sound card is a via so you just have to compile it into kernel in the ALSA section under sound. the video card is recognized by some distributions like Mandrake under wich even the grafic acceleration works, under Fedora you have to install in text mode and then change the /etc/X11/xorg.conf in order to use the vesa driver. there is some material on how to get is work with via drivers on the net. if there is more of you out there wich whant to know more about linux on this laptop i can write a tutorial, wireless included. however, i still didn't get it to play online tv stations like www.tvr.ro/webcast.
Have fun guys, it's all about looking and trying.
By the way, i had 3 rma's in 10 months with this laptop (N1 & N2 - hdd, N3 - optical drive), anyone out there with the same problem?