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Notes on installation and compatibility of Ubuntu with Acer laptop computers. You can find more details at the end of the Summary.

Summary

Make

Model

Installs ?

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Ubuntu Release

Comments

Last Updated

Acer

Aspire 1356 LMi

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy)

Use "linux vga=771" as install argument.

2005-Nov-08

Acer

Aspire 1362 LMi

Yes

v5.04 (Hoary)

Modem and TV-out not tested. Use nVidia binary driver for GeForce and use ndiswrapper for Wlan. See this page for more infos.

2005-Apr-27

Acer

Aspire 1501 LMi

Yes

v6.10 (Edgy)

Disable powernowd to avoid thermal problems

2006-Nov-01

Acer

Aspire 1522 LC

Yes

3D (Unichrome,K8), Suspend

v5.10 (Breezy)

Using 32bit version

2005-Oct-12

Acer

Aspire 1522 WMLi

Yes

wlan(no ndiswrapper),no working power mgmt

Details below

Acer

Aspire 1524 WMLi

Yes

no native support for wlan (works with ndiswrapper but only in 32bit)

Kubuntu, v5.04 (Hoary), v5.10 (Breezy) & v6.06 (Dapper)

Suffers from overheating problem due to Ubuntu's nasty lack of ACPI support. See launchpad bug #22336.

Acer

Aspire 1640 WMLi

Yes

v6.06 (Dapper), v7.04 (Feisty)

Nearly everything works right away. details

2007-Mar-01

Acer

Aspire 1642 WMLi

Yes

ACPI not tested

v6.06 (Dapper)

lan, wlan works; works generally very well, for correct display resolution follow instructions in i915Driver

2006-Jul-11

Acer

Aspire 1652 WMLi

Yes

vga, lan, wlan, ACPI power management

v6.06 (Dapper)

Details below

2006-Jul-19

Acer

Aspire 1681 WMLi

Yes

Details below

Acer

Aspire 1692 WMLi

Yes

ACPI

v5.04 (Hoary)

Boot with 'noapic' and 'hw-detect/start_pcmcia=false'. Modify xorg.conf as in model 1694. Patch the DSDT with this one (see below)

Acer

Aspire 1694 WMLi

Yes

ACPI

v5.04 (Hoary)

Had to disable ACPI support (acpi=off) when booting ubuntu install CD and add "Option "MonitorLayout" "LVDS, TMDS"" in Section "Device" of xorg.conf (see http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=191715#post191715)

Acer

Aspire 1802 WSMi

Yes

wireless lan(no ndiswrapper),no working power mgmt

v5.04 (Hoary)

Details below

Acer

Aspire 2001 WLMi

Yes

Details below

Acer

Aspire 2012 WLMi

Yes

VGA display problem

v5.04 (Hoary)

You need to use an option that disables the frame buffer.

2005-May-28

Acer

Aspire 3503 WLMi

Yes

ACPI, Suspend/standby, "quick" keys (e.g. open browser. Can be assigned by hand.), WLAN-indication light

v5.10 (Breezy)

WLAN can sometimes stop working when switching from/to ethernet from/to wlan without rebbot

2006-Feb-02

Acer

Aspire 3624

Yes

Fn key, suspend2ram or disk

v6.06 (Dapper) Kubuntu

Suspend fixed by upgradeing to 2.6.17 kernel, but Wlan not supported. See below

2006-Jul-12

Acer

Aspire 3633

Yes

wlan

v6.06 (Dapper)

works with ndiswrapper; see below for touchpad

2006-Jul-05

Acer

Aspire 3810T

Yes

Wimax (bug #396554)

v9.10 (Karmic)

2009-Oct-13

Acer

Aspire 5002 WLMi

Yes

v5.04 (Hoary)

Details below

2005-Jun-18

Acer

Aspire 5002 WLMi

Yes

bcm43xx

v5.10 (Breezy)

Details below (French install)

2006-Jan-07

Acer

Aspire 5002 WLMi

Yes

bcm43xx, suspend2disk

v6.06 (Dapper)

32 & 64 bit version, more details below with a french install

2006-Jul-01

Acer

Aspire 5002 WLMi

Yes

bcm43xx

v7.04 (Feisty)

32 bit version

2007-May-03

Acer

Aspire 5024 WLMi

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy) amd64

Details below or see http://www.epos.cz/acer

2005-Oct-27

Acer

Aspire 5502 ZWXMi (5500Z family)

Yes

v6.06 (Dapper)

Run install with noapic, 1024x768 by default, used 915resolution to get 1280x800. Configured hibernate with gconf-editor

2006-Jun-01

Acer

Aspire 5504WXMi (5500 family)

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy)

Use noapic. Will boot to blank screen. See below for more.

200?-Apr-??

