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 ====== Acer Aspire 1551 ====== ====== Acer Aspire 1551 ======
 ===== Introduction ===== ===== Introduction =====
-This is a template for future guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 1551 laptopIf you have the Acer Aspire 1551 and are running ​Linux on it please consider editing ​this page or adding ​comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not. +The Acer Aspire 1551 is a great alternative to netbook, similar format 11.6 inch monitor, inexpensive and with fairly good processing powerInstalling GNU/Linux (OpenSuse 11.3) on this little machine was bumpy ride but the result is rather satisfying.
 This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 1551. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the [[http://​www.lapwik.com/​acer_aspire_1551|Acer Aspire 1551 page on LapWik]]. This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 1551. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the [[http://​www.lapwik.com/​acer_aspire_1551|Acer Aspire 1551 page on LapWik]].
 ===== Editing This Page ===== ===== Editing This Page =====
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 |Screen|Works| | |Screen|Works| |
 |HDD|Works| | |HDD|Works| |
-|Graphics|Works| |+|Graphics|Works|Recommend Proprietary Driver [see below]|
 |Sound|Works| | |Sound|Works| |
 |Ethernet|Works| | |Ethernet|Works| |
 |Wireless|Works| broadcom wl driver from packman | |Wireless|Works| broadcom wl driver from packman |
 |USB|Works| | |USB|Works| |
-|Card Reader|Not Tested| | +|HDMI Out|Works| | 
-|Webcam|Not Tested| |+|VGA|Works| | 
 +|Card Reader|Workstested with SD and Xd 
 +|Webcam|Works| tested with skype | 
 +|Build-in mic|Works well in some distrostested with skype, Ekiga |
 ===== Notes ===== ===== Notes =====
-==== Installing openSUSE 11.3 x86-64 on Acer Aspire 1551-4650: ​====+==== IMPORTANT UPDATE ​==== 
 +As of openSUSE 12.1 DVD installation is working out of the box without workarounds!!!
  
 +
 +==== Installing openSUSE 11.3 x86-64 on Acer Aspire 1551-4650 (AS1551-4650-US):​ ====
  
 I first tried booting from USB flash drive with openSUSE-11.3-KDE4-LiveCD-x86_64.iso flashed as per instructions on [[http://​en.opensuse.org/​SDB:​Live_USB_stick | openSUSE web site]]. ​ The live USB will not load unless acpi=off is passed to the kernel. Installation from the Live CD hangs when trying to configure the bootloader for reasons that are not necessarily machine specific. I first tried booting from USB flash drive with openSUSE-11.3-KDE4-LiveCD-x86_64.iso flashed as per instructions on [[http://​en.opensuse.org/​SDB:​Live_USB_stick | openSUSE web site]]. ​ The live USB will not load unless acpi=off is passed to the kernel. Installation from the Live CD hangs when trying to configure the bootloader for reasons that are not necessarily machine specific.
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 Reboot the system using kernel option acpi=off. ​ Reboot the system using kernel option acpi=off. ​
  
-== b) - The graphic driver ​==+== b) - The Graphics Driver ​==
 There seems to be a clash between power management and the stock radeon driver selected by the installation software. The solution I found as of this writing (10/2010) is to install the ATI Catalyst Proprietary Driver. Download and install the driver as indicated at the [[http://​support.amd.com/​us/​gpudownload/​Pages/​index.aspx|ATI Support Page]]. ​ There seems to be a clash between power management and the stock radeon driver selected by the installation software. The solution I found as of this writing (10/2010) is to install the ATI Catalyst Proprietary Driver. Download and install the driver as indicated at the [[http://​support.amd.com/​us/​gpudownload/​Pages/​index.aspx|ATI Support Page]]. ​
 Choose the following options: Choose the following options:
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 Reboot your system, this time **WITHOUT** the acpi=off kernel option. Reboot your system, this time **WITHOUT** the acpi=off kernel option.
  
