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Acer Aspire 1410 / 1810T / 1810TZ

Acer Aspire 1410 (Known as Timeline 1810T or 1810TZ in some parts of Europe)


This laptop is a cheap-end 11.6“ ultraportable, meant to be an alternative to a netbook.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 1410. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire 1410 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 1410 specifications page. The specifications may vary from one model to the other.

NameAcer Aspire 1410/1810T/1810TZ
Processor Intel Core2 Solo ULV SU3500 1.4 GHz (64-bit)
- Intel Celeron SU2300 (dual-core, 1.2GHz)
- Intel Celeron 743 1.3 GHz, 1Mb L2 cache (64 bit) depending on the model
Screen11.6” TFT (1366 x 768 (WXGA))
RAMSamsung 2GB (one stick), expandable to 4GB
GraphicsIntel GMA 4500MHD up to 796 MB DVMT
WirelessIntel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless
EthernetAttansic Technology Gigabit Ethernet
Card ReaderSD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card

Linux Compatibility

ScreenWorks needs adjustementBrightness (Fn) is apparently increased/decreased in two steps for one key press
SoundWorks/Built-in Mic needs manual install(Fn) Volume controls work perfectly, headphones jack works
WirelessWorksTested with WPA2, WPA, WEP and plain
Card ReaderWorksTested with SD Card
CameraWorksTested using Cheese and Skype
MicrophoneWorksTested with Skype
FanNeeds manual install to slow it down-
External Monitor VGAWorksTested with different kind of monitors
External Monitor HDMIWorksTested with different kind of monitors
Playback HD movies 720pWorks-


Acer Aspire 1410/1810T/1810TZ on Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneric Ocelot"

This part aims to describe the steps needed, to fully enable all features of the 1410/1810T/1810TZ when using Ubuntu 11.10, “Oneric Ocelot” (released in autumn 2011).


Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneric Ocelot” supports all hardware components of this netbook. 3D-Desktop acceleration starts automatically. Sound is fully supported. WLAN support works right away. In the system menu, scrolling with the touchpad easily can be configured. Due to the dual core processor, Ubuntu runs with excellent performance on this netbook. Watching movies in HD for example is not a problem. (See a comparison of this netbook, the 1810T and an EeePC here) Browsing files on a device connected via bluetooth works reliable. Some things still have to be tweaked manually, for example the powersave-mode. The internal 3G UMTS/HDSPA modem works fine. The build-in mic and webcam have poor quality. The battery will not last for the claimed eight hours. Depending on the system load, the battery life time is something around five hours.

Basic Installation Instructions

'Warning!' Before you install Ubuntu on the 1410, 1810T, 1810TZ, backup all your data. During the installation procedure, parts of your hard drive will be formated and you will most likely change the size of existing partitions. If something goes wrong during these very critical operations, all your data may be lost! So backup all your data! Keep in mind, that the installation disks of the original operating system of the laptop are ONLY stored as images on the hard drive. So please, make sure you have backed up all your data before you proceed!

A Quick Guide and the Generic User Guide from Acer can be found on the NTFS partition in the folder book.

It is recommended to keep a Windows installation on the netbook. It is at least needed for BIOS updates.

* Get the installation image from Get Ubuntu. THe 1410/1810T/1810TZ are 64 bit processors and you should use the 64 bit ubuntu as it works significantly faster. (If you like to know, whether you have a x86 (=32bit) or x64 (=64bit) go to the windows installation, click right on the system icon in the windows start menu and it will be specified there.) Once the .iso file is downloaded, create a bootable USB pen drive either directly on windows (download the USB pendrive application) or on an existing Ubuntu 11.04 computer (create a bootable USB pendrive with the USB-startup-creator tool in the Ubuntu menu under “System” > “Administration”)
* Plug the USB stick into the netbook, restart the computer and enter the BIOS by pressing F2 when the computer starts. In the boot tab, make sure that the USB stick is at the top of the boot order. Save the changes and leave the BIOS.
* Ubuntu can now be installed from the stick as usual.

Post installation tune-up

* Google Chromium navigator. You can find in the “Ubuntu Software center” : Go to the left of the screen with the mouse and click on the filled paper bag icon. It can also be downloaded at check for the 64 bit .deb (For Debian/Ubuntu). Download it and open the self installer.

