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Roadrun
December 16th, 2010, 09:31 AM
Does anyone got HDMI video working under Integrated (Intel) VGA card?

daveboy23
December 17th, 2010, 11:42 PM
hi guys, just checked the acer website today and guess what - there is a new bios out there (1.22). anyone has any clue what it's all about? anyone tried it yet?

anyone has any idea what's been updated?

marm0tte
December 19th, 2010, 09:57 PM
I've just ask to the support, I will keep you informed.

oczer
December 21st, 2010, 08:58 PM
Does anyone got HDMI video working under Integrated (Intel) VGA card?

HDMI dosent work for intel card in windows 7 either. It's probably only for ATI card

marm0tte
December 21st, 2010, 10:20 PM
still no answer from the Acer support :(

wizards
December 22nd, 2010, 12:59 AM
hi guys, just checked the acer website today and guess what - there is a new bios out there (1.22). anyone has any clue what it's all about? anyone tried it yet?

anyone has any idea what's been updated?


Its strange they have don't write what's patch .. :/..i think its some mistake from they.
Its difficult to say whats exactly to this :(
I patch to 1.22 from Windows and averything seems allrigh .. but i still don't know what exactly change in this version

marm0tte
December 22nd, 2010, 07:14 PM
lol, the Acer support sucks, here is what they answer :


12/19/2010 9:56 PM Automatic Response
Title: Using Protector Suite QL
Link: http://acer-fr.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4439

Title: Setting up a PC to send audio via HDMI in Windows Vista and Windows 7
Link: http://acer-fr.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4185

Title: Setting up a PC to send audio via HDMI in Windows XP
Link: http://acer-fr.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4183

Title: Windows Product Activation
Link: http://acer-fr.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5338

Title: Troubleshooting the Windows Vista audio missing
Link: http://acer-fr.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4228

daveboy23
December 23rd, 2010, 01:13 AM
so the update is basically for windows users?

marm0tte
December 23rd, 2010, 11:50 AM
no, it was an automatic answer from Acer robots and moreover responses had nothing to do with what I asked

dboneke
December 23rd, 2010, 01:31 PM
no, it was an automatic answer from Acer robots and moreover responses had nothing to do with what I asked

Hi Marmotte,

I want to first of all express my huge gratitude for starting this thread, I doubt you thought it will turn out to be so big for so many ppl :) and of all forums and threads, I've never seen any forum where everyone contributes somehow. Props to all you guys!

My question...
I've read the entire thread and it seem to me that downloading BIOS 1.19 is the fastest and easiest way to solving all the problems that I currently have. However, I'm not sure if I will still need to manually turn off ATI or Intel to get 7 hours, or if with BIOS I will have that automatically solve?

I tried to download the BIOS 1.19 from the acer website http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers but when I click on the arrow to download, the browser looks like is loading but it does not download the file. Would you guys please give a link that works?

marm0tte
December 23rd, 2010, 03:45 PM
Hello,

This one works for the Aspire 4820TG v1.19 BIOS :
http://global-download.acer.com/GDFiles/BIOS/BIOS/BIOS_Acer_1.19_A_A.zip?acerid=634217844152767304&Step1=Notebook&Step2=Aspire&Step3=Aspire%204820TG&OS=722&LC=en&BC=Acer&SC=PA_6

andy12345
December 25th, 2010, 03:27 AM
Major Bug,
I switched on my laptop after 28 days, started windows, everythings fine.
I thought I might as well update ubuntu, when I started it,
1st time, frozen at splash screen.
2nd time, froze at login screen with weird ..um scrambled pixels or graphics.
3rd time, frozen at login screen.
4th time FINALLY! works.
any idea why this occurred?

Confusered
December 25th, 2010, 04:26 AM
I've updated to the 1.22 bios from 1.19, but there seems to be no changes at all. Also, I discovered a new trend. If I leave my laptop off for 3 hours or so and start it back on and try to boot into Ubuntu, what happens is that I will get a blank screen after ubuntu tries to boot and i will have to use the emergency reboot. It will only successfully boot into ubuntu after the emergency reboot. And if i turn it off for a few hours again, and turn it on to boot into Windows first, it will successfully boot into Windows. After doing a restart from Windows, and booting into Ubuntu, it will boot successfully. Does anyone else have this problem too?

