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Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581T-6594


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581T-6594 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581T-6594 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.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581T-6594 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581T-6594
ProcessorIntel Core i5-3317M (dual-core, 1.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.6 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
1366 x 768 pixels (HD), 16:9 aspect ratio
100 ppi pixel density
Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
LED backlight & CineCrystal technology
RAMUp to 6 GB
HDD500 GB 5400 rpm HDD
20 GB SSD (Hybrid)
Optical Drive8X DVDRW DL
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
NetworkGigabit Ethernet(RJ-45 port)
Broadcom 43228 802.11 a/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Graphics ChipWorks
HDMI OutWorks
Optical DriveNot Tested
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortWorks
EthernetNot Tested
BluetoothNot Working
USB 3.0Works
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
Serial PortNot Tested
TouchPadWorks See note below for installation under Ubuntu


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581T-6594 here.

Enabling Palm Detection on Elantech Touchpads
Under Ubuntu 12.10, synclient detects the touchpad and it works properly, but by default palm detection is disabled. In order to make it work, simply append the following lines to /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf:

# Enable palm detection on Elantech Touchpads
# for Acer M581T
Section "InputClass"
	Identifier "Enable palm detection on Elantech touchpads"
	MatchProduct "ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad"
	Option "PalmDetect" "1"
	Option "PalmMinWidth" "5"
	Option "AreaLeftEdge" "150"
        Option "FingerHigh" "20"

The last two parameters (AreaLeftEdge and FingerHigh) are optional, but are recommended as they move the left usable edge of the trackpad slightly to the right (more comfortable when typing) and increase the minimum pressure required to move the cursor (default sensitivity is way too high).

Making the Backlight Keys Work

Edit /etc/defaults/grub to be the following:

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.
# For full documentation of the options in this file, see:
#   info -f grub -n 'Simple configuration'

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor"

# Uncomment to enable BadRAM filtering, modify to suit your needs
# This works with Linux (no patch required) and with any kernel that obtains
# the memory map information from GRUB (GNU Mach, kernel of FreeBSD ...)

# Uncomment to disable graphical terminal (grub-pc only)

# The resolution used on graphical terminal
# note that you can use only modes which your graphic card supports via VBE
# you can see them in real GRUB with the command `vbeinfo'

# Uncomment if you don't want GRUB to pass "root=UUID=xxx" parameter to Linux

# Uncomment to disable generation of recovery mode menu entries

# Uncomment to get a beep at grub start
#GRUB_INIT_TUNE="480 440 1"

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thanasis, 2014/07/21 08:23

Hi, i just install Ubuntu 14.04 on M5-581T and the touchpad is working scrolling with two fingers but dont tap with two or three. how can i fix this and of corse the backlight? what commands i should use exactly? i would be greatfull if you can help me :D

josepmedia, 2014/04/03 06:49

kernel of FreeBSD …)

Robb, 2013/07/02 14:31

Was it hard to change the Uefi boot up? I tried rebooting mine holding down f2 but never got into the bios menu.

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