These are the common additional software install that can't be installed throught the “Ubuntu Software Center”

* Skype. You can also find it in the “Ubuntu Software center” and search for Skype. It will ask you to add the “Natty-Partner Source”. Just accept. You can alternatively check and ask for the Ubuntu + 64-bit version.

* Dropbox. It is not in the “Ubuntu Software center” you can download it at Check for the Ubuntu (x86_64 .deb) version.

* Autoscan-network (A network discovery utility)

These are other common install you can get directly from the Ubuntu Software center:
* Microsoft fonts To install Microsoft fonts like (Arial, Times New Roman). Search for “ttf-mscorefonts-installer” in the Ubuntu Software center To install Wingdings and other fonts, download the font file (wingding.ttf) here: . Copy the font file to ~/.fonts and refresh the font cache by typing in a terminal

 sudo fc-cache -fv 

* Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc). Follow the instructions here:
* Google Earth (needs medibuntu)
* WiFi Radar (Tool to scan neighboring WiFi signal), Wavemon to measure the intensity of wifi signal so to adjust the position of your laptop in increase reception (don't forget this is a terminal application, you have to add a launcher for it) EtherApe (Graphical Network monitor that shows you who you computer is talking with), Umit Network scanner, Zenmap to check what ports are open in your network, Wireshark to see what is going on on your network.
* Sync-ui is a sync application to synchronise all your agenda and contacts with an external server (needs medibuntu) Search for sync-ui in the Ubuntu Software center and Sync will appear. Install it and run it. It will first ask fo a slow sync
* Audacity An excellent piece of software that permits to edit sound and music files.
* Other interesting programs include GnuCash, Openshot video editor and Team Viewer (not in the “Ubuntu Software Center”),

Automatic logon unlock

After the netbook has been in powersave mode, you will allways be asked to logon. If you don't want this:

1. uncheck: “lock screen when screen saver is activated”
in the System→Preferences→Screen Saver menu.

2. Type gconf-editor in a terminal. Under apps/gnome-power-manager/locks check:

3. If still asked for password, you can (also in gconf-editor) go to desktop/gnome/lockdown and check:
“disable_lock_screen”. Credits to itslofty below for this tip!


Not a problem anymore since Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal"

Please follow these instructions only if you have an older version of Ubuntu.

Install Alsa Mixer from the Ubuntu Software center (Applications → Ubuntu Software Center). Once installed, you will find the Gnome Alsa sound mixer in Applications → Sound & Video → Alsa mixer. Use it to push Capture level to maximum. Don't forget to check the Rec check-box under the capture slider kursus bahasa inggris di pare yang bagus. To avoid electrical noise slide the horizontal slider for “capture” completely to the right. The electrical noise seems to come from the lest side jasa seo. (Check with sound recorder)

If you still experience some problems , you may also install the package “linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic” with the synaptic package manager and the internal microphone should work. (in the Ubuntu system menu under “System” > “Administration” > “Synaptic Package Manager”).

To use the terminal to achieve the same thing type :

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic

On Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10, this package doesn't exist. I was able to fix the problem by adding the following line to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf:

sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

Add the following line at the bottom of the file:

options snd_hda_intel model=basic

Making the internal microphone work with Skype

This isn't a problem anymore with Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”. Please skip this part if you have Ubuntu 11.04.
To use the internal mic with Skype, start Skype with

/bin/sh -c "PULSE_SERVER= skype" &

It can be done automatically by editind the Application menu:
- Right click on the Applications menu (on the upper left side of the screen) and select Edit menus
- Click on Internet in the right panel
- Select Skype
- Click Properties
- Replace skype by /bin/sh -c “PULSE_SERVER= skype” &
- Close and check if it works (you need to restart Skype if it was already up and running)

If the volume stays mow, do not forget to deselect in Skype Options → Audio → “Automatically adjust sound preferences” Than go back to Alsamixer to increase the microphone volume.

Fan & BIOS update

Have you noticed that the fan is almost always on leaking battery power ? To reduce fan noise, you need to first update the BIOS.

BIOS Update

The update has to be installed under Windows. Get the update at the Acer homepage under “Service & Support” > “Driver Download”. Then on the page select “Notebooks”>“Aspire” select your computer model, your Windows system version. Then select the BIOS page. If you like to know, whether you have a x86 (=32bit) or x64 (=64bit) windows installation, click right on the system icon in the windows start menu.