Confusered
December 25th, 2010, 04:30 AM
Ok 2 issues:

Touchpad: I just discovered that contrary to what my post above says, my touchpad on the 4820t is not working properly. It seems to be a matter of luck really. Sometimes I restart and it's working great, other times when I put two fingers on it the mouse pointer goes nuts. Today for instance I sent it to sleep than after wake up it's working properly. I'm really at loss to what could be causing this.

Battery Indicator: When I unplug the charger Ubuntu does not know what happened at first and continues normally. However when I plug it in again and then take it out, it detects the battery is discharging. Anyone encountered this strange behaviour?

I haven't tried the battery, but I'm definitely experiencing the issues you mentioned for touchpad. Multi touch is intermittent, and sometimes it works fine but other times when i put two fingers on it the cursor jumps about crazily from one end to another.

shaeiki
December 25th, 2010, 10:57 AM
Can driver for ATI be used now?

I installed it once, it didn't work and I had to reinstall ubuntu. So I'm afraid to install the driver again. :(

Sorry for my bad English.

Foxcow
January 3rd, 2011, 12:55 AM
I just installed BIOS 1.22 and everything seems a-ok. I haven't noticed anything different really.

Foxcow
January 4th, 2011, 09:02 PM
Battery Indicator: When I unplug the charger Ubuntu does not know what happened at first and continues normally. However when I plug it in again and then take it out, it detects the battery is discharging. Anyone encountered this strange behaviour?



I have the same issue. I thought installing ACPI would fix it, but no such luck.

CrazyDesi
January 4th, 2011, 10:50 PM
I have the same issue. I thought installing ACPI would fix it, but no such luck.


I'm having the same problem. I am using the 32 bit version of 10.10. Could that be the problem?

Foxcow
January 4th, 2011, 10:51 PM
I'm having the same problem. I am using the 32 bit version of 10.10. Could that be the problem?



I don't think so because I'm running 10.10 64-bit

Silentzor
January 7th, 2011, 08:19 PM
Major Bug,
I switched on my laptop after 28 days, started windows, everythings fine.
I thought I might as well update ubuntu, when I started it,
1st time, frozen at splash screen.
2nd time, froze at login screen with weird ..um scrambled pixels or graphics.
3rd time, frozen at login screen.
4th time FINALLY! works.
any idea why this occurred?

I sort of have the same error. I have 10.10 x64, bios 1.22 and most times i log-in it either gets stuck on the splash screen with the dots, or stuff on the top gnome bar are missing (like the battery, sound etc.). Takes about 3-4 manual restarts for the system to boot. Is there a fix for that?

Xanfer
January 9th, 2011, 04:44 PM
I found solutions for two my problems
1. The first was bluetooth problem.
Arch linux wiki for TimelineX helped with this:

Symptoms include "usb disconnect" messages in dmesg, and the adapter not showing up in hcitool dev.) In this case, copying /lib/firmware/ath3k-2.fw to /lib/firmware/ath3k-1.fw helps

2. And the second was enabling graphic effects with ati card:
I just had added repository from ubuntu-tweak: "xorg-edgers fresh X.crack" and updated my system.

ckuerste
January 21st, 2011, 03:55 AM
Hi there,

Awesome thread. Thank you all for the great informations.

I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 64-bit and have a problem with the network driver. After upgrading from 10.04 to 10.10 I wanted to re-compile the Atheros driver (v1.0.1.14) but got the following error.


make -C ./src
make[1]: Entering directory `/home/user/AR81Family-linux-v1.0.1.14/src'
Makefile:105: *** Linux kernel source not configured - missing autoconf.h. Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/user/AR81Family-linux-v1.0.1.14/src'
make: *** [all] Error 2Kernel is 2.6.35-24-generic.

I installed all the necessary libraries (or at least I think so). What I read somewhere is that they changed something in the kernel and that there is no autoconf.h file anymore.

