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Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581TG


This is a template for a future compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581TG laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581TG 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 M5-581TG specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581TG
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
CineCrystal & LED backlight technology
RAMUp to 6 GB
HDD500 GB 5400 rpm HDD
20 GB SSD (Hybrid)
Optical Drive8X DVDRW DL
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
NetworkGigabit Ethernet(RJ-45 port)
Broadcom 43228 802.11 a/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYess Works
HDDYes My model just had an ssd
Graphics ChipYes Only basic testing
HDMI OutNot Tested
Optical DriveYes
SoundNot Tested
MicrophoneYes Slight background noise
Headphone PortNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
Serial PortNot Tested


Fan sensors not detected by ubuntu 13.04, this results in the fan permanently being on :S. There may be work arounds, cpu frequency scaling works and cpu temperature sensors work.


An otherwise perfectly functional laptop marred by an uncontrollable fan (acerhdf doesn't seem to be able to deal with this). Sufficiently annoying that you probably shouldn't buy this computer until this is fixed.


jimmyrapper, 2014/04/06 06:39

nice computer, big screen.. all works out of the box with ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS. only thing causing problems is the build-in bluetooth, which cant be found by my s2.. brightness settings are also rather crude..
other than that, no problems..

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/03 08:41

there is a utility called Easy2Boot, you can use it to load ISO files onto a USB drive and boot from them. I have managed to get OpenSUSE to boot as a live distribution but haven't had the guts to install yet. I've tried a few distros, most with good success, but there have been a few problems too.

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