Acer

Aspire 5612WLMi (family 5610)

Yes

v6.06 (Dapper) flight 7

Details below

2006-May-14

Acer

Aspire 5672WLMI

Yes

Only USB webcam and integrated modem is not working

v6.06 (Dapper) beta 2

ATI Mobility X1400 works fine with accelerated 3D

2006-May-23

Acer

Extensa 2900CL51

Yes

extra launcher buttons

v6.06 (Dapper)

used "linux vga=771" option during install (in Hoary), PCMCIA not tested, Centrino WLAN/WiFi works fine

2006-Aug-27

Acer

Ferrari 3000

Yes

Special keys (e.g. open web browser)

(Warty) & v5.04 (Hoary)

Worked very good! Details below

Acer

Ferrari 3200

Yes (using "linux vga=771" boot parameter)

Special keys, wlan

v5.10 (Breezy)

Details below

Acer

Ferrari 3400

Yes

Details below

Acer

Ferrari 4000

Yes (X output to external monitor only)

X,wlan

v6.10 (Edgy) amd64

Details below

2006-Oct-30

Acer

Travelmate 250

Yes

Suspend/standby

Special keys can be assigned as shortcuts in Keyboard Shortcuts (like Acer Travelmate 8003)

Acer

Travelmate 290

Yes

Suspend/standby

v5.04 (Hoary)

Special keys can be assigned as shortcuts in Keyboard Shortcuts (like Acer Travelmate 8003/250)

Acer

Travelmate 350

Yes

Suspend/standby, apic, acpi

V7.04

Boot with "noapic nolapic acpi=off irqpoll"

Acer

Travelmate 420

Yes

Special keys

(Warty) & v5.04 (Hoary)

Conexant Modem needs Linuxant drivers

2005-May-19

Acer

Travelmate 507 T

Yes

Modem (winmodem)

Acer

Travelmate 520

Yes

Suspend

v5.10 (Breezy)

Acer

Travelmate 521iT

Yes

Use acpi=off to avoid install hang.

2006-May-05

Acer

Travelmate 800

Yes

v5.04 (Hoary)

Details below. More test-results coming up...

Acer

Travelmate 800

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy) Preview

Suspend to ram not working anymore: resume freezes system. Installing Hoary's 2.6.10 kernel makes it work again

Acer

Travelmate 2200

Yes

Power management, internal modem, sound

Before the install you'll need to disable the "Legacy USB Support" in the BIOS, otherwise the keyboard and touchpad doesnt work. More details see below. Further testing will follow.

2005-Jul-07

Acer

Travelmate 2300

Yes

Power management, wireless Lan

Will test more in the next few day & give you more information.

Acer

Travelmate 2304 WLMi

Yes

Power management, WXGA LCD (works as XGA)

v5.04 (Hoary)

2304 wlmi Linux notes

2005-May-06

Acer

Travelmate 2355LM

Yes

N/A

v5.10 (Breezy) RC1

Works "out of the box".

2005-Oct-09

Acer

Travelmate 2403

Yes

video acceleration

v5.10 (Breezy)

Details below.

2005-Oct-14

Acer

Travelmate 3000

Yes

ACPI suspend to ram S3, Battery meter. Wide screen display has wrong resolution. Mouse scroll button requires work.

v5.10 (Breezy)

Boots & finds Cdrom with "linux noapic acpi=off vga=771 pci=noacpi". Tested 3004WTMi. See http://www.iki.fi/karvinen/acer_travelmate_3004wtmi_with_linux.html

2006-Jan-27

Acer

Travelmate 3000

Yes

ACPI Battery Meter, suspend to ram S3, Wide Screen Display has wrong resolution. Mouse scroll button. Sound.

v6.06 (Dapper) Flight 3

Install with "linux noapic vga=771 pci=noacpi". Live CD does not work. See http://www.iki.fi/karvinen/acer_travelmate_3004wtmi_with_linux.html

2006-Jan-27

Acer

Travelmate 3200

Yes

Suspend to RAM

(Warty)

See http://members.inode.at/p.pregler/linux/tm3200.html

2005-Mar-13

Acer

Travelmate 4000LCi

Yes

Battery display, front WLAN-LED, fan control

v5.04 (Hoary)

NDISwrapper is beneficial

2005-Apr-17

Acer

Travelmate 4002 LMI

Yes

Battery display, front WLAN-LED, VGA_OUT and TV_OUT

v5.04 (Hoary)

No special installation.

2005-May-24

Acer

Travelmate 4002 WLMI

Yes

Battery display, front WLAN-LED

(Warty)

No special installation. Note : the gfx card works better with ATI Linux Driver. See http://www.about-linux.com/notebook/

2005-Feb-27

Acer

Travelmate 4021 WLMi

Yes

v6.06 (Dapper)

Details below

2007-Mar-08

Acer

Travelmate 4050 LCI

Yes

v5.04 (Hoary)

Wlan supported. Support modem with slmodem. Firewire works. Suspend to Disk/RAM works. Irda works.

