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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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|Name||Acer TravelMate 5720|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg, Bluetooth|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
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.
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.
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.
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.