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blasmat
June 13th, 2012, 01:51 PM
Has anyone installed Ubuntu 12.04 (or any other version for that matter) on the Acer Aspire AS7750-6423? I am going to be purchasing a new laptop within the next few weeks, and I found this model (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2159767&CatId=4965) at a much lower price than any other laptop with comparable specs. All the reviews I've seen of the machine itself have been positive, but I haven't been able to find anything in the forums or anywhere else about running any linux distro on it.

As far as I can tell, the hardware seems like it should be perfectly compatible, but I'm no expert. Any input?

N0oki3
June 13th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Hello there and welcome to the forums. If I quote the laptop from the link you have gave


Graphics Specifications
Graphics Description Integrated Graphics
GPU/VPU Intel HD Graphics 3000


This graphic card does not support unity 3D and you will have problems with all applications that requires openGL.


I would recommend you this notebook (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1933206&CatId=4935)

It does cost a bit more but it is long way better and also I never had problem with dell (well RIP after 7 years of usage...but than I have made a mistake buying HP)

This laptop has discrete graphic card or if we could say "real graphic card" you also won't have problem by running unity 3D nor any application that requires openGL

But than again if you don't need / want 3D support than acer or any other cheaper notebook is awesome for you

ps: in this topic (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1543006) you can see all the notebooks that people have and have shared their expiriance with them. There are also old notebooks so check date of the post.

blasmat
June 13th, 2012, 06:31 PM
Thanks for the reply!

I am getting rather confused about which graphics cards to look for - I have seen multiple posts on various forums indicating that Ubuntu 12.04 does not play well at all with NVIDIA or AMD Radeon cards, but this thread (http://askubuntu.com/questions/140032/is-there-a-driver-for-the-intel-hd-3000-graphics-processor-on-ubuntu-11-10-or-12) indicates that Intel HD 3000 graphics work perfectly out of the box...

N0oki3
June 13th, 2012, 07:43 PM
More or less all of the notebooks have hybrid graphic cards (intergrated for desktop and low performance applications for power saving and such and discretefor high performance and using direct X, openGL and stuff...)

At the moment linux is not quite compatible as windows so there is quite problematic. Mostly users with locked bios - to set default graphic card to use on boot and radeon HD 5xxxM series have problem. As they cannot use DGPU (the better one) -> result of no openGL and unity 3D.

Also under intel HD 3000 it depends which 1 you get. For instance Intel HD 3000 -> Vesa SandyBridges = does not support unity 3D

in this topic (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1930450) you can see that alot of people with hybrid graphic cards doesn't have problem while some of us have :)