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Acer TravelMate 8571

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 8571 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer TravelMate 8571. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer TravelMate 8571 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer TravelMate 8571 specifications page.

NameAcer TravelMate 8571
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor: 3MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen15.6“ WXGA (1366 x 768)
GraphicsIntel GMA 4500MHD
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUnknown
Optical DriveDVD Super Multi
Network10/100/1000
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorksFor the microphone to work you may need to update your version of ALSA. In Ubuntu 9.10 install the linux-backports-modules-alsa-karmic-generic package and then reboot.
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderNot TestedWorks for SD Cards
PCMCIANot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorksQuality not Great but Acceptable

Notes

Tested with Ubuntu 9.10.

[22/06/2010 - Tested with TM8571-944G32Mn] Also works fine with Ubuntu 10.04, except that:
*the built-in microphone works perfectly straight after install.
*the screen display seems very slightly soft/fuzzy
*”Suspend“ does not work (you cannot resume). However “Hibernate” works fine. I upgraded the BIOS from v1.09 to v1.36, which many people recommended to fix the Suspend problem. After this, Suspend “still” did not work, but at least the computer no longer got completely stuck.
*Optical Drive: initially did not recognize audio CDs at all, and would hang on trying to eject them - after upgrading BIOS to v1.36, audio CDs and Optical Drive now work perfectly.

Summary

The Acer Travelmate 8571 works just fine with Linux.


Discussion

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KLD, 2010/04/05 08:47

Similar results for Debian. Installed Lenny backports (kernel version 2.6.30-bpo.2-amd64).

Issues:

Intel Wifi card needs non-free firmware, iwlwifi-5000-2.ucode

Sound: internal speakers do not switch off when headphone plugged in. Solved by upgrading both alsa-utils and alsa-driver to version 1.0.22-1.

Optical Drive: pressing the Eject button is not seen by X, but seems to be handles by the BIOS. Action was very slow, and frequently the system crashed. Solved by upgrading BIOS from 1.20 to 1.33. (PITA to do since you need Windows or DOS to run Acer's BIOS upgrade util. Solved via installing FreeDOS on a USB stick.)

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