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Acer Aspire 4520

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 4520 laptop. Thanks to Tiago for these details.

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 Aspire 4520
ProcessorAMD Turion 64 X2 TL-52 1.6GHz
Screen14.1“ WXGA Widescreen
RAM1GB
HDD120GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 7000M
NetworkNvidia Ethernet, Atheros AR5007EG 802.11bg

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYes

Notes

The NVIDIA driver is supported by both the open source 'nv' module and the proprietary 'nvidia' module. For 3D support you will need to use the proprietary module. See our guides for more details.

You will need to install ALSA version 1.0.16 or later for sound support. Currently no Linux distribution includes this so you will have to manually install it. Again our guides has details about doing this.

For proper hardware support you will need to use kernel version 2.6.20 or greater.

Tiago has further information at http://acer-linux.blogspot.com/.

Summary

The main problem with this laptop is with the need to install the ALSA modules. However this shouldn't pose a problem for most users which makes this laptop a good Linux candidate. The ALSA issues will be release in future Linux releases.

acer_aspire_4520.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/09 22:48 by don