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Acer TravelMate 7730


This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 7730 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer TravelMate 7730. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer TravelMate 7730 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Acer TravelMate 7730 specifications page.

NameAcer TravelMate 7730
ProcessorIntel® Core™ 2 Duo processor – P8600
Screen17“ WXGA+ Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5300 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderWorksSee notes below


Follow the instructions at to get the fingerprint reader working. Thanks to Evil Dax for this tip.


You can enter a summary of how well the Acer TravelMate 7730 works with Linux here.


ElPablo, 2010/01/22 13:13

I've Ubuntu 9.10 installed on my TM7730. I've put in a “D-Link DFE-690TXD Fast Ethernet cardbus notebook adapter” to have my acer connected to my home network. After boot everything worked just fine without having any additional drivers installed.

Evil Dax, 2009/01/30 18:23

Just installed Ubuntu64 8.10 on my laptop, here's the score:

Name: Acer TravelMate 7730G
Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor – P8400
Screen: 17” WXGA+ Widescreen (1440×900)
HDD: 500GB x2
Optical Drive: DVD+-RW, Bluray read
Graphics: NVidia 9600M GT
Network: Ethernet, Intel Wifilink 5100 802.11a/b/g/n

Detected / Working after clean install:
CPU, Memory, Graphics, HDDs, Bluray (read info, no playback out-of-the-box), USB, USB through Easyport IV (port-replicator), Ethernet, Wireless, Touchpad, Cardreader

Not working (maybe after some digging around)
Ethernet through Easyport IV, Build-in Webcam, Fingerprint.

Not tested, nothing to test with:
56k modem, Expresscard, HDMI.

In-all; nice going for clean install, next up is trying to get these things working.

CardCoin, 2009/01/19 22:27

Just a note to let ya know that I'm running the Acer 7730 with a version of ubuntu 8.10 and it has actually worked pretty well. That is wireless, graphics, sound and ethernet all working without a glitch. (and no additional files needed either)

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