Instructions for Windows 7:
* Download the file from Acer as described above
* Open it by a double click.
A x86 (for 32 bit windows) and a x64 executable will then be extracted.
* Choose the x64 executable update, (in case of doubt see your windows installation the procedure is explained above).
* Click it right and open it with administrator rights.
* Follow the installation wizard.

When writing this, the most recent update release was v1.3314.

Keep in mind that, if something goes wrong with the update, you can 'ruin your entire netbook!'

Fan Control

After the BIOS update, the so called “acerhdf module” has to be activated. Acerhdf is part of mainline kernel since 2.6.31. And you most probably don't have to compile it on your own (If you have Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” then your ok). To know which Linux kernel version you have execute the following command in a terminal

uname -a

In case you have an old version of the Linux kernel or if your BIOS version is not supported by the acerhdf module contained in your kernel you'd have to compile a newer version of acerhdf on your own. Here are the instructions to do so. If you don't need to compile, skip the italic text shown below :

* Get the source code from (Version 0.5.25 at the time of writing).

* Let's go on into compiling it: Open a terminal (Alt+Ctrl+T). In the terminal, copy and paste the following:

cd Downloads

Look at the name of the folder you just downloaded (If you downloaded it in the Downloads default folder). Let's assume it is the acerhdf_kmod-0.5.24.tar.gz module:

tar -zxvf acerhdf_kmod-0.5.24.tar.gz
cd acerhdf_kmod
sudo make install

This will go to the folder of the source code, compile and install it:

Now that the module is compiled and installed, we need to activate it.

To make sure the module gets loaded and the fan control is enabled at boot-up with the correct parameters, do the following:

echo "acerhdf" | sudo tee -a /etc/modules
sudo touch /etc/modprobe.d/acerhdf.conf
echo "options acerhdf verbose=0 fanon=60000 fanoff=55000 interval=5 kernelmode=1" | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/acerhdf.conf

fanon and fanoff are the temperatures in mili Celsius where the fan goes on and off respectively. Obviously, you can define your own temperatures. Fan on and fan off should be set in mili Celsius from Ubuntu 10.10 “Lucid Lynx” on. There where in Celsius before.

To check if everything went right:

sudo modprobe acerhdf

After doing that, you should already be enjoying silent fan operation.

If you want to follow the work of the acerhdf module please type the following :

sudo su -
rmmod acerhdf;modprobe acerhdf verbose=1;dmesg | grep acerhdf

You will get the Acerhdf module version, your bios version and you will be able to follow the evolution of the temperature of your system by repeating the command.

* To activate thermal control during boot-up:
Type in the terminal

gksudo gedit /etc/rc.local

and enter before the “exit 0” line:

echo -n "enabled" > /sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/mode

After rebooting, the module will be loaded and will start controlling the fan. Enjoy silent operation!

Monitoring the CPU Temperature

(Doesn't work with the new “Unity” desktop installed by default in Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal”)
After you installed the fan/temperature control, the fan will run that quiet, that you might wonder, what the actual CPU temperature is. You can monitor the temperature with an applet from gnome.

To install it:
* Install the package “sensors-applet” with the Ubuntu Software center (in the Ubuntu system menu under “System” > “Administration”).
* Reboot.
* After the reboot click right the gnome-panel and select “add to the gnome panel”. Choose the “Hardware Sensor Monitor” applet.


Enable scrolling with the touchpad (right edge of the touchpad area) in the Ubuntu menu under “System” > “Preferences” > “Mouse”. Then select the touchpad tab and enable the two finger scrolling.
Two-finger scroll is enabled by typing these lines in a terminal window :

synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinW=7
synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinZ=20
synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1


Brightness control

The keyboard and the multimedia keys work out of the box, except for FN+F2 (Starts System Property for displaying system information) and FN+F5 (Switches display output between the display screen, external monitor (if connected) and both). The brightness adjustment (FN+ left/right arrow) is apparently increased/decreased in two steps for one key press. The latter can be fixed by typing in a terminal (Alt + Ctrl + T to call a terminal)

sudo gedit /etc/rc.local

Insert your administrator password. This should open a window allowing you to edit the /etc/rc.local file with administrator permissions.

Add the following line to /etc/rc.local (before the “exit 0”):

echo N > /sys/module/video/parameters/brightness_switch_enabled

Close and save. The brightness sould go up and down, one notch at a time.

