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Seems like everything is working much better, but I haven't run any strenuous tests :)
Seems like everything is working much better, but I haven't run any strenuous tests :)
See [[Wireless Setup]].'''
See [[Wireless Setup]].'''

Revision as of 22:58, 11 November 2011

Exact hardware model (for me at least)

Acer Aspire (TimelineX) 3830TG

Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz


NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M

750 GB HDD

Atheros wifi (AR9287) b/g/n

(Probably some of these issues only for Arch Linux, e.g. Ubuntu handling automatically, (Ubuntu is great, but too fat for me) )

[ susu@archie ~ ]$ uname -a
Linux archie 3.0-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Wed Aug 17 21:55:57 CEST 2011 x86_64 Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2410M CPU @ 2.30GHz GenuineIntel GNU/Linux

Really issues, hardware problems

Sound card issue

Problem: No sound

There is a (Ubuntu) bugreport about the problem: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/783582

There are plenty of comments, but the first one that worked for me: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/783582/comments/33

But if you are too lazy to click, or that page cannot be reached:

Note: some plus package may be needed (python2, pygtk), and change the first line of the file:

#!/usr/bin/env python2

(there must be more elegant solution, but it is pretty fast)

  • run hda_analyzer.py (same workaround may need)
  • find Node[0x1b] PIN and select
  • on Node editor tab check EAPD

(and then my urxvt started to beep, I have to turn that off. UPDATE: I have added this: "/usr/bin/xset b off" to my .xinitrc)

Note: and then both internal speaker and headphone output worked, and also muting if I plug in my headphone (there were some comment at the bugreport about that "auto-muting" does not work).

Oh, of course, I have 3.0 kernel.

UPDATE: I wrote a script about this. That script a hack, not an elegant solution, at least it works. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4602313/acer-3830-setter.py

Note: I also had to add my user to audio group to use sound card.

Screen backlight issue

Add kernel option acpi_osi=Linux


  • Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst
  • Find your system menu entry, and add acpi_osi=Linux kernel option

Mine menu entry looks like:

title  Arch Linux
root   (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-linux root=/dev/sda7 ro acpi_osi=Linux
initrd /boot/initramfs-linux.img
  • reboot and pray

Note: tested with integrated Intel GPU only

But still an issue that I cannot set brightness value from software (from sysfs), only Fn + Left/Right arrows working.

GPU switch issue

At the moment I turned NVIDIA GPU off from BIOS, later I will provide some info about switching. Until then you can check on Bumblebee

Lighter issues


ATH9K driver issue w/ fix
inconsistent wireless performance and a lot of invalid misc, tx retries, and dropped packets.
After some reading it seems like disabling hardware encryption helps the problem :

(post taken from launchpad: https://bugs.launchpad.net/archlinux/+source/linux/+bug/735171/comments/29)

"I googled the problem, and came up with this command;

sudo -s

echo "options ath9k nohwcrypt=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf

taken from here;


Seems like everything is working much better, but I haven't run any strenuous tests :)

See Wireless Setup.

TODO: create some profiling (and some iptables stuff also would be nice for that network profiling)

CPU frequency scaling

CPU frequency scaling can be accomplished with cpufrequtils, Laptop Mode Tools, and etc. once the acpi_cpufreq kernel module is loaded (e.g. by adding it to the Template:Codeline array in rc.conf and rebooting).

Laptop Mode Tools or acpid can be used to switch governors when the laptop is on battery or AC.

Fn + buttons

ACPI events