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Acer Extensa 4630Z

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Extensa 4630Z laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Extensa 4630Z. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Extensa 4630Z page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Extensa 4630Z specifications page.

NameAcer Extensa 4630Z
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo processor with up to 6 MB L2 Cache
Screen14.1” WXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 250GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
WebcamWorks

Notes

Older distributions have problems but using Ubuntu 9.04 everything is fine.

Summary

As long as you use an up to date Linux distributions you should have any problems at all using Linux on the Acer Extensa 4630Z.


Discussion

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/13 05:49

The tricky part with this laptop will be finding the Linux distribution which works with either the wired or wireless controller. Without either working, it becomes difficult to access the internet to download the drivers necessary for the controllers to function. Fedora Core 6, with kernel 2.6.18 as standard, should work fine with the wired controller http://www.windowseattle.com/metal-roofing/

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/06 06:41

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.. http://www.pinayfashion.com/?p=9

jimmyrapper, 2014/04/03 08:50

i m purchasing a new acer extensa 4630z. but when i run its wi-fi system its does not works & when i intall its driver its not work & install. so wat can i do for the wi-fi http://stemclub.org

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amir, 2011/01/31 20:39

i have acer extensa4630z and it is very nice its fullfilled my need but i have problem with its bettry timing only 3 hours :( and there is no problem and this is the one of the best laptop acording to me

acer user, 2010/12/19 06:27

kubuntu 10.10 acer 4630z wireless driver
rt2860sta ←- this is the wifi driver im using,it works but i'm still tinkering though,now i need to get bluetooth working…
heres what i did :
http://www.ab9il.net/linuxwireless/rt2860.html ,
but the part with modprobe use “sudo su” ←- hit enter then imput pass THEN modprobe…
also “modprobe -ae” didn't work,i think i just did
“modprobe -a” … theres something i did after i finished the instructions,
this : “sudo lsmod | grep rt2860sta” ←– then wifi worked~

try here also : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/WirelessTroubleShootingGuide

also wifi radar doesnt work for me, goto system settings networking click on wifi tab then “new” , input info, leave password blank if no pass needed click ok and use anyway ok … I hope I save someone the time and hassle that i went through~

Resty, 2010/11/22 05:52

I purchased Acer 4630Z with out Operating System,And I want to install with by my self,How the procedure i will do it,its works by Windows7?thank's…

anuj kumar, 2010/08/22 16:18

i purchsing acer extensa 4630z (processor t4400,2.2ghz.800mhg,ram 2gb ,hdd 250gh ac power ke sath jab mai gana ya koe music sunta hun tab batrri charge hone ke jagah discharge hone lagta hai

paints, 2010/08/20 14:33

my friend had a Acer Extensa 4630Z (Pentium Dual-Core T4200 Processor 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM) he want to view his camera but we don'tBold Text know were we can find,if he use yahoo messenger he can only view his cam please help us..Bold Text

Artem, 2010/07/02 11:52

Acer Extensa 4630Z-432G16Mn. Can't figure out how to activate and use Bluetooth on this machine under Ubuntu 10.4. Did anyone have such problem?

Mark Gormley, 2010/04/16 11:30

Running OpenSUSE 11.2 along with the pre-installed Windows Vista.

As stated by Duc Nguyen, the power management with OpenSuse is pretty bad. Depending on what power management options I have selected (CPU speed, screen brightness, etc) I can get 1 to 1.5 hours.

Other things that will take some work are the webcam and built-in mic. I'm sure they are compatible, but they will not work right from the install.

I've had no problem using my Western Digital external, Sandisk MP3 player, Logitech USB headset with Skype, and Reading/Writing from my Windows NTFS partition.

ronald, 2010/03/21 13:29

hey i have 1 problem with my acer extensa 4630z my built in cam isn't working,i'm a novice user this is my first time using ubuntu 9.10 so any help will be appreciated

Sara, 2010/01/30 00:02

I received my Extensa 4630z as a gift for 2008 Christmas. It has worked fine all the way up until last week. I was doing the usual surfing the internet when out of the blue it shut down. “I started to freak out thinking that i had a virus, or worse that it crashed.” I have no idea though why it shut down… I'm thinking that maybe it was overheating or the battery is getting bad. Well if anyone has suggestions to what is wrong with it please let me know!

Vladimyr Plaisance, 2010/01/26 22:04

i have an ACER EXTENSA 4630Z when i turn it on it gives a black sreen and do nothing i can hear the fan running and the cd drive making sound and run but nothing show in the sreen . can somoebody help me please

Yasmar, 2009/12/31 02:05

can anyone tel me where I can obtain a users manual for the acer extensa 4630z please

barinder, 2009/09/30 05:57

i m purchasing a new acer extensa 4630z. but when i run its wi-fi system its does not works & when i intall its driver its not work & install. so wat can i do for the wi-fi.

jonathan, 2009/08/01 23:08

It says format to NTFS when im downloading window vista. Please advise

jonathan, 2009/08/01 23:07

My friend purchased a PC acer Extensa without DOS (operating system) when downloading it says needs to format to NTFS??? please advise on what do I have to do. Thanks

Duc Nguyen, 2009/06/13 04:53

My acer (Intel Dual core T3200, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD) runs quite smooth with Fedora 11, Ubuntu 9.04. I multi-boot the FOUR (XPx64, Fedora 11 x86)64, Ubuntu x64, and openSUSE 11.1 x64). All the OS work OK but I have a problem with openSUSE 11.1.
It runs well but the battery drains fast. My battery was fully charge but it can stand only 20 minutes as I booted into openSUSE. I think there's something wrong with the power management in the openSUSE. As for the Fedora and Ubuntu, they manage the power as good as XP does.

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