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Acer Aspire TimelineUltra M5-581TG


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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.


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chris, 2014/04/17 21:10

I use this laptop with Fedora 18. Everything works, but with a few caveats.

The first caveat is that setting up bumblebee can be a real pain in the ass. In order to make everything work, I actually have to have no xorg.conf file. If I use one, and believe me I've tried, everything just gets messed up. However, if I don't have an Xorg.conf file, everything works exactly like it's supposed to.

The second caveat is that it's really only usable with kernel versions ⇐ 3.6. I've tried to use later kernel versions, but I run into an issue where the screen flashes constantly. It's incredibly painful to look at, and I've spend hours trying to figure out a fix. Unfortunately, there's no workaround for this issue (at least, that I've found). So if you want to use Fedora, you're stuck on F18 w/ stock kernel or below.

Everything else worked out of the box. The one thing that's giving me a little trouble is the built in brightness keys, which aren't working but I believe that that's due to a permissions issue.

As far as areas that are marked as “not tested” in the above compatibility table, sound works, the headphone jack works, Ethernet works, and both GPUs work. I use the discrete Nvidia GPU when playing games like League of Legends (strangely low FPS on LoL unfortunately, but this I believe is a Wine issue), Call of Duty, Skyrim, etc. The fan controls and everything work perfectly fine on Fedora, so I have nothing to complain about there. Overall I'm very satisfied with how this laptop performs with Fedora.

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