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Acer Aspire 5520


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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 5520
ProcessorAMD Athlon 64 X2
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA Geforce 7000M
NetworkEthernet, Acer InviLink 802.11bg

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


Install went smoothly.
Used Envy to get graphics drivers.
Had some trouble with the wifi.
Found these ( instructions to be best. Used Wifi Radar to get connected after wireless showed up in my network drivers.



dorkfish, 2009/11/21 16:37

Everything I've tested works out of the box for me: NVIDIA graphics, webcam, audio, wireless, and most of the multimedia keys. Running an up-to-date Arch Linux.

jayne, 2009/10/17 07:12

HELP HELP HELP I am having problems with the sound on my pc, no volume, when i put the drivers in it gets near end then error and rolls back, i have also downloaded drivers audio realtec and this does the same, how do i get sound on my pc?

Tiigon, 2009/10/11 20:51

With Xubuntu 9.04 wireless (and everything else too) works out of the box.

Susanna Kaukinen, 2009/03/18 17:08

I also installed kubuntu 8.10 kde 4.1 on Acer Aspire 5220. Everything seems okay, but maybe the window manager is a bit sluggish. I use fvwm myself, so it surely feels slower than that. I didn't use gkrellm to get a constant visibility to CPU consumption.

I used aptitude to install linux-backports-modules-$SOME_VERSION to get the ath5k driver for wireless. In addition to that I needed to blacklist two modules, but no complicated configuration or compiling anything was necessary.

I did have a few problems when I changed the wireless modem, as the 5520 had problems finding the second wireless network. However, waiting a bit and fiddling w/the ethernet cable made it somehow visible, and for now it works okay. If you google “ath5k linux-backports-modules”, it seems that there may be open bugs pending. I didn't look into it.

I'm quite sure that the computer would fly w/fvwm compared to kde4, which seems like an incredible waste of performance, but I have to say that it looks kind of nice.

DBA, 2009/03/10 00:00

I got 4GB memory on Turion TL-58 64×2. Typing from it with Ubuntu 64-bit 8.10.

Memory only shows less than 4GB.
MemTotal: 3797356 kB
MemFree: 2344232 kB
Buffers: 80116 kB
Cached: 570512 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Loaded with Restricted driver on nVidia and Wifi drivers. Add 2 lines to /etcmodprobe.d/blacklist.

blacklist ath_hal
blacklist ath_pci

Then reboot it, lsmod shows ath5k loaded and iwconfig works just fine.

Is it possible to get dualhead monitors on this?

Can QuickCam and bluetooth have issues?

dba@dba-laptop:/etc/modprobe.d$ dmesg | grep -i blue
[ 28.482550] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.13
[ 28.482853] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[ 28.482862] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[ 28.523393] Bluetooth: L2CAP ver 2.11
[ 28.523410] Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized
[ 28.564950] Bluetooth: SCO (Voice Link) ver 0.6
[ 28.564967] Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized
[ 28.604057] Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized
[ 28.604745] Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized
[ 28.604756] Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.10
[ 28.617299] Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3
[ 28.617316] Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast

$ hcitool scan
Device is not available: No such device

Morten, 2009/02/17 11:37

hey plz tell me how to get wireless connection with linux on acer aspire 5520, i got double boot, windows vista home and the newest linux.

Ross Kuipers, 2009/02/17 14:48

You have to compile special madwifi drivers to get wireless working.

Ross, 2009/02/05 05:32

Also having problems with overheating, the machine then shuts down automagically. Now experimenting with the noapic as bootoption.

Ross, 2009/02/04 16:04

Processor : Works (speed scaling also)
Screen : Works (with nvidia drivers)
HDD : Works
Optical Drive : Works
Graphics : Works (with nvidia drivers)
Sound : Works
Ethernet : Works
Wireless : Does not works out-of-the-box, installed madwifi atheros driver, and works, connecting via wicd package
56K Modem : Not tested
USB : Works
Firewire : Not tested
Card reader : Works
ExpressCard Slot: Not tested

austin, 2008/12/04 15:32

I have installed kubuntu 8.10 kde 4.1 on acer aspire 5520.I had to use wicd to get wireless.Now I have been haveing trouble with high cpu caused by plasma.It uses 40 to 50%.Sometimes peaking at 80+%.Causes overheating,I havn't been able to find out why this is.But I will continue to work on it.

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