2005-Apr-09

Acer

Travelmate 4100 LMI

Yes

ACPI, PCI-Express chipset, ATI X600

(Warty)

Use following parameter to start the installation via CD: linux noapic nolapic acpi=off vga=771 pci=noacpi. For generic X11 use the X11 vesa driver. Firewire, modem and IrDA not tested.

2005-Mar-07

Acer

Travelmate 4101 WLMI

Yes

Battery display, suspend, widescreen

v5.10 (Breezy)

Boot needs linux noapic (sound and networking don't work with pci=noacpi). 855resolution does not fix the resolution. Firewire, modem and IrDA not tested.

2005-Oct-27

Acer

Travelmate 4101 WLMi

Yes

Battery display, Suspend to RAM, front WLAN-LED

v5.10 (Breezy)

Booted with linux noapic, used 915resolution for widescreen. Firewire, modem and IrDA not tested. Details Below

2005-Nov-02

Acer

Travelmate 4150

No

v5.10 (Breezy)

The installer is unable to mount either the DVD drive or the Hard Disk.

2006-Jan-25

Acer

Travelmate 4150

Yes

v6.06 (Dapper)

Everything just works! NOT tested: infrared and memory card readers

2006-Oct-20

Acer

Travelmate 4150

Yes

Infrared and memory card reader

v7.10 (Feisty)

Almost everything works out-of-the-box!

2008-Apr-29

Acer

Travelmate 4150

Yes

Infrared and memory card reader

v8.04 (Hardy)

Almost everything works out-of-the-box!

2008-Apr-29

Acer

Travelmate 4404

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy)

Need to boot with noapic for powernow to work. Need ndiswrapper and acer_acpi to run wireless.

2006-Mar-07

Acer

Travelmate 4501 LCi

Yes

Details below

Acer

Travelmate 4651LCi

Yes

Smartcard, hibernate

v5.10 (Breezy)

Install with "nolapic", hibernate works with suspend2 however, more Details below

2006-Mar-05

Acer

Travelmate 4651LMi

Yes

Smartcard, hibernate

v6.06 (Dapper)

Hibernate works with suspend2 however

2006-Aug-10

Acer

Travelmate 4672 LMi

Yes

Suspend-to-ram, hibernate

v6.06 (Dapper)

Hibernate works with suspend2. Modem, IrDA, TV-out, VGA-out not tested. Native resolution 1400x1050 needed 915resolution. Wifi worked with ieee80211 and ipw3945.

2006-May-05

Acer

Travelmate 6000

Yes

memory stick, Smart Media, SuperDrive

v5.04 (Hoary)

Centrino wireless works fine, Haven't tried SmartCard

2005-May-11

Acer

Travelmate 6292

Yes

wlan, webcam, bluetooth, smartcard, videodrivers

v7.04 (Feisty)

Add for install screen break=top, then modprobe piix and exit

2007-June-26

Acer

Travelmate 8003

Yes

Details below

Acer

Travelmate 8100

Yes

Smartcard

v5.10 (Breezy)

Boot with 'noapic'. Modify xorg.conf as in model 1694. Patch the DSDT to have battery level detected.

2005-Oct-25

Acer

Travelmate 8102WLMI

Yes

v6.10 (edgy)

Console Problems with kernel 2.6.17-11-generic (no console visible, only colours) solve: edit grub boot options (/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17-11-generic root=/dev/.... ro vga=791)

2007-Feb-10

Acer

Travelmate 8104WLMI

Yes

v5.10 (Breezy)

Details below

2005-Dec-12

Acer

Travelmate 8104WLMI

Yes

v6.06 (Dapper)

Details below

2007-Mar-8

Acer

Travelmate 8202WLMI

Yes

Special keys, Suspend when using ATI proprietary driver

v6.06 (Dapper) Kubuntu

3D Acceleration needs ATI proprietery driver, Change cdrecord.mmap to permission 4771 to enable CD writing without root access

2006-Aug-14

Details

Acer Aspire 1501 LMi

  • Sound, video, network works out of the box.
  • Suspend and Hibernate both work
  • Wlan works but WPA needs ndiswrapper.
  • OpenGL works great with both ATI drivers, I use the updated 8.30.3 driver, see http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu_Edgy_Installation_Guide

  • Everything also works with AMD64 (x86_64)
  • If you have powernowd on for dynamic cpu scaling you can have thermal problems under heavy load because powernowd will override the thermal scaling, to avoid this disable powernowd by uninstalling or removing the service from startup. You can also keep powernowd when using battery but disable it when using AC.
  • irda untested.
  • modem untested.

