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Acer Aspire 8930G


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 8930G 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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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 8930G specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 8930G
ProcessorIntel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T9400
Screen18.4“ WUXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDUp to 640GB
Optical DriveBlu-ray
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce 9700M GT
NetworkEthernet, Intel 5100 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorksBlu Ray/HDMI Blu Ray both work, although there is yet no way of playing Blu-Ray movies in Linux.
GraphicsWorks (NOT SUSE 11)But not out of the box, had to update Nvidia drivers before activation.RESOLUTION LIMITED TO 1680 ON SUSE 11. Waste of money to buy such expensive hw when it cannot be used.
SoundWorks finally out of the box since a while now (march2010)
EthernetWorks Out of the box
WirelessWorksOut of the box
BluetoothWorksOut of the box
56K ModemWorks
Card ReaderWorksNeeded tweaking, re: Adding pciehp.pciehp_force=1 to kernel parameters in /boot/grub/menu.lst fixes this.
ExpressCard SlotWorks Adding pciehp.pciehp_force=1 to kernel parameters in /boot/grub/menu.lst fixes this.
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
Remote Control Problem area


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Thomas, 2010/06/05 02:06

10.04 Webcam wont work. any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Shinger, 2010/06/09 18:45

Install cheese

sudo apt-get install cheese

that should make the camera work at least in ubuntu 9.10 it still works

I havent installed 10.04 yet but planning to do after i sended back for garantee.
I do have some questions What does work using Ubuntu 10.04 and what does not?
- Fingerprint (very important to know)

Squirrel, 2010/08/06 22:31

Could also be bad hardware. The webcam on mine stopped working and wouldn't even work when I booted into windoze. If you still have windoze installed, see if it registers there. If it works in windoze, then you need to work on your install. If it don't work in windoze, it probably needs to be RMA'd or fixed

Daniel, 2009/11/09 00:02

Found out… Fn + F7 solves the disabling touchpad thingy. Some times rtfm solves it. :)

Daniel, 2009/11/08 23:55

Hey! Great guide.

I put in xubuntu 9.10 today. Three major problems.

1. How do i deactivate the touchpad? (Cant find anything in /etc/X11/xorg.conf regarding the touchpad.)

2. Screenresolution. My maximum is 1680 x 945. And I want 1920 x 1080.

3. Only sound in the front speakers. Not on the… “Dolby Home Theater” speaker.

Best Regards

Shinger, 2009/11/05 16:15

Ive just installed 9.10 on the Acer Aspire 6920G. Most of the things are the same as the 8930.


- Graphics
- Sound + internal Mic (you have to set it on mic 2 not 1 to get it to work)
- Wlan + LAN
- Bluetooth Sending - Receiving didnt but i think it was the phones fault.
- 2 other buttons between bluetooth and wlan only one works because the second tries to open emailclient but dont have any emailclients on it.
- cinedash
- Internal webcam


- SDCard Reader
- FingerPrint Reader


- Infra Remote Control
- Express Card

Seweryn Wzgarda, 2010/04/26 16:56

An uncomfortable solution but for a temporary use of SDCard Reader in Ubuntu 9.10 is restart with memory card placed inside the card reader.

- andreverne -

Susanna Kaukinen, 2009/11/03 18:16

Installed Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) on Thursday and everything works out of the box as far as I can tell. Haven't tried USB or Bluetooth though. Sound works, graphics work, WLAN works.

I'm happy! :-)

DM, 2009/09/15 20:35

I tested Karmic Koala Alpha 5 - The sound works out of the box on it (It has newer versions of ALSA, I'm guessing).

opensuse11.1, 2009/09/09 11:55

can someone please post their /etc/X11/xorg.conf file please. I can't get sax2 to change to the full 1920×1080 resolution.

Suse11.1, 2009/10/21 21:20

I have exactly the same problem with the resolution.
PLEASE someone post a workign X11 conf and the nvidia driver numbers.
I have pulled out all my hair…..over this.

James, 2009/06/28 19:21

Thanks Clive, works with ubuntu 8.10 also, added the line to the file (which was empty), rebooted and now have sound.

Snowy, 2009/04/25 10:58

Has anyone tried the upgrade to Jaunty? I tested the live cd, sound didnt work, same fix as before? Dont want to risk an upgrade without some info on how to fix some the problems.

Nico, 2009/05/15 12:02

Have a look at hdverb and download the newest alsa-driver. But everytime you upgrade the latest version of kernel, you have tou recompile the alsa-sources.

Sorry for my bad english.


Clive, 2009/06/03 20:24

I've found a good fix for the “no sound” problem on Ubuntu Jaunty.

My thanks to the original poster. It got the sound working on my 8930.

add “options snd-hda-intel model=auto” without quotes at the end of this file “/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf”.

You can use gedit, kate or your favorite text editor like this :
gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

PSyKoW, 2009/03/10 16:59

Thanks !!, 2008/11/11 16:00

Ubuntu 8.10 on Aspire 8920G

Installed uBuntu Linux as the OEM installation of Vista was 32 bit. Ubuntu installed extremely easily as dual boot (HDD was partitioned by Acer). It boots up fast - and runs same apps faster than Vista - as is to be expected. I was surprised how easily it installed a CDMA modem - which have given me grief on other computers to configure. Prints and scans fine. Screen has excellent res. Colours are great too. Wireless and Bluetooth work.

Initially these don't work: sound, touchpad, fingerprint reader, and I still don't know about the webcam and BluRay. In the next few days as I get time I'll try to look into those issues.

Even with these minor problems I'm over the moon with the installation. The system is very fast - which makes me happy.

Alex , 2011/03/08 02:26

I can't get the surround sound to work. Only stereo works. I am using ubuntu 10.10. Any fix available?

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