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Acer TravelMate TimelineX 8573T

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate TimelineX 8573T laptop. If you have the Acer TravelMate TimelineX 8573T and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a 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.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer TravelMate TimelineX 8573T specifications page.

NameAcer TravelMate TimelineX 8573T
ProcessorIntel Core i7-2620M processor (4 MB L3 cache, 2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.40 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel 64 architecture, Intel Smart Cache
Intel Core i5-2410M/i5-2520M/i5-2540M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.30/2.50/2.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.90/3.20/3.30 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel 64 architecture, Intel Smart Cache
Intel Core i3-2310M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.10 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 35 W), supporting Intel 64 architecture, Intel Smart Cache
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GU40N
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
USB 2.0Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller
USB 3.0NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Broadcom Corporation BCM43227 802.11b/g/n
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205, 802.11a/b/g/n
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM57761 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks i5-2540M
ScreenWorks1366×768
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks kernel driver i915
VGA OutWorks kernel driver i915, glxgears fullscreen ~540 fps
HDMI OutWorks kernel driver i915, glxgears fullscreen ~496 fps
SoundWorks snd_hda_intel
Bult-in MicrophoneWorks works fine in empathy with XMPP
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetWorks kernel driver tg3
WirelessWorks kernel driver wl/broadcom-sta
BluetoothWorks
WWANNot Tested
USB 2.0Works ehci_hcd
USB 3.0Works xhci_hcd
ESATAWorks , booting from harddrive is also possible
Card ReaderWorks SD, SDHC work
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested kernel driver rts_pstor
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested failed to find linux driver
WebcamWorks works fine in empathy with XMPP, cheese, skype
Smart Card ReaderNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Touch PadWorks use synaptics driver, otherwise almost unusably sensitive
Suspend/ResumeWorks rarely would not wake up again

Notes

You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Acer TravelMate TimelineX 8573T here.


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Carsten Raddatz, 2013/05/22 14:15

I still have the device and am using it daily. Now

* upgraded to kernel 3.9.3, blacklisted MAC80211 in [/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf]

* upgraded to [net-wireless/broadcom-sta-6.30.223.30-r1]

Somewhere along kernel 3.8 battery life improved noticeably, to now more than 4 hours.

Links on topic of the BCM43227 wifi chipset:

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-7163902.html#7163902

https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=437898

https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=1176829#p1176829

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2126680

http://lists.infradead.org/pipermail/b43-dev/2012-August/002746.html

Carsten Raddatz, 2012/07/17 09:16

I have one of these, and got it all working happily with Gentoo Linux.

Battery life is around 3,5h with wireless connectivity, which is far from the fantasy value promised by Acer, but enough for my usage.

Replaced 500GB hd with SSD, which runs blazingly fast. Very happy this way. Original drive works just fine in an external eSATA case, boots connected via eSATA/USB port, including the pre-installed Windows 7 Pro. Hardly ever use it though.

Hardware and driver details:

- http://pastie.org/4270584

Tricks:

- used net-wireless/broadcom-sta-5.100.82.112-r2 from staging
- connect external monitor 1st time, GNOME would not recognize it properly, and only mirror the screen. Took a few restarts to have it working as you would expect.
- touchpad driver: used x11-drivers/xf86-input-synaptics, since default setting would be almost unusable and hyper-sensitive
- wpa_supplicant with a static config apparently works best

Untested:

- USB3 port, since I do not have a USB3 device to test with. USB2 works.
- express card slot

Weird:

- rarely would not wake up from suspend
- wifi device shows up three times in rfkill –list
- rarely network connectivity would not work even after reboot

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