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Acer Aspire 5930


This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5930 laptop.

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 5930
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
HDD250GB or 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW or BluRay
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 or NVIDIA Geforce 8600M or NVIDIA Geforce 9600M GT
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn or Intel 5100 , Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Processorworkspowermanagement also works
Screenworksexternal screen also works
Optical Driveworks
Soundworksheadphones work with ALSA 1.19
Wirelessworksyou cant turn it on/off with the inbuild buttons
56K ModemNot Tested
Card Readerworksyou have to add “modprobe pciehp” in ”/etc/rc.d/rc.local“
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Cameraworkstested with skype, Cheese


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informant, 2010/11/10 15:27

As of ubuntu 10.10, everything works out of the box except surround sound (along with subwoofer), the rear right, rear left, centre speaker and subwoofer are detected but sound wont play out of them. You need to download and install drivers from the internet to get them working.

Touli, 2011/01/02 13:04

Where could I download these drivers?

azas, 2010/03/29 20:08

What about a power control software for linux? Acer spend much energy!!!!

Mime, 2009/07/13 13:03

Wireless can work if you uninstall Network Manager and installing Wicd Manager, working just typing your settings without any plug-in or driver.

Maykel Moya, 2009/05/06 20:21

I have a 5930G and sound worked with Ubuntu 9.04. Headphones volume is 'Surround' volume in the Volume Control.

Another issue is that the microphone next to the webcam don't work.

NSLW, 2009/10/20 11:21

On Fedora 11 it works. You only have to determine if you wan't mic from jack mic or built in mic.

carlan, 2009/01/26 21:37

brilliant idea. On my 4. distro and sound is a problem, as well as heat. You can download drivers from realtek and get sound on headphones. Ubuntu requires manual install but suse does it no problem. mepis has graphic problems. 59 minutes until mint is downloaded though. ubuntu runs hot as well.

Anonymous, 2008/11/08 15:29

Acer version with 9600 GT

Works on Suse linux 11 with upgraded kernel wifi on iwlagn

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