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Acer TravelMate 8371


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 8371 laptop. If you have the Acer TravelMate 8371 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer TravelMate 8371. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer TravelMate 8371 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Acer TravelMate 8371 specifications page.

NameAcer TravelMate 8371
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo
ntel® Core™2 Solo
Screen13.3“ 1366 x 768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4330
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 5100 (dual-band quad-mode 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N)

Linux Compatibility

Card ReaderYes
Fingerprint ReaderNo driverEgistek


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Acer TravelMate 8371 here.

Setting up the mic

This paragraph is here only for legacy reasons. By now, everything works out of the box.

I tested on Ubuntu 9.10 and got it working. It seems to be a problem of PulseAudio. If there is some expert arround here, who can tell what has to be done to run it with any other distribution, please edit this note. Also this is only important if you want to use the mic with applications, that do not directly use alsa. Unlike audacity and like Skype, in example.

**Only confirmed for Ubuntu 9.10 Be careful. This may do harm to your system!

The issue with this mic is, that it got a mono input, but the software tries to get it stereo. So we have to turn of one channel completely.

1.You have to do: sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic 2.Then reboot. 3.Now install pavucontrol. Open it and go to input. There you have to unmute the mic if it's not already, click on this “channels together” button. Set as fallback should be activated. Now you mute one channel and set the other one to 40-60% (should be save). And thats it.

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Careful: Do NOT use your Gnome audio setup to control the microphone - this will destroy your settings and you have to step 3 once again. Also this doesn't even seem to work for Kubuntu 9.10. So PLEASE suggest a better version of this.


Works like a charm. There doesn't seem to be any driver for the Egistek fingerprint reader built into this laptop.

acer_travelmate_8371.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/07 16:56 by don