Acer Aspire 8920G

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Introduction

This is my 1st ever wiki and I hope that by writing this it can benefit another user out there to setup archlinux on their laptop like me. I should also like to explain that I am a novice in the World of Linux and so I shall try and pass on as much knowledge as I possibly can. These are the settings that apply to my machine and my network setup so you must remember that what works for me will not necessarily work ok for you. This machine is running 2.6.31-ARCH and all the hardware is ok other than having to load the wireless driver iwl4965 and nvidia everything else just worked from the core install.


Hardware

Standard Hardware

Hardware Description

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Additional Hardware

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System Files and Command Outputs

System Files

fstab

This contains the commands to connect to my Buffalo NAS drive, which I have added incase it helps someone else with one. I connect to the drive which is on a static IP address and has no security set for the shares, so in your case connecting up to your own network shares would of course differ from mine. Template:File

resolve.conf

I needed to change this as my network is setup to use static IP addresses and this points to my router to resolve dns. Template:File

rc.conf

This contains the settings I used that apply to my machine and my network, so your rc.conf will be different to mine. Template:File

xorg.conf

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Command Outputs

lsusb

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lspci

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Troubleshooting

These are some of the things I needed to download and the configuration files that needed modifying in order to configure the machine to behave as a laptop should... be wireless and consume less power! I assume by this point that you have already got to the stage of a working desktop and just need to dot the i's and cross the t's to polish things off.

Wireless

Wireless needs the module "iwlwifi-4965-ucode" installing, and if you use wireless security WPA2 etc then you would also be better to load "wicd" to configure and connect to your wireless.

First you need to install "iwlwifi-4965-ucode" Template:Command

Then you need to edit /etc/rc.conf to load the module at startup. Template:Command


Stage two involves getting connected to our wireless network via wicd, so let's install that now. Template:Command

Then you need to edit /etc/rc.conf to load the wicd daemon at startup. If you put a bang(!) in front of a network interface then you are allowing wicd to control the interface. The Interfaces and Routes are optional but you will need to load the Daemon. Then after a reboot in the system notification area you should now be able to use the wicd client to hook up to your Template:Command


Nvidia Graphics

I assume by now that you have a working desktop and just need to "tweak" the system for 3-D apps and power management so this is what I changed in my system.

In the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file I made the following changes to allow compiz eye candy and power management. The PowerMizer options are set to lowest performance on battery, with the option of increasing speed if needed and the system will run at full speed when the mains are plugged in. Template:Command


Tips & Tricks