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Acer Aspire 5742G


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5742G laptop.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5742G specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5742G
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5-460M Mobile Processor (3MB Intel® Smart Cache, 2.53GHz)
Intel® Core™ i3-370M Mobile Processor (3MB cache, 2.40 GHz)
Intel® Pentium® Processor P6100 (3MB L3 cache, 2.0GHz)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® 420M graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce® 540M graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Acer® InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes/NoGMA HD working fine/NV Optimus not supported
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYestested SD 1GB/MMC 1GB/SDHC 8GB

Problems and Solutions

  • Problem (at 2011.10.29): screen brightness cannot be changed
  • Solution: add 'acpi_backlight=vendor' in /etc/default/grub after 'GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash '
  • run 'sudo update-grub' from the terminal


Ubuntu 10.10 64bit without additional drivers/modules


everything running fine so far except:
- display brightness can't be changed by default
- only the Intel GMA HD can be used due to the lack of NV Optimus support for Linux


abo.almajd23, 2014/02/03 14:54


Brasiloewe, 2012/02/25 16:28

Live Start von “DREAM STUDIO” based on Ubuntu 11.10 funktioniert nicht auf dem Aspire !

dE_logics, 2012/01/08 19:05

Dudes, NEVER buy this laptop, or any Laptop with any kind of 'optimus' in it.

As of this one, it's designed to be Linux incompatiable.

You might not have known, but by default the Nvidia graphics chip is turned on doubling the power consumption.

No, acpi_call breaks shutdown/reboot/suspend/hibernate.

Andrea, 2011/10/19 13:51

Screen brightness can be adjusted by keyboard or Ubuntu control center. You must insert “acpi_backlight=vendor” in /etc/default/grub like this: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor” then type “sudo update-grub2” and reboot.

Steffen, 2011/04/29 23:28

Ubuntu 11.04 64 Bit

Webcam | YES | but no mic in skype. Isn't there a mic built into the camera?

BerndW, 2011/04/14 20:25

Additional Infos:
openSUSE 11.4 64bit
Graphics | IGP YES / NV NO | thx for OPTIMUS :(
Bluetooth | YES | if enabled with Windows :(
Wifi | YES | could be dis/enabled with networkmanager, but this work only once.
Fn+F3 | partly | disable Wifi and/or Bluetooth, didn't enable them
ethernet | YES |
CardReader | YES |

3miel, 2010/11/20 13:14

ubuntu 10.10 x86(32bit )
Device | Compatibility | Comments
Processor | YES |
Screen | YES* | RES 1366×768 After install nvidia drivers from v 260.19.21, before 800×600
HDD | YES | WD3200BEVT-2
Optical Drive | YES | tested just read / write not tested
Graphics | YES* | RES 1366×768 After install nvidia drivers v 260.19.21, before 800×600
Sound | YES | Speaker tested
Ethernet | Not Tested | because i use wifi
Wireless | YES | AR 9287 works great out of box
Bluetooth | Not Tested* | no bluetooth adapter inside
Modem | Not Tested* | no modem inside
USB | Not Tested jet* |
Card Reader | Not Tested jet |
Webcam | YES | 1,3mp tested on chees, out of box

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