-== c) Power management ​==+Another option is to add the repository for ATI drivers: 
 + 
 +zypper ar -f -n ATI http://​www2.ati.com/​suse/​11.3/​ 
 + 
 +Then install the following package: 
 +zypper in x11-video-fglrxG02 
 + 
 +IMPORTANT: In the version I was using this package installed kernel-default,​ but the installation above was done with kernel-desktop. You may have to manually install the module corresponding to kernel-desktop.  
 +zypper in ati-fglrxG02-kmp-desktop 
 +If you decide to switch to kernel-default,​ make sure that the appropriate broadcom package broadcom-wl-kmp-default is also installed. 
 +zypper in broadcom-wl-kmp-default 
 + 
 +NOTE: When upgrading the ATI driver I encountered various issues. One command that is very useful is 
 +aticonfig --uninstall[=dryrun] 
 + 
 +The flag dryrun is optional, it tests the command without running it and discovers potential problems.  
 + 
 + 
 + 
 +== c) Power Management ​==
 Installation of the proprietary graphic driver solved many power management issues. However, as of this writing Installation of the proprietary graphic driver solved many power management issues. However, as of this writing
 my computer does not recover from suspend to memory and does not complete the suspend to disk shutdown. I will update this page as I gain more insights. my computer does not recover from suspend to memory and does not complete the suspend to disk shutdown. I will update this page as I gain more insights.
  
- --- //Mario J. Borgnia (mborgnia_at_google_dot_com) Monday 25 of October, 2010 [22:​27:​15]//​+== Update on sleep/​hibernate/​resume:​ == 
 +After reading the comment below and doing some exploration,​ here is the progress: 
 + 
 +Create a file named: 
 +''/​etc/​pm/​config.d/​acer''​ 
 + 
 +Containing the following two lines: 
 +''​S2RAM_OPTS="​-f -a 3"''​ 
 +''​SUSPEND_MODULES=“wl atl1e”''​ 
 + 
 +Also, modify grub to include the noapic kernel option. Here are two ways to do it: 
 +Edit the file /​boot/​grub/​menu.lst to add "​noapic"​ to the line corresponding to the default kernel: 
 +Here is how it looks in my system (yours maybe different depending on partitioning,​ kernel version, etc): 
 +''​kernel /​vmlinuz-2.6.34.7-0.5-desktop root=/​dev/​sda2 resume=/​dev/​sda4 splash=silent quiet showopts vga=0x317 noapic''​ 
 + 
 +Alternatively,​ run Yast->​System->​Boot Loader and edit the default line to add "​noapic"​ in the Optional Kernel Command Line Parameter box. 
 + 
 +**Note:** After a suspend/​resume cycle, knetworkmanager will not be active, the only workaround that I found so far was to ''​kill knetworkmanager''​ from console and initiate another instance of it, also you will need to press Fn-F3  to turn wireless on and active wireless in the new instance of knetworkmanager (right click). After a few seconds, network will be up again. Connecting to a wired network will reactivate knetworkmanager without requiring a kill, but this is not always an option. 
 + 
 + 
 + 
 + 
 + 
 + --- //Mario J. Borgnia (mborgnia_at_gmail_dot_com) Monday 25 of October, 2010 [22:​27:​15]//​ 
 + 
 +A user reported at http://​permalink.gmane.org/​gmane.linux.kernel.suspend.devel/​8559 that they were able to get suspend to work using s2ram from uswsusp. Debian Squeeze currently uses pm-utils, so I have adapted that user's settings to Debian Squeeze by performing the following:​ 
 + 
 +1) Edit /​etc/​default/​grub. Add the option noapic to the variable GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX:​ 
 +GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="​noapic"​ 
 + 
 +2) Add an option file for pm-utils in the directory /​etc/​pm/​config.d. This directory should be empty at initial install time, and the file may be named anything. I named mine "​acer-aspire-1551"​. The contents should include the following:​ 
 + 
 +ADD_PARAMETERS="​--quirk-s3-mode --quirk-vbemode-restore"​ 
 +# The following may not be needed, but isn't harmful. This removes both networking drivers from the kernel 
 +SUSPEND_MODULES="​wl atl1e"​ 
 + 
 +3) Compiz is incompatible with resumption from suspend-to-ram. I found that running 
 +$ metacity --replace & 
 +prior to suspending, and 
 +$ compiz --replace & 
 +afterward worked just fine. Maybe there is a way to automate this, too? 
 + 
 +4) The wireless module is off, by hardware switch after the restore from suspend. You may need to Fn+F3 to restore it, or maybe there is a software solution for that button. 
 + 
 +==== Build-in mic works well with some distros ==== 
 + 
 +The build-in mic works well in Fedora 14, Fedora 15, Fuduntu 14.10, doesn'​t work in Ubuntu 10.10, Ubuntu 11.04, openSUSE 11.4.
  
 +This issue made me open a [[https://​bugs.launchpad.net/​ubuntu/​+source/​pulseaudio/​+bug/​682065|bug at launchpad]].
  
-===== Summary ===== +//search keywords: acer 1551, microphone, sound, noise, silence, skype, ekiga//
-You can enter a summary of how well the Acer Aspire ​1551 works with Linux here.+
  
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