Acer Aspire 1522 WMLI

  • Sound, video, network works out of the box.
  • Touchpad generates wrong tap-event (mouse2 instead of mouse1), unless i tap very hard.
  • Special keys don't work.
  • Suspend seems to work but is unreliable (requires a reboot sometimes)
  • Wlan needs ndiswrapper. Ndiswrapper doesn't work in 64bit enviroment, works fine under 32bits.
  • Powermanagement: gnome asks my password after closing the lid, but does not suspend.
  • irda untested.
  • modem untested.

Acer Aspire 1652 WLMi on Dapper

  • Installation without problems or hangups, boots directly in to GNOME
  • Broadcom LAN and Intel 2200BG Wireless LAN work in Dapper out of the box, only the leds on front panel are off
  • Battery status is shown and also PowerManagement and SpeedStep works out of the Box, just Gnome applet is to be add to the panel for speedstep switching

  • Lm_sensors (not installed after installation) don't find any supported hardware, so Fan control is managed by ACPI bios, but the CPU and Hardisk are cooled better then in Windows, without overheating to much.
  • For 3D acceleration the ATI propietary driver is needed, the ATI X300 is 100% supported byt the fglrx 8.26, after that XGL works without hangups.

more on http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=168618

  • Did not checked the PCMCIA and Bluetoothh adapter (will in near future), but they are detected by the kernel, and modules are loaded, they seem to operate normaly and out of the box.

Acer Aspire 1681 WLMI

  • Everything works out of the box, including Broadcom Lan (BCM 44xx), Intel 2200BG Wireless Lan ([des]activation using the dedicated led-button), Centrino SpeedStep, etc ...

  • 3D-hardware acceleration for ATI's Mobility Radeon 9700 can be simply enabled intalling the right packages (sudo apt-get install fglrx or via Synapic)
  • Wifi switch (a sort of LED) enables (des)activating the Wifi device, but no red light coming out from it (not important. Just use Gnome's wifi applet Wink ;)

  • Special keys (volume, play/pause, mail, etc) can be assigned using Gnome's "Keyboard Shortcuts"
  • Suspend seems to work, never had to reboot when coming back from suspend mode
  • CD/DVD Burning working quite good. IRDA not tested but should work
  • Winmodem untested (have no need to use it for the moment)

Acer Aspire 1681 WLMI

  • No wireless lan device is detected upon install, because of lack of ndiswrapper.
  • No power management features seem to work properly at all. if i close the lid on my laptop, when i shut down the power isn't automatically cut off afterwards.
  • Extra keys/multimedia keys don't work at all.
  • Winmodem untested (have no need to use it for the moment)

Acer Aspire 1692 WLMI

  • Great laptop but some problems with ACPI. Wifi works, but pressing the front button sometimes crashes it and you'll need to restart to work with it again.
  • Beware to use kernels compiled for 686 and not 386 to get 1GB RAM support.
  • Finally I managed to activate speedstep, battery level and suspend to RAM, but hibernating to disk requires a newer kernel with some patchs from swsusp. If somebody manages to make it work, please report!

  • Need to install with 'noapic'
  • Need to compile the intel compiler. Beware that flex is broken, you need the package 'flex-old'

  • Download the DSDT and compile it with the intel compiler. This one is a great DSDT and is tweaked so that there are no errors on 'dmesg'

  • Copy the resulting file DSDT.aml to /etc/mkinitrd/DSDT and dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-whatsoever
  • Hope this little HOWTO works!
  • Update: I wrote a full review of the laptop and HOWTO in my blog. It's in Spanish, but as it's CC-licensed, you can translate it if you find it useful. HOWTO here

Acer Aspire 2001 WLMI

  • Everything except suspend works out of the box (CPU scaling, ipw2100 WLAN, sound, usb hotplug, graphics with dri)
  • Special keys (volume, play/pause, mail, etc) work with hand-compiled acerhk driver and set using Computer->Desktop Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Actually suspend seems to work, but resuming from s3 state cause laptop to lock-hard and requires reboot! Have tried everything I canthink of or find on net, will file in bugzilla.
  • irda, cd & dvd burning not yet testedbut should work

  • winmodem untested (have no need to use it)

Acer Aspire 3624

  • Wlan works out of box with 2.6.15 kernel, but no cpu freq adjustment or suspend to ram or disk.
  • Cpu freq freq fixed by adding "p4_clockmod" to /etc/modules.
  • Suspend problem fixed with 2.6.17 kernel, but no wifi. Solution: Install madwifi from source and add "ath_pci" to /etc/modules.

Acer Aspire 3633

  • Apart from the WLAN, the touch pad isn't configured well by default. Add this to /etc/X11/xorg.conf for scrolling support etc.:

<code> Section "InputDevice"

EndSection </code> And add this in the ServerLayout section: InputDevice "TouchPad"

Acer Aspire 5002 WLMi

  • Wide format display seems to cause installer to display text "wrapped" from the bottom back over top of display.
  • Had to make minor edits to the /etc/X11/xorg.conf to specify "sis" instead of "vesa" as the display Driver.

