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Acer Aspire 6935G


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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 6935G specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 6935G
ProcessorIntel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T9xxx, P8xxx or P7XXX
Screen16” WXGA (1366×768) or HD (1920×1080) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz (Supports upto 8GB)
HDDUp to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW/Blu-Ray
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce 9600M GT
NetworkAtheros Ethernet, Intel 5100/5300 802.11abgn, Broadcomm Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Processor working
Screen working
HDD working
Optical Drive working
Graphics working
Soundworkinginstall latest alsa-driver snapshot and set model=acer-aspire-8930g and/or download official driver at
Ethernet working
Wireless working Need to install non-free firmware on some distros
Bluetooth working
56K Modem working
USB working
Card Reader working pass kernel option sdhci.sdhci_force=1 in grub.conf to make hotplugging work
ExpressCard Slot working might need to pass kernel option pciehp.pciehp_force=1 in grub.conf to make hotplugging work
Fingerprint Reader working Needs libfprint to work
Camera working
Cinedash partially working Hold needs to be off during bootup


The cinedash can be configured to behave appropriately by mapping the keycodes (checked using xev) to specific functions, including the touch sensitive volume meter that can be mapped to a sliding volume control.


You can enter a summary of how well the Acer Aspire 6935G works with Linux here.


Laco, 2012/12/24 13:48

Where do I put sdhci.sdhci_force=1 in ubuntu 12.10??? There is no grub.cong because there is grub2 and I tried to insert in into etc/default/grub but it didn't work. I also tried to put in into etc/modules and it also didnt work.

adam, 2010/03/11 22:40

hi there just jumped onto ubuntu today dead impressed everything worked fine :) just cant get my camera to function (built in) , cant find it or detect it soo anyone got any guesses? cheers!!

GARRY, 2012/06/30 23:14


samir, 2010/01/10 21:51

I have an Acer Aspire 6920G and I made sound work, as well as Card Reader (even if card is not plugged at boot) and ExpressCard hotplug (by default, plugging my firewire card after boot did not work). I am running Gentoo, but this should work for other distributions as well. Here is what I did:

1- I made sound work by downloading the official Realtek Linux drivers from:

Click I accept, then next. Scroll down, and download the Linux driver.
Untar, and read Readme.txt for installation instructions.

2- To make the Card Reader work without a card being plugged in at boot time, I had to force the driver to load. I did this by passing the option sdhci.sdhci_force=1 to the kernel. In /boot/grub/grub.conf, add sdhci.sdhci_force=1 to the end of the line that starts with the word kernel.

3- ExpressCard hotplug did not work with my kernel (2.6.31-gentoo-r6), so I also had to add another option to the kernel to force it to load, I added pciehp.pciehp_force=1

Hope that helps.

tenerex, 2009/11/30 10:28

anyone configure cinedash properly?

Kamaludu, 2009/11/14 14:29

The permissions of the /dev/nvidia files can cause graphic errors when processes are launched with non-root privileges on 64-bit 9.04/9.10 systems,
e.g. I see “Direct Rendering: NO” on NVIDIA X Server Settings

see also:

A simple workaround is to add my user to the video group, with Administration → Users & Groups graphical front-end, or with terminal:

usermod -a -G video username


Abuz, 2009/10/02 14:58

Hi, I solved the audio problem few days ago. Notw I find out tha my pc has some problems concerning the wireless connection. The first time I tried to surf the Internet it was everything ok, but now the laptop manages to connect to the modem hardly ever. It manages to connect to the wireless router (Roper) but not to the modem. I've read that on some distros some “non-free firmware” need to be installed. Does anyone know if it is my case (I use Ubuntu 9.04)?If it's so, how can I install these firmware? Thank you.

bird92, 2009/10/03 15:20

what? how you solved the problems of audio?

tenerex, 2009/08/28 12:35

hi! i installed the latest alsa driver but the sound (not mic) work only with model=auto; but sound isn't good like with with windows.. why? i think “tuba” doesn't properly. what do you think about it?

on the other hand my aspire 6935g can't restore by suspend and hybernate status. Any know solution for this?

i can't to conficure the remote control!

the last one… when i shot down i see a very worst screen, the screen is white with vertical grey line! I think it isn't normal!

