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Acer Aspire 7520


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 7520 laptop.

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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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NameAcer Aspire 7520
ProcessorAMD Athlon 64 X2
Screen17“ WXGA+ Widescreen
HDD80GB / 120GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 7000M
NetworkEthernet, Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11b/g
Card ReaderRicoh R5C822 / R5C592

Linux Compatibility

Tested with Ubuntu 13.10

Processorscaling levels: 1.7GHz, 1.6GHz, 0.8GHz
Optical DriveNot tested(probably OK)
GraphicsOut of the Box
SoundOut of the Box
EthernetOut of the Box
WirelessOut of the Box
USBOut of the Box
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderOut of the BoxTested with 8GB SDcard
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested

Tested with OpenSUSE 11.0

ProcessorOnly 3 different scaling levels
ScreenNot Tested
Optical DriveOk
GraphicsRequires proprietry drivers
SoundOut of the boxCannot record
EthernetOut of the box
WirelessRequires user installation of madwifi
USBOut of the box
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderOut of the boxOnly tested SD
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Acer Aspire 7520 here.


With older versions of Ubuntu you needed the proprietary Nvidia driver, but with Ubuntu 13.10 (i.e. Linux kernel 3.11) the graphics works “out of the box”.

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