Toogle display

The Fn+F5 toogle display does not work with ubuntu. This key enables to switch between the screen display and a video projector VGA display. You need to reboot the computer for it to recognize and use your VGA display. The solution is to type in a terminal:

xrandr --output VGA --auto

This command finds a VGA display it increases the desktop size if necessary and mirrors it on the output; if it doesn't find one, it turns off the VGA and resizes the desktop for your LCD.

It is not very practical to always have to digit this command to be able to do a hot switch. The alternative is to go under System → Preferences → Keyboard shortcuts, you should find that the 'XF86Display' key (usually Fn-F5) is set to some sort of xrandr command. Edit it to the command above, and you should be OK. If no 'XF86Display' can be found just add a keyboard shortcut with the Alt+F5 combination (You can't insert Fn+F5).

Note that the result won't be quite the same as the Windows functionality Fn+F5 will be a “make it work” key.


The slot for the SIM-card for the mobile internet connection is located under the battery (Picture from The internal modem is basically supported by Ubuntu. If it is properly configured, it can be used alongside with other network connections like WLAN.

Power saving tips

Please visit the very usefull thread by Patrick Vogeli

External monitor

External monitor with VGA

* Works out of the box. (Tested with various 1024×768 beamers and an 1920×1200 monitor.)

External monitor with HDMI

* Video works out of the box outputting to a 42“ 1080p screen. Proper resolution and refresh rate automatically detected. For HDMI sound, a little bit of tinkering is required. The Arch Linux ALSA page explains one way to fix this. The steps are the same for Ubuntu (


Most of the recent scanners should work out of the box. Ubuntu will simply detect your scanner and you just be able seo indonesia to use it. To scan a document, you need to follow these steps:

* Connect you scanner and place what you want to scan on the scanner.

* Go to Applications → Graphics → XSane Image Scanner. (If you don't have it, install it from the Applications → Ubuntu Software center). XSane can also be used from within The GIMP; just click File → Acquire → XSane to scan directly into an image.

* Alternately, pressing the scan button on the scanner should also work.

If this is not the case (I got this message : “Error: Failed to open device 'snapscan:libusb:004:002': Invalid argument”), you can try this method that worked on my Benq Scan 2 Web 3300U :

* Do a Google search, or look on for the product_id/vendor_id (e.g. '0x20b0' and/or 0x4a5'). I found Acer / Benq 3300 / 4300 USB 0x04a5, 0x20b0 “FlatbedScanner23” u176v046.bin.

I found u176v042.bin (an older version that still works) inside the Microsoft Windows installation CD but it can also be found on the Windows device drivers directory.

* Put the firmware in the right place:

Open a terminal window (Alt + Ctrl + T to call a terminal window), go to the directory that contains the firmware file u176v042.bin (or your version of it) and paste these lines one by one:

sudo mkdir /usr/share/sane/snapscan
sudo cp u176v042.bin /usr/share/sane/snapscan
sudo chmod -R a=r,a+X,u+w /usr/share/sane/snapscan

Now edit /etc/sane.d/snapscan.conf to point the configuration at your binary firmware file.

sudo gedit /etc/sane.d/snapscan.conf

You should find a file that reads at the beginning:

#------------------------------ General -----------------------------------

# Change to the fully qualified filename of your firmware file, if
# firmware upload is needed by the scanner
firmware /usr/share/sane/snapscan/your-firmwarefile.bin

Change it to:

#------------------------------ General -----------------------------------

# Change to the fully qualified filename of your firmware file, if
# firmware upload is needed by the scanner
firmware /usr/share/sane/snapscan/u176v042.bin

Save and run Applications → Graphics → xsane. This should now work although it takes a few minutes for the system to recognize the scanner and make it move.

Known Issues with older versions of Ubuntu

Link to get ethernet working (thanks to crumpledfarm):

* When running the netbook on battery, sometimes the battery state display doesn't get updated.
* The login screen after powersave mode sometimes is confused. Every now and then it will put your computer back to powersave mode after some seconds.



All components known to work under linux…Works out-of-the-box with Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.14 (64bit).

Please update this page, if you have figured out anything, that is not mentioned here!

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kathleenrueb, 2015/10/05 05:29


daleholman, 2015/02/06 14:00

very interesting and knowledgeable

D-Jo, 2011/11/29 17:24

I'm using Oneiric 32 bit on the AS1410, and the internal microphone still has problems. External mic works great with both Skype and Google talk, but the internal mic doesn't nothing. I have to force Skype to start Skype with PULSE_SERVER= Strangely, I use the voice recorder with the internal mic, but when I test it in the Sound Settings I get no response.