Acer Aspire 5002 WLMi Hoary

  • Bug : the 80x25 screen is displayed twice. Use 'linux vga=792' (1280x768*16Mo) in the installer.
  • Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add 'vga=792' for a 1280x768*16Mo screen boot splash. The picture is then displayed using only 8 colors.
  • Dollar and euro keys (located around the cursor pad) are not mapped.
  • Screen is 1280x800
  • Using the french install, the default keymap is Latin9,
  • In Gnome, the Fn + left arrow set the computer to sleep mode instead of dimmering the screen light. Use the shortcut preferences panel to modify.
  • Suspend to RAM and suspend to disk aren't working.

Acer Aspire 5002 WLMi Breezy Bager 32bit and 64 bit version

  • Bug : the 80x25 screen is displayed twice. Use 'linux vga=792' (1280x768*16Mo) in the installer.
  • Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add 'vga=792' for a 1280x768*16Mo screen boot splash. The picture is then displayed using only 8 colors.
  • Dollar and euro keys (located around the cursor pad) are not mapped.
  • Screen is 1280x800
  • Using the french install, the default keymap is Latin9,
  • Gnome : Fn + Left arrow, doesn't dimmer anymore.
  • Suspend to RAM is working.
  • Suspend to disk is not bugging (Pressing the Switch On button simply restart the Laptop from the beginning).
  • Broadcom BCM4318 : Wifi needs ndiswrapper and Win 32 or 64 Broadcom driver (found on the acer support site). Bcm43xx module needs to be blacklisted in /etc/modprobe/blacklist. Network manager lists all access point, but seems unable to connect using password... Interface seems to be eth1 instead of wlan0.

Acer Aspire 5002 WLMi Feisty Fawn 32bit version

  • No more issues during the Installation.
  • Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and add 'vga=792' for a 1280x768*16Mo screen boot splash.
  • Dollar and euro keys (located around the cursor pad) are not mapped.
  • Screen is 1280x800
  • Using the french install, the default keymap is Latin9,
  • Suspend to RAM and suspend to disk are working.
  • Broadcom BCM4318 : the driver is still buggy. NetworkManager finds all acceess points, but won't connecte to any of them. Better use of ndiswrapper.

Acer Aspire 5024 WLMi

  • No problems with install. Widescreen 1280x800 worked "out of the box", as did most multimedia keys.
  • To set up WLAN look this tutorial : https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WiFiHowto/Acer5021WLMiConfiguration

  • WLAN requires ndiswrapper, also acer_acpi module to activate card under Breezy amd64. (shameless plug, sorry Smile :)

  • DVD has no DMA, requires edit to /etc/hdparm.conf
  • Battery status detected perfectly.
  • Suspend to disk/ram not work
  • Powernow change frequency in steps 800/1600/1800 MHz
  • No problem with IRDA
  • For proprietary ati drivers in Breezy AMD64 look on http://wiki.cchtml.com/index.php/Ubuntu. It works.

  • export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/usr/lib32/ is needed for fireglcontrolpanel in Breezy AMD64.
  • Dual screen works (clone mode), TV output as well.

Acer Aspire 5504WXMi

  • Use "noapic" during install.
  • Will boot to blank screen after install. Press Ctrl-Alt-F1, and install the following packages xorg-drivers-fglrx (see InstallingSoftware). Gets 1024x768

  • Download ATi Proprietary driver, use "sudo module-assistant prepare" "sudo chmod a-i fglrx" in folder with driver.

Acer 5612WLMi

  • During installation, the screen turns out black (see this bug https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/xorg/+bug/41106). The solution is put vga=771 as parameter at the beginning

  • No works:
    • The kernel detects wireless card (Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG network connection (Dual-band tri-mode 802.11a/b/g)) but gnome not see it (network manager does not show nothing and it not appears in net options in gnome)
    • X resolution is 1024x678 but in Xorg.conf file there is 1280x800 resolution. And it should be 1280x800 that is the real screen resolution. This bug is solved with the 915resolution program: http://www.geocities.com/stomljen/ (a link to ubuntu wiki is here)

  • Bluethooth works but I don't test it
  • I want that the text resolution (console resolution at boot) were the maximum possible (1280x800) but I don't know if it's a bug or if it's consequence of graphical boot code

Acer Ferrari 3000

  • Installed with Hoary 5.04 and Warty 4.10. Both worked very well.
  • No problems during the install
  • WLAN nor modem have been tested.
  • Everything else like soundcard, screen, touchpad, ethernetcard worked from start
  • To get the bluetooth working I had to install that module into the kernel via Synaptic (and ordinary Ubuntu repositories)
  • The special keys like open web browser did not work from start. I have not tried to activate them.

