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This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5720G laptop.
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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|Name||Acer Aspire 5720G|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg, Bluetooth|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the iwl3945 driver|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
You will need kernel 2.6.22 or greater to get the Aspire 5720G working properly with Linux. Older kernels lack properly hardware support.
The open source radeon module included with Xorg does not currently support the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2300. However support has been added for this chip in the current version of the proprietary ATI module. You will need to install the proprietary modules to get the display working correctly.
You can get the webcam in the 5720G working with the linux-uvc drivers, however quality is not the best. Most distribution do not include this driver so you will need to install it manually.
The display is the main issue with the Acer Aspire 5720G. After some configuration work you can get this laptop working just fine.