Someone have the same problem? can help me?:?:

Sorry for my english :-\

bird92, 2009/08/30 13:12

yes, i have the same problem…

newUI, 2009/08/02 19:55

Mark Rijckenberg said on 2009-03-30:


Please try this procedure:

Step 1: Open Terminal from “Applications→Accessories→

Step 2: Run the following commands (copy/paste each command into the Terminal and then hit <enter>)

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base

Add these 2 lines to the end of the alsa-base file:

alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=auto

Don't forget to reboot your pc after every change you make on the /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base file.

If the previous alsa-base options don't work, please try these 2 lines instead:

alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire

Step 3: Then navigate to System>Preferences>Sound and change everything to ALSA

Step 4: If it still does not work, you can try upgrading alsa to v1.0.19 using this link:



Jörgen Andersson, 2009/07/11 06:57


I have problem with adobe flash when I using full screen in mozilla webbrowser. The screen does not display correct. The display is twinkling when I use full screen. I have used nvidia driver version 180.44 and adobe flash version ubuntu 8.04+. Anyone else seen this problem?

bird92, 2009/07/07 16:24

PS: google don't have some how-to for the fingerprint reader of this notebook that is differente to the fp-reader of AS-6930G.
Please help for the sound-device and the fp-reader… thanks.

bird92, 2009/07/07 15:56

I'm too happy for the solution but my internal mic and my headphone don't work yet :(
Please someone help me.. I compiled the last alsa-driver and put the line “model=acer-aspire-8930g” in /etc/modprobe.d/sound infact i hear the sound but when i put the headphone there isn't some changes…
sorry for my english… hoping for the answer, bye.

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/07/09 05:53


options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire-8930g in alsa-base.conf

You NEED to have the current alsa snapshot build for this model to work, as the model entry and code was added to patch_realtek.c post the release of alsa 1.0.20

bird92, 2009/07/09 13:23

my alsa-base.conf is:
# autoloader aliases
install sound-slot-0 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-0
install sound-slot-1 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-1
install sound-slot-2 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-2
install sound-slot-3 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-3
install sound-slot-4 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-4
install sound-slot-5 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-5
install sound-slot-6 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-6
install sound-slot-7 /sbin/modprobe snd-card-7

# Cause optional modules to be loaded above generic modules
install snd /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-ioctl32 ; /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-seq ; }
# Workaround at bug #499695 (reverted in Ubuntu see LP #319505)
install snd-pcm /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd-pcm $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-pcm-oss ; : ; }
install snd-mixer /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd-mixer $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-mixer-oss ; : ; }
install snd-seq /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd-seq $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-seq-midi ; /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-seq-oss ; : ; }
install snd-rawmidi /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd-rawmidi $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-seq-midi ; : ; }
# Cause optional modules to be loaded above sound card driver modules
install snd-emu10k1 /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd-emu10k1 $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-emu10k1-synth ; }
install snd-via82xx /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install snd-via82xx $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist snd-seq ; }

# Load saa7134-alsa instead of saa7134 (which gets dragged in by it anyway)
install saa7134 /sbin/modprobe –ignore-install saa7134 $CMDLINE_OPTS && { /sbin/modprobe –quiet –use-blacklist saa7134-alsa ; : ; }
# Prevent abnormal drivers from grabbing index 0
options bt87x index=-2
options cx88_alsa index=-2
options saa7134-alsa index=-2
options snd-atiixp-modem index=-2
options snd-intel8x0m index=-2
options snd-via82xx-modem index=-2
options snd-usb-audio index=-2
options snd-usb-us122l index=-2
options snd-usb-usx2y index=-2
options snd-usb-caiaq index=-2
# Ubuntu #62691, enable MPU for snd-cmipci
options snd-cmipci mpu_port=0×330 fm_port=0×388
# Keep snd-pcsp from being loaded as first soundcard
options snd-pcsp index=-2
# Power down HDA controllers after 10 idle seconds
options snd-hda-intel power_save=10

alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire-8930g
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1
options snd-hda-intel single_cmd=1

I'haven't some sounds…
if i enter model=auto i'have the sound but the mic and the headphones don't work…
my alsa-version is 1.10.20 and my kernel is the last: 2.6.30-generic…
Maybe my installation of alsa is a bad-installation… there is a way to erase all config-files and installations of alsa to reinstall it from scratch?

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/07/10 04:53

As I have stated the support for this model was added post the 1.0.20 release of ALSA. Download the alsa-driver snapshot from the link below. Ensure you have stuff like kernel-headers and kbuild installed for your particular kernel.

