AcerExtensa2300

  • Contact: k3lt01

  • Make: Acer
  • Brand: Extensa
  • Model: 2300 (2304LCi)
  • Website: I am unable to find an official Australian page for this machine anymore.
  • The European website has sections for all extensa notebooks. For Acer Extensa 2300 see http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/notebook/ex_3000.html as the 2300 and 3000 are basically the same machines. Please note they no longer supply an English version of the user manual.

Hardware details

Processor

  • Intel Celeron M 1.3GHz. Options include: Intel Celeron M 320,330,340 and above; Intel Pentium M 705, 715,725,735,745,755.

Memory

  • 256/512 MB DDR333 SDRAM (mine is 256 MB), upgradeable to 2048 MB.
  • 512 KB flash ROM BIOS

Storage

  • 30GB (mine was 40GB) and above E-IDE HDD (my laptop now has 250GB Western Digital HDD)
  • CD-RW/DVD Drive
  • 3-in-1 Card Reader option (mine is a poverty pack so I don't have this).

Display and Video

  • TFT Display. - 14.1" XGA (1024x768). - 15.0" XGA (1024x768) or SXGA+ (1400x1050). - 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) or WSXGA+ (1680x1050.)
  • ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 with 64 MB of video memory (option).
  • Simultaneous LCD and CRT display support.
  • Dual independent display

Networking and Connectivity

  • Intergrated 10/100/1000 Mbps Fast Ethernet (option).
  • Conexant 56k Modem.
  • LAN (Broadcom Ethernet NIC 4401 Gigabit Ethernet).
  • InviLink 802.11 b/g/ dual-band WLAN (Acer IPN2220 Wireless LAN Card).

  • 3 USB 2.0 ports.
  • Bluetooth (option, I don't have this)

Audio

  • 16-bit AC'97 stereo.
  • Dual speakers and 1 internal mic.
  • Separate audio ports for headphone, line-in, mic.

Keyboard and mouse

  • 88/89-key "Windows" keyboard.
  • Touchpad device with scroll.

Original OS

  • Acer derived Windows XP Home

Current Issues

  • Everything works as it should except for the Euro key.

Hardware details

Feisty (old release)

Gutsy (old release)

Hardy (current LTS)

Intrepid (supported)

Jaunty (supported)

Karmic (current)

Lucid

Maverick

Installation works?

Yes (LiveCD)

Yes (LiveCD)

Yes(Alternate install)

Yes (Alternate install)

Yes (Alternate install)

Yes (Alternate install)

No, must updated from Karmic

No, must update from Lucid

Hardware Information

Screen & Monitors

Device

Works?

Feisty

Gutsy

Hardy

Intrepid

Jaunty

Karmic

Lucid

Maverick

Screen

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes with i915.nomodest=1

Yes with i915.nomodest=1

Correct resolution?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Correct refresh rate?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

3D Acceleration

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

External monitor works?

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Yes

unknown

External monitor - mirrors

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

External monitor - extend desktop

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Power Management

Battery detected?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hibernates?

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Sleep

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Dim monitor on battery

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Blank monitor on inactivity

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lid Close

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cpu frequency scaling

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Sound

Sound works?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Correct volume?

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hardware volume switch

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Headphone jack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mic jack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Networking

Wired NIC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless NIC

Yes(ndiswrapper)

Yes(ndiswrapper, must use updated not initial)

Yes(ndiswrapper)

Yes(ndiswrapper)

Yes(ndiswrapper)

Yes(ndiswrapper)

Yes(ndiswrapper

No (ndiswrapper no longer works)

PCMCIA NIC

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Firewire

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Modem

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Infrared

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Touchpad & Mice

Touchpad

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touchpad - Doubletap = double click

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Touchpad - Scroll down side

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

External mouse - USB

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Additional Hardware

Fingerprint reader

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

CD-RW Drive

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PCMCIA cards

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

unknown

Notes

I would like to help this team making Ubuntu 100% compatible with this laptop, so if you find this review useful or need further tests contact me.

I have also added an attachment, a tar/gz of the appropriate wireless drivers to use with ndiswrapper for this model.

LaptopTestingTeam/Old/AcerExtensa2300 (last edited 2010-08-10 04:07:54 by keltoiboy)