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Acer TravelMate 6292

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 6292 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameAcer TravelMate 6292
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz
Screen12.1“ WXGA
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
EthernetYes
WirelessYesSee notes below
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYesSee notes below
PCMCIANot Tested
CameraYesSee notes below
Special keysYes

Notes

The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 in the TravelMate 6292 is not properly supported by most distributions. If you can only get a 1024×768 resolution or can't get the graphics to function at all it is because your Xorg version is too old. This isn't an issue with Mandriva Linux 2008, OpenSuSE 10.3 and the upcoming Ubuntu 7.10 and Fedora 8.

The Intel 4965AGN used by the TravelMate 6292, like the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, is very new and not properly supported by most Linux distributions. Have a look at our guide below for details on how to install and configure the drivers for the 4965AGN. Just like the X3100, the 4965AGN works without extra configuration with Mandriva Linux 2008, OpenSuSE 10.3, Ubuntu 7.10 and Fedora 8.

The webcam is well supported by the UVC-driver http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/ which is not in mainline yet but is included in many distributions. Note that the driver is V4L2 only, and no V4L1 support is planned.

The card reader chip is made by ENE which is notorious for being unsupported or buggy in Linux. Support for this particular chip was added by commit http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=commitdiff;h=b8352260d28b30cb2bb2df99814fb9c360e38901 to the mainline kernel, but the support is slow and I/O-errors happen with larger transfers.

If the sound doesn't work you will need to compile and install the latest development ALSA drivers, currently version 1.0.15rc3. Although not tested, I believe this wont be required with the soon to be released Ubuntu 7.10 (not sure about other distributions).

There is currently no support for the microphones (external or internal). The relevant alsa-bug is at https://bugtrack.alsa-project.org/alsa-bug/view.php?id=3609 (use the guest login link).

Summary

A recent Linux distribution is highly recommended to get full functionality from the Acer TravelMate 6292, you should aim to use a distribution that uses at least kernel 2.6.22 or greater and the latest version of Xorg.


Discussion

hong, 2012/02/02 18:04

At the moment i am using the acer travelmate 9262.I just want to ask you that how can i use finger print,please reply me very soon.great thank!

Tua Asai, 2011/02/04 12:31

Hi,
Pls help me how to formated my acer TravelMate 6292 with step by step…

michela da costa, 2010/01/26 20:21

can somebody please tell me how to get my crystal eye cam to work with skype? i have an acer travelmate 6292. i would really appreciate any help or advice! lol

Vitali, 2009/08/21 07:20

Hi,
I've ended up with some Vista Business troubles in my Travelmate 6292 (MS support did not help me). So, I'm ready to kill this Vista and migrate to Linux. What will be the best distro, assuming that I'm not so experienced in linux and don't want to do some “console hacking”? Webcam, all HW keys (volume, brightness etc.), card reader should work. FireWire and fingerprint reader are optional.

Damn, I forgot Logitech Z-5 USB acoustic systems. It does not have Linux drivers…

Manoj Prabhu, 2009/06/07 18:15

I have tried Mandriva 2008 One, Mandriva 2009 Free, RHEL 5, Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope and most recently OpenSUSE 11.1 on my Acer TravelMate 6292.

Ubuntu 9.04 recognises all hardware components out of the box. With openSUSE, it took some driver download to detect the Wi-Fi card, but it works after the driver update.

I am currently using openSUSE 11.1 only. Hardly go to the packaged OS. Very much satisfied. Will try out some more distributions in the future, too.

Paul, 2008/11/12 02:15

Gentoo install

Installed Gentoo 2008.0 64bit with KDE3.5 successfully. Used NetworkManager to setup both WiFi and Wired interfaces successfuly. Unable to do this the Gentoo way using /etc/conf.d/net. Sound only worked when upgrading to kernel 2.6.26 (had to unmask for this). Videocam works well with Skype. Only thing that does not work is 'Blender'; which crashes the whole X environment horribly.
Cpufreqd will not run. Otherwise I am very pleased with it. I have 2 virtual boxes - one with XP and use that to sync my ipod with Itunes. Card reader worked without any hacking.

MolbO, 2008/07/27 23:14

FC8 install

have installed FC8 (standard install)
do not use card reader so not problem)
WiFi works buggy (seems to be not easy task to make work it propertly in my case)
compiling alsa from source and disabling pulse audio fixes sound problem
X's working fine
didn't tested microphone and camera

ingridt, 2008/07/11 00:50

succesfully installed Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy

I did an install from life CD (overwriting Vista that was pre-installed) without any problem. Everything seems to work properly as in the compatibility list above. To configure the audio and DVD I followed instructions at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=766683
Only remark: at home I work with a bigger screen,and sometimes the acer seems a bit confused with dimensions; a simple reboot solves this. Both screens give the same view, except that on the external monitor more pixel can be seen,and the laptop-screen shows only the pixels it physically has. I do not know where to find a method to use both screens to view more.

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