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Friday, 26 November 2010

More ultrathin hybrid graphics laptops: Asus U31JG

Asus U31 13.3-inch ultrathin comes soon

The Asus U31 features some quite impressive specs for an ultrathin and we are looking at a 13.3-inch 1366x768 LED backlit screen, Intel's Core i3-370M/380M or Core i5-460M CPU, up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of HDD space, 802.11bgn WiFi, and a 6-cell battery,

The Asus U31 will be available in two versions, the U31F and U31JG. The difference is the graphics card as the U31F features Intel's GMA 4500M while the U31JG will come with Nvidia's DirectX 11 ready, Geforce GT 415M with 1GB of memory. The U31JG will of course feautre Nvidia's Optimus technology for automatic GPU switching, something that we talked about for a couple of times.

As noted, the new U31 should appear in Europe by the end of December with a retail/e-tail price starting at €799.

You can find more here.


Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Hybrid graphics nvidia drivers for Asus U43JC

One of the ASUS U/UL series Linux users has found a way to enable the nvidia drivers by blacklisting the intel chip:

[ubuntu] ASUS N61Jv / N71Jv / N82Jv / UL50Vf anyone? - Page 3 - Ubuntu Forums


There's a workaround for some people. I have the u43jc and you can use the 320m by installing the nvidia drivers, blacklisting the intel chip and rebooting. If you don't disable the intel chip, you'll get stuck on the Checking battery state...

Only problem is that the 310 is the only one running and the battery gets slurped up pretty quick.

If it doesn't work, you can boot in safe graphics and reset everything.

I guess we'll just have to watch closely for updated nv drivers