AcerTravelmate4150LMi

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Pictures

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Hardware Specifications

  • Intel Pentium M 715 (1.5 Ghz, 2 MB Cache)
  • 512 MB Memory
  • 15" XGA TFT Screen (1024x768)
  • 60 GB PATA Hard Drive on Intel 82801FBM (ICH6) SATA Controller
  • Intel 915GM graphic controller OR NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200 (TurboCache) with 128 MB shared memory

  • DVD/DVD-RW Drive
  • 56K Modem ITU V.92
  • LAN: Broadcom BCM4401-B0
  • WLAN: Intel PRO/Intel 2200BG (802.11b/g)
  • PCMCIA
  • Bluetooth (not in all models!)
  • IEEE-1394
  • MS/MS PRO/MMC/SD/SM/xD-Picture Card reader (6 in 1)
  • Audio: AC'97

Current Issues

As of Dapper Drake (6.06), this laptop works very well with Ubuntu.

Unfortunately, the fan is very noisy (but it's not specific to Linux).

Installing Breezy

The TM4150 has IDE drives (DVD and HDD) on an Intel ICH6 SATA Controller, which can work in combined mode (IDE and SATA). This caused a lot of troubles for installing Ubuntu Hoary and Breezy on it, because the DVD drive wasn't recognized (neither Live CD not Install CD did work). The solution was to install Warty and then upgrade to Breezy.

Also, DMA on both DVD and HDD drives couldn't be enabled because the kernel was using the generic IDE driver. The kernel had to be patched and rebuild in order to get DMA working. There were two solutions, see this thread on linuxquestions.org about that if you are interested.

I haven't been able to boot on Breezy's 2.6.12 kernel (problem with pivot root...), so I stuck with Hoary's 2.6.10 patched kernel (I haven't got the time to find an issue).

These problems have been solved in Dapper!

Installing Dapper/Edgy/Feisty/Gutsy/Hardy

Steps to install Ubuntu from Dapper to Hardy on this laptop:

  • Insert the install CD, boot on it;
  • Install the system, reboot at the end of the installation process;
  • Enjoy!

Don't need to pass any extra parameter to kernel for installation. All goes fine.

HDD and DVD drives

HDD

DVD

Breezy

/dev/hdc

/dev/hdd

Dapper

/dev/sda

/dev/scd0

Edgy

/dev/sda

/dev/scd0

Feisty

/dev/sda

/dev/scd0

Gutsy

/dev/sda

/dev/scd0

Hardy

/dev/sda

/dev/scd0

Intrepid

/dev/sda

/dev/scd0

Jaunty

/dev/sda

/dev/scd0

System Info

bios-version:V1.80
system-manufacturer:Acer
system-product-name:TravelMate 4150
system-version:

Hardware details

in Breezy?

in Dapper?

in Edgy?

in Feisty?

in Gutsy?

in Hardy?

in Intrepid?

in Jaunty?

Installation works?

No

Yes

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Untested

Untested

Upgrade from previous version

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hardware Information

Device

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper?

in Edgy?

in Feisty?

in Gutsy?

in Hardy?

in Intrepid?

in Jaunty?

Screen & Monitors (Intel 915GM)

Screen

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Correct resolution?

Untested

Yes, at 1024x768

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Correct refresh rate?

Untested

Yes, at 60 Hz

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

3D Acceleration

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

External monitor works?

Untested

Yes

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

External monitor - mirrors

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

External monitor - extend desktop

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

TV Out

Untested

Untested

Yes

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Screen & Monitors (nVidia GeForce Go 6200)

Screen

Yes (nv and nvidia)

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Correct resolution?

Yes, at 1024x768

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Correct refresh rate?

Yes, at 60 Hz

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

3D Acceleration

Yes, with nvidia

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

External monitor works?

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

External monitor - mirrors

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

External monitor - extend desktop

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

TV Out

Yes

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Power Management

Battery detected?

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hibernates?

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sleep

Untested

Yes but partially broken

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dim monitor on battery

Untested

Yes

Yes

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Blank monitor on inactivity

Yes

Yes

Yes

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Lid Close

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cpu frequency scaling

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Headphone jack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mic jack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Untested

Yes

Yes

Untested

Untested

Networking

Wired NIC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Untested

Yes

Untested

Untested

Wireless NIC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PCMCIA NIC

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Firewire

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Bluetooth

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Modem

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Additional Hardware

CD/DVD drive

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

PCMCIA cards

Untested

Untested

Yes

Yes

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Card reader(s)

Untested

Untested*

Untested*

No*

No*

No*

Untested*

Untested*

Function and other keys

Fn key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper?

in Edgy?

in Feisty?

in Gutsy ?

in Hardy?

in Intrepid?

in Jaunty?

+ F1

Help

No

No

No

Untested

No

No

No

No

+ F2

Acer eSettings

No

No

No

Untested

No

No

No

No

+ F3

Acer ePower Management

No

No

No

Untested

No

No

No

No

+ F4

Sleep

Untested

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F5

Toggle External Monitor

Untested

Yes

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

+ F6

LCD On/Off

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F7

Toggle Touchpad

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F8

Mute

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F11

Num Lock

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ F12

Scroll Lock

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

Untested

How to test that?

+ DOWN

Volume -

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ UP

Volume +

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ LEFT

LCD Brightness Down

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+ RIGHT

LCD Brightness Up

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Numpad keys

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Other special keys

Key

Operation

Keycode

Works?

Bug #

in Breezy?

in Dapper?

in Edgy?

in Feisty?

in Gutsy ?

in Hardy?

in Intrepid?

in Jaunty?

Acer eManager

Acer eManager (user programmable)

No

No

No

Untested

No

No

No

No

Mail

Launch email client (user programmable)

No

No

No

Untested

No

No

No

No

Browser

Launch Web Browser (user programmable)

No

No

No

Untested

No

No

No

No

P

User Programmable Key

No

No

No

Untested

No

No

No

No

Notes

3D Acceleration (for Edgy/Feisty/Gutsy)

If you don't use screen rotation, you can speed up the 3D rendering by setting the INTEL_BATCH environment variable. In your ~/.bashrc, add the line:

export INTEL_BATCH=1

It will enable batch buffer codepath for OpenGL apps. Note that it isn't really safe with rotation.

It speeds up glxgears from 774 fps to 1014 fps.

Card reader

SD under Feisty does not work. No other cards tested. dmesg does not show any hotplug event. Therefore I assume, there is no cardreader kernel module available.

The card reader can take xD-Picture, MS, MS PRO, MMC, SD and SM cards. The xD-Picture card is not supported (and will probably not be supported for some time, since it's a proprietary format). Other cards haven't been tested.


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