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Acer Extensa 5635Z


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For full specifications see the Acer Extensa 5635Z specifications page.

NameAcer Extensa 5635Z
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual-core processor: 1Mb On-Die L2 Cache
Screen15.6“ HD (1366 x 768)
GraphicsIntel GMA 4500M
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160-320G depends on models
Optical DriveYes DVD+-RW DL

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorOKDual core - 64bit with SpeedStep working (sometimes BIOS-update needed)
GraphicsOK3D & Compositing
BluetoothNot TestedAbsent
Card ReaderOK
WebcamOKWorks with Skype & Ekiga


For the test was used Ubuntu Linux 9.10 (Karmic) 64 edition - without any “adjustment” - even with the “live” edition.


It worked out of the box - really good & inexpensive Linux laptop!

Noisy fan, though.

Mandriva notes

With Mandriva 2009.1 ethernet works only with ACPI disabled.
With Mandriva 2010.0 I obtained only a black screen 5 second after boot. The same in safe mode.

Ubuntu notes

To make backlight adjustment work in Ubuntu Karmic with Kernel Mode Setting, follow this guide:


CsatariPeter, 2016/02/27 11:16

I need help with the Extensa 5635Z. on linux mint 17.3 the videos on youtube and other video players are flickering and they are not watchable.

Share, 2013/01/15 10:05

On Linux Mint Nadia 14

Backlight control via Fn-LEFT/RIGHT does not work for me.
Rest seems ok so far.

The solution given by xbix87 is not working. It broke the system, now it does not recognise the display :-(

Daoes anyone have a solution?

adam, 2011/10/15 04:50

how can i use the from acer 5635z does it have wifi

lee Nicholson , 2010/10/08 15:01

hey just wondering can i upgrade the graphic card to a high one ??

And if so how much can i upgrade it

many thanks lee

W, 2010/03/26 17:49


I own an Acer Extensa 5635Z. Its Dual core 2.0 Ghz processor. Just to let others know i am successfully running a core 2 Duo T9300 2.5Ghz now. I upgraded the laptop processor and all is ok.

Well for linux i know it will work great specially on Mandriva.

ayoub, 2010/03/03 18:57

i have a big problem with my acer that when instaling ubuntu it shown only a black screen then nothing.. pleaaaaaaaaase help me if someone have succeded to instal any version of linux on the acer extensa 5635z..

peppe, 2010/02/17 20:10

Debian lenny non riconosce scheda di rete durante installazione da cd :-(

El Delinquente, 2010/02/15 18:49

BIG problem here: no speedstep working, noisy fan starting once a minute.

Tested with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, 9.04 & 9.10, Live-CD and regular install.

Any suggestions? Are you all SURE, that speedstep was working on your machines? I consider returning my machine to the dealer…

Matthias Hanisch, 2009/12/25 14:10

Backlight control via Fn-LEFT/RIGHT does not work for me.
Rest seems ok so far.

xbix87, 2010/02/02 09:37

For Backlight

run in a terminal : sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

in the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line edit in

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash i915.modeset=0 acpi_backlight=vendor”

save and close

in a terminal give: sudo update-grub

wait and rebootBold Text

Matthias Hanisch, 2010/02/04 02:00

no, the options have no effect (opensuse 11.2, 2.6.33rc6)

Ivan, 2010/07/07 08:39

Acer Extenza 5635Z 433G25Mi
Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

I had applied GRUB changes described above and after reboot Fn-Left/Right does change Backlight.

But I have another problem:

I have installed Ubuntu Lynx from Wubi into file. After opening notebook while sleeping - it didn't wake up (though it waked up normally hundred times before). After plugging out and in battery, it restarted but Wi-Fi has died!
Bluetooth is always on after restart (can be switched off by the Bluetooth button), Wi-Fi is off (and doesn't respond when I press WiFi button).
It says network is down. Reinstalling drivers and installing linux-backports-wireless-lucid didn't help.
I didn't manage to fix it and had to use Ethernet connection instead.
Did anyone had same problem with Wifi on Ubuntu Lynx?

Volker, 2010/09/15 16:18

Hi Ivan,

right-click on the network symbol on the top right menu bar, there you can activate the network (again).

Suspend/hibernate is not supported when running under wubi, afaik.

On my Extensa 5635z even under a regular installation (w/o wubi) the suspend mode doesn't work. It hangs on wake-up (till now, I still hope to find a solution for that) …

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