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Acer Aspire 6930G

Introduction

This is a template for a future guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 6930G laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire 6930G and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 6930G specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 6930G
ProcessorIntel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T9550
Screen16“ WXGA (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDUp to 2 x 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce 9600M GT
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorTested on Kubuntu 8.10 works perfectly
ScreenTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
HDDTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
Optical DriveTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
GraphicsTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
SoundTested on Kubuntu 8.10works but still figuring out how to optimize the 5.1 surround
EthernetTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
WirelessTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
USBTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
Card ReaderTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderTested on Ubuntu 9.04use the instructions here
CameraTested on Kubuntu 8.10works perfectly
TV TunerTested on Ubuntu 9.04works perfectly on 2.6.30 kernel or newer or by compiling a v4l-dvb snapshot on an old kernel

Notes

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Summary

The Acer Aspire 6930G here ships with Vista and works well but it is a joy to format it and run (Linux)(K)ubuntu. Pretty much everything is detected and runs out of the box. What pleased me the most was the wireless range added by the fact that it supports 802.11n. The network detection range is amazing and the speed makes doing things on it, a breeze. The model I own and tested is pretty much maxed out apart from not having a fingerprint reader (I hate those, they are easy to trick) and bluetooth. Its a real breath of fresh air since everything just works, very unlike my older Acer where I had to hand compile a lot of things. All in all its the best Notebook I have installed linux on


Discussion

Captainzen, 2014/08/02 19:17

Hello

 I have an Aspire 6930G with Vista. It has 2 hard discs and one is devided in 2 which is C: and E: I wish to install Linux on Disc D which is the second disc of 465gb. How do I do this please. 
matteo, 2011/08/08 21:34

hi, i used mint 9 on this model for about a year and everything was great except for audio and mic… like everyone else.
Now I run Arch linux (2010.5) and everything work just great, everything.
That's because you install just what you need and the incredible wiki and many other tutorials helps you throught installation.
Even the mic works, with this method, maybe it can be applied to ather distros as well:

http://www.delcaran.it/blog/audio-hd-acer-aspire-6930g-intel-ich9-family-alc888-su-archlinux-con-alsa/

it's in italian but the commands are the same, if you don't understand feel free to ask via mail.
The only thing that migth scare during installation is that is recommended to use an open source driver for nvidia card instead of the proprietary one due to its incopatibility with the last xorg version.
But I haven't noticed any difference in performance(I'm not games fan), I noticed instead a sensible gpu and cpu temperature decrease.
To sum up I'd give to Arch linux for running on the Acer Aspire 6930g a 10/10

as, 2009/11/17 09:51

hi… here is a bad experience:
acer6930g…. evrrrything perfect…except internet…“agp in not installed..and mac is in deep sleep..” what does it mean? there is a “windows network” emblem and unaccesible.. how?

Ana, 2009/10/27 19:50

I have the same problem than Reskejal, the headphone and mic switch doesn't work.

Everything else is working fine (On Ubuntu 09.04 I think, it's the lastest).

salman, 2009/10/07 20:03

the sound on my acer 6930g is not working. It plays when it starts but does not play while browsing, eg when watching youtube vids.

Helpp

ino, 2009/11/20 12:26

The problem is not the Ubuntu distribution. The problems are the plugins needed for the firefox (I suppose) to run the SWF media. You have to install the adobe flash or gnash, the one that you prefer, to be able to run all the videos in the browser.

If you install another browser, opera, this plugins will be installed from the origin.

Napra, 2009/08/30 12:12

can anyone confirm me if the Acer 6930G has bluetooth or not?

Ana, 2009/10/27 19:51

It doesn't. At least not mine.

soyel, 2010/03/06 16:49

yes mine have bluetoothBold Text

core, 2009/08/15 11:58

Please do not try to use ext4 under ubuntu 9.04.
I have Acer 6930G and i had a problems like a system freezes using ubuntu 9.04 and ext4 for 1-2 weeks. After reinstalling ubuntu with ext3 all problems are gone.
I think kernel is not ready or has some incompatibilities with ext4.

Steve Pearce, 2009/07/27 14:22

Many thanks for the above details everyone, everything I make use of in this laptop now works fine under Ubuntu 9.04 x86_64

ugg, 2009/07/25 01:18

Only have one problem under ubuntu 9.04, the computer goes hot and freezes. The a-lock on by the power button is lid, havent been able to figure what that means yet, nor what is getting to hot.

Other then that everything works like a charm.

Napra: I have the same problem with the sound to, both in linux and windows. Think it's the hardware that is crap, well compared to my other systems atleast.

Napra, 2009/07/23 20:08

good evening,to all…

i am from portugal,and i bought ACER ASPIRE 6930G but there are two problems.

1º- i touch the bluetooth device and it says “no device found”

2º-The sound of my computer is too low is not a good quality sound.

Can anyone help me,please

Kinds regards,
Napra

Catface, 2009/07/10 09:44

I have an Acer 6930G but the CPU is slightly different.

I was wondering if you guy have the blue touch buttons above the keyboard. Do they work under Ubuntu?

I am trying to find an easy way to back up the drivers for those buttons that are stashed on the small parition. I reckon it would be a crying shame to lose those buttons they are really useful.

Reskejal, 2009/06/14 12:45

Hi,
I have installed Ubuntu 9.04 on aspire 6930G and i have some trouble.

Processor – works perfectly
Screen – works perfectly
HDD – works perfectly
Optical Drive – works perfectly
Graphics – works perfectly with Nvidia driver 180.60 elsewhere you cant get tty.
Sound – the surround is not perfect and internal mic and headphone switch don't work
Ethernet – works perfectly
Wireless – works perfectly
Bluetooth – Not Present
56K Modem – Not Tested
Card Reader – works perfectly
ExpressCard Slot – Not Tested
Fingerprint Reader – Not Present
Camera Tested – works perfectly

Now i'd like to get internal mic working, but nothing. I have read the post on 6930 and using realtek driver but nothing.plz help me!!
Also the rt-kernel don't work but is a iusse of nvidia driver.

salut.

xan, 2009/05/11 22:57

hey ciropi, i'm italian too. how did you create a partition for linux? which partition from original vista installation did you erase?

Steven, 2009/04/01 10:09

Hi, see also the discussion in: http://www.linlap.com/wiki/acer+aspire+6930

–x–

After playing with all the hotkey's and rebooting my wireless didnt come up anymore.

After looking at dmesg output i found “radio disabled by HW RF kill switch”. Now i dont know where this hardware kill switch is, or which action induced it.

My solution to get it working again:

open terminal from accessoiry menu.

sudo su
gedit /etc/modprobe.d/options

add the following two lines at the end of the file:

options iwlagn disable=0
options acer-wmi wireless=1

now reboot your laptop. Wireless should work!

–x–

Ciropi, 2009/03/28 14:01

hi! (sorry for my english, i'm italian)
Sometimes when i want to boot ubuntuon my acer aspire 6930g, the pc freezes, and the only way to restart is to extract the battery. And then i have to go in vista to enable the wi-fi. What i have to do to fix this problem? Thanks

Steven, 2009/04/01 10:10

oops, forget to press reply button, @Ciropi, see my answer above :)

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