Did anybody manage to compile the driver?

Foxcow
January 21st, 2011, 04:00 AM
Just out of curiosity, do you have the latest version of BIOS? It cures a lot of ills.

ckuerste
January 21st, 2011, 04:21 AM
Just out of curiosity, do you have the latest version of BIOS? It cures a lot of ills. No. I will update today and see if anything changes.

Update: Updated to the latest BIOS and wired network works again. Thanks Foxcow!

RavensKrag
January 21st, 2011, 05:03 AM
I installed all the necessary libraries (or at least I think so). What I read somewhere is that they changed something in the kernel and that there is no autoconf.h file anymore.

Did anybody manage to compile the driver?

I did this before, and thought I mentioned how earlier in this thread. However, I can't seem to find it, sorry. Still, if you use ubuntu 10.10, there should be no reason to build the driver yourself.

I do remember it had something to do with changing a line in the source code though...



Also, if you want the ATI card powered of on init automatically, and then powered back on right before shutdown (to avoid strange error messages) do the following.

Copy the following into a bash file.


#! /bin/sh
### BEGIN INIT INFO
# Provides: graphics-shutdown
# Required-Start: $remote_fs $syslog
# Required-Stop: $remote_fs $syslog
# Default-Start: 2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Short-Description: Example initscript
# Description: This file should be used to construct scripts to be
# placed in /etc/init.d.
### END INIT INFO

# Do NOT "set -e"

if [ "$1" = "start" ]; then
echo OFF > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
elif [ "$1" = "stop" ]; then
echo ON > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
else
echo ON > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
fi


Then, make it executable, then, run the following commands.


sudo cp PATH_TO_FILE /etc/init.d/
sudo update-rc.d NAME_OF_FILE defaults 98 02

Using the appropriate name of the file, of course. This is very similar to the instructions I posted before, except now there are a couple of extra numbers at the end, which specify when to run the script.

jziliox
January 24th, 2011, 02:48 PM
Hi everyone,

i'm using ubuntu 10.04 with kernel 2.6.35.
First off all, thanks to everyone who contribute in this topic.

Regarding the automatic swicht off, the solution provided by RavensKrag seems to work very well.

I've just a question : how can we be sure the discrete vga adapter is powered off? I mean, ok, this is written in the /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch file, but is there a mean to be sure?

I've tried powertop in order to see the laptop power consumption but i've a strange message telling me there is no available estimation for the electric consumtion.

any idea?

RavensKrag
January 24th, 2011, 05:07 PM
I've just a question : how can we be sure the discrete vga adapter is powered off? I mean, ok, this is written in the /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch file, but is there a mean to be sure?

Other than looking at that file, I'm not sure of a definitive way of doing it. However, my laptop runs longer and cooler with the VGAswitcheroo code being used to power off the ATI card, so I would say that's a pretty intuitive way of measuring power usage, even if it's not precisely quantifiable.

jziliox
January 24th, 2011, 05:51 PM
And besides that, do you encounter any freeze of the system since that? mine is very unstable...

RavensKrag
January 24th, 2011, 05:54 PM
I don't believe I have. I had one odd freeze recently, but I believe that was related to improper shutdown.

However, I am using 10.10, so perhaps the kernel I am using (as it was compiled by the folks working on Ubuntu, who I assume know much more about this stuff than I do) is more stable?

This is really just a stab in the dark in case you couldn't tell...

jziliox
January 24th, 2011, 06:02 PM
Maybe i'll try 10.10.
Thanks

gncs91
February 2nd, 2011, 08:59 PM
Hi guys,

I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on an acer 4820tg and I am having serious problems with my wifi and apparently I am the only one who is experiencing this.

Problem: My wifi disconnects every other minute when the signal is weak under ubuntu; however, in windows everything works perfectly fine. So, within the same range from the router, ubuntu is having problems connecting, whereas windows is doing fine.

The network has no WPA, only a standard WEP and the network manager I am using is wicd. When connecting, I realised that it takes a while at the following "stage": None: validating authentication.
It stays connected for a few seconds, until it stays disconnected eventhough the "Automatically connect to this network"-field is checked.

