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Acer Aspire 5560


A mid-range laptop with dedicated graphics capable of playing modern 3D games.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5560 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5560
ProcessorAMD A-Series quad-core processor A8-3500M (4 MB L2 cache, 1.50 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 2.40 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 35 W)
AMD A-Series quad-core processor A6-3400M (4 MB L2 cache, 1.40 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 2.30 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 35 W)
AMD A-Series dual-core processor A4-3300M (2 MB L2 cache, 1.90 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 2.50 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 35 W)
AMD E-Series dual-core processor E2-3000M (1 MB L2 cache, 1.80 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 2.40 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 35 W)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 6620G
AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon HD 7670M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™
Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™

Linux Compatibility

HDDWorks5400 RPM on some models
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksTested with open-source driver
WirelessWorksBroadcom driver will need to be manually added
BluetoothNot TestedNot available on all models?
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested


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jefrin, 2019/07/19 12:09

Best laptop very easy to work and also very smooth

Gabe, 2013/10/31 09:23

Linux Mint 15 KDE amd64 Installed from USB as 2nd boot w/ win7 64 as main.
Grub 2 loader.
Acer Aspire 5560-SB613.
Processor: AMD A-Series quad-core processor A8-3500M 1.50 GHz (Turbo boost is a load of bs. Need K10stat to change it)
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
8 gigs DDR3 1600 MHz Corsair value ram

After install (using compatibility mode just to start it) I had no boot loader… Used UBcd from another USB flash to load Lin kernal and Mint did not install the /root file system… Used my ethernet wire and booted Mint (single user mode) under Grub2 from UBcd on USB flash and sudo apt-get a new /root file system. After all that mess; And installing a new Grub 2 loader, it worked… BCM43 WiFi drivers need to be installed from driver manager and they will work for that boot only it seems as they no longer work on reboot. Swaped out BCM43 for old Athros card and have no problems now. Manually installed HDaudio drivers from Realtek and swaped out Mints lame software manager for Unbuntu's software center (its mostly in spanish now though, but it works unlike Mints). a few other odds and ends and it works almost as well as win7 for just basic things. It does run the cpu harder to do most basic things but its not near as bad as Zorin 7.1 amd64, idling is a low 2% cpu usage with active desktop wall paper swapping. Graphics driver seems ok but I have yet to try anything out on it as I only just now installed Wine. Going to install Unbuntu 1 and have some more fun with this.

Installation was a huge pain in the bottom… But it works now and I wont have to pay for this if something goes wrong.

luis , 2013/11/27 15:47

Hey Gabe thanks for your reply. I have the same model and I have been trying to install dual boot for a while, currently I have win 7 64 bit installed, which are the steps to install a dual boot, I have tried with ubuntu before but when it comes to the disk partition it never shows the windows partitions I dont know why. BTW: with linux installed does it have shutting down issues like hanging? Thank you very much. Would you be so kind and mail me?

I would be so grateful with you.

Todd Partridge, 2012/04/24 08:14

Everything one this laptop worked out of the box for me (though I have yet to try the camera). Installed Ubuntu with no problems (had to add broadcom wireless drivers manually). My model is the:

Acer Asprire 5560-7809

The main difference with this model is an updated graphic card the AMD Radeon HD 7670M. Good laptop for price. I have written about it here.

joe, 2011/12/29 00:22

joe, Thursday 29 of December, 2011 [00:12:32]
So far my wife's new laptop is working OK, we have not tried the the dvd or played any grahpic instensive games We are using Kubuntu 11.10 Ocelot (Amd64)

Acer Aspire 5560-SB613

Processor: AMD A-Series quad-core processor A8-3500M (4 MB L2 cache, 1.50 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 2.40 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 35 W)
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
Screen: 15.6 (1366×768) Widescreen
500 GB HDD
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™

This was not a dual boot installation, we are not interested in dual boot, Ubuntu 11.10 later adding Kubuntu. I originally manually set up partitions but could not get it to boot without a Grub boot disk. Later I used the Ubuntu live cd and selected “use entire drive” which created a small 20mb fat32 partition mounted as /boot/efi (hda1), and the system booted OK. I then used Gparted to shrink the drive and add seperate partitions for /home and swap. The program called boot-repair may fix any problems you have with booting.

I needed to use the proprietary Broadcom driver contained on the Ubuntu live cd as well as the proprietary video drivers,using Jockey to install them.

There was a problem with booting to a blank screen that required adding “nomodeset” option.I learned about that fix here:

I changed Grub (/etc/default/grub)

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“splash radeon.nomodeset=1”

sudo update-grub

Bottom line, not the easiest installation I ever did but it is working good now and I am glad we made the purchase, it was less than half the cost of my wife's Dell 1420N (Ubuntu pre-installed)

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