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Acer Aspire 5738, 4736

Author(s)

Ashok Gautham (ScriptDevil@gmail.com)

Introduction

Acer Aspire 5738 and its smaller sister Acer Aspire 4736 have the same configuration but for the monitor size and 5738 has a separate numpad. I use a lot of screenspace and so I chose the larger one. But whatever I type here is applicable to both the models. ( I can confirm this because a friend of mine has a 4736). Acer has revamped its keyboard in these models and they are really a pleasure to type in. They are really flat and are very delicate and sensitive. I feel like I could be typing for hours without any stress. The touchpad at times(as usual) gets in between you and your typing. You can lock it using the 1-touch touchpad lock. However, to unlock it, you have to remove and add the kernel module after unlocking through the button. I dont find this a huge problem.
# modprobe -r psmouse && modprobe psmouse

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 5738. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire 5738 page on LapWik.

Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5738 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5738 and Aspire 4736
ProcessorCore2Duo T6400, Centrino 1 technology(2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB)
Screen15.6, 1366×768, 16:9 HD(5738); 14.1(5746)
RAM3GB DDR3
HDD320 GB
Optical DriveDVD-RW/Multirecorder
GraphicsIntel GMA 4500MHD
NetworkEthernet, Bluetooth, WLan 802.11DraftN

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYesI used a 64bit and a 32 bit livecd
ScreenYesBrightness keys works fine under ubuntu 9.10
HDDYes
Optical DriveYesI am yet to test writing capabilities, but it will work
GraphicsYesDebian/Ubuntu/Mandriva get it out of the box while we have to add xdriver=vesa for Fedora's DVD
SoundYesYes. Note: Headset plugin to the black hole
EthernetYesNot working with ubuntu 9.04[fine after update], but ok with 9.10
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot TestedI dont care anyway
USBYesEven Supports booting from usb cdroms and usb sticks
FirewireNone
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNone
CameraYesWorks out of the box on Cheese. But is not detected in mandriva
VGA Output Yes Tested in Ubuntu 9.10
HDMI Output Not Tested

Notes

Excellent buy. It is dirt cheap. It is energy star compliant too :D

Summary

I got each part working on a different distro. So it is surely bound to work with some configuration.`

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