Compile these drivers and install them. You should get your sound system working.

bird92, 2009/07/10 12:10

wow…now if i try to open the alsamixer i have: alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: No such device
And my mixer in volume-control is this:

What i have to do?

bird92, 2009/07/10 18:06

I installed the other alsa-packages: lib-20090710, firmware-20090507 and utils-20090620 and now when i open alsamixer i have: cannot open mixer: no such file or directory

i don't know if the different version of the packages can be create problems…

bird92, 2009/07/10 18:22

sorry for the long number of post, but i've a new situation: i reinstalled libsound2 and now i see the alsamixer, but only in the terminal and my soundcard isn't recognized… infact in the graphical-mixer i have only two mixer: pulseaudio playback and capture… i haven't alsamixer…
what i have to do?

phil, 2009/10/03 17:40

this snapshot works for me.

link to alsa patch file…..

copy archive contents to /usr/src then…

'yum install gcc kernel-devel make patch'….then……

'cd /usr/src'



'make install'

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/06/07 16:57

Yeah sorry for the late reply.. fingerprint reader works after installing the fprint package and editing some misc files to enable authenticated login to a gnome/KDE session.. jus google on how to do this

As for the audio I'm happy to say that at last we have full working audio with jack detection and internal mic supported thanx to the efforts of people in the alsa-devel team.. Kindly use the latest driver snapshot and add model=acer-aspire-8930g to get audio working fully.. this step will also soon be automated for 6935 after some debugging is done in the new code which has been added for audio support..

Kamaludu, 2009/06/11 02:09

Thank's for the good news :-D
Well, i've installed (from synaptic) all the fprint packages, then tryed to configure it, in some different ways (eg: or the step-by-step guide here:, but dont work, when sudo fprint_demo the problem is ever: “Status: no devices founds”

bird92, 2009/07/07 15:55

I'm too happy for the solution but my internal mic and my headphone don't work yet :(
Please someone help me.. I compiled the last alsa-driver and put the line “model=acer-aspire-8930g” in /etc/modprobe.d/sound infact i hear the sound but when i put the headphone there isn't some changes…
sorry for my english… hoping for the answer, bye.

bird92, 2009/06/03 12:00

no one?

bird92, 2009/06/01 15:54

And another thing… the fingerpint works at all? because the grafic above says i needed som additional packages, but which and where do i download them?

bird92, 2009/06/01 14:22

I bought this pc 4 days ago.
So today i decide to install ubuntu but my internal mics doesn't work, like the fingerprint-reader…
I followed the instructions of Steven (above Francois) without results… please help me!

(i'm sorry for my english)

Kamaludu, 2009/06/07 16:07

4 internal mic I've the same problem …. dont work, and I can not phone call with skype FIXME :-(
seems to be an alsa audio driver bug
for fingerprint reader it's the fprint package (find synaptic or apt), but i've not tryed it
hihi, my english too is very poor

Peter, 2009/05/19 03:50

Hibernation doesnt work!

Everything works, except the hibernation, it hangs, the Video Card crashes, many problems. Any tutorial how to make it work??

Kamaludu, 2009/05/03 23:57

I have an Acer Aspire 6935G with Ubuntu 9.04 amd64 and at begin sound not work at all, but now sound work well (unfortunately except headphones)

After system update, after install ubuntu-restricted-extras with:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

(here an italian info page:

Uhm, i've installed Alsamixergui, Alsaplayer and Gnome Alsa Mixer too, via synaptic panel

Finally I've added this lines at the end of: /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1
options snd-hda-intel model=auto
options snd-hda-intel single_cmd=1

and sounds works well, but no headphones

NB: with the command
lspci -v
I obtain:

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device 0146
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 22
Memory at db300000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel


Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/05/04 05:51

Does your internal mic work?

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/05/08 03:37

For the headphones output raise the surround volume in alsamixer..

Kamaludu, 2009/05/09 17:51

Internal mic dont seem working
For the headphones, that's my values in alsamixer:
Master 100
Headphon 100
PCM 100
Front 100
Front Mi 100
Front Mi 100
Line 100
IEC958 Off
IEC958 D Off

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/05/11 06:33

Go to gnome-mixer or kmix and raise the volume of the “surround” control.. enable it in preferences/settings if you don't see it by default in the mixer window. Your headphones should work.

Kamaludu, 2009/05/14 17:23

1st: thank you for the help Karthik
2nd: I dont see the “surround” control in Gnome Alsa Mixer, i've just seeing in preferences/settings; however after tryng in too many ways now my headphones work (ah, i've update all the package via synaptic panel) :-D
the last problem is that headphones and laptop's speakers work at the same time (headphones dont stop speakers playng).

