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Acer Aspire 5920


This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5920 laptop.

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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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NameAcer Aspire 5920
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or Blu-ray
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 or NVIDIA Geforce 8600M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945AGB 802.11abg or Intel 4965AGB 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYesCD and DVD burning
GraphicsYes but more test needed
SoundYes but more test neededMicrophone works
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes but more test needed


This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 8.10 x64.


The Acer Aspire 5920 works just fine with an up to date Linux distribution.


camthesaxman, 2013/10/30 15:49

I can confirm that the Aspire 5920 4-pin firewire does indeed work in Linux Mint 14. Fan speed seems to be out of control and often runs at full speed, even when the cpu temperature is below 40 C.

Tom, 2011/11/07 19:19

If you have the Acer 5920G and have the ATI HD3470. I can tell you that the default setting for the LCD screen will work fine but you will be surprised with these settings for your Laptop screen, it really changes it from looking stuffy and colour less to bright pin sharp and accurate colour!.

I am using Mint 9 LTS with the Acer 5920G and I can say I'm happy with it. I have tried no other Distros on it and I don't intend until I get a new laptop.

Use the AMD Calalyst Control Center, go to where it says colour and use these settings. You will see a adjustments box this is where you need to change to these settings.

Brightness -28 this is an minus value -
Contrast 132
Saturation 120
Hue Just use the Default setting, No changes 0.

The default settings with the Calalyst Control Center are Crap!

I used my calibration expertise on this, Please give it a try.

You cannot mess it up because you can just click on Default tab.

waldo, 2011/04/29 04:08

a esta lapto se le puede instalar una tarjeta de video mejor para q corran juegos nuevos???

Pankaj, 2009/10/10 08:29

how to install any linux version on laptop aspire 5920, & what is swap partition?

David, 2009/09/26 13:22


I have Ubuntu 8.04 on my aspire 5920, but i cant get the speakers to work :(

When i plug in my headphones it works perfectly, but not when I will listen loud from the computer speakers.

Anyone have any ideas?

anurag verma, 2009/08/28 06:17

how can i install the driver for acer aspire 5920 for os red hat enterprise linux 5?and where i can get the other drivers for same os?

kamakshaiah musunuru, 2009/08/14 05:32

I am using Acer 5920 laptop.
Recently I installed Ubuntu 9.04, every thing is OK, except,
my Web Camera, is not working, in F-spot it shows no camera detected, and I dont how to use it, but it was being detected in Win Vista, I could take photos, provided by Acer Driver CD.

I could not install any packages from the repositories, it simply give me failure notice, for example, DVD read/write pacakage (libdvdread2,3,4 and etc.)from SPManager.

Please anybody give a solution

Nagarajan, 2009/06/10 04:39

how to install the wireless driver in redhat linux

suarav, 2009/05/14 10:47

i m usin ubuntu 8.04, wats the driver for the web cam in aspire 5920? how do i run it??

WRGB, 2009/04/25 20:26

I just installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my Acer Aspire 5920 (Vista sux and my HDD crashed, so unbuntu it is). So far, it looks like it's going to work just fine… except for the keyboard. The extreme left side of the keyboard will not work (q,w,a,s,z,x,1,2,`,tab, capslock, shift and ctrl)

Any ideas?

Anuj Oscar, 2009/01/31 22:57

i am not able to configure my network setting which through ethernet RJ45 in my acer laptop aspire5920 in red hat linux

Anuj Oscar, 2009/01/31 22:56

i am not able to configure my network setting which through ethernet RJ45 in my acer laptop aspire5920

madan, 2009/01/23 12:48

i purchased new acer linux 5920 laptop. but i am unable to open home page.

it is showing and asking for some commands. i took it in india and have one year international traveller warranty. what should i do. i am in Pau in france can i utilise the free services of acer here

lynx, 2008/11/29 11:28

everything works except the IR.
(56k modem not tested)

Igor, 2008/11/28 02:04

Acer Aspire 5920

I have a problem with the build in mic, and I can not menage to make the bluetooth work.
The rest work excellent!
Greate laptop!
Can you tell me how can I make my mic to work?
With 8.4 was working fine and now….
Bluetooth never menaged…..and the button next the keyboard does start a different command, every other button work fine.

Compatibility, 2008/11/04 05:00

linux on acer aspire 5920

Linux Ubuntu 8.10 x64
Processor ok no problem
Screen ok no problem
HDD ok
Optical Drive i've test cd and dvd burning
Graphics ok but more test needed (nvidia 8600m GS 256MB)
Sound ok but more test needed (tested mic)
Ethernet ok no problem
Wireless works fine
Bluetooth not tested
Modem not tested
USB ok
Firewire not tested
Card Reader works fine
ExpressCard Slot not tested
Webcam works but more test needed

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