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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.
|Name||Acer 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|
|Screen||11.6” TFT (1366 x 768 (WXGA))|
|RAM||Samsung 2GB (one stick), expandable to 4GB|
|HDD||TOSHIBA MK2555GS 250GB|
|Graphics||Intel GMA 4500MHD up to 796 MB DVMT|
|Wireless||Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless|
|Ethernet||Attansic Technology Gigabit Ethernet|
|Card Reader||SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, xD-Picture Card|
|Screen||Works needs adjustement||Brightness (Fn) is apparently increased/decreased in two steps for one key press|
|Sound||Works/Built-in Mic needs manual install||(Fn) Volume controls work perfectly, headphones jack works|
|Wireless||Works||Tested with WPA2, WPA, WEP and plain|
|Card Reader||Works||Tested with SD Card|
|Camera||Works||Tested using Cheese and Skype|
|Microphone||Works||Tested with Skype|
|Fan||Needs manual install to slow it down||-|
|External Monitor VGA||Works||Tested with different kind of monitors|
|External Monitor HDMI||Works||Tested with different kind of monitors|
|Playback HD movies 720p||Works||-|
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.
A Quick Guide and the Generic User Guide from Acer can be found on the NTFS partition in the folder
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.
* 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 http://www.google.com/chrome 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 http://www.skype.com/intl/en/get-skype/ and ask for the Ubuntu + 64-bit version.
* Dropbox. It is not in the “Ubuntu Software center” you can download it at https://www.dropbox.com/downloading Check for the Ubuntu (x86_64 .deb) version.
* Autoscan-network (A network discovery utility) http://autoscan-network.com/download_linux
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: http://cid-a69c4d1ba0c53559.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/WinExperience/Fontes/WINGDING.TTF . 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: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu
* 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”),
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!
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. To avoid electrical noise slide the horizontal slider for “capture” completely to the right. The electrical noise seems to come from the lest side. (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
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=127.0.0.1 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=127.0.0.1 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.
Have you noticed that the fan is almost always on leaking battery power ? To reduce fan noise, you need to first update the BIOS.
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!'
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
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 http://www.piie.net/ (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 ls
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 make 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!
(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”).
* 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
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.
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 netzwelt.de). The internal modem is basically supported by Ubuntu. If it is properly configured, it can be used alongside with other network connections like WLAN.
Please visit the very usefull thread http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-1341325.html by Patrick Vogeli
* Works out of the box. (Tested with various 1024×768 beamers and an 1920×1200 monitor.)
* 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 (http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Advanced_Linux_Sound_Architecture#HDMI_Output_Does_Not_Work).
Most of the recent scanners should work out of the box. Ubuntu will simply detect your scanner and you just be able 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 http://snapscan.sourceforge.net/ 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.
Link to get ethernet working (thanks to crumpledfarm): http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1255082
* 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!|