I am surprised that nobody else has problems with this, so I would like to know what you guys are doing to get your wifi working.

For what its worth: I bought the 4820tg model with the SSD, not the one with the 320gb.

I am totally lost, very inexperienced and there is no way I can move any closer to the router^^ so any help is highly appreciated.
Thanks,

Georg

Foxcow
February 2nd, 2011, 09:05 PM
Hi guys,

I am running Ubuntu 10.10 on an acer 4820tg and I am having serious problems with my wifi and apparently I am the only one who is experiencing this.

Problem: My wifi disconnects every other minute when the signal is weak under ubuntu; however, in windows everything works perfectly fine. So, within the same range from the router, ubuntu is having problems connecting, whereas windows is doing fine.

The network has no WPA, only a standard WEP and the network manager I am using is wicd. When connecting, I realised that it takes a while at the following "stage": None: validating authentication.
It stays connected for a few seconds, until it stays disconnected eventhough the "Automatically connect to this network"-field is checked.

I am surprised that nobody else has problems with this, so I would like to know what you guys are doing to get your wifi working.

For what its worth: I bought the 4820tg model with the SSD, not the one with the 320gb.

I am totally lost, very inexperienced and there is no way I can move any closer to the router^^ so any help is highly appreciated.
Thanks,

Georg



Wifi worked out of the box for me. What version of BIOS are you running? You can check by entering:


sudo lshw

Toward the top under BIOS, you can see version firmware is in use.

gncs91
February 3rd, 2011, 04:36 PM
From the output of:

sudo lshw

*-firmware
description: BIOS
vendor: INSYDE
physical id: 0
version: V1.19 (09/08/2010)
size: 1MiB
capacity: 1984KiB
capabilities: pci upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect edd int13floppynec int13floppytoshiba int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int9keyboard int10video acpi usb biosbootspecificationIs it that what you wanted me to show you? The BIOS should be fairly uptodate as the vendor updated it to the latest version when I had to get my laptop fixed.
I am considering using an external wifi adapter/stick in future, and wanted to know how I can make my computer use that one for wifi and not the internal one. There is definitely a driver for this adapter in ubuntu 10.10 because it works with my other computer, but not with this one, as it keeps using the onboard one. So this would be an alternative if I cant get to work.
Thanks alot,

George

Foxcow
February 3rd, 2011, 06:00 PM
From the output of:

sudo lshw

*-firmware
description: BIOS
vendor: INSYDE
physical id: 0
version: V1.19 (09/08/2010)
size: 1MiB
capacity: 1984KiB
capabilities: pci upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect edd int13floppynec int13floppytoshiba int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int9keyboard int10video acpi usb biosbootspecificationIs it that what you wanted me to show you? The BIOS should be fairly uptodate as the vendor updated it to the latest version when I had to get my laptop fixed.
I am considering using an external wifi adapter/stick in future, and wanted to know how I can make my computer use that one for wifi and not the internal one. There is definitely a driver for this adapter in ubuntu 10.10 because it works with my other computer, but not with this one, as it keeps using the onboard one. So this would be an alternative if I cant get to work.
Thanks alot,

George

Yep, thats what I wanted to see. The most up-to-date BIOS is 1.22 but I'm not sure if that will fix your issue. A BIOS flash to the latest version fixed most people's hardware issues. Have you considered or tried a fresh install? Your wifi ought to work strait away. Even during installation, if you enter a password for the access point you are using, you can download updates and extra packages while Ubuntu installs.


One more question, are you running 32 or 64 bit?

gncs91
February 3rd, 2011, 06:47 PM
I am running Ubuntu 10.10 32-Bit. I reinstalled the system a few days ago hoping it would fix this problem, but it did not.

I will update my BIOS to 1.22 but I am not sure if this will fix the problem because, as you said, the wifi worked during the installation process, but had the same problems as now: it was disconnecting every other minute/second so that I had to abort some updates during the installatino process. I updated the system when I had the chance to get closer to the router.
I will let you guys know as soon as I updated the BIOS!

