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Acer Aspire 5334

Introduction

This is a compatibiltiy guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5334 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire 5334 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5334 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5334
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® Processor 900 (1MB L2 cache, 2.2GHz, 800 FSB)
Screen15.6” (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
Network10/100 Ethernet
Acer® InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorksSee comments below for fix for brightness issue
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorks

Notes

The laptop works quite well with Linux except for a screen brightness issue. See the comment below on how to fix that.


Discussion

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/03 08:20

First of all, Acer 5334 (I have 5334-2598) works well with distros of ubuntu/xubuntu and other popular distros. Except with distros after 10.10. The Intel GMA 4500M video card does not play well with later distros. The back-light does not turn on properly so prepare to have a flash light next to you. To fix this you'll have to open the terminal and type this:

James, 2012/09/02 21:03

Hey, when i try to create save the file, it keeps telling me that it cant find it? what am i doing wrong?

codyd, 2012/01/01 10:24

To those who own this laptop,

First of all, Acer 5334 (I have 5334-2598) works well with distros of ubuntu/xubuntu and other popular distros. Except with distros after 10.10. The Intel GMA 4500M video card does not play well with later distros. The back-light does not turn on properly so prepare to have a flash light next to you. To fix this you'll have to open the terminal and type this:

sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=00

I recommend if you want to install the later versions of ubuntu based OS's that you run the live cd first open terminal and enter the above statement then install. Keep in mind that this is a temp fix at the moment. I will share how to further fix permanently. Once you have installed and rebooted. Re-type

sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=00

in the terminal so you can see without your trusty flash light/cellphone led flash light. Now that you can see properly type in the terminal

gedit ./etc/pm/sleep.d/9_lcd_backlight.sh

(if not gedit then any other text editor) this will create the file 9_lcd_backlight.sh. 9 is the priority you can put any number through 99 I believe, but it doesn't matter in this case. Paste the following below into the file you created, this will make sure when you boot from suspend or hibernate the back-light will be activated.

#!/bin/bash
case $1 in
	thaw)
	setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=0
		echo "oh, suspend to disk is over, we are resuming..."
	;;
	resume)
	setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=0
		echo "hey, the suspend to RAM seems to be over..."
	;;
	*)  echo "here we GO!."
	;;
esac

With the bash file in place you now need to make the file executable. Make sure you are in the directory ./etc/pm/sleep.d/ and type this in the terminal:

chmod +x 9_lcd_backlight.sh

for some reason it isn't showing the plus sign before the x in the line above. So make sure it looks like:
chmod plussignx 9_lcd_backlight.sh For more info go to http://linuxconfig.org/Bash_scripting_Tutorial

Once the bash file is now executable lets make sure the back-light turns on when you boot up. Input the next 2 lines in ./etc/rc.local file at the bottom line. So type in the terminal:

gedit ./etc/rc.local

This will open rc.local file. Now at the bottom make sure it looks like below and save.

sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=00
exit 0

You should be fine, reboot and check it out.

Iyad, 2012/01/08 17:44

Thanks great guide!! I tried it with Linux Mint 12 distribution and it works. Following
your instructions resolved the back-light issue I had. However, the dim up/down keys do
not appear to work. No big deal since the default brightness is fine with me.

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