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Acer Aspire 5534


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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5534 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5534
ProcessorAMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-core processor : 1MB On-Die L2 Cache
AMD Athlon 64 processor : 512KB On-Die L2 Cache
ScreenMonitor Size and resolutions
15.6“ HD (1366 x 768)
GraphicsATI Radeon HD 3200
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB - 500GB
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi

Linux Compatibility

HDDWorksNo problems there, install went in cleanly and all is great.
Optical DriveWorksATI drivers - on boot I get a few seconds of random flicker, then all works well
GraphicsWorksFor full support install the proprietary ATI drivers, see the guides section here for details.
SoundWorksOutput is working great, Internal mic - not working yet (looking for a fix)
WirelessWorks with updateSee notes
BluetoothNot Present
Card ReaderNot Tested


This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04 and 11.10.


Wireless support does work but most current Linux distribution don't support it fully at the moment. You need to install the latest version of the compat-wireless drivers for fully functioning wireless.

In Ubuntu 9.10 you should try installing the linux-backports-modules-karmic package before installing the above as this includes updated wireless drivers as well.

In Ubuntu 10.04 and 11.1 the wireless worked out of the box.


With older distros the wireless component of the Acer Aspire 5534 is the main obstacle with this laptop. A bit of work should get it working properly and newer Linux distributions seem to have solved this issue.


Kevin, 2013/09/07 09:57

One more comment. I was unsuccessful using Gnome 3 or Unity with the fglrx driver. On other machines, the nvidia 3.04, 3.10 and 3.25 drivers also failed to fire up with Gnome 3 or Unity.

This squeaky laptop definitely needs the hardware drivers. That leaves you with Xubuntu and Mint as good candidates for installing on the 5534.

There is a long way between Mint 15 and Mint 13. Even Mint 15 without the latest upgrades wasn't right until the after release updates completed.

Mint 15 and Xubuntu are just dandy with the 5534. I haven't booted Windows on this thing in months.

Everett, 2013/09/07 01:29

I thought I'd come back and make an updated poste about the current state of this laptop. I'm running mint 13 64bit (ubuntu 12.04 LTS based) with the legacy 13.1 drivers. local video files work fine now since the 13.1 driver has a “tear free” option to enable however flash videos are still garbage. really choppy in fullscreen. sluggish performance total rubbish.

Kevin, 2013/09/07 09:41

You should run Mint 15 and use the fglrx driver. My flash playback is just fine.

Everett, 2012/01/10 08:13

I've been running Linux Mint 11 for quite some time on this laptop. I've tried out other distros in the past and I can come to the conclusion that in order to watch flash or videos its best to NOT install the graphics drivers. kinda ruins any chance of gaming on it but at least it works without video tearing. I've tried every solution to fix the tearing issue but it seems to me that ATI/AMD linux drivers just flat out suck. This has shown me that the next laptop I get MUST have either Intel or Nvidia graphics. My desktop has a Nvidia card and all I have to do is enable VSYNC and everything is good but with this laptop I'm not sure if its just the HD 3200 series or if it's all ATI linux drivers but whatever the case is theres some sort of bug that causes tearing just from installing the drivers. Oh well other than that running Linux on this laptop is the right choice. It isn't a gaming beast it isnt some high end editing machine. It's a just a simple budget laptop great for the basics.

Kevin, 2012/01/10 14:44

It might have something to do with mint. I'm running Ubuntu 11.10. Flash is a little sluggish, just like it is on windows, but I haven't noticed any video tearing. It does the Unity 3d stuff fine. It even does WebGL with the Chrome browser. So you can play Chrome store games and stuff on the thing.

I'd just like the internal mike to work.

Kevin, 2011/12/28 03:19

So…. did you ever find a fix for the internal mic?

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