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Acer Aspire 5336

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5336 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire 5336 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 5336. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire 5336 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5336 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5336
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® processor T3500 (1 MB L2 cache, 2.10 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 35 W),supporting Intel® 64 architecture
Intel® Celeron® processor 900 (1 MB L2 cache, 2.20 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture
Screen15.6” (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDup to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks (Ubuntu based distros)
ScreenWorks (Ubuntu based distros)Some Back-light Issues
HDDWorks (Ubuntu based distros)
Optical DriveWorks (Ubuntu based distros)
GraphicsWorks (Ubuntu based distros)
SoundWorks (Ubuntu based distros)
EthernetWorks (Ubuntu based distros)
WirelessWorks (Ubuntu based distros)
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks (Ubuntu based distros)
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorks (Ubuntu based distros)

Notes

Back-light Issue can be fixed (on Ubuntu based distros) by using sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=0 in the terminal upon boot (you may have to login blind and enter your password after the command, then add:

while [ true ]; sleep 1
sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=0
done

To /etc/rc.local (at the end of the file just before the exit 0 line). You can set B= to anything from FF (total dark) to (00) full bright, B=60 is about the halfway mark. (open as root sudo pico /etc/rc.loca)

Alternatively, edit two lines in /etc/default/grub to read:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor”
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=“acpi_osi=Linux”

Then run sudo update-gub. This will enable brightness function key (albeit in reverse function)

Summary

Using most some older distributions Linux should work out of the box however most newer releases suffer from back-light issues. Other than that Linux should work fine using.


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If the above method worked for you, you must be at a Linux competency level where you can make it work. I'm new with Linux. I don't know how to edit grub or putting in the sudo command with a black screen on my PC. I'd really like to use Linux cause my Windows key is faded & although it's paid for, I don't have the key & I prefer to be 100% legal if possible. Can someone please walk me through how to get the black screen working? I have no idea how to edit anything in grub… as the above instructions suggest while there's a totally unreadable black screen on my laptop.

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louis, 2013/03/23 14:35

I've looked through the various messages about this backlight issue using google. Why is it that most users are either trying to get it working with either Mint or Ubuntu? Are those the most popular linux distros these days?
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louis, 2013/03/15 04:17

I tried to install Ubuntu on my acer 5336-2524. The backlight issue was not solvable. I spent a good day trying to get it working & gave up.

I've used linux distros before.
Shining a 60 watt bulb or even using sunlight was USELESS. Don't even try it. It's just not worth it.
Is there a better distro that doesn't have this issue?

This is a major flaw. HUGE. Some techies said they could fix it, but many other people on the forums said they tried & could not. I could not. Waste of my time too & a pain in the rear.

I also tried that free Windows hack, the open-source one. Total waste. None of the drivers worked.

I have a flash-drive, Hiren's Boot “CD” that boots up, and I can boot into Linux great. Even the sound works fine, but I cannot get either wireless or cabled internet working. At least the backlight worked. Better than I could say for Ubuntu.

Leona Obbrace, 2012/08/27 14:34

The linux os can not detect the screen & many other drivers. You have to be a bit advanced to write in the commands to connect with & use all the hardware/software on the acer.

Salem, 2012/11/02 23:15

Not sure which other drivers you're referring to but as for the screen it's usually just a back-light issue (if it appears to be turned off, shine a touch on it) I've updated the page so you should be able to use the instruction in Notes to fix the problem, Worked for me at any rate.

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