AcerAspire5024WLMi

  • Contact: bmhm

  • Brand: Acer
  • Make : Acer
  • Model: Aspire 5024 WLMi
  • Website: www.acer.de
  • S/N: n/a

Known Issues

Current Issues

none! Smile :-)

Archived Issues

With Kernel 2.6.17-x the first keystroke won't respond. However, it seems to be fixed since kernel 2.6.18, so this won't occure in upcoming releases anymore.

After resuming from hibernate, the screen may stay blank. This is because of the buggy ATI-drivers. Use a driver version which is equal or higher than 8.34.3

System Info

bios-version:V1.18
system-manufactor:Acer
system-product-name:Aspire 5020
system-version:-1

Hardware details

in Edgy 6.10

in Feisty 7.04

in 9.04 Jaunty

Installation works?

Yes

Alternate only

Yes

Hardware Information

Screen & Monitors

Device

Works?

Bug #

in Edgy 6.10

in Feisty 7.04

in 9.04 Jaunty

Screen

Yes

Yes, see notes

Yes

Correct resolution?

Yes (1280x800)

Yes (1280x800)

Yes

Correct refresh rate?

Yes (60 Hz)

Yes (60 Hz)

Yes

3D Acceleration

Yes

Yes

Yes, slow with oss driver

External monitor works?

no

no

Yes, FN+F5 works

External monitor - mirrors

Yes

Yes

Yes, cycle with FN+F5

External monitor - extend desktop

Untested

Untested

Yes, cycle with FN+F5

Power Management

Battery detected?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hibernates?

No

Yes

Yes

Sleep

No

Untested

Yes

Dim monitor on battery

No

Yes

Yes

Blank monitor on inactivity

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lid Close

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cpu frequency scaling

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sound

Sound works?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Correct volume?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hardware volume switch

Yes

Yes

Yes

Headphone jack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mic jack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Networking

Wired NIC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless NIC

see notes

see notes

Out of the box!

PCMCIA NIC

Untested

recognized

recognized

Firewire

Untested

Yes

untested

Bluetooth

n/a

n/a

n/a

Modem

Untested

Untested

recognized, untested

Infrared

Untested

Untested

Untested

Touchpad & Mice

Touchpad

Yes

Yes

Yes, two fingers

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touchpad - Scroll down side

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touchpad - turned off while typing

FN+F7

FN+F7

FN+F7

External mouse - USB

Yes

Yes

Yes

Docking Station/Port Replicator

No docking Station available

Additional Hardware

CD/DVD drive

Yes

Yes

Yes

PCMCIA cards

Untested

Untested

Untested

Parallel Ports

n/a

n/a

n/a

Card reader(s)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Edgy 6.10

in Feisty 7.04

in 9.04 Jaunty

+ F2

?

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F3

?

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F4

sleep/S3

Yes

Untested

Untested

+ F5

Cycle Mon. Modes

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F6

Backlight On/Off

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F7

Switch Touchpad

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F8

Switch Sound

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F11

NumLock

Yes

Untested

Yes

+ F12

Scroll Lock

Yes

Untested

Yes

+ Arrow↑

Volume Up

Yes

Untested

Yes

+ Arrow↓

Volume Down

Yes

Untested

Yes

+ Arrow←

Dim Display

Yes

Untested

Yes

+ Arrow→

Lighten Display

Yes

Untested

Yes

+ Pg↑

Previous Track

No

Untested

Untested

+ Pg↓

Next Track

No

Untested

Untested

Other special keys

Key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Edgy 6.10

in Feisty 7.04

in 9.04 Jaunty

$ next to Arrow↑

$

not mapped

Untested

Not mapped

€ next to Arrow↑

not mapped

Untested

Not mapped

Mail-Button

starts Mail Client

Yes

Untested

Yes

Internet-Button

starts Browser

Yes

Untested

Yes

Acer e-Button

can be mapped

Yes

Untested

Yes

"P"-Button

can be mapped

Yes

Untested

Yes

Notes

This notebook runs very well on Jaunty. Hardware detection works for _all_ devices. You can map four extra buttons above the keyboard which are labeled as:

  • Mail Client
  • Browser
  • Acer e-Button
  • P-Button

To map them, just go to you Gnome preferences, select an action and press the desired button.

Setting up the card reader

On jaunty, it works right away. Write into a console:

 sudo modprobe tifm_sd

Since you may want to have it enabled after rebooting, add it to /etc/modules.

Graphics Card

Since Jaunty, the shipped ati-driver will work, even with 3D acceleration. However, it consumes 100% CPU all the time when desktop effects are enabled. So I recommend to install ATIs driver by going to system - system settings - hardware. You just neet to click "activate" to enable ATIs drivers.

On older versions: See BinaryDriverHowto/ATI for Instructions how to enable 3D Acceleration. Do use drivers > 8.32.x, or you will not be able to resume from suspend / hibernate. However, my Screen got stuck about every 5 seconds on a 32bit-system. Downgrading to 8.32.6 solved this problem. This bug did NOT occure on 64bit-Edgy.

Enhancing battery endurance

You can use it about two and a half hours by default. This is almost as much as you can use it with other (shipped) OSes. To save some more energy, open "/etc/default/acpi-support" and set LAPTOP_MODE=true (at the bottom). You may also open "/etc/default/fglrx" and uncomment the option inside to choke graphical performance while the laptop's lid is closed. You may do this manually, if you have ati's binary drivers installed: "aticonfig --lsp" will show you a list of available powerstates. Set one with "aticonfig --set-powerstate=x", where x is your choosen powerstate. If I set Powerstate to lowest, my screen sometime has glitches, forcing me to switch to console and back again. Use 2 instead (out of three).

Wireless

Jaunty

Wireless works right away on Jaunty. I didn't test monitor mode yet, but on Intrepid I managed to patch the driver b43, so I could use monitor mode with aircrack and/or kismet to test my wireless security.

Manual install

On older versions what you had to do is this:
Use bcm43xx to use monitor mode on your Wireless, or ndiswrapper for usual needs. WEP up to 128bits works out-of-the-box, WPA may be configured as shown in this thread: link me.

For regular use:
* Install 'acer_acpi' module, this must be done because the acer button in front of the computer doesn't work for Linux, the next steps will make the wireless card work by software like if you activate the card by pressing the button.

  1. Download acer_acpi from : [WWW] http://code.google.com/p/aceracpi/[[BR]]

  2. Untar (in terminal tar -xvjf package.tar.bz2) the files like you always do with Ubuntu and in the terminal go to these files directory

  3. Execute the next commands :

    • make
    • sudo make install

Everytime you want to activate your Wifi, type:

sudo rmmod bcm43xx # (may also be blacklisted of cause)
sudo modprobe acer_acpi
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
sudo chmod 777 /proc/acpi/acer/wireless
echo "enabled: 1" >/proc/acpi/acer/wireless

You may put that into a script. You need to sudo these actions.

Suspend

On Jaunty

Works right away, both Suspend to RAM (S3) and Suspend to Disk. Both drivers, ati and fglrx were tested.

Until Hardy

Suspend with fglrx drivers:

You must edit stuff in /etc/default/acpi-support
SAVE_VBE_STATE=false
POST_VIDEO=false
This changes should remove black screen of death while resuming from suspend.


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