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Fujitsu LifeBook AH532 (15,6", Intel Core i3 2328M, 2,2GHz, 4GB, 750GB, Intel HD, DVD)

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Fujitsu LifeBook AH532 (15,6", Intel Core i3 2328M, 2,2GHz, 4GB, 750GB, Intel HD, DVD)
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Updated: 22/03/2016 04:42

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Fujitsu LifeBook AH532 can be used with Linux. However, the UEFI of the notebook causes some troubles (especially if it is desired to use Linux and Windows in parallel on the notebook), as well as the support for the touchpad needs some tweaking.

Processor:

The LifeBook AH532 exists in a version with 2,2 GHz processor (Intel Core i3 2328M) and a version with 2,5 GHz (Intel Core i5 3210M). Both processors have 2 cores with 4 threads. The Intel Core i5 3210M has approximately 5000 bogomips and supports Intel virtualization VT-x (see CPU-Flag vmx):

vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 58
model name	: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
stepping	: 9
microcode	: 0x12
cpu MHz		: 1200.000
cache size	: 3072 KB
siblings	: 4
cpu cores	: 2
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 13
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov
                  pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe
                  syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good
                  nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor
                  ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic
                  popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm ida
                  arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept
                  vpid fsgsbase smep erms
bogomips	: 4988.47
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual

UEFI Boot:

The implemented UEFIE is the cause of several problems for Linux users of the LifeBook AH532. For example, it can happen that during the installation of Grub the NVRAM is modified in way that the Lifebook does not boot and also the Bios settings can not be reached any longer.

In this case the BIOS has to be resetted and brought back to default settings, wich can be achieved by short-circuiting the contacts CL1 and CL2 on the motherboard, directly beneath the RAM bars:



(Source of photo: http://slashhome.se/p/gallery/?g2_itemId=1265#g2)

Afterwards, the BIOS can be accessed after a restart by pressing the key F2.

It is possible that such step has to be repeated after each update of grub (and the included modification of the NVRAM).

If the installed Ubuntu should be used in parallel with Windows it can happen that only Windows boots, while no Grub boot menu is shown and no grub boot option can be selected. If so, Grub needs to be installed with the Root-Directory-Method.

HD / DVD:

The LifeBook AH532 is equipped with a Optiarc AD-7760H DVD RW drive:

 title="dmesg"]
ata1: SATA link up 3.0 Gbps (SStatus 123 SControl 300)
ata3: SATA link up 1.5 Gbps (SStatus 113 SControl 300)
ata1.00: ACPI cmd f5/00:00:00:00:00:a0 (SECURITY FREEZE LOCK) filtered out
ata3.00: ATAPI: Optiarc DVD RW AD-7760H, 1.50, max UDMA/100
ata3.00: configured for UDMA/100
...
scsi 2:0:0:0: CD-ROM            Optiarc  DVD RW AD-7760H  1.50 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 24x/24x writer dvd-ram cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
cdrom: Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
sr 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0
sr 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 5

and (depending on the variant) with a Toshiba hard disk

ata1.00: ATA-8: TOSHIBA MK7575GSX, GT001A, max UDMA/100
ata1.00: 1465149168 sectors, multi 16: LBA48 NCQ (depth 31/32), AA
ata1.00: ACPI cmd f5/00:00:00:00:00:a0 (SECURITY FREEZE LOCK) filtered out
ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100
scsi 0:0:0:0: Direct-Access     ATA      TOSHIBA MK7575GS GT00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5
sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 1465149168 512-byte logical blocks: (750 GB/698 GiB)

Ethernet:

The included Gigabi Ethernet bases on the RTL8111/8168B chipset:

02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI
        Express Gigabit Ethernet controller [10ec:8168] (rev 07)
	Kernel driver in use: r8169

und wird unter Ubuntu 12.04 LTS über das Kernel-Module r8169 automatisch initialisiert:

r8169 Gigabit Ethernet driver 2.3LK-NAPI loaded
r8169 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
r8169 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
r8169 0000:02:00.0: irq 42 for MSI/MSI-X
r8169 0000:02:00.0: eth0: RTL8168evl/8111evl at 0xffffc9000063a000, 5c:9a:d8:66:6c:70, XID 0c900800 IRQ 42
r8169 0000:02:00.0: eth0: jumbo features [frames: 9200 bytes, tx checksumming: ko]

Touchpad:

The touchpad of the Fujitsu LifeBook AH532 is only recognized in compatibility mode (see bug report). It fulfills basic needs but mutlitouch and scrolling does not work.

