Asus Zenbook UX32VD and FreeBSD 11, part two

This is a short description how I got running FreeBSD 11-current on my Asus Zenbook UX32VD laptop. Im very happy with the current setup but of course it is room for improvements in many areas. Having DTrace, ZFS and the other goodies makes FreeBSD a real good candidate for a mobile environment. This is a short update, regarding a regression for Xorg and drm2 module which breaks down Xorg.

Last Updated: 18 July 2015

Zenbook UX32VD Configuration

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Storage: SanDisk SSD i100 24GB, Samsung SSD 840 PRO 500GB
Video: Intel HD Graphics 4000, Nvidia GT620M
Display: 13" IPS Full HD anti-glare
Wifi: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235
3 x USB 3.0 port(s) 
1 x HDMI 
1 x Mini VGA Port 
1 x SD card reader
Note: The laptop's internal hard drive, has been replaced by a Samsung SSD.


The general status about FreeBSD support on this laptop, including installation notes.

InstallationZFSUse MBR instead of GPT
UFSUse MBR instead of GPT
XorgIntel driverSee Xorg Notes !
NVIDIANot tested
Power SavingKeyboard lightsRequire to load acpi_asus_wmi
Display brightnessDoesn't work
NVIDIA OptimusNot supported at this time
ConnectivityWifiWorks in FreeBSD 11
USB Ethernet
DisplayExternal screenWorks via HDMI, VGA cables
TouchpadELAN Smart Click-Pad

Generic Notes:

See here, part one, including installation, BIOS version:

Xorg Notes

There is a regression on drm2 update which breaks down Xorg on this configuration. See here:

Power Saving

There are some extra steps needed to run to have a decent power management under Asus Zenbook UX32VD. I can get around 3,4 hours on this machine if I dim the screen's brightness and play no videos. Some tips:


Thank you very much to all people contributing to this post: Johannes Meixner  (FreeBSD)


  1. Is there any news regarding the drm2 regression. Is it possible to have video using thins configuration?

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  3. for suspend acpiconf can be used like:
    acpiconf -s 3


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