How do you rate this laptop with Linux?
Excellent
 
52% (14)
Good
 
11% (3)
Fair
 
19% (5)
Poor
 
7% (2)
Unusable
 
11% (3)

Acer Aspire 5610-4610

Author(s)

Charles Cosper

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5610-4610 laptop.

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 5610-4610
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2350 1.86Ghz
Screen15.4“ WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW Double Layer
GraphicsIntel 950
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYesBCm44xx module
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
56K ModemYes
USBYes
PCMCIAYes
CameraYes*(See note 2)

Notes

1. To get X to recognize the 1280×800 native resolution, use the i915resolution tool.
2. The camera works in Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) after installing an app called “cheese” through synaptic package manager.

Summary

This laptop works very well with a up to date Linux distribution. There were no problems getting it working. It was the most painless Linux install I've ever done.

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