This is not the correct forum for this, I know, but can anybody tell me which driver is being used for this wifi card or where I can find this out? Because if the BIOS update does not work, I will go for the wifi adapter option and for this I need to know how to disable the onboard one.

Thanks in advance,

George

Chrilleee
February 3rd, 2011, 06:49 PM
Is there any ATI-drivers that can be installed? just installed 11.1 and after that the computer won't event start...

Foxcow
February 3rd, 2011, 07:32 PM
I am running Ubuntu 10.10 32-Bit. I reinstalled the system a few days ago hoping it would fix this problem, but it did not.

I will update my BIOS to 1.22 but I am not sure if this will fix the problem because, as you said, the wifi worked during the installation process, but had the same problems as now: it was disconnecting every other minute/second so that I had to abort some updates during the installatino process. I updated the system when I had the chance to get closer to the router.
I will let you guys know as soon as I updated the BIOS!

This is not the correct forum for this, I know, but can anybody tell me which driver is being used for this wifi card or where I can find this out? Because if the BIOS update does not work, I will go for the wifi adapter option and for this I need to know how to disable the onboard one.

Thanks in advance,

George


Have you considered installing 64 bit? For the heck of it, I tried 32 bit on the Timeline and had enough problems that I went back to 64 after a few days. 64 runs and feels better.

gncs91
February 3rd, 2011, 07:42 PM
Is there any ATI-drivers that can be installed? just installed 11.1 and after that the computer won't event start...
What do you mean by "wont even start"? Does it freeze at "checking battery state" or somewhere there?
If yes, did you change the graphics mode from "switchable" to "discrete" in the BIOS? I had that problem and found out that this is due to the switchable graphics card the driver can't handle. Changing that option solved it for me!

Chrilleee
February 4th, 2011, 10:22 AM
What do you mean by "wont even start"? Does it freeze at "checking battery state" or somewhere there?
If yes, did you change the graphics mode from "switchable" to "discrete" in the BIOS? I had that problem and found out that this is due to the switchable graphics card the driver can't handle. Changing that option solved it for me!
Well, where the login screen should show up it just freezes. I can Ctrl + Alt + F2 to get there, but there seems to be no graphics running... When turning back to F7 it's still like that!

So, changing to discrete in bios would put the graphic in ATi-mode only? Or am I wrong?

gncs91
February 4th, 2011, 02:37 PM
Well, where the login screen should show up it just freezes. I can Ctrl + Alt + F2 to get there, but there seems to be no graphics running... When turning back to F7 it's still like that!

So, changing to discrete in bios would put the graphic in ATi-mode only? Or am I wrong?

Yep, that should solve it for you. I had exactly the same problem.
F2 -> BIOS
You'll find it, it's one change, "switchabel" -> "discrete". Done!
Hope that helps.

George

daveboy23
February 12th, 2011, 05:16 PM
hi everyone.
weird stuff has been happening to my ubuntu 10.10 system. it's been randomly (as far as i can tell) freezing in the past couple of days. is this happening to anyone else?

i have to actually force power down the computer to continue work...
anyone has any idea what i should check for?

Pat Benson
February 16th, 2011, 12:13 PM
Yep, that should solve it for you. I had exactly the same problem.
F2 -> BIOS
You'll find it, it's one change, "switchabel" -> "discrete". Done!
Hope that helps.

George

I just ordered this one (Acer prod.ID LX.PSE02.353) and I'm curious on how long the battery lasts when running the ATI card only, full settings, bright screen etc.
As far as I can tell from this and other posts, with 10.10 it should run more or less out of the box?
A minor curiosity, what's your opinion about the case (is it called that?) the finish of it, from what it looks like it's all aluminium, what's the general feel of it?(some Acer machines I've had my hands on give a plastic impression and easily breakable)

Foxcow
February 16th, 2011, 05:16 PM
hi everyone.
weird stuff has been happening to my ubuntu 10.10 system. it's been randomly (as far as i can tell) freezing in the past couple of days. is this happening to anyone else?

i have to actually force power down the computer to continue work...
anyone has any idea what i should check for?