Pat Beirne, 2011/11/30 03:59

Strangely, I find if I turn the mic-in left channel all the way up, and the right channel all the way down (to 0), I can use the mic for most apps (Skype, Audacity, etc)

Pat Beirne

D-Jo, 2011/11/30 06:13

I'll have to try that. I've heard that the Linux has some problem distinguishing between channels or something. I need to spend some time learning how it all works.

So are there some apps it doesn't work with still.

N, 2011/05/28 12:15

sorry… I meant 'mute on' (= turn off, disable)

N, 2011/05/28 11:57


I confirm internal mic is now working (but still with incredible noise).

But, does anyone know if there is a solution to mute this internal mic off ?
I can't get external mic (plugged) independant from this internal mic. I am driving crazy with this… (= both are running simultan)



Christian, 2011/01/10 12:54

great list! Well done. I went through all of the points and added them to my acer.

Only one question regarding the CPU-Temperature: The script you tell us to install keeps the CPU-temperature between 58 an 63 Grad Celsius. Is that OK? Although the CPU can stand at maximum 89 Grad Celsius (as mentioned in the scipt), it seems to be pretty high working-temperature… What would you suggest? I somehow feel better if the temperature is somewhere in the 50s, about 55. Are there any other opinions?

mdifabio, 2010/12/06 19:57

Has anyone had trouble hooking up this laptop to an external display and then closing the lid on the laptop?

I can't seem to find an option in Ubuntu to “do nothing when lid is closed”.

The HDMI and vga outputs for an external display seem to work better in Ubuntu than in Windows 7. I can't get them to work right in 7 x86 Home Premium.


gello, 2010/10/16 05:58

acerhdf module does not work , modprobe says no such device. build and install went successful.

bios 3314, ubuntu 10.10, kernel 2.6.35-22, acerhdf 0.5.24

i did not notice that it says for bios 3308 and upgraded to 3314. probably that's the reason. there is no 3308 bios on the acer site, just 3310 and one older version, forgot which.

so if you want to give it a chance at working, see it you already got 3308 bios before updating.

at the moment the only way to shut up the fan is to disconnect a AC power - it then turns off the fan for some time.

however in this case dumb ubuntu turns on the hdd saving mode which spins hdd on/off every 1 second which kills a hdd in a few weeks so if you don't want hdd killed then do 'sudo hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda' after going on battery power. I tried checking off 'spin down hard disks when possible' option in power management but it does not change this behaviour.

Steve T., 2010/10/22 16:17

Have you tried doing a clean install without running any acerhdf…I am running 10.10 64 bit, latest official generic kernel and bios, and all is fine…no real issues to speak of…

Lamegaptop, 2010/10/31 23:27

Just went through this….. and had the 'no such device' upon modprobe acerhdf. The bios 3314 is not in the source.

Had to add a line to the acerhdf.c for bios v1.3314 prior to compiling. Works great now.
Here is my /etc/modprobe.d/acerhdf.conf line for reference.

options acerhdf verbose=0 fanon=50000 fanoff=45000 interval=5 kernelmode=1

Raphael, 2010/07/26 14:49

Hello everybody; I'm Raphael, read this:

Internal Mic Solution:
1. install pavucontrol
$ sudo aptitude install pavucontrol
2. Then go to sound&video menu - PulseAudio volume control - Input device tab: down the left volume to 0%
For skype you have to uncheck the “Allow skype to automatically adjust my mixer levels”

Working 100% in my Ubuntu 10.04 :)

m, 2010/07/28 06:28

Yes but…still crappy noise ! And poor quality. Can you hold a conversation on skype in this configuration ?
It's a pity, but the best is to add external microphon.

swturpin, 2010/07/11 16:18

I am running 10.04 on my AS1410, the instructions for enabling two finger scrolling do not appear to be working…synclient settings do not save, I cannot enable the two finger scrolling in the mouse preferences section…it is disabled…

oleg, 2010/04/06 19:18

OK I figured it actually does resume after the second suspend, but it takes a lot more time - I think a few minutes before the locked session shows up. Before I had little patience and turned it off before that time passed.

Strangely, the third and further suspends are coming smoothly.

Suse showed the same behavior but it had some problems after resuming, probably because I tried suspending while booted from its live USB.