Acer Ferrari 3200

  • Ubuntu Breezy Badger 5.10 both AMD64/i386 works well using "linux vga=771" boot parameter
  • WLAN works fine with NDISWRAPPER.
  • Launchpad, Bluetooth and IR not tested.
  • Ethernet, touchpad, firewire, usb and the 5in1 cardslot works just fine.

Acer Ferrari 3400

  • Installed with Hoary AMD64 Arra y 3 CD
  • boot option vga=771 required
  • drops into Aptitude during install, but updating packages and installing Ubuntu-desktop and restricted modules fixes things.
  • have not tested sound, wireless etc
  • Installed Breezy from DVD (i386)
  • Installer needs vga=771
  • Display driver from ATI refuses to work (my own fault? investigating)
  • Network adapter works
  • Sound works
  • WLAN works via ndiswrapper
  • Battery monitoring works
  • Bluetooth not tested
  • Working quick keys: brightness, touchpad enable/disable
  • Quick launch keys doesn't work

Acer Ferrari 4000

  • See LaptopTestingTeam/AcerFerrari4005WLMi
  • Edgy:
    • Installed from dapper upgrade and tested from live DVD
    • All as with dapper, except that ACPI is now broken, irqpoll needs to be added to the end of the kernel command line to make it work.

    • Flash reader now works.
  • Dapper:
    • Installed Dapper amd64 from DVD on a Ferrari 4005WMLi.
    • Live X started and I got a blank black screen. (output is external only)
    • Dropped down to console and added added Option "MonitorLayout" "LVDS" to the Device section of xorg.conf. killall gdm; gdm, and X started up fine.

    • Synaptics touchpad needs better configuration: SynapticsTouchpadHowTo

    • Networking works (although wifi needs bcm43xx firmware / ndiswrapper & driver)

    • ACPI works (suspend, hibernate)
    • Bluetooth works
    • Most hotkeys are set up
    • Texas Instruments PCIxx21 Flash reader doesn't work. tifm driver needed. Gentooers had some luck with SDHCI driver, but it's messy. tifm is preferable.

    • Modem probably doesn't work (sl-modem and amd64 don't mesh well)
    • Everything else worked

Acer Travelmate 800 (using hoary)

  • Bluetooth: out of the box (ok)
  • Wireless and wired networks: out of the box (ok), Ubuntu installed over wireless!!!
  • Speedstep: no probs (ok), speed indicator applet works fine.
  • Firewire: device detected, untested
  • IrDA: device detected, untested
  • Smartcard reader: device detected, untested
  • DVD reading and writing: no worries (ok)
  • Touchpad (including joystick like thingy): ok
  • Extra keys (mail, browser, etc.) are not recognized, only power-down button is recognized and works.
  • Sound: several problems, but all seem alsa/esd/oss related. Most applications use sound properly (also thanks to loads of suggestions on this wiki and Ubuntu fora).
  • Hibernate: did not wake up after hibernate.
  • Suspend / sleep: don't think so
  • (USB)(hot)plug cameras, webcams and mp3 players: konica 500z (mass storage), iriver ihp200 (mass storage), (...)
  • Display driver and screen resolution: Mobility Radeon 9000 - max 1400 x 1250 (ok)
  • Video out: ok
  • More test-results coming up...

Acer Travelmate 2420 (Dapper Drake)

  • Install: No problems. Basic install completes in about 10 minutes or so.
  • Resolution: 1200x800 works perfect
  • Battery status can easily be set up by System Preferences.
  • Travelmate 2420 comes with two wlan chipsets: ipw2200 and atheros. ipw2200 works fine. Will try kismet and post results here.
  • Hibernation mode works ok.
  • DVD reading and writing work ok.
  • Touchpad works ok.
  • Extra keys (mail, browser, etc.) are not recognized, only power-down button is recognized and works.
  • Sound works ok.
  • Video acceleration is not tried yet.
  • Video out is not tried yet.

Acer TravelMate 4021WLMi

  • Works out-of-the-box
    • Sound
    • Wifi (partial)
    • Bluetooth
    • Hardware Keys
    • Battery Monitor
    • PCMCIA
    • Graphics (partial)
    • Wifi (partial)
  • Needs work
    • Graphics
    • Wifi LED
  • Not Tested
    • Modem
    • Suspend

Fixing what needs work

  • Graphics

I recommend using 915resolution to hack the default values of this graphics card.

This software is hosted on the official repositories and a simple apt-get install 915resolution will install and configure it for you.

Usage instructions are enough to understand how to use this application.

