[ubuntu-uk] Acer 5742 laptop compatibility with Ubuntu

Bob Giles thecorfiot at gmail.com
Mon Oct 17 06:32:58 UTC 2011

Hi Listers!

Having successfully converted my wife to Ubuntu Linux the time has come 
to replace her ageing laptop. I have seen an advert from Dabs offering 
an Acer 5742 I5 laptop for £399 inc VAT. (http://goo.gl/zcPyN) This 
appears to fit the bill but I have a couple of concerns.

I am happy to remove the installed Windows 7 and replace it with Ubuntu 
but was wondering whether anyone here has any experience of this model 
running under Ubuntu.

My main concerns are around compatibility of the wireless NIC and graphics.

The wireless NIC purports to be Acer InviLink Nplify and the graphics 
are Intel HD Graphics Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0.

Does anyone have any experience of either this machine or perhaps more 
importantly the compatibility of these components.

Any observations would be welcome as I am due to travel to the UK at the 
week end and was considering making the purchase. The selection here in 
Greece is both limited and expensive!

Thanks for your time.

Bob Giles
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