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|Name||Acer Extensa 5230|
|Processor||Intel® Celeron 575, 2Ghz, 1MB Cache|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen non-glare|
|RAM||Up to 4GB|
|HDD||Up to 160GB|
|Graphics||Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD|
|Network||Ethernet, Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g/n|
|Screen||Yes||Changing brightness and turning the screen off work. Didn't try VGA-port yet|
|HDD||Yes||Worked for some weeks, nowadays i sometimes get errors like “SATA revalidation failed errno=-5”, appending “rootdelay=90” to the kernel-line in /boot/grub/menu.lst helps|
|Optical Drive||Yes||reading & burning|
|Graphics||Yes||1280×800, compiz & Fullscreen video with vlc works, 3D works|
|Sound||Yes||Speakers, built-in-microphone and head-phone-jack work, didn't try the rest yet|
|Ethernet||Yes||gigabit LAN works, 23MB/sec with FTP|
|Wireless||Yes||Works in Ubuntu 8.10 with driver ath9k and wext for wpa_supplicant|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|USB||Yes||mouse, keyboard, webcam, usb-hdd, …|
|Card Reader||Yes||4GB SDHC works (dmesg sounds like only SD-cards work)|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested, but found by kernel in dmesg|
Tested with ubuntu 8.10 and modules acer_wmi & i915:
* Some of the special buttons work (screen brightness, volume, mail, home, … ) some not.
* Standby and “Suspend to disk” work. “Pressing the power button” and “closing the lid” is properly detected and configurable.
* the fan runs only seldom, quite laptop, goooood!
* touchpad works, also scrolling pages by moving the finger on the right side. tipping the pad works as a click.
* mine has a bluetooth-button but the chip is missing. acer says it's a built-option, not all models have it.
*Works with preinstalled Linpus Linux. Owner Icq:438-710-754
*works with ubuntu 8.10 except some 3d-stuff