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Acer TravelMate 8471


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 8471 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer TravelMate 8471. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer TravelMate 8471 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Acer TravelMate 8471 specifications page.

NameAcer TravelMate 8471
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor: 3MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen14” WXGA (1366 x 768)
GraphicsIntel GMA 4500MHD
RAMUp to 8GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100

Linux Compatibility

Optical Driveyes
GraphicsyesIntel Graphics, that means KernelModeSetting and full 3D support
Soundyeseverything, to get internal mic working install linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic (see
Wirelessyesrandom disconnects of the Intel 5100 chips requiring reboots (see notes)
Card Readeryes
Fingerprint ReaderNo DriverEgistec


Suspend to Ram works with kernel commandline option i8042.reset=1.
Suspend to Disk (aka hibernate) works.
Starting with linux-kernel 2.6.34-rc5 (perhaps even 2.6.33) there are no wlan problems any more.



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jimmyrapper, 2014/04/13 05:54

There is a known issue with this laptop's network card and windows dual botting: when putting windows in hibernation, it will freeze the nic into a state from which linux is unable to start it anymore.
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Hans Kristian Munkejord, 2010/09/22 14:45

Bluetooth works fine - out of the box:-)

Bill Giannikos, 2010/09/22 15:40

Thanks, page has been updated.

Jesper Banck, 2010/08/30 11:45

I have a computer just as the one described and it is not recommended to run linux, the cpu-fan spins at its highest all the time

Hans Kristian Munkejord, 2011/07/14 10:30

Strange. I run Mint XFCE and my cpu-fan is very low.

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