  • Wifi LED

Create the file /etc/modprobe.d/ipw2200.conf:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/ipw2200.conf

And add this line:

options ipw2200 led=1

Acer Travelmate 4101WLMI

  • Install: used noapic and install goes smooth
  • Resolution: used 915resolution, found here http://www.freshnet.org/debian/hoary/915resolution_0.4.6-1_i386.deb

    • run 915resolution 5c 1280 800
    • had to edit my xorg.conf, as refresh rate was set to high on the Modeline, changed from 83 to 60
    • restart X
    • if successful run 915resolution before X starts on boot up
  • Battery status was done by recompiling the DSDT
    • find fixed DSDT.aml here: http://www.rrdesign.ca/

    • copy fixed DSDT.aml to /etc/mkinitramfs
    • run: mkinitramfs -o <somefilename>

    • copy <somefilename> to /boot

    • edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
    • change line: initrd to initrd /boot/<somefilename> Note: may want to duplicate a grub entry so you still have the good one.

    • Reboot
  • For the front WLAN LED, ipw2200 module has to be loaded with: modprobe ipw2200 led=1, then it works fine.
  • So far other than Suspend/Hibernate(the screen blanks but thats it), everything is working fine, wireless, ethernet, sound, etc.

Acer Travelmate 4150LCi (with Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

  • Both Breezy installer CD and Breezy live CD are unable to mount the DVD drive. Immediately after the keyboard language selection, the installer fails the montage of the DVD drive.
  • When installing from a external CD drive, the previous problem is circumvent but the installation fails at the Hard Drive montage stage.

Acer Travelmate 4150LCi (with Ubuntu 6.06, 7.10 and 8.04)

  • Almost everything works out-of-the-box.
  • Tested:
    • Sound
    • Video (only has 800x600 resolution)
    • PCMCIA
    • Wireless
    • Ethernet
  • Not tested:
    • MIDI
    • 56K Modem
    • Firewire
  • Tested and not working:
    • Cardreader
    • IrDA

Acer Travelmate 4501LCi

  • Sound works, but no midi. Haven't really looked into it, though
  • Lan and wlan work right out of the box, LED for wifi works by adding the following text into a file called ipw2200.conf in /etc/modprobe.d/ options ipw2200 led=1
  • Custom keys can be assigned in keyboard shorcuts
  • Speedstep works very well, but the battery indicator doesn't seem to work
  • Suspend untested (ToDo)

  • IrDA untested
  • Modem untested
  • Cardreader untested
  • PCMCIA untested
  • Everythings else works right out of the box without any problems. So the only real problem is the battery indicator

Acer Travelmate 4651LMi on Dapper

  • Sound works
  • Lan and wlan work right out of the box after installing lineak and acerhk
  • Custom keys can be assigned in keyboard shorcuts
  • Speedstep works very well
  • Suspend to RAM works but not to HDD
  • IrDA works
  • Modem works with sl-modem-daemon installed (software modem) and kernel module snd_intel8x0m
  • Cardreader not working
  • PCMCIA works
  • For more details check LaptopTestingTeam/AcerTravelmate4651LMi

Acer Travelmate 2200

  • The keyboard and mouse doesnt work, to make them work you will need to disable the Legasy USB Support in the BIOS.
    • Select 'F2' while powering up. Look for the biso setting: Legasy USB Support <Enabled>

    • Change this to <Disabled>

    • Save, power down. Re power up.
  • ACPI doesnt work, to make it work you will have to use a custom dsdt table in order to make it work. You can get a working dsdt table from here: http://acpi.sourceforge.net/dsdt/index.php There are also instructions to apply the custom dsdt. Using the custom dsdt, the PCMCIA works just fine.

  • Sound also doesnt work out of the box, a manual to make it work can be found here: http://www.ubuntuguide.org/#configuresoundproperly

Acer Travelmate 2403

  • To perform installation, need to boot with:

linux noapic nolapic

  • To use the 1280x800 resolution with X.org - install 855resolution - edit /etc/default/855resolution and set:

MODE=54

XRESO=1280

YRESO=800

  • The intel chipset 910GML is not supported yet. So video acceleration does not work. It is too slow to read a DVD.
  • Tested successfully: sound, ethernet, usb mouse

Acer Travelmate 8003

  • Everything except suspend/standby works out of the box (speedstepping, Intel IPW2200 WLAN, bluetooth)
  • Win modem works. Install sl-modem-daemon package and if you have Linux kernel 2.6 then there is no need to build any modules.
  • IrDA untested, DVD-Burner untested, but should work
  • special keys such as 'Volume down/up' and 'Acer-Launchkeys' can be assigned as shortcuts in Computer -> Desktop Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts

From AndyStable Fri May 20 19:04:09 +0100 2005 From: Andy Stable Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 19:04:09 +0100 Subject: Acer Aspire 1510 Message-ID: <20050520190409+0100@https://www.ubuntulinux.org>

Use 'live vga=791' to boot with correct screen resolution, update should sort out any other shortfalls - suspect acpi will not work due to bios bug in this model see - http://casteyde.christian.free.fr/laptop/LinuxOnAspire1511LMi.html for more info

Acer Travelmate 4101WLMI

  • Installation: Installation hangs, but worked when I used acpi=off. Later (see below), I discovered that pci=noacpi should be used instead. Later, discovered that noapic is even better - sound and networking work fully.
  • Resolution:
    • This is a 1280x800 (widescreen/WXGA) screen, but System/Preferences/Screen Resolution only offers 1024x768 at 60Hz.
    • Tried adding HorizSync and VertRefresh to /etc/X11/xorg.conf as described here:

    • Tried using 855resolution.
      • That does give me the extra resolution choice in System/Preferences/Screen Resolution but the screen then becomes scrollable instead of all fitting into the screen at the higher resolution.
  • The battery applet does not work, obviously because ACPI is disabled. Suspend also does not work, probably for the same reason.

