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Acer TravelMate 5720

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 5720 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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Specifications

NameAcer TravelMate 5720
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz
Screen15.4” WXGA Widescreen
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
PCMCIAYes
CameraYes

Notes

Graphics

For the graphics to work on the 5720 you will need to install the proprietary fglrx module. See the guides section here for details on doing this.

Some versions of the TravelMate 5720 include the Intel GMA X3100 rather than the ATI tested here. It has been reported that this works just fine.

Sound

Many Linux distribution will have problems with sound on this laptop. This is because you need at least version 1.0.16 of the ALSA modules which most distributions don't have. See the guides section here for instructions on installing the latest ALSA modules.

Camera

The webcam in supported by the Linux-uvc driver. Some, but not all, distributions include this driver. Details on installing this driver is available in our guides section.

Summary

The biggest issue with the Acer TravelMate 5720 is the ATI graphics controller with it being necessary to use the propriety ATI driver. Some extra installation work may also be necessary for the webcam and sound.


Discussion

O.F., 2011/08/28 17:01

I've had a TravelMate 5720 for about a year now, running Kubuntu (currently 11.04).
Almost everything I ever tried works perfectly out of the box: the SD card slot, the built-in webcam (I was surprised by the high quality, and it also works perfectly with Skype), the screen brightness buttons, the touchpad, the USB slots, the WiFi.
I never tried firewire.
Today I tried the bluetooth for the first time and could not make it work. I don't see any /dev/hci* device and there is no acerhk module anywhere (if it is at all relevant).

HarryHaaren, 2009/12/10 19:51

I'm using this laptop for a year now, currently running a derivative of Debian linux, AvLinux. Its optimized for Audio/Visual work.

Firewire works very well, its a Texas Instruments chip, & im getting latencies of 2-3 ms when playing back a stereo track.

Video can be a pain, but the new Video4Linux drivers cope with it well. (its not THE best webcam if you know what i mean..)

OnBoard audio is an Realtek ALC880 (its labeled an Intel Corporation 82801H in my hardInfo report).

Card reader doesnt seem to work, no special efforts have gone into fixing it tho, I dont really have a need for 1.

Bluetooth, very good. Switch works and all ;-)

Wireless: Support needs a special driver, (not sure if its closed-source). Works well after installing the driver.

Modem: untested.

HardInfo report: http://sites.google.com/site/harryhaaren/Home/hardinfo_report.html?attredirects=0&d=1

Hope that helped! Im subscribed to comments if you need more info,
Cheers, -Harry

Martin, 2009/08/12 15:30

I installed LinuxMint 7 (Gnome) last week (also tried KDE),

Things works fine, except the ATI drivers, they dont seem to fully support the Mobility HD 2600 card. As with windows only the correct drivers are provided by Acer, but there are no specific linux drivers.

This means that alot a software have glitches, Blender flicker, SketchUp with Wine is all black. The only solution is to deactivate your drivers when working with such software to then activate them again when your done. Works pretty good. But im afraid that these cards will newer be fully supported.

fubidou, 2008/11/16 14:41

modem

I read here (myrizio.wordpress.com/review-of-my-acer-travelmate-5720-and-linux) that the modem isn't compatible with linux…

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