View Full Version : [ubuntu] Aspire 5742G will i have graphics problems?

February 21st, 2011, 10:41 PM
Just bought >this< (http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/acer-aspire-5742g-refurbished-laptop-08527245-pdt.html) laptop, I am awaiting it's delivery. However after further research I see some people have had problems because of optimus graphics the problem being switching between integrated graphics and the dedicated Graphics card.>This< (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1579444&highlight=5742G) guy appeared to have no problems as such. However this particular listing for the laptop i have bought only mentions a dedicated card can someone put my mind at rest please. :(

I have no intentions of running windows so the laptop will have to go back if it has integrated / dedicated optimus graphics.

February 25th, 2011, 11:25 PM
I have a 5742g too. Nvidia graphics are not working. Don't install the driver from Nvidia, or your Ubuntu will end in the commandline. The developers of Nvidia don't have any interest in developing drivers for linux systems so that these cards can be used. You only can use the Intel graphics. But it's powerful enough for e.g. Supertuxkart. I tested Zero Ballistics which made my laptop hanging up under Windows and under Ubuntu I wasn't able to play it too, because the graphics were just nothing. It's so boring. :evil:

And what I find very crazy is, that a i5 460m should be build in. But Ubuntu tells me I have an i5 480m with 2.67 GHz as well as Windows 7. Another wrong fact: "up to 3.5 hours battery life". Not at all. I can't get this under Ubuntu where it is around 1h50 and under Windows you have to turn down the brightnes to lowest level to get around 3h. Up to now, I didn find out, how to change brightnes under Ubuntu. Bluetooth problem can be solved this way: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1667631

I think the price is ok. I paid 699.00 EUR = 596.528 GBP in november. Now it's a bit cheaper with 579.99 GBP = 679.621 EUR.

If you have any questions about the device feel free to contact me :-)

No more Nvidia for me!!! And no more Acer. They are just inventing BIOS software, which can't be really controlled by the user.