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Acer TravelMate 4200-4202WLMI

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 4200-4202WLMI laptop. This is a lower end laptop which works very well with Linux.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameAcer TravelMate 4200-4202WLMI
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2300E 1.66GHz
Screen15.4” WXGA
RAM512MB
HDD120GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

Since the native screen resolution of this notebook is 1280×800, Xorg may have issues in displaying the correct resolution. To get it working properly you will need to use the 915resolution utility. More information is available on our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide.

Summary

No issues with getting the Acer TravelMate 4200 working when used with an up to date Linux distribution. You should use a Linux distribution with at least kernel version 2.6.16, such as Fedora Core 5 or Ubuntu 6.06.


Discussion

Dylan Doxey, 2011/11/04 04:31

I've been using my Travelmate 4200 with Xubuntu since around June 2007. The releases around that time had quirks with getting the wireless and screen resolution right. But lately (Ubuntu 10.04 and later) everything just works without any fiddling around.

The machine itself has been a reliable work horse for over four years. I expect I'll continue using it for another four years, maybe.

Andy Moss, 2009/07/12 16:44

Just loaded Ubunto 9.04 and everything works first time with no issues

pscottdv, 2007/12/13 18:36

Return from Suspend

I have this laptop and it always fails to return from suspend. Actually, I think it does return, but the screen stays blank. How did you get suspend to work? (I have had Ubuntu 7.04, FC5, FC6, FC7 and currently FC8 installed)

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