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Hi mst! I joined the club.

On Saturday I gave up trying to fix WiFI on debian for my ASUS Zenbook laptop. WiFi works fine on all accesspoints. All but one, my home WiFi. It worked for months in my previous home. Something happened.

First I got around with USB tethering via my phone and the phone wifi. Last week even this failed. Because I have such a new laptop I need a new linux kernel. To support closing and re-opening the lid. I hacked wakeup, but suspend still gets the battery hot, I guess the GPU is still running. linux kernel 3.3 needed some patches, 3.4 works fine out of the box. But NetworkManager not. I suspect it is the new avahi demon, which was added to support link-local connections if everything else fails. But my link-local route has metric 1000. I cannot change nor delete it.

Also, the ELANTech touchpad driver sucks. It gets out of sync every once in a while. This does not happen with the Windows 7 touchpad driver. If you want to do a live presentation with the Zenbook and Elantech touchpad do not use Linux. Your cursor will jump around, you will accidently delete paragraphs in the front of the crowd. Suspend and wakeup on Windows 7 also just works.

So I'm stuck with an awfully slow filesystem again. Local testing time will double. At least cygwin got better and better lately. And the new mosh experimental cxxwrapper makes life easy, even with my slow WiFi.

325547-asus-zenbook-ux31-rsl8.jpg The next step will be to try to make a hackintosh out if this. The Zenbook looks like an Air, it should behave like an Air. There was no success story for this HW so far, but I'll give it a try.

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I'm also using Zenbook, mostly because it has SSD. Ubuntu 12.04 is not perfect on this hardware, there are a couple of issues remaining like the hypersensitivity of the touchpad (I ended up creating a script to turn the touchpad off while coding in Emacs) and the brightness level resets to highest every time the laptop wakes up (I just manually press and hold Fn-Brightness, no biggie). So far, it beats having to resort to Windows (shudder). I'd rather switch or give up netbooks, really.

The only two things I don't like with my Zenbook are, in order of importance: 1) no back-lit keyboard; 2) no internal ethernet port. Other than those, quite happy with it.