Spe, 2010/04/06 22:11

In opensuse, the suspend it is really fast. It is faster than the regular reboot. Try installing the SO. Live usb it is not prepare for it, I think.

oleg, 2010/04/05 10:32

Installed Ubintu 9.10 64-bit.
unfortunately the suspend does not work as expected.
After restoring from suspend, everything becomes very buggy and eventually the system freezes. Also you can't suspend after that.

I have removed the acer_wmi module, after which resuming from suspend stopped causing the above problem.

However, even now another problem remains. When I suspend, resume, then suspend again (after some time) and then try to resume, the system stays in black screen and does not respond to anything, so I have to turn it off by pushing the power button for few seconds.

Personally I think this is a deal breaker, unless you want to work in windows .. suspend is crucial functionality for a laptop and if it does not work 100% in linux then it can't be considered linux compatible.

Spe, 2010/04/05 16:04

The suspend works perfect in Opensuse 11.2

trr, 2010/10/22 02:33

Same issue here on Debian Squeeze - I've been trying to debug this all weekend.

Black screen on resume, sometimes works once but usually doesn't work.

Spe, 2009/12/07 06:10

Is bluetooth working in ubuntu?

In opensuse 11.2

> hcitool scan
Device is not available: No such device
Pulp, 2009/12/06 20:30

Ubuntu Karmic 9.10 64Bit :
Installs quickly and nicely from usb stick, about 10 min in total.
All hardware works, all buttons detected, sleep works, gfx acceleration is quick and smooth, video playback, sound etc, all is working fine in 9.10
To eliminate fan noise, install latest acerhdf module, which will also prolong the battery life.
If your wifi or bluetooth did not come up as icons on gnome-panel, make sure the switches behind the leds are on, play with them before fixing anything else.
If there's no sound after logging with a non-installing user, the problem is most probably in user permissions, Go to : System→Administration→users and groups and allow user to use Audio Devices.
Two-finger scroll is enabled with these :

synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinW=20
synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinZ=7
synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1

The only problem yet: built in mic, I've been trying the alsa-snapshot for a while now to fix this problem, unsuccessfully. Skype won't work and Ekiga neither, frustrating.

Spe, 2009/12/07 05:56

What happened with the horizontal scroll?

I tried with:

 synclient HorizTwoFingerScroll=1

but it doesn't work.

Any ideas?

PatBeirne, 2010/01/18 14:11

Pulp, I think you may have meant to type:

synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinW=7
synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinZ=20

[w seems to range from 0..15 and z ranges from 0..53] Using these swapped values, my two-finger operations are much more stable. Thanks for the starting point, though.

Pigcold, 2009/11/29 23:01

In Ubuntu 9.10, you can enable the microphone by adding the following app,

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic


yelvington, 2009/12/06 15:34

After installing the backport sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic, you may need to go into Skype's configuration and uncheck the option to have Skype automatically manage sound levels. That option, which works fine on other 9.10 setups, seems to conflict with something on the Acer.

Pigcold, 2009/11/29 07:30

I just boot my Aspire 1410 with the OpenSuse Live GNOME 11.2 CD. The microphone works within the Live CD session.

I can use the Sound Recorder to record my voice and play it back.

I will switch from Ubuntu 9.10 to OpenSuse 11.2.

Thanks, Spe.

- Pigcold

Spe, 2009/11/23 18:29

I am using Opensuse 11.2 and everything it is working :-) Tthe microphone works too. I have not tested the bluetooth yet.

The installation was easy but I added “libata.force=noncq” before the first restart (in the grub configuration, in the installation). Otherwise It doesn't work.

I used KDE live CD (PC de 32 bits). LiveCD iso can be used to create LiveUSB:

Brian, 2009/10/28 23:34

Ubuntu 9.10 seems to work fine on this laptop.

However, PowerTop reports around 9W at idle, compared with about 7W at idle in Windows 7. The CPU is staying in the C6 power state (and also in the lowest P-state), so it's unclear why power consumption is so much higher.

anon, 2009/10/29 14:51

Does the ubuntu NBR work on this laptop? It seems like that version of ubuntu is meant for a certain type of intel processor, one which the asus 1410 doesn't have … do i have this right?

HaRDaWaY, 2009/11/01 23:12

Yes, NBR works great on this laptop, and netbook moblin remix works better!!

xdevnull, 2009/10/28 04:02

9.10 has worked flawlessly for me once I changed the ahci to ide in the bios. I have no idea how to add the libata.force=noncq to the new grub2. It has become a really baffling configuration with no nice menu.lst to edit (any help out there)?

