User Tools

Site Tools


Acer TravelMate 5740


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 5740 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer TravelMate 5740. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer TravelMate 5740 page on LapWik.

Editing This Page

If you would like to edit this page please first view our Editing Guidelines.


For full specifications see the Acer TravelMate 5740 specifications page.

NameAcer TravelMate 5740
ProcessorIntel Core™ i5-430M/i5-520M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.26/2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.53/2.93/3.06 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache
Intel Core™ i3-330M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.13 GHz, DDR3 1066 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD320GB to 640GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested


Tested with Debian Squeeze

Installation notes for Debian Squeeze

I had to install a basic system from DVD: netinstall didn't work since the installer doesn't know the wired network device. The installation medium was “Debian GNU/Linux testing _Squeeze_ - Official Snapshot amd64 DVD Binary-1 20100809-04:27”. The tested hardware is a ACER Travelmate 5740-333G25MN.

Immediately after the installation, wired networking worked flawlessly so i was in the game. To get wireless networking, i installed the broadcom-sta package and did “module-assistant a-i broadcom-sta”.

Adding acpi_osi=“Linux” to the kernel parameters fixed the brightness control.

For two finger scrolling i had to edit the xorg.conf. My relevant section (everything works as i want it) is:

Section “InputDevice” Identifier “Touchpad0” Driver “synaptics” Option “Protocol” “auto-dev” Option “SHMConfig” “true” Option “HorizEdgeScroll” “on” Option “VertEdgeScroll” “on” Option “VertTwoFingerScroll” “on” Option “HorizTwoFingerScroll” “on” Option “CornerCoasting” “on” Option “PalmDetect” “on” Option “CircularScrolling” “on” Option “CircScrollTrigger” “3” Option “EmulateTwoFingerMinZ” “10” Option “EmulateTwoFingerMinW” “10” EndSection

Everything else worked out of the box, including the webcam, playing openarena and waking up from standby.


The Acer TravelMate 5740 works very well with Linux. As of now, the hardware is very new and you should therefore use a very new distro. It is also a nice piece of hardware.

acer_travelmate_5740.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/02 08:15 by don