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Acer Aspire 5739

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5739 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 5739. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire 5739 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5739 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5739
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual-core processor: 6MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen15.6“ HD (1366 x 768)
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 130M
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUnknown
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Blu-Ray Drive
Network10/100/1000
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100/5300

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
Screen
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsNoSee notes
SoundWorksMay need to remove pulseaudio depending on your distribution.
EthernetNot WorkingOnly works when ACPI is disabled which isn't an acceptable solution.
WirelessNot WorkingLike Ethernet, only works when ACPI is disabled which isn't an acceptable solution.
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested

Notes

This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 9.10.

ACPI

There are a few bugs in this laptop's ACPI implementation which causes Ethernet and Wireless not to work.

Graphics

If you get a “6 screens effect” when using the proprietary NVIDIA driver then do the following:
1. Edit your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, you could use nano to do this with:

sudo nano -w /etc/X11/xorg.conf

2. Add the following line in the Device section:

Option "ModeValidation" "NoTotalSizeCheck"

3. Save the file and reboot (in nano: press Ctrl-X and answer Y)

Summary

The Acer Aspire 5739 is a terrible machine to use with Linux and should be avoided.


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acer_aspire_5739.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/13 15:20 (external edit)
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