Are you running 32 or 64 bit? I tried 32 bit for a few weeks and had stability issues. A clean install of 64-bit fixed my issues.

daveboy23
February 18th, 2011, 10:18 AM
nope, using good ol 64 bit. basically, it's gone now, been using the computer for a week and nothing happened.

i'm guessing there are bugs with using the comp after hibernate...
ever since i stopped using that feature the comp is working fine.

jalanbuntu
February 20th, 2011, 05:42 PM
I've just tried to install at my friend's Acer Aspire 4820TG. no proble at all. try 64 bit version.. :popcorn:

Pat Benson
February 21st, 2011, 08:04 PM
@kugalskaper

Ok, so it seems that the only difference between 5820TG and 4820TG is that the 5820 have a little bit faster CPU, a diffenrent screen size maybe and ...
the wifi network card is different :(

According to this howto, you have two diffenrent way to make the wifi card working :
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx


1/ Ethernet card work ?
If yes, just plug a RJ45 ethernet cable on your laptop to get acces to the web
After, just type theses commands in a terminal :


sudo apt-get update # in order to update the repository cache from ubuntu package server to your laptop
sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source # in order to install the wifi broadcom package
After that, under the desktop menu System > Administration > Hardware/Additional Drivers, the STA drivers can be activated for use. Finally, you have to reboot.

2/ Ethernet card does not work
Insert the ubuntu 10.10 64 bits desktop CD (if you don't have dowload it from here :
http://releases.ubuntu.com/maverick/ubuntu-10.10-desktop-amd64.iso

Navigate in the cdrom folder :
pool/restriced/b/bcmwl

Double click on the file named "bcmwl-kernel-source_5.60.48.36+bdcom-0ubuntu5_amd64.deb"

After that, under the desktop menu System > Administration > Hardware/Additional Drivers, the STA drivers can be activated for use. Finally, you have to reboot.


Good luck ;)

Oooh sweet man! Fixed my wifi issue after several hours of troubleshooting! You deserve a beer :) Thank you! (none of the howtos show this, that I could find)

...and this solved my multitouch

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/308191/comments/116

lnxtx
February 25th, 2011, 01:57 PM
Folks, anybody has the recent model with Radeon 6550 and AR5BBU12 Bluetooth chip? Anybody got Bluetooth working?

There is a patch claiming to support it: https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/2/14/550 but I have not found a suitable firmware.

And no, the one extracted from MS Windows driver does not work. Any thoughts on obtaining a proper firmware?

lnxtx
March 2nd, 2011, 11:01 AM
And some bad news even for those, who have the old BT chip: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/dwmw2/linux-firmware.git;a=commit;h=4bbe08c2a7bbaa35ee9501c72b adb7e928c65cb0 ath3k-2.fw removed and no longer available.

Treviņo
March 8th, 2011, 02:36 PM
New 1.23 bios: http://go.3v1n0.net/fKqsA3 ;)

marm0tte
March 8th, 2011, 11:33 PM
ok, I've installed the 1.23 version and the update works.
I haven't notice any change (fans make the same noise , but I don't find them so noisy) ...

daveboy23
March 9th, 2011, 08:49 AM
hi there people
how did you install the bios? still have windows on the machine? or did you do it through ubuntu? cause if so - could you explain how?

marm0tte
March 9th, 2011, 10:07 PM
hi, here it is :)
no need to use Windows, but during the update make sure to plug the power cord !

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10099676&postcount=223

daveboy23
March 12th, 2011, 11:19 AM
hi, here it is :)
no need to use Windows, but during the update make sure to plug the power cord !

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10099676&postcount=223

thanks so much, works like a charm

daveboy23
March 19th, 2011, 12:17 PM
ok, so i've been checking debian and ubuntu for a while now.

can anyone please tell me why oh why don't we have a working proprietary drivers? it's driving me nuts. is it the computer's hardware choice? the proprietary drivers are !@#? what is it?
also - i must have followed 3 diff guides (the debian one, the ATI wiki one and the ubuntu one) and none worked... we have to do something about this.

lnxtx
March 24th, 2011, 12:10 PM
Folks, anybody has the recent model with Radeon 6550 and AR5BBU12 Bluetooth chip? Anybody got Bluetooth working?

