This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 1640 laptop. Thanks to Babis for providing this report.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Name||Acer Aspire 1640|
|Processor||Intel Pentium-M 740v 1.73Ghz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||3 x USB2.0|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw2200 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
As a newby in the Linux world I am delighted to submit my laptop as one that worked without any problem with Ubuntu 8.04. The only extra configuration needed was for the screen resolution which solved quite easy following instructions provided by the site.
I also use an external hard disk, a Seagate model FreeAgent 320GB with no problem.
The default native resolution of this notebook is 1280×800 but due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 functions this resolution may not be usable right away. You may like to follow our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide for an installation guide.
For audio to work properly you will need to use kernel version 2.6.16 or greater or install the latest ALSA modules.
The Acer Aspire 1640 works well with an up to date Linux distribution. There were no problems getting it working.