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Acer Aspire 5742


This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5742 laptop.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5742 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5742
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5-460M Mobile Processor (3MB Intel® Smart Cache, 2.53GHz)
Intel® Core™ i3-370M Mobile Processor (3MB cache, 2.40 GHz)
Intel® Pentium® Processor P6100 (3MB L3 cache, 2.0GHz)
Intel® Core™ i5-480M Processor (3M Cache, 2.66 GHz)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Acer® InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorYesTested i3 & i5 processor
Optical DriveYesNo driver needs to be installed
GraphicsYesNo driver needs to be installed
WirelessYesNo driver needs to be installed
BluetoothYesUSB adapter required, no driver necessary
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderYesNo driver needs to be installed
WebcamYesJust open cheese, no drivers need to be installed


Tested using Ubuntu 10.10 64 bit, Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit, Ubuntu 11.10 32 bit, Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit and Fedora 15 64 bit.


Runs very well and smoothly - brightness can not be controlled without a little tweaking. Steps to control brightness can be found here

acer_aspire_5742.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/10 21:40 by don