General Hardware Specifications of Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG-524G64mn/2007 14-Inch Laptop with Core i5 based on the forum thread: Acer Aspire 4820TG/5820TG TimelineX Thread
Status under Linux
|Intel Core i5 430M CPU ,2.26 GHz (with Intel Turbo Boost support)||Works||No special procedure required during installation.|
|14 inch WXGA (1366×768)||Works||No special procedure required|
|ATI Radeon HD 5650 graphics||Works||No special procedure required - no additional drivers are needed|
- optionally you can activate FGLRX driver (scroll down!)
|4GB RAM||Works||No special procedure required|
|500GB hard drive||Works||No special procedure required|
|Built-in videocamera||Works||No special procedure required|
|Integrated Network Card||Works||"AR81Family Linux Driver" from http://partner.atheros.com/Drivers.aspx.|
|DVD Writer (Dual-Layer, DVD-RAM Support)||Works||No special procedure required|
|Li-ion 9 Cell Battery||Works||Need to upgrade to latest version of BIOS|
|Sound||Microphone works after some workarounds||upgrade to ALSA version 1.0.23 and follow the below Davebox23 post.|
This laptop is operating under Kernel version:
2.6.38-8-generic OK (11.04)
Basic Installation of Kubuntu:
The installation was smooth from the early beginning...
I suggest you to check that your BIOS version is at least the 1.18 version. In any other case to have your battery correctly recognized you should upgrade by downloading the newest version directly from the support website of Acer. (www.acer.com/acer/service.do) I am using the version 1.19 2010/10/04
After the installation of the new bios (that is quite easy with the released package by Acer) I can say that the laptop support all the relevant feature of the current Kubuntu release (GUI effects, listeners,...)
Setting up additional features for Kubuntu
- I suggest to install nm-applet instead of knetworkmanager to avoid the manual enabling Wireless connection each startup. (http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NetworkManager#Automatically_connect_on_boot)
- To fix the internal microphone (Skype or Google talk) upgrade to the newest version of Alsa (simply follow the instruction here:https://launchpad.net/~ricotz/+archive/unstable) .After this operation if you experience a noisy microphone recording just follow this smart fix from the Ubuntu forum:
Originally Posted by daveboy23 yap, i actually searched for that myself - here's the solution: go to skype and disable the automatic sound adjust thing then go to terminal - type alsamixer, press F4 (capture tab) - so to capture and put it all the way up (or to a volume you like) then (on the same column)press 'y' till you completely mute the left channel. now skype works. problem - if you change the volume from the pulse you loose this configuration so take care.
- Getting the touchpad to operate you should (by giova.86 - http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1495123)
- 1) create a file named .touchpad.sh in your home
- 2) open the file and copy these line into it:
#!/bin/sh sleep 10 xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Two-Finger Scrolling" 8 1 xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Scrolling" 8 1 1 xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Pressure" 32 10 xinput set-int-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Width" 32 8
- Finally I found out how to enable proprietary FGLRX graphic driver (2011-05-08)
The successful activation of the driver depends on a fix operation sequence:
- Back up your xorg.conf file (sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup)
- Now you can safely remove your xorg.conf file (sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf)
- Let Kubuntu propose you to install the FGLRX driver and enable 'em (for this just run the application that you can find in the default kubuntu menu "additional driver")
- As soon as the driver is downloaded and installed reboot the system
- On reboot enter the BIOS (with F2 key) and change the Video settings to ' discrete'
- Now the system should correctly reboot and you may experience strange "arial" fonts in the kubuntu loader
- after your log-in run in your konsole the command " sudo aticonfig --initial "
- if everything works after the reboot it means that FGLRX drivers are up and running...
- currently none
- I did not change anything