Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Asus UX305CA and Mint 17.3 Rosa

While my old Asus notebook has been almost five years old, it was time for a new one. Mostly because of heat issues the notebook had the past month.

Looking at the Asus Zenbook series I really felt in love with the UX305 platform. The UX305FA is a fan-less and light notebook, however the CPU performance could have been more powerful. So I bought the successor UX305CA, knowing that the new Intel Skylake chipset has not a full Linux support yet. Nevertheless it is a great piece of hardware!

Known issues however are:
  • Touchpad is not working, but workaround available
  • Brightness keys are not working, but softkey configuration possible
In addition I faced some challenges before everything worked fine. Here my journey so far:
  • Using a MultiSystem USB Stick I had to disable "Secure Boot" in the BIOS to be able to boot from the stick
  • Loading the Live CD with Mint 17.3 Rosa the touchpad was not working. Connect a mouse
  • Upgrade the kernel after installation to 4.4.0 
  • Compile your own 4.4.0 kernel with touchpad support
  • Configure grub or use Grub Customizer to start from your customized kernel
    • Restore grub, if something went wrong by doing it manually


Dropbox encryption: cryptkeeper alternative

Using cryptkeeper has been often very frustrating, because of "segmentation fault" issues. The tool often didn't start at start-up and had to be started manually. Even this took sometimes several attempts due to "segmentation fault" messages.

However there are other solutions out. Just make your life easier and use Gnome Encfs Manager.