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Acer Aspire 5720G

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5720G 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 5720G
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the iwl3945 driver
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
CameraPartial

Notes

You will need kernel 2.6.22 or greater to get the Aspire 5720G working properly with Linux. Older kernels lack properly hardware support.

The open source radeon module included with Xorg does not currently support the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300. However support has been added for this chip in the current version of the proprietary ATI module. You will need to install the proprietary modules to get the display working correctly.

You can get the webcam in the 5720G working with the linux-uvc drivers, however quality is not the best. Most distribution do not include this driver so you will need to install it manually.

Summary

The display is the main issue with the Acer Aspire 5720G. After some configuration work you can get this laptop working just fine.

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