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Acer Aspire 5740

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5740 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 5740. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire 5740 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5740 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5740
ProcessorIntel® Core i7-620M processor (4 MB L3 cache, 2.66 GHz, up to 3.33 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Core i5-540M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.53 GHz, up to 3.06 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), i5-520M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.40 GHz, up to 2.93 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), i5-430M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.26 GHz, up to 2.53 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W) processor, supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Core i3-350M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.26 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), i5-330M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.26 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W) processor, supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD160GB to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator HD
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200 a/g/n Wi-Fi
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorksBrightness can not be adjusted, flickering in Fedora 13
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested

Notes

Tested with Ubuntu 10.04

Summary

The Acer Aspire 5740 works very well with Linux, you probably need a Linux distributions with at least kernel 2.6.32 such as Ubuntu 10.04.


Discussion

josh dillard, 2011/09/15 20:16

ok im having issues with 5740 aspire intel card ummi3 and i was havving issues with windows7 so i dunno i thinking drier issue ant sggestion cause im beat testing beta 1 ubuntu 11.10 i might try iubuntu but who knows

Joe Jackson, 2010/10/31 09:02

Acer Aspire 5740
Core i5 430m 2.26ghz HT TB (Turbo Boost does not work <Searching for a workaround>)
Intel GMA HD (i5)
4GB Ram
Tri-Boot Windows 7 Ultimate, Mac OS X 10.6, and Ubuntu 10.10.

Webcam works perfectly. (Tested using gmail.)
Brightness does not work. (I found a workaround however, see below)
Bluetooth USB dongle works. (My model does not come with built in bluetooth)
Everything else listed as works also works perfectly with no adjustments.

To use brightness control:
There is a simple workaround I found. Open your grub.cfg file, find the line:
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic-pae root=UUID=3c03e0b3-35df-4ea0-a56a-eac4ab9028c9 ro quiet splash
Change it to
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic-pae root=UUID=3c03e0b3-35df-4ea0-a56a-eac4ab9028c9 ro acpi_osi= quiet splash
Adding the acpi_osi= will disable the OS reporting to your bios (default is windows_nt) Trying to set this to linux will result in no change, setting it to a blank entry will allow you to change brightness with no problems :)

Enjoy,
-Joe

Petoco, 2010/05/08 17:57

In my Aspire 5740 i install Ubuntu 10.04. The problem is that is not possible to regulate the bright of the monitor, is always on full bright.

Steve, 2010/03/22 01:56

Tried booting with a live Ubuntu Mint 8 CD. Blank screen during bootup, however I did hear the login sound after about a minute (unfortunately, a working distro isn't very useful without a graphics display).

I'm hoping another distro works better.

Steve, 2010/03/22 01:58

Oops, I meant Linux Mint 8.

Bill Giannikos, 2010/03/25 00:16

Can you try following this guide and see what happens. It may get it working for you.

Pablo Vanwoerkom, 2010/02/21 08:55

Can't get netinstall to work on Aspire 5740-5255. It says it can't detect my ethernet card and for testing/unstable, it tries to do it through the wireless and fails. I guess I will have to download the full images. Anybody have better luck?

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