your favorite CD-burning software.

Boot openSUSE 10.3 from Live CD

Place the Live CD into Asus's DVD-drive, reboot your G1S and press ESC as soon as you see the boot splash screen in order to be able to select the boot device. Select the CD/DVD from the boot device list and hit ENTER to start the boot process.

When you see the openSUSE boot screen, you can select a couple of options here:

  • Press F2 to select your system language [if other than English]
  • Press F3 to select Video Mode [1280 x 1024]

After you have selected suitable options, select option "openSUSE-10.3" and press ENTER to start installation process. The system will now load Linux kernel, necessary drivers and start Linux services. The boot process will last for a couple of minutes.

After successful boot process, the DVD will turn off and you should see a basic openSUSE KDE Desktop. If you want, you can now play around with the openSUSE as you want. You can also test at this point that the Wireless and/or LAN/Ethernet interface is working by launching Firefox web browser.

Install openSUSE 10.3 from Live CD

For detailed installation instructions, please visit openSUSE 10.3 installation documentation.

Start the actual install process by double-clicking to the Install-icon on the desktop. The installation wizard will start and you will be presented a series of installation screens. Please note that this installation process from openSUSE Live CD is a bit compacted version from the openSUSE Live DVD.

It is recommended that you create three different partitions:

1. The system partition for the root file system / should be at least 5GB - 10GB.
2. The swap partition size should be equal to the RAM you have installed [2GB - 4GB].
3. The user data partition /home should be at least 5GB.

NOTE: If you plan on using suspend-to-disk, (hibernate) you must have a swap partition at least equal in size to the amount of physical RAM, and some users even recommend oversizing it beyond the amount of physical RAM by 15%.

After the installation is complete, you need to reboot the system: Select "K Menu " - "Log Out …" - "Restart".

Login to Your openSUSE Linux

When the system reboots, you can login to your new openSUSE Linux notebook. Enter your Username and Password and press ENTER. If everything went as planned, you should be logged in - And you can congratulate yourself.

Setup Your Network Connection

After you have logged in, the system will inform that it has found new hardware Wireless "PRO/Wireless 4965 …". Just select option "No" skip configuration. Next the system will inform that it has found yet another new hardware - Ethernet/LAN. You may select option "No" if your system is using DHCP. Select option "Yes", enter valid network settings and accept changes. Now your system is basically ready for your use.

Fix the K MENU

For the very first task, you may want to restore the K Menu to traditional KDE menu style. Right-click to K Menu button and select option "Switch to KDE Menu Style"

Setup Mouse for Double-Click Mode

If you are a Windows user, you may want to change mouse/touchpad operation mode similar to Windows. Open "K Menu" - "Personal Settings (Configure Desktop)". Select the "Peripherals"-tab and select "Mouse". Select option "Double Click to open files and folders". Click to "Apply" to save changes.

Update Your System

For the very first thing you should do with your new Linux installation, is to update your system and download the security patches and software upgrades. Open the terminal window "K Menu" - "System" - "Terminal" - "Konsole" and enter following commands:

sudo zypper addrepo UPDATES-10.3
sudo zypper refresh
sudo zypper list-updates

First the system needs to update the YaST itself:

sudo zypper update

Once the YaST is updated, we can update the rest of the system:

sudo zypper list-updates
sudo zypper update

This will take some time to download 250+ MB of updates. After update is complete, please reboot the system.

Installing Drivers and Utilities

nVidia Display Driver

See also openSuSE nVidia resource page.

sudo zypper addrepo nVIDIA
sudo zypper install x11-video-nvidiaG01

After installation, enter following commands:

sudo nvidia-xconfig --composite
sudo nvidia-xconfig --render-accel
sudo nvidia-xconfig --add-argb-glx-visuals -d 24

Restart your X by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Backspace. If your installation was successful, you should see the green nVidia splash screen when X starts.

Finally, enter commands to configure the nVidia driver

su -
sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia # Note: 0 is a digit, not a letter!

During setup, you need to login as root and enter command to go back to X

init 5

Setup Screen Resolution

Setup your screen resolution:

  • Launch "K Menu" | System | Configuration | SaX2 (Configure X11)
  • Enter the root password
  • Select "Monitor" and enter valid monitor information
    • Monitor | Change … : LCD and 1680x1050@60Hz
    • Display Size as 15.4 inches (scroll down), and Aspect ratio 16/10
    • Select resolution 1680x1050 and select 24bit colors
  • Save changes and restart X by pressing Ctrl-Atl-Backspace

Fix the Fonts

After reboot you may want to tweak the font settings. Open "K Menu" - "Personal Settings (Configure Desktop)". Open the "Appearance" module and select "Fonts" category and enable the anti-aliasing. Select also "Force fonts DPI": 96 DPI. Save the changes and restart the X by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Backspace.

Truetype Fonts

Download the package from
Right-clock to the package and select Actions - Install with YaST. You may need to restart X in order to make new fonts active.

Synaptics Touchpad

Install the ksynaptics package:

sudo zypper install ksynaptics

right-click to System | Desktop Applet | Touch pad and select option Add Item to Main panel.

Multimedia Keys

[this section needs contribution]


1. Load up a terminal window if you are in the graphic interface.

2. Switch to the root user:

su -

3. Install gcc, svn and the kernel headers:

yast -i gcc linux-kernel-headers kernel-headers kernel-source subversion

4. Move to the /usr/src/ folder with:

cd /usr/src

5. Download the latest driver with:

svn checkout svn://

6. Move into the newly created folder with

cd trunk

7. Now start the building process with:


This will take a while.

8. And finally we install the driver with:

make install

9. Reboot your computer and the newer linux-uvc driver will be used.

Susped to RAM

works now with command

su -c 's2ram -f'

Playing MP3 Files

You need to install following MP3 codec package.

Problems and Solutions


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