Acer Aspire Timeline 1810tz

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Introduction

Small howto for installing arch on the Acer Aspire Timeline 1810tz

Live ISO

Note: I had problems with the arch boot ISO 2009 08 - eth0 was not able to connect due to network card being unsupported with the current Live ISO kernel. Using the testing images form build.archlinux.org resolves this with a new kernel that does support the network card out of the box.

Hardware

  • Audio: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
  • Video: Intel GMA 4500MHD
  • Processor: U4100 @ 1.30GHz
  • Wired: Atheros Communications Device 1063 (rev c0)
  • Wireless: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 1000 Series

lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Device 1063 (rev c0)
02:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation WiFi Link 1000 Series

Wireless

Detailed info found at Wireless Out of the box with Kernel ≥2.6.34.X.

Wired

Out of the box with Kernel ≥2.6.32.X.

xorg

Detailed info found at Xorg

pacman -S  xorg-server xorg xf86-input-synaptics xf86-input-keyboard xf86-video-intel 

if you have a window manager installed, the .xinitrc configured you can now do a startx without a xorg.conf

Note: To have 3D acceleration you have to be in the video group

glxgears

2304 frames in 5.0 seconds = 460.703 FPS
2361 frames in 5.0 seconds = 472.187 FPS
2193 frames in 5.0 seconds = 438.557 FPS
2815 frames in 5.0 seconds = 562.992 FPS

Q3 Timedemo

~ 20s 

Touchpad

add to .xinitrc to enable two finger scrolling.

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Extarkeys

To enable mute volume up and down do following

install xbindkeys

pacman -S xbindkeys

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autostart xbindkeys while starting X. I use the .xinitrc for this.

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KMS

Enable Intel KMS. This works quite nice.

Sound

Detailed info found at Alsa

pacman -S alsa-utils
alsaconf
alsamixer

add alsa to /etc/rc.conf.

Webcam

Works out of the box

mplayer tv:// 

I added !uvcvideo to rc.conf modules to prevent it from auto loading to save power. Can be loaded by modprobe when needed.

Powersaving

enable power saving wireless(add to /etc/rc.local)

iwconfig wlan0 power on

CPU scaling

add following modules to /etc/rc.conf

acpi_cpufreq cpufreq_conservative

append to /etc/rc.local

echo conservative > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor
echo conservative > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu1/cpufreq/scaling_governor

powertop

powertop can give some nice hints how to save power.

add to /etc/rc.local

echo min_power > /sys/class/scsi_host/host0/link_power_management_policy
echo 1500 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs

tmpfs

Stop writing logs and tmp stuff to the Hard-drive.

Warning: All logs will be gone after reboot

add to /etc/fstab

none	/var/log	tmpfs	size=10M	0	0
none	/tmp	tmpfs	size=100M	0	0
none	/var/tmp	tmpfs	size=20M	0	0

noatime

Added noatime to all my partitions in /etc/fstab to reduce hdd IO. This is usually done when using an SSD but i think it can't harm if i also use it on my normal Hard drive.

/dev/sda3 / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1

Suspend

pm-suspend seems to work out of the box X/sound/wireless come up with out a hick. pm-hibernate needs some configuration - havent tried it yet. More info can be found on the pm-utils page. I bound pm-suspend to the power key.

Fan-Control

Acerhdf [1] is a module you can load to control the fan-speed. Download the latest version, unpack it and follow instructions in the readme file. You probably need to add your bios-version in the config-file. Your bios-version is in the error message when you load the module. Add acerhdf in your rc.conf. If it doesn't work, you can also follow these instructions: Acer_Aspire_One#acerhdf

Misc

Keyboard in X

Disable caps lock and set keyboard layout in X

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mplayer 1080p 720p

  • 720p: works out of the box
  • 1080p: currently not working

Trying to get it to work:

  • Multithreaded mplayer aur/mplayer-mt-git does improve the situation but not solve the problem.
    • mplayer -lavdopts threads=4 -vo gl2
  • aur/mplayer-coreavc-svn tries to install wine so I didn't test it
  • VA-API GPU Acceleration coming for GM45 around Q3 2010 [2].
    • using aur/mplayer-vaapi mplayer -vo vaapi file should play the content with out a problem as soon as support arrives.

External Resources