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Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire Ethos 8951G
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-2670QM Processor 2.2GHz with Turbo Boost technology up to 3.1GHz
Screen18.4“ 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
IEEE 802.11 a/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorksand speed 'on demand' as well
HDDWorksup to 2x 1To
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutWorksTested ok with differents screens 1024×768 up to 1920×1200
HDMI OutWorks
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
ModemNot Tested
ESATANot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderSemi Works
Fingerprint ReaderNot Working
WebcamWorksResolution is very good
Touch PadWorksbut softkeys(video, audio) aren't recognised properly, volume works


The main problem is the double graphic capability (Intel on the main board, + GeForce GT555M-1Go board) which is not handeld correctly with the standard pilot. Apparently ubuntu always uses the intel chipset and we loose the good performance of the GT555M. I've tried to stop the nvidia chipset (to reduce the current drain) no success. Even nvidia pilot doesn't handle the card correctly (and you need to reboot repair your config to get the x output) Nvidia released recently 2012-08 (NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-304.30) and haven't tried it yet. If you had any success, let us know.


Apicus Ubuntu 12.04_x86_64 (after 11.04, 11.10, Mint 12)


Overall, this laptop is usable on Linux. I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04. However their are a few things that I wish worked better, such as the fingerprint reader which doesn't work at all.

acer_aspire_ethos_8951g.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/19 20:58 by don