Acer Timeline 3830
- 1 Hardware
- 2 Exact hardware model (for me at least)
- 3 Really issues, hardware problems
- 4 Lighter issues
Acer TimelineX 3830TG-6412
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) 00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04) 00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b4) 00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b4) 00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev b4) 00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev b4) 00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM65 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 04) 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 04) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04) 02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0) 03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43227 802.11b/g/n 04:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5116 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01) 04:00.1 SD Host controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5116 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01) 05:00.0 USB controller: NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller (rev 04)
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub Bus 003 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub Bus 004 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub Bus 003 Device 003: ID 058f:b002 Alcor Micro Corp.
Exact hardware model (for me at least)
Acer Aspire (TimelineX) 3830TG
Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz
4GB DDR3 RAM
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:
- download HDA_Analyzer from here: http://www.alsa-project.org/main/index.php/HDA_Analyzer
- run the script (as root)
Note: some plus package may be needed (python2, pygtk), and change the first line of the file:
EDIT: ALL instances "python" must be changed to "python2"... there are two entries, one at the top AND bottom:
os.system("python2 %s" % TMPDIR + '/' + FILES + ' ' + ' '.join(sys.argv[1:]))
(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.
- ATH9K driver issue
- Very inconsistent wireless performance and a lot of invalid misc, tx retries, and dropped packets.
The wireless card is detected as an AR9287 when in reality it is an AR5B97.
I've read just about everything under the sun on this topic. It appears that the only "functional" driver is ATH9K. The ATH5K driver will refuse to run with the hardware. Ndiswrapper doesn't seem to run the xp version of the driver. These issues are numerously documented and have existed for over a year. the linux wireless page seems to indicate that there is not much in the way of official bug developement in regards to these problems meaning no foreseeable fix. At the time of writing, 11-14-2011, this card has pretty poor support under linux giving you only 2 true fixes: buy a new wireless card or switch to a different os. Windows 7 has none of these issues with the card.
All that being said there are 2 mitigation strategies which minimally help:
1. Disabling hardware encryption
(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; http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1746326"
2. Disabling or limiting IPv6 support
Place the entry "alias net-pf10 off" into /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf
- Broadcom BCM43227
Some models of this laptop come with the BCM43227 wireless module. You can verify this is what you have by running
lspci | grep Network
The output should be the following:
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43227 802.11b/g/n
This chip works fine with broadcom-wl from AUR. However, you need to press Fn+F3 (may be a couple of times) to turn on the wireless. It seems that each press of the button cycles through the different combinations of Wireless/Bluetooth On/Off.
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
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).
On a standard setup, acpi seems to detect Fn+up, Fn+down, Fn+F8, Fn+Home, Fn+PgUp, Fn+PgDn and Fn+End.
Fn+Right (higher brightness), Fn+Left (lower brightness), Fn+F3 (wireless), Fn+F6 (blank screen) and Fn+F7 (touchpad) all seem to work fine, however they do not generate acpi events.
- Fn + F3 (wireless)
This combination doesn't seem to generate any acpi events, however it seems to cycle through the different combinations of Wireless/Bluetooth and On/Off. The total number is 4 combinations.