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Ashok Gautham (ScriptDevil@gmail.com)
Acer Aspire 5738 and its smaller sister Acer Aspire 4736 have the same configuration but for the monitor size and 5738 has a separate numpad. I use a lot of screenspace and so I chose the larger one. But whatever I type here is applicable to both the models. ( I can confirm this because a friend of mine has a 4736). Acer has revamped its keyboard in these models and they are really a pleasure to type in. They are really flat and are very delicate and sensitive. I feel like I could be typing for hours without any stress. The touchpad at times(as usual) gets in between you and your typing. You can lock it using the 1-touch touchpad lock. However, to unlock it, you have to remove and add the kernel module after unlocking through the button. I dont find this a huge problem.
# modprobe -r psmouse && modprobe psmouse
This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 5738. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire 5738 page on LapWik.
For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5738 specifications page.
|Name||Acer Aspire 5738 and Aspire 4736|
|Processor||Core2Duo T6400, Centrino 1 technology(2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB)|
|Graphics||Intel GMA 4500MHD|
|Network||Ethernet, Bluetooth, WLan 802.11DraftN|
|Processor||Yes||I used a 64bit and a 32 bit livecd|
|Screen||Yes||Brightness keys works fine under ubuntu 9.10|
|Optical Drive||Yes||I am yet to test writing capabilities, but it will work|
|Graphics||Yes||Debian/Ubuntu/Mandriva get it out of the box while we have to add xdriver=vesa for Fedora's DVD|
|Sound||Yes||Yes. Note: Headset plugin to the black hole|
|Ethernet||Yes||Not working with ubuntu 9.04[fine after update], but ok with 9.10|
|56K Modem||Not Tested||I dont care anyway|
|USB||Yes||Even Supports booting from usb cdroms and usb sticks|
|Camera||Yes||Works out of the box on Cheese. But is not detected in mandriva|
|VGA Output||Yes||Tested in Ubuntu 9.10|
|HDMI Output||Not Tested|
Excellent buy. It is dirt cheap. It is energy star compliant too :D
I got each part working on a different distro. So it is surely bound to work with some configuration.`