Also the internal mic doesn't work. I think this might have something to do with PulseAudio. I wonder what driver Chakra guy above might be using? It would be nice to not have to use an external mic for Skype.

dan, 2009/11/05 03:43

to add libata.force=noncq, try the copying the required boot up information from /boot/grub/grub.cfg (lines between begin and end 30_os-prober), then do the following

sudo chmod -x /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober

above disables this script from running by grub2

gksudo gedit /etc/grub.d/40_custom

and add/paste the lines you copied before from grub.cnf. You can then modify it as you need to. Make sure you read

aviar, 2009/11/14 23:24

Acer AS1410 has bugs in BIOS. You do not need to turn off AHCI/ACPI to run Ubuntu 9.10. Update the BIOS to the latest from Acer site before using Ubuntu Live CD or installing Ubuntu.

mathetes, 2009/10/07 20:58

Hi, I am using Chakra, wich is a liveCD of arch with kdemod and everything is working great. I had problems with my internal mic but after i reinstalled chakra (because of a non important reason) everything including the internal mic is working out-of-the-box. That's compositing, wireless (although I dont have an 'n' wifi router so I haven't tested that, sound, webcam, card reader, screen brightness, volume control with the keyboard, etc.
Another thing I haven't tested is the Ethernet connection.
I am not sure why suddendly the internal mic started to work since I didn't do a kernel upgrade, and I was using a newer kernel in my old install anyways.

I know this is not much help, but at least you know that you can get everything working, maybe with a newer release of whatever distro you are using

Pigcold, 2009/10/07 20:35

Installed Ubuntu 9.04 32 bit version, everything works except Ethernet. The wireless is only connected at 48Mbps(G spec) only with the Linksys WRT-150N N router.

The BIOS is Updated to version 3117 and the drive controller is set to IDE mode.

Compiz also works ok.

The system is updated to the latest driver and apps by the update manager, no crash or error was observed yet.

Anyone has try to install OpenSUSE on this machine yet ?

PocketSam, 2009/10/05 14:08

Just wait for 9.10. Seemes like everything would work out of the box for this release. Just 24 days left to wait!

James, 2009/10/13 04:55

Where you able to get the fan to work correctly? My is on constantly (running Kubuntu 9.10 beta current packages)

a few mixed msgs here..., 2009/09/30 14:04

Can someone confirm
Ubuntu works fine? with a few adjustments,… ethernet…?
Does Compiz work well… being a lowly Core Solo and an Intel graphics card?
Internal Mic working yet anyone?

email me if you like :)

James, 2009/10/13 05:03

what I have is everything running. Compiz works, windows wobble, ethernet and wireless work out of the box. WEP and WPA. Video quality is great, with glitch free youtube. The only gotcha for me so far is that the fan is running full speed all time…. kills battery life a bit.

itsame, 2009/09/27 12:13

Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) x86-64 works beautifully. Desktop effects work, playing youtube movies works, plugging a HDTV into the HDMI output is detected instantly and allows you to play 720P HD movies very nicely (haven't tested 1080, but 720P already used 60% of the cpu so that may be too much).

Power management works, suspend on lid close works, all function keys work with ubuntu popping up a nice transparent window to show current volume / display brightness when you change it.

The GRUB boot menu detects both the real vista install and the recovery partition as “Windows Vista (loader)”, so you have to remember that the second one is the “real” one if you want to keep vista on there. Not a big problem though.

The only real problem is the internal microphone, which I haven't been able to get to work yet.

Otherwise, everything basically works. Smoothest ubuntu install ever :)

bhardi, 2009/10/05 23:58

If you couldn't get it to even load up it seems like you may not have been doing it right. Especially since you are the only person who was unable to do so. Troll somewhere else.

fredm, 2009/11/11 14:12

anyone having any luck with the internal mic? I just put Karmic on my 1410 and all's great except for the mic :)


mike, 2009/09/27 02:41

I bought this netbook because it could handle 4GB. Windows 7 x64 runs on it beatuifly. 64-bit Ubuntu and Debian no such luck. Not even a startup screen. Linux blows. No wonder after all these years, it's still hovering at 1% of desktops. I think that's high.

mathetes, 2009/09/15 22:00

For the issues with the hard drive or anything like a really slow startup time you have to disable acpi.
Go to /etc/boot/grub/ and in the file menu.lst you have to add acpi=off (with su or sudo privileges) to the end of the line where grub starts your distro, for example i have this grub configuration right now (Here tha acpi=off doesnt fit in the same line but you should add it in the same line with a space before):

