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Acer TravelMate 8200-8204WLMi

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 8200-8204WLMi laptop. This is a higher end laptop but like many Acer laptops it is well priced.

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 8200-8204WLMi
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2500 2Ghz
Screen15.4” WSXGA+
RAM1GB
HDD120GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X1600
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Integrated Camera

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYesUse e1000 module
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraNoNo support at this time

Notes

Currently the open source radeon module does not support the ATI Mobility Radeon x1600. However support is available in the current version of the proprietary ATI module. The proprietary module is required for the display to function.

Summary

Like all Intel Core notebooks, it is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel 2.6.16 or greater on the Acer TravelMate 8200. The proprietary modules is the main hurdle for this laptop, other than that it works well with Linux.


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