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Acer TravelMate 5520


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 5520 laptop.

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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NameAcer TravelMate 5520
ProcessorAMD Turion 64 X2
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X1250
NetworkEthernet, Acer InviLink 802.11bg

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


To use ACPI you will have to update the laptop's BIOS the latest (1.17).


Acer TravelMate 5520 has been tested with Ubuntu 8.10, it appears to be fully functional aslong as you if you first update the BIOS to 1.17 for the ACPI.


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jeremysmith, 2014/11/05 08:45

Its running capability is on top! Great specifications too.

randy112, 2014/09/02 15:17

I have an Acer, a very old one, and I was say, they are like shell laptops, don't come with much propriety software, but they do run very efficiently, very similar to Dell computers.


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Pablo, 2011/11/04 11:13

Ubuntu 11.10 wirenes ⇒ not work

echo, 2010/11/05 14:04

56K Modem Not Tested = not work
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M, 2010/02/25 09:46

Camera (Crystal Eye) OK

Installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, worked fine out of the box.

Ian E, 2009/01/07 19:57

Processor OK
Screen OK
Optical Drive OK
Graphics OK
Sound OK
Ethernet OK
Wireless OK
56K Modem Not Tested
Firewire Not Tested
Card Reader Not Tested
ExpressCard Slot Not Tested
PCMCIA Not Tested
Fingerprint Reader Not Tested

using Ubuntu 8.10 everything ok up and running for 1 week

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