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Acer Aspire 8920


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 8920 laptop.

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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NameAcer Aspire 8920
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen18.4“ WUXGA+ Widescreen
Optical DriveBlu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 9500M or NIDIA Geforce 9650M
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945AGN 802.11abg or Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityDebian CommentsUbuntu Comments
Optical Driveworks
Graphicsworkstested on Debian Lenny (with latest NVidia drivers)(NVidia drivers are a must to prevent the graphic card from overheating) tested on Ubuntu and works
Soundworksonly Subwoofer might run, but not on Lenny; on some distributions the Subwoofer might run, see this Link.need to mute the s/PDIF channels and unmute the other channels
Ethernetdoes not worktested on Debian Lenny (might run with custom packages and/or configuration)works with Ubuntu and some work
Wirelessworkstested on Debian Lenny
BluetoothTested Works in Ubuntu
56K ModemNot Tested
USBworkstested on Debian LennyWorks with Ubuntu
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
CameraNot Tested Works with Ubuntu in Skype with no extra work. but not in other apps unless extra settings are done


I run Ubuntu 8.04 on it of the second hard drive I've installed. (dual boot with the original vista that I haven't used other than for watching blue ray disks and video editing) It has been a bit of work to find all the documents and information I needed to get this machine working (few months back from the date this has been written)


Dual screen 1920×1080 LCD on Laptop and external LCD @ 1280×1024 : Working (NVIDIA restricted drivers)


Working (needed some work but instructions are available on the net)


Worked at installation with no issues


Has been a struggle to make it work (lots of steps but instructions all available on the net) (not the same audio quality with sub woofer as in windows but decent.

Fancy control panel

Kinda working with no extra settings but not as smooth as in windows (workable for me)

Screen brightness and adjustment

Not working at first but with instructions on the net and some bash files it works with the fn+> key and with short cut icons on the tool bar (have to sudo /home/user/bin folder to hold all your bash files that need to be run as root (instead of sudo it all)


Working with proper setup to be found on the net. very detailed and good instructions. (have it working with head piece (plantronics) to use with skype, and works great if you just reset after every call by pressing the button on the plantronics. easy one


I didn't set it up at all, but got it working with skype and that is all I need it for anyway.


Not even tried, (don't use it)

2nd hard drive with grub to boot as first

Working great.

USB Devices

All work out of the box with Ubuntu 8.04.


I do have one issue: on regular basis my file system (EXT3) gets dirty and I have to run the live CD to fix it with fsck. many fixes. I don't know if that is because I run the disk on the second SATA controller or my second hard drive is damaged. I might have a bad hard drive. (my other linux machines never had any issues with it before in same set-ups) So I can't say right now what the cause is here. but thought I mention it.


I found it working that great that I have installed Virtual Box to run my windows software under a Virtual XP (don't like vista at all) I have MS office, Quick books 2007, Power CAD Pro, and the usual BS from windows working in 2 different virtual sessions. It does work so good, I haven't touched my vista partition in months now.

Have fun guys, Ubuntu / Suse + OO Rock and is very productive. (but take the time to learn some command line stuff on the side, it's worth spending time for)

Greetings, T. Kojak

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