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Acer Aspire 1640

Introduction

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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Specifications

NameAcer Aspire 1640
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 740v 1.73Ghz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
RAM2GB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other3 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse snd-hda-intel
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

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.

Summary

The Acer Aspire 1640 works well with an up to date Linux distribution. There were no problems getting it working.