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Acer Aspire 5732ZG


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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5732ZG specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5732ZG
ProcessorIntel® Pentium® dual_core T4400 processor (1 MB L2 cache)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 500GB - 5400RPM
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
Network10/100 Ethernet
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/Draft-N Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
Card ReaderNot Tested


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Jandor, 2011/01/20 21:07

We have had this laptop for just under a year, and have NEVER been able to connect it to a home internet. Can pick up wireless hotspots for public use. I have been shunted from pillar to post and have brought 3 different modems (n/b/g) and still not been able to get it to work. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Nicholas Tomlin, 2010/03/31 01:15

Mandriva 2010 X86_64, Aspire 5732 and Huawei [220 / 160X] USB modem compatability.

With the above arrangement of hardware I tried to connect a Huawei 160x modem complete with an Australian Optus network sim card, it would not work, period - the drakconnect software could not read the sim in the modem, though it did work well on M$ windoze xp and 7.

I had access to a Huawei 220 modem and connected it up without any difficulty, so I think there is a hardware issue with the 160x modem or some programming issue that prevents it from working on this platform.

Hope this helps you.


Nicholas Tomlin, 2010/03/26 00:53

32 Bit Compatability.

I've tried to install a 32 bit CAD program on this machine but it won't work without the appropriate libraries. With Mandriva 2010 on it now I can't seem to get libX…so.6 going on it in the 32 bit version, so backwards compatability [BC] may be an issue - I'd put because I haven't worked out how to do it quite yet before I would say that BC is an issue.

The package is varicad and when you get it up and running it is by far the best CAD software I've used on a computer, as opposed to TurboCAD on a microsoft platform - I know I've stopped pulling my hair out for years.

If you have a solution to this I'd like to know.

Nicholas Tomlin, 2010/03/23 13:47

Forgot to say in Audacity I selected the:

ALSA: HDA Intel: HDA Generic (hw 0,0)

input and outputs in the EDIT>Preferences submenu, other preferences may be required to drive the internal mike and speakers - your experiment.

Nicholas Tomlin, 2010/03/24 22:58

Never enough USB jacks on these lap tops.

This computer has 2 USB ports.

By the time I've plugged in my external mouse and gprs modem both are taken up.

Where do I plug in the memory stick?

You will need a hub for such a laptop if you use a multitude of devices like I do.

Nicholas Tomlin, 2010/03/23 13:33

OK, got the sound working on Mandriva 2009 with Audacity 1.3.5-Beta and it seems to be recording, I don't know if it will suffer the problems that the compaq did with Audacity recording well for about half an hour and then suddenly falling over and only recording half a second - seemingly not able to be fixed to do more - some bug in audacity I think - happy to be corrected if you know the cure, I don't.

I added as suggested on the Ubuntu wiki site the following lines to the alsa-base.conf and sound.conf, both of which are found in the directory etc/modprobe.d:

options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire

to check the input and output setting I used at the command prompt in terminal:


And set the levels at 75% for all channels

KMix also was used to adjust the volume via a GUI in KDE.

When I started Audacity it had the input volume for both the record and playback set at zero, I was using the headphone mic and earphone jacks on the side of the laptop and found that setting Audacity's volume levels at 50% was adequate for a clear voice recording.

I'd welcome any further contribs on this one.

Another issue that I'd like to troubleshoot is the video card and monitor for this laptop, it seems to work ok for me using the default 'vesa' display with auto resolution. If you have a way of having more comprehensive and better control I'd like to know.


Nic Tomlin

Nicholas Tomlin, 2010/03/23 12:38

I purchased this unit to hopefully get a better utility from the sound card and the video card which are a problem on the Compaq CQ61 406TX with an M320 processor.

I'm running mandriva 2009 on this one to use audacity for recording and have a problem with recording and playback services, the playback not being auto detected. It didn't work out of the box with Mandriva 2009.

I'll be trying a few mods to the alsa-base.conf file as suggested on some of the other sites to see if I can fix it.

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