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Acer TravelMate 5520G


Togald Nilsson


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 5520G 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.

I have tried the laptop with Arch Linux, Debian “Lenny” and “Squeeze”, Ubuntu 9.10 and briefly with 11.04.

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NameAcer TravelMate 5520G
ProcessorAMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 1,9 GHz
Screen15,4“ 1280×800
HDD250 GB/232 GiB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW DL
GraphicsATi Mobility Radeon HD2400XT
NetworkEthernet 10/100/1000, Ralink wireless 802.11 b/g

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorYesNo issues
ScreenYesNo issues
HDDYesNo issues
Optical DriveYesNo issues
GraphicsYesNo issues, full 3D acceleration not tested. Open source ATi driver in Arch Linux works.
SoundYesNo issues
EthernetYesNo issues
WirelessYesPropertary drivers required, either Ralink b43 or Ralink STA
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYesNo issues
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYesNo issues
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraNot Tested


Ubuntu 11.10 supports two-finger scroll, windows does not. In Arch linux, the default scroll is two-fingers.


Linux works fine with the Acer TravelMate 5520G, just remember to install proprietary wireless drivers.

acer_travelmate_5520g.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/02 08:13 by don