Installing Arch Linux on Asus N56JN-CN047

Written by Petr Zemek (
Last update: 2014-10-02 (changelog)

General Hardware Specifications,,,

Component Type Status (x86_64) Note
Processor Intel Quad-Core i7-4700HQ (6M Cache, 2.40 GHz) Works 8 threads
Chipset Mobile Intel HM86 Express Works
RAM 8 GB DDR3 1600 MHz (2x 4 GB) Works 7 872 MB (real)
Display 15.6" LED-backlit TFT LCD @ 1920x1080 Works
Video Intel HD Graphics 4600 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 840 (N15S-GT) Works See the notes after the installation.
Audio Intel High Definition Audio Works Tested internal speakers, headphones, and microphone.
HDD SATA 750 GB 7200 RPM 2.5" Works 698.7 GB (real)
Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GTA0N (DVD±RW/RAM) Works Tested reading a DVD.
LAN Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller Works Tested both the 100Mbit and 1Gbit modes.
WLAN Intel Wireless 7260 (802.11 b/g/n) Works Tested a managed 802.11n mode.
Bluetooth v4.0 Works Install bluez and bluedevil (HOWTO).
USB 4x USB 3.0 Works Tested on a flash drive, keyboard, and mouse.
Card Reader SD/MMC/MS Works Tested on an SD card.
Webcam HD Web Camera Works Add yourself to the video group.
VGA Port - Works Tested on an external monitor.
HDMI Port - Works Tested on an external monitor (just video).
Touchpad - Works Install xf86-input-synaptics.

Linux Identification (Outputs)

lspci, lsusb



The notebook uses the nVidia Optimus technology. To make it work properly, perform the following steps:

For more details, see this and this HOWTOs. The most important part is the commands that have to be run after a desktop manager/X server starts. Without them, you will only see a blank screen.


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