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Acer Aspire 4540

Acer Aspire 4540 - Debian Lenny

Author(s)

Andika Triwidada

Introduction

Experiment to install Debian Lenny on Acer Aspire 4540

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Specifications

NameAcer Aspire 4540
ProcessorAMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core M300, 2GHz, 1MB L2 cache
Screen14.0“ WXGA 1366×768
RAM1 GB, up to 4 GB
HDD320 GB
Optical DriveDVD RW
GraphicsATI Radeon HD4200
NetworkEthernet Atheros Attansic L1 Gigabit, WiFi Atheros 802.11n, Bluetooth Broadcom

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesNeed proprietary driver from AMD
SoundYes
EthernetYesNeed kernel 2.6.32 from Debian Sid
WirelessYesNeed kernel 2.6.32 from Debian Sid
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderNot Tested
CameraNot Tested
TouchpadYes

Notes

FeatureCompatibilityComments
Brightness ControlYes
SuspendYesFrom text mode, need option –quirk-s3-bios, but no quirk from graphics mode with AMD proprietary driver
HibernateYes(idem)
Special KeysPartialMostly works

Summary

I suggest you use other distro with most recent kernel version to avoid problem on ethernet/wifi. Tried to use Debian Lenny's fglrx and radeonhd, and Debian Sid's one for VGA driver, with no success. Partial success with Lenny's VESA driver, but can't get maximum resolution. Fortunately AMD's proprietary driver works.

Acer Aspire 4540 - Ubuntu 9.10 & 10.04

Author(s)

Aaron M.

Introduction

Using Ubuntu 9.10 & 10.04 on Acer Aspire 4540

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Specifications

NameAcer Aspire 4540
ProcessorAMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core M300, 2GHz, 1MB L2 cache
Screen14.0” WXGA 1366×768
RAM4 GB
HDD320 GB
Optical DriveDVD RW Multi Recorder
GraphicsATI Radeon HD4200
NetworkEthernet Atheros Attansic L1 Gigabit, WiFi Atheros 802.11n,

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesNeed proprietary driver from AMD
SoundYesNeed minor tweaking of alsa-base.conf
EthernetYes
WirelessYesath9k driver works perfectly, monitor mode works also
BluetoothNot Installed
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
Card ReaderYesSD & MS-PRO Tested to Work
CameraYesguvcview works with it (great quality also)
TouchpadYesLock Touchpad button works also

Notes

FeatureCompatibilityComments
Brightness ControlYes
SuspendYes
HibernateYes
Special KeysPartialAll but AltGr & Euro Symbol

Summary

I installed Ubuntu 9.10 originally and had very few problems except for FGLRX (Install proprietary driver from ATI then enable the driver in System > Administration > Hardware Drivers [Works great with Compiz-Fusion]) and the sound (Codec is ALC888 [See Note At Bottom]) but eventually got both working perfectly the only thing I have yet to get working is the microphone & I think if you tinker with the ALSA settings you'd get it to work.
there are a few other knick-knack things that I had trouble with but cant remember, if you want help feal free to email me at theanonbutinf(at)gmail(dot)com

[Getting ALSA Working]
Tutorial
edit your /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and put 'options snd-hda-intel model=acer-aspire-4930g' at the bottom
now hopefully your sound should mute when you plugin headphones, if not put in some headphones then restart with them in and your speakers shouldnt work unless headphones are plugged in. restart and try again. (dunno why this fixes it) Also i havent gotten ALSA to cooperate with VLC & Firefox at the same time yet… so you can only hear one program at a time.

Long story short: this laptop works with some tinkering, but dont expect out of the box & ready to go.

[Update Arch Linux]
Moved to Arch linux with this laptop and everything works out of the box so long as you install the drivers. Only thing i had to do was edit my rate in alsa.conf but that was to support line-in loopback. Arch works with both the proprietary ati driver or the community one. The proprietary one is much faster and clean with compiz whereas the community one supports the hdmi/vga out.


Discussion

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tony, 2011/10/17 02:30

i use aspire 4540, i like it

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