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 +====== Acer Aspire 5542G ======
 +===== Author(s) =====
 +Boris van Schooten
 +===== Introduction =====
 +Tested with Ubuntu 9.10 32bit.
 +The Aspire 5542G appears to be the 5542 with a better GPU. The specs below are from my own variant of the model (304G64Mn).
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 +===== Specifications =====
 +| Name|Acer Aspire 5542G|
 +| Processor|AMD Athlon II X2 M300|
 +| Screen|1366x768 (note: about 18 bits per pixel interlaced)|
 +| RAM|4 GB|
 +| HDD|640GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue|
 +| Optical Drive|LG GT30N|
 +| Graphics|ATI Mobility Radeon 4570|
 +| Network|Ethernet,​ Wifi (Atheros AR9280)|
 +===== Linux Compatibility =====
 +| Processor|Yes||
 +| Screen|Yes||
 +| HDD|Yes|Fixed Scorpio head park problem with sudo hdparm -B 255 /dev/sda|
 +| Optical Drive|Yes||
 +| Graphics|Yes|Full 3D support with proprietary ATI driver|
 +| Sound|Yes|Speakers,​ headphone, microphone work|
 +| Ethernet|Yes||
 +| Wireless|Yes|ath9k crashes randomly, madwifi seems to work well|
 +| Bluetooth|Not Tested||
 +| USB|Yes||
 +| Card Reader|Not Tested||
 +| Camera|Not Tested||
 +===== Notes =====
 +The Scorpio 640GB has a head park problem that also manifests itself on the pre-installed windows (you hear clicking sounds from the drive every few seconds, during which the drive is inaccessible),​ and is also reported on other computers. ​ I fixed it by turning off its powersave functionality (sudo hdparm -B 255 /dev/sda).
 +The open source video driver also worked, though I did not test it extensively.
 +I had to install Madwifi manually in ubuntu 9.10.  I followed [[http://​​showthread.php?​t=1163380|these instructions]]. ​ I used jockey to enable it, but it turned out both madwifi and ath9k were running at the same time even after reboot. ​ This was fixed after putting a line "​blacklist ath9k" in /​etc/​modprobe.d/​blacklist.conf.
 +===== Summary =====
 +With CPU throttling defaulting to "​balanced"​ and HD powersave off, battery life is more than 2h 40m when I'm just web browsing.
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