Acer Travelmate 8104WLMI

  • Installation: Installation hangs, but worked when I used "noapic" option. Need to add "Option "MonitorLayout" "LVDS, AUTO"" in Section "Device"

  • Resolution: It's better to use 1680*1050, no problems detected.
  • LAN and WLAN work right out of the box, I've enabled led with this command: echo "options ipw2200 led=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/ipw2200. (You can set

    • WLAN configuration using Gnome network configuration tool, it supports also WEP authentication).
  • Special keys work right out of the box after changing keyboard layout to "acer_tm_800" (you can edit xorg.conf and add line
    • Option "XkbLayout" "acer_tm_800" to your input device / keyboard section) and using Gnome shortcuts editor to assign a function to them.

  • ACPI: ACPI partially works. I've put a patched DSDT table (3c22 custom) in folder /etc/mkinitramfs and linked it to kernel with command
    • "dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-(uname -r)" (this table works well with 1024MB RAM models, if you have a 512MB one, you can try DSDT table that

      I've attached to this thread: http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=98413). With this patch you can read battery state, you can control CPU frequency and read CPU temperature. Unfortunately none of standby, suspend-to-ram or suspend-to-disk are working for me. System hangs and I have to hard reset it. (I've tryed with ati driver that come with Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy and fglrx driver until version 8.20.8).

  • Graphic driver: ati driver that come with Ubuntu (or Kubuntu) 5.10 Breezy works well but without hardware accelleration or TV-Out. FGLRX driver
    • works but when I switch to console (CTRL+Alt+F1) screen starts melting strange colors and I have to reset with CTRL+Alt+Del. It seems that with kernel 2.6.15-rc5 this problem has gone but sometime system freeze when I restart it.
  • In conclusion my system is functional, but I really need standby, suspend-to-ram and suspend-to-disk. I will try software "Suspend2" hoping to
    • solve problem. I will let you know.
  • Sound works, I only unmuted device.
  • Modem untested
  • Cardreader untested
  • PCMCIA untested
  • IrDA untested
  • Bluetooth is recognized, but untested.

Acer TravelMate 8104WLMi

  • Works out-of-the-box
    • Sound
    • Wifi (partial)
    • Bluetooth
    • Hardware Keys
    • Battery Monitor
    • PCMCIA
  • Needs work
    • Graphics
    • SD/MMC Card Reader
    • Wifi LED
  • Not Tested
    • Modem
    • Suspend

Fixing what needs work

  • Graphics

When trying to boot into the GNOME, I always ended with a black screen with nothing on it. I knew I was already logged into GNOME because of the welcome sound.

In order to get GUI so you can proceed with the installation, you will need to edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Press CTRL+ALT+F1, to get you text mode:

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Locate the [Device] section and add this line to the bottom of it:

Option "MonitorLayout" "LVDS,Auto"

You're done editing. Press CTRL+O (letter O, not number zero) to save changes (with nano) or ESC and :wq if you're using vi

Press CTRL+ALT+F7 to get back to the GUI mode followed by CTRL+ALT+Backspace to restart the X server.

  • SD/MMC Card Reader

At the time of this writting SDHCI is already standard on the Kernel. In order to get the SD and MMC card reader, you just have to load to the kernel itself, using 'modprobe'.

modprobe sdhci

Now, I wish this would make it work 100%, but it doesn't. I have tried several hacks to get it to work like I want it (mount and umount / detect card while logged in) but with no success.

Restart the computer with the card enside the reader. It should be mounted and a shortcut on the Desktop.

  • Wifi LED

Create the file /etc/modprobe.d/ipw2200.conf:

sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/ipw2200.conf

And add this line:

options ipw2200 led=1

Acer Travelmate 4651LCi

  • Installation: Installation hangs, but worked when I used "noapic" option. Nearly everything works out of the box.
  • Resolution: 1280x1024, 1400x1050: install 855resolution
  • Modem (winmodem) untested, shall work with slmodem and a commercial driver
  • Cardreader unsupported by kernel (at east up to kernel 2.6.14)
  • hibernate (aka suspend to disk) does not work with the shipped swsusp (hangs on resume). on debian sarge suspend2 worked, so i guess suspend2 on ubuntu should work too (needs kenrel patches to be applied).


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