There is a alps kernel module available at http://www.dahetral.com/public-download which supports mutitouch and can be used with Ubuntu 12.04.

The driver can be compiled and installed after unpacking the downloaded file /usr/src/psmouse-alps-dst-1.0/ :

sudo dkms build psmouse/alps-dst-1.0
sudo dkms install psmouse/alps-dst-1.0
sudo rmmod psmouse && sudo modprobe -v psmouse

WiFi:

The included Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 chipset is automatically supported by Linux

08:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2230 [8086:0887]
	Subsystem: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2230 BGN [8086:4062]
	Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi

and uses the iwlwifi kernel module:

Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link AGN driver for Linux, in-tree:
Copyright(c) 2003-2011 Intel Corporation
iwlwifi 0000:08:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
...
iwlwifi 0000:08:00.0: loaded firmware version 18.168.6.1

Webcam:

The webcam included in the LifeBook has the USB ID 04f2:b302:

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04f2:b302 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd

and is fully supported by the uvcvideo kernel module:

Linux video capture interface: v2.00
uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device FJ Camera (04f2:b302)
input: FJ Camera as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.4/1-1.4:1.0/input/input6
usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
USB Video Class driver (1.1.1)

Sound:

The HDA-Intel sound chipset is fully supported:

snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: irq 46 for MSI/MSI-X
snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: setting latency timer to 64
hda_codec: ALC269: SKU not ready 0x909701f0
HDMI status: Codec=3 Pin=5 Presence_Detect=0 ELD_Valid=0
input: HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input9
input: HDA Intel PCH Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input10
input: HDA Intel PCH Front Headphone as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input11

Bluetooth:

Also the embedded Bluetooth chipset is supported:

Bluetooth: Core ver 2.16
NET: Registered protocol family 31
Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11

Hardware Overview:

The following components are present in the Fujitsu LifeBook AH532:

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller [8086:0154] (rev 09)
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16bf]
	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller [8086:0166] (rev 09) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16c2]
	Kernel driver in use: i915

00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04) (prog-if 30 [XHCI])
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16ee]
	Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd

00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Panther Point MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16ea]
	Kernel driver in use: mei

00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16e8]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:1757]
	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel

00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 3 [8086:1e14] (rev c4) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 5 [8086:1e18] (rev c4) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
00:1c.5 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 6 [8086:1e1a] (rev c4) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])

00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16e8]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Panther Point LPC Controller [8086:1e59] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16e0]
	Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt

00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Panther Point 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:1e03] (rev 04) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16e2]
	Kernel driver in use: ahci

00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Panther Point SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:16e6]
	Kernel modules: i2c-i801

02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller [10ec:8168] (rev 07)
	Subsystem: Fujitsu Limited. Device [10cf:175a]
	Kernel driver in use: r8169

08:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2230 [8086:0887] (rev c4)
	Subsystem: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 2230 BGN [8086:4062]
	Kernel driver in use: iwlwifi

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One response to “Fujitsu LifeBook AH532 (15,6", Intel Core i3 2328M, 2,2GHz, 4GB, 750GB, Intel HD, DVD)”

  • Marco Ciampa says:

    Anyway using it with Linux only, it works “out of the box”. After fiddling with the touchpad you can improve its working (the 2 finger scroll) but it works as a standard mouse anyway without any intervention. A very sturdy laptop (spill resistant keyboard) and with an SSD drives it flies!

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