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Acer Aspire 4820tg TimelineX


This is a compatibilty guide to running Linux (Kubuntu) with the Acer Aspire 4820 TimelineX laptop.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 4820 TimelineX specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 4820 TimelineX
Processor Intel Core i5 430M CPU ,2.26 GHz (with Intel Turbo Boost support)
Screen14 inch WXGA (1366×768)
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5650
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000 802.11b/g/n or Broadcom Wireless

Linux Compatibility

Graphics Tested
EthernetPartialThe ethernet controller works after Bios upgrade
BatteryTestesThe battery works after Bios upgrade
WirelessWorksThe Intel wireless controller works just fine.
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderTested


Laptop was tested with Kubuntu 10.04.


The Acer Aspire 4820 TimelineX is quite a good linux laptop… just only after the BIOS upgrade.

For more and updated info go to Installing Kubuntu 10.04 >* on Acer TimelineX 4820TG


Vinicius, 2011/03/31 13:39

Try Ubuntu 10.10, ethernet problem was solved after kernel 2.6.35.

I have another question:
- How do I discover if I have a bluetooth inside it? It doesn't appear in lspci neither lsusb… I wont't install windows to test it. My wireless is an Atheros AR9287 pci-e

Fuligginoso, 2010/12/01 15:08

Had the wireless problem and some strange audio problems which went away by themselves after some week (around end November 2010), I believe with an automatic ubuntu update. Now it works like a charm :)

Lamorak, 2010/11/20 18:45

Ok Linux on this notebook runs perfect
1. Upgrade BIOS
2. Install Linux
3. Upgrade kernel
and google how to fix all other problems ;)
for example:

Lamorak, 2010/11/15 12:06

well, I've tried Linux Mint 9 XFCE 64bit (from 90% based on ubuntu 10.04) and even after BIOS update the ethernet doesn't work. I'll try the KDE version, but I don't think it'll solve the problem..

Nicola, 2011/05/08 15:28


please refer to this blog

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