# general configuration:
timeout 5
default 0
color light-blue/black light-cyan/blue

# boot sections follow
# each is implicitly numbered from 0 in the order of appearance below

# (1) Windows

default 0
timeout 1

# (0) Arch Linux
title Arch Linux
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/disk/by-uuid/3ef18233-eaca-4aa4-bbfd-c6b0ea1d6592 ro acpi=off
initrd /boot/kernel26.img

# (1) Arch Linux Fallback
title Arch Linux Fallback
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/dev/disk/by-uuid/3ef18233-eaca-4aa4-bbfd-c6b0ea1d6592 ro
initrd /boot/kernel26-fallback.img

This will disable your battery monitoring, you will not be able to adjust the screen brightness and the computer will have to be shut down with the power button

a1bert, 2009/09/30 14:17

no. do not disable acpi! just disable NCQ (libata.force=noncq)

mathetes, 2009/09/30 14:43

That fixed the problem! Thank you so much!
Now everything works except for the built in mic, no skype yet :(

So, to get everything working dont add “acpi=off” or “pci=noacpi” (As i figured out later). Instead of those add “libata.force=noncq” at the end of the line

crumpledfarm, 2009/09/13 15:56

Okay, Karmic Koala amd64 works beautifully, must be some kernel bug

Joshua Blumert, 2009/09/11 12:30

Install Ubuntu 9.04 32bit. Wireless worked fine, but I needed to download the drivers for the gigabit ethernet at (AR81Family-linux-v1.0.0.10.tar.gz) and compile for my kernel. So far most of the functions work on the unit but power management is not good. Suspend is having issues. If I suspend the laptop for the OS and close the lid, the laptop immediately resumes. It only stays suspended if I leave the lid open. I tried setting power management to suspend when the lid is closed. That does not work either. Apparently, closing lid causes it to resume in all cases.

1410 User, 2009/09/18 05:24

Wireless just worked with 9.04 32bit for me…Was it not working at all or was there some problem with the default kernel driver?

1410 User, 2009/09/18 05:27

Sorry…I was being stupid (didn't read properly)

Louis Cayer, 2009/09/08 04:36

I downloaded this ISO.


My AS1410 came with a Intel Core2 Solo SU3500. I think it is not a real 64bit. It only uses HyperThreading.

jed, 2009/11/20 00:46

Are you high? What the hell does hyper threading have to do with 32 vs 64 bit architecture. How do you “imitate” architecture?

Louis Cayer, 2009/09/08 03:11

Ubuntu 9.04 failled due to the AHCI Sata driver. Go to the BIOS and swich to IDE mode. Ok.this is solved.

Gigabit ethernet driver is not detected by Ubuntu 9.04. Any sugestions?

crumpledfarm, 2009/09/08 03:55

No, system wouldn't boot at all in AHCI mode, all problems described are with BIOS set to IDE mode

aviar, 2009/11/14 23:23

Acer AS1410 has bugs in BIOS. You do not need to turn off AHCI/ACPI to run Ubuntu 9.10. Update the BIOS to the latest from Acer site before using Ubuntu Live CD or installing Ubuntu.

James, 2009/11/20 06:33

How did you update BIOS? or are you running it dual boot. I really don't want to install Vista just to upgrade my bios.

crumpledfarm, 2009/09/08 04:16

also, it looks like this link should have info on your ethernet driver

you have ubuntu 9.04 amd64 working on a us-released aspire as1410 though? If so then I think I have a faulty machine.

crumpledfarm, 2009/09/08 02:25

Installed Ubuntu 9.04 amd64, initially all functions working as reported but the system fails to survive an upgrade and reboot with the filesystem becoming corrupted irreparably. Fedora 11 amd64 announces kernel warnings and fails to mount partitions after formatting and install fails. Vista and Windows 7 seem to be working fine. Have not seen this issue reported elsewhere.

Attempted installing using a different system on the same drive and system works until drive is moved back into the machine where the filesystem is again corrupted.

Bernard, 2010/02/17 01:01

In order to help everyone, a synthesis of the installation of Ubuntu on on the Aspire 1410 /1810 can be found here :

BAleks, 2010/04/03 14:18

Also refer that very helpful thread

But this page on is very outdated.

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