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This page will eventually hold information to install Arch Linux on the Acer Aspire 1410. Here is the (albeit empty) forum post for discussion: http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=626296
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This laptop is almost perfect for Linux. It has Intel chipset on motherboard (includes OpenGL 2.0-compatible video) and well-known Atheros network devices (on some models). Even special keyboard and suspend work fine.
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== Summary ==
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=== Specifications ===
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{| border="1"
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! Hardware
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! Details
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! Driver/Status
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| Graphics
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| Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
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| Install xf86-video-intel
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| Wireless
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| ['''8804'''] Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless<br>
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or Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter
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| Install iwlwifi-5000-ucode<br>
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Out-of-box (kernel module ath9k)
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| Ethernet
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| Attansic Technology Gigabit Ethernet
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or Atheros Communications Device 1063
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| Works out-of-box
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| Audio
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| Built-in speakers<br>
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Headphone Jack<br>
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Integrated Microphone<br>
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Microphone Jack
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| Works<br>
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Works<br>
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Untested<br>
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Untested<br>
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| Card Reader
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| 5-in-1 card reader:
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MultiMediaCard™<br>
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Secure Digital<br>
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Memory Stick®<br>
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Memory Stick PRO™<br>
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xD-Picture Card™
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Untested<br>
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Works<br>
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Untested<br>
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Works<br>
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Works
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| Webcam
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| Chicony Electronics Co. Ltd
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| Works out-of-box
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| Touchpad
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| Install xf86-input-evdev, xf86-input-synaptics
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| HDMI Out
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| Works OOTB
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== Installing Arch ==
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=== Pre-Install ===
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If you are receiving errors booting or during the install, try setting the SATA mode to "IDE" in the BIOS. This is not necessary for all users.
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=== During the Installation ===
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Be sure to install the necessary wireless driver (see above), "wireless_tools", and optionally "netcfg" if you would like wireless to work post-install.
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Note for beginners: connect to wifi-router directly by ethernet cable, or completely switch-off authentication. After that install Arch from network mirrors, reload and install network-manager with your preferred Desktop Environment.
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=== Post-Install ===
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==== Kernel Issues ====
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Kernel 2.6.36 and 2.6.37 often freeze the system. Make sure to upgrade to newest kernel. This also fixes issues with the touchpad.
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==== Setup the Touchpad ====
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Make sure to install xf86-input-synaptics. Don't forget to enable the touchpad with <Fn>-F7. The following threads might also be interesting: [http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=77400] [http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=77190]
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Kernel 2.6.36 has an annoying bug makeing the touchpad finicky. A temporary workaround [https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=871240] is:
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xinput --set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Pressure" 280
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Please note that since kernel 2.6.38 the touchpad works well and no such fix is necessary.
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==== Fan Issues ====
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If the noise is running too often or making too much noise, try installing the latest version of [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=23686 acerhdf].
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==== Panel aspect ratio ====
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Default mode for this laptop is 1366x768 (widescreen). Different resolutions may look ugly because of whole-screen-stretching. To overcome this do the command from regular user:
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xrandr --output LVDS1 --set "scaling mode" "Full aspect"
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==Extra resources==
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* [http://us.acer.com/acer/productv.do?LanguageISOCtxParam=en&kcond61e.c2att101=63750&sp=page16e&ctx2.c2att1=25&link=ln438e&CountryISOCtxParam=US&ctx1g.c2att92=447&ctx1.att21k=1&CRC=1346651341 Official US site]
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* [http://www.linlap.com/wiki/acer+aspire+1410 Linux Laptop]
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* [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Aspire1810TZ/Karmic Ubuntu wiki]
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* [http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=424213 Thread post containing specs of different models]
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* [http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=419117 Thread of tips, tricks, & tweaks]
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* [http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=8409272 Power saving tips and tricks from Ubuntu forum]
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