Installing Arch Linux on ASUS Zenbook 14 (UX433FN-A6023T)

Posted on May 1, 2019
Tags: linux

Recently I bought ASUS Zenbook 14" and as always I installed my favorit Arch linux on it.

The specs:

  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8565U CPU @ 1.80GHz
  • 16GB RAM
  • Intel Corporation UHD Graphics 620 (Whiskey Lake)
  • NVIDIA Corporation GP108M [GeForce MX150]
  • 512 GB NvME SSD
  • FHD IPS screen 1920×180 14″
  • 4200mAh battery
  • supposed ~8hrs of on-the-battery-time
  • Price paid: 1200 EUR

Checking system

Notebook came with preinstalled Windows home. So first thing I’ve done, was to check how everything works.

This is the list of thing which works on windows and should work in linux as well:

  • camera face recognition
  • wifi speed down: 200Mbps / up: 12Mbps (this is speed which I pay for)
  • touchpad / numpad
  • keyboard backlight
  • suspend when notebook closed
  • Fn + Esc should lock Fn
  • all Fn related keys

Arch Linux instalation

I have installed Arch linux using my guide. And surprisingly a lot of stuff worked out of the box:

  • wifi full speed
  • keyboard backlight
  • suspend to memory
  • bluetooth
  • touchpad (middle click was disabled)
  • Intel graphic card

But few things didn’t work:

  • all Fn related keys
  • touchpad middle click
  • switching between Intel and GeForce graphic card

So next thing which I done was to fix these few issues.

Touchpad

I just enabled middle click adding xinput set-prop 14 305 1 line to .xinitrc file.
xinput is a utility to configure and test X input devices, such as mouse, keyboards and touchpads. To list all xinput devices use: xinput list, where you can see that touchpad has id 14. To list all properties of touchpad we use: xinput list-props 14, where we found that libinput Middle Emulation Enabled (305): is setted to 0. We can enable middle click with: xinput set-prop 14 305 1. Thats it. Please check ArchWiki for more details.

Only one Fn key which work out of the box is F7 which controll backlight of keyboard.
For rest of the keys I used xbindkeys. In home directory I’ve created file .xbindkeysrc with content:

"pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ -1000"
    m:0x0 + c:122
    XF86AudioLowerVolume

"pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ +1000"
    m:0x0 + c:123
    XF86AudioRaiseVolume

"pactl set-sink-mute @DEFAULT_SINK@ toggle"
    m:0x0 + c:121
    XF86AudioMute

In .xinitrc add one more line xbindkeys & I didn’t set up dimming yet. Will do later. For more details check ArchWiki.

Nvidia GeForce and Intel

Intel graphic works out of the box. At least there is no issue to watch HD movies and so on.
But for better performance check NVIDIA Optimus. Right now there is no easy way to set up graphics to switch between them seemingly, so if you are not using as much graphic operation I think it is ok to stay with Intel.