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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 8572 laptop.
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|Name||Acer TravelMate 8572|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-620M Mobile Processor (4MB Intel® Smart Cache, 2.66GHz)
Intel® Core™ i5-520M Mobile Processor (3MB Intel® Smart Cache, 2.4GHz)
Intel® Core™ i3-350M Mobile Processor (3MB Intel® Smart Cache, 2.26GHz)
|Screen||15.6” (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||up to 500GB|
|Graphics||Intel® HD Graphics|
Acer® InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n (Broadcom)
|Screen||OK||brightness adjustment keys work|
|Optical Drive||Not Tested|
|Sound||OK||If you use Ubuntu, you will have major problems to get the sound working correctly. The problem is the Conexant 5069 chip. Here is the solution: http://ubuntu-ky.ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=9459478&postcount=38 You need to install Alsa 1.23.0 before, here the link: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6589810#post6589810 – [wks] But only *one* mic channel is working.|
|Wireless||FAIL||Needs proprietary wl driver, sees APs, but doesn't get IP via dhcp. – [wks] Ndiswrapper doesn't help! Instead, Install the proprietary driver automatically; choosing “system / administration / drivers” will find a “Broadcom-WLAN-STA Driver” which works perfectly (but not parallel with ndiswrapper). But … this driver will always activate your wireless network by default and turn the wifi hardware switch on. Pressing it in will result in … nothing.|
|Bluetooth||Not Tested||[wks] Gnome: The Bluetooth applet switches Bluetooth on by default, even if switched off before shutting down the PC/Gnome.|
|Card Reader||OK||[wks] The Card reader is pretty slow, about 9 MBit/s.|
|Touchpad||OK||[wks] BUT Multitouch doesn't work|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
|Webcam||OK||[wks] Works fine with “Cheese”.|
|ACPI||Partially fails||[wks] To make ACPI show your battery, you have to upgrade your BIOS to 1.10 (to be found at the Acer web pages). This also enables the wifi keys.|
Notes marked with [wks] made by W. Kösters.
[wks] This laptop comes with pre-installed Windows 7 which doesn't allow to install a dual boot system. If you want to run a dual boot system, you either have to buy and install a regular Windows, or to run your second system (e.g., Ubuntu) from a removable medium – as long as you don't know how to force the Win7 installation to give you free space (I didn't succeed without damaging Win7). I now run Ubuntu from a 30Mbit/s-USB-Stick (Intenso High Speed) which works perfectly well. I also tried to run it from a 30 MBit/s SDHC (SanDisk Extreme III), but since the card reader is very slow, I discontinued this. With Ubuntu, the battery doesn't run as long as with MS W7 – about 4 hours only.
Tested with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 32bit desktop.