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 +====== Acer Aspire 5738, 4736 ======
 +===== Author(s) =====
 +Ashok Gautham (
 +===== Introduction =====
 +Acer Aspire 5738 and its smaller sister Acer Aspire 4736 have the same configuration but for the monitor size and 5738 has a separate numpad. I use a lot of screenspace and so I chose the larger one. But whatever I type here is applicable to both the models. ( I can confirm this because a friend of mine has a 4736). Acer has revamped its keyboard in these models and they are really a pleasure to type in. They are really flat and are very delicate and sensitive. I feel like I could be typing for hours without any stress. The touchpad at times(as usual) gets in between you and your typing. You can lock it using the 1-touch touchpad lock. However, to unlock it, you have to remove and add the kernel module after unlocking through the button. I dont find this a huge problem.
 +# modprobe -r psmouse && modprobe psmouse
 +This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 5738. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the [[http://​​acer_aspire_5738|Acer Aspire 5738 page on LapWik]].
 +===== Specifications =====
 +For full specifications see the [[http://​​wiki/​acer+aspire+5738|Acer Aspire 5738 specifications page]].
 +| Name|Acer Aspire 5738 and Aspire 4736|
 +| Processor|Core2Duo T6400, Centrino 1 technology(2.0 GHz, 800MHz FSB)|
 +| Screen|15.6'',​ 1366x768, 16:9 HD(5738); 14.1''​(5746)|
 +| RAM|3GB DDR3|
 +| HDD|320 GB|
 +| Optical Drive|DVD-RW/​Multirecorder|
 +| Graphics|Intel GMA 4500MHD|
 +| Network|Ethernet,​ Bluetooth, WLan 802.11DraftN|
 +===== Linux Compatibility =====
 +| Processor|Yes|I used a 64bit and a 32 bit livecd|
 +| Screen|Yes|Brightness keys works fine under ubuntu 9.10  |
 +| HDD|Yes| |
 +| Optical Drive|Yes|I am yet to test writing capabilities,​ but it will work|
 +| Graphics|Yes|Debian/​Ubuntu/​Mandriva get it out of the box while we have to add xdriver=vesa for Fedora'​s DVD|
 +| Sound|Yes|Yes. Note: Headset plugin to the black hole|
 +| Ethernet|Yes|Not working with ubuntu 9.04[fine after update], but ok with 9.10|
 +| Wireless|Yes| |
 +| Bluetooth|Yes| |
 +| 56K Modem|Not Tested|I dont care anyway|
 +| USB|Yes|Even Supports booting from usb cdroms and usb sticks|
 +| Firewire|None| |
 +| Card Reader|Yes| |
 +| ExpressCard Slot|None| |
 +| Camera|Yes|Works out of the box on Cheese. But is not detected in mandriva|
 +| VGA Output| Yes | Tested in Ubuntu 9.10 |
 +| HDMI Output | Not Tested |  |
 +===== Notes =====
 +Excellent buy. It is dirt cheap. It is energy star compliant too :D
 +===== Summary =====
 +I got each part working on a different distro. So it is surely bound to work with some configuration.`
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