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/05/15 02:30

In Gnome Mixer you have to go to preferences and manually show Surround. It is not displayed in the mixer window by default.

Jack Auto Sensing does not work as of now. To disable your laptop's speakers mute front in the mixer. Surround will still be activated and hence only line-out will work. I am trying to make sense of patch_realtek.c in alsa-driver code to perhaps automate this.

One more thing I discovered is that the line-out volume by default is very low. To increase it; use hda-verb as

/usr/bin/hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0×15 SET_PIN_WIDGET_CONTROL 0xc0

If your laptop speakers turn on again after doing this, then go and mute front again.

Saddest part is all the amp-ins are muted and I can find no way to unmute them to enable any mics.

Hueb, 2009/05/18 22:45

I have the same Problem like Kamaludu,

Im on the control panel for the audio → Settings and there isnt the “surround” control its hidden or somthing other.

but the sound works with the front speakers

Flexcube, 2009/04/05 20:16

I have Ubuntu installed and suspend and hibernation is not working - cannot wake up (black screen). Changing brightness also ont working using FN

Bruno Antunes, 2009/03/19 10:26

All of the hardware, including sound output muting when inserting headphone jack, is supported in Ubuntu Jaunty and Fedora 11 since they include a new PulseAudio version that handles SPDIF hardware better.

James Wu, 2009/03/20 13:42

Thanks Bruno, PulaseAudio is great!

I followed to get it installed.

But PA defaults to two speakers, whereas 6935g has a 5.1 system so I followed to get the surround. Then it works really great!

However, I still can't seem to get the integrated mic working.

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/03/25 04:12

Integrated mic doesnt work.. nor does hotplug even after installing pulseaudio and upgrading to 2.6.29 on Debian lenny..

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/04/28 03:22

Hey bruno, even on jaunty its the same as before.. hda-verbing is needed to get audio.. no jack detection/mic working

James Wu, 2009/03/17 07:47

The integrated mic seems to be a problem for many older Acer models as well. Is there any active development on this?

Karthik Ramgopal, 2009/03/13 03:51

Use ALSA 1.0.19 + hdaverb + 2.6.28.. works awesome :) jus mic is a pain.. or you can download realtek patched alsa from their website.. the audio volume is a little higher with that

Annevillre, 2009/02/12 13:00

I found a nice instruction to get the sound on your Aspire 6935g working. Just visit and follow the detailed instructions. Good luck!

sidux-fan, 2009/02/14 09:03

the instruction below works, but it causes an error while booting.
You may not see it, becuause (K)ubuntu uses a boot screen whereas sidux, which I use, does not…
You can solve the problem when you undo your edit in /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base
Just delete the line “options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire” or comment it out.
Your sound will nevertheless work as it should.

sidux-fan, 2009/02/14 09:10

Sorry, I meant the instruction above ( )

sevenfloorsdown, 2009/02/17 12:56

I added the following lines to my /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base:

options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
options snd-hda-intel model=auto

This enabled my sound but only for front left and right. I have yet to find a solution so that I could use my surround sound. I also can't seem to make my mic to work.

<cod>options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire</code> does not work.

I'm running Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex. I hope these will be fixed with Jaunty in July

sidux-fan, 2009/02/11 19:28

I got Sound working:

So i downloaded the sourecode for the hda-verb program from

Unpacked it and compiled it. And then tested it by just running the command:

./hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0×15 SET_EAPD_BTLENABLE 2

And it worked. So I copied the hda-verb program to


and edited /etc/rc.local by inserting the line

/usr/local/bin/hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0×15 SET_EAPD_BTLENABLE 2

to the end of /etc/rc.local.before the exit 0 line. And now my sound works as it should.

Good luck

Annevillre, 2009/02/10 10:58

Everything on my 6935 works fine with Linux. Except sound does not work. Soundcard is recognized, but no sound, tried also all kinds of drivers. Seems to be a problem with that special Acer-hardware. As a way out I use a small USB-soundcard with a headset.

greg batmarx, 2009/01/26 05:28

the same with me but I will do everything to fix the problem!
acer wake up and support the linux better!

whacker, 2009/01/16 08:00

Sound does not work for me. Have tried the newest alsa drivers (1.0.18a) with all sorts of options (=acer, =acer-aspire and =auto). The sound card is recognized but it doesn't produce any sound.

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