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June 4, 2011

Ubuntu and the Asus G73SW-A2

Filed under: Games,System Administration,World of Warcraft — Cranky Sysadmin @ 10:30 am

My wife was kind enough to let me go purchase a new laptop. I chose the Asus G73SW-A2. Aside from games, I’m doing a lot of work with virtualization, and the 16GB of RAM will make this easier. I got the laptop on Amazon for about $2000 plus shipping. It’s a great value.

Getting Ubuntu running smoothly was a little rougher then on my “old” Acer but it wasn’t awful. I wouldn’t suggest trying it unless you’re comfortable with Ubuntu and the command line. Things that didn’t work out of box included screen dimming, suspend/hibernate, and the keyboard backlight. I went here to get instructions to fix these items. The webcam works out of box.

Getting WoW running was straightforward. I installed the Nvidia 3d drivers via the System/Administration/Additional Drivers menu, installed some build tools like this:

sudo apt-get build-dep wine

I then downloaded the latest wine, compiled and installed it. I copied my .wine-wow directory from my old laptop and ran the launcher.

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