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Acer Aspire 5738G

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5738G laptop.

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

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5738G specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5738G
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo processor
Screen15.6“ 1366 x 768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blueray
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® G105M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100/5300 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N)
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5150/5350 Wi-Fi®/WiMAX™ dual-mode module

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksNeeds the nvidia driver, see notes
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorks

Notes

This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 9.04 64bit.

Graphics

For the display to work correctly you will need to install the latest NVIDIA proprietary drivers. See the guides section on this site for details on achieving this on various different Linux distributions.

Touchpad

The touchpad works fine but the 5738G includes a button to temporarily switch it off. Unfortunately in Linux this isn't so temporary and requires a reboot to get it working again.

Summary

After installing the NVIDIA drivers the Acer Aspire 5738G works very well with Linux, this one is on the recommended list.