I was lucky enough to get it working with btusb/ath3k from 2.6.38 and ath3k-1.fw from http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/dwmw2/linux-firmware.git;a=summary

Not as stable as I would like it to be, but seems to be working. I appreciate if someone else with AR5BBU12 hardware let us know his/her status.

kuangweizhang
March 27th, 2011, 02:45 AM
There are two cards in 4820tg for network.
AR8185 and Broadcom 802.11n. AR8185 is for wired and Broadcom is for wireless.
Do not try to install AR8185 on 10.10 64bit, it won't work. It worked on 10.04 64 bit.
For Broadcom, there is a official linux driver online. Search it and install it with instructions.

shantzg001
April 4th, 2011, 02:45 PM
Are any of you guys able to get n mode working on your acer 4820TG? My wi-fi card (Broadcom 43225) works only in g mode. If I put my router in "n-only" mode, it doesn't connect at all and if I put it in "auto" mode, then it connects at 54mbps

Foxcow
April 4th, 2011, 03:50 PM
Are any of you guys able to get n mode working on your acer 4820TG? My wi-fi card (Broadcom 43225) works only in g mode. If I put my router in "n-only" mode, it doesn't connect at all and if I put it in "auto" mode, then it connects at 54mbps



How do you check which mode you're in and how do you change it?

shantzg001
April 4th, 2011, 05:01 PM
How do you check which mode you're in and how do you change it?

That's the problem. I'm not sure how to check which mode I am in. The only indication I have is the link speed at which I am connecting which is showing up as 54 mbps and that too only when I set the router to work in g+n mode (doesn't connect at all when router is set to n only). This makes me believe that I am in g mode.

marm0tte
April 7th, 2011, 12:18 AM
hi all, it seems to be a very good news for 4820TG owners , isn't it ?
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTI3MQ

I'm under natty beta1, FYI compiz is very bugged :D but the ubuntu devs make a great job and patch / updates appears often (nearly each hours)

I will try to install adm ati driver ...

Treviņo
April 7th, 2011, 06:46 PM
Well, using opensource drivers works well too (you can test them using a 2.6.38 kernel in maverick (http://askubuntu.com/questions/30196/is-it-possible-to-use-a-2-6-38-kernel-with-10-10) too).

However, Bios 1.25 (http://go.3v1n0.net/fKqsA3) upgrade ;)

scorpio2002
April 7th, 2011, 07:14 PM
Hi there guys! I'm going to buy a Acer TimelineX 4820T... can some of you summarize the current situation?

What works out of the box with the latest updates? What issues are there and how to solve them? Does the camera work?

Foxcow
April 7th, 2011, 07:16 PM
Excellent, I love the fact that they keep updating unlike some OEMs (Samsung).

Will flash today.

Foxcow
April 7th, 2011, 07:21 PM
Hi there guys! I'm going to buy a Acer TimelineX 4820T... can some of you summarize the current situation?

What works out of the box with the latest updates? What issues are there and how to solve them? Does the camera work?




I have the 4820T and love it. The first thing I recommend doing is flash to the latest BIOS.

Everything works out of the box except:
-multi touch on the touchpad
-internal microphone
-the camera works but is hit or miss with Google Chat

The TimelineX is an improvement over the original Timeline (my wife has one) and I recommend it to anyone that asks.

scorpio2002
April 7th, 2011, 07:23 PM
So, you're telling me that if I install the latest Ubuntu everything will be recognised out of the box?

Do I need to flash the BIOS? Mic and Camera ok? The Intel card ok? Ethernet and wireless ok?

Sorry to ask all these questions, but my last experience with a laptop (Toshiba) has been aweful and this is the reason why I am getting rid of it to buy a new one...

scorpio2002
April 7th, 2011, 07:24 PM
I have the 4820T and love it. The first thing I recommend doing is flash to the latest BIOS.

Everything works out of the box except:
-multi touch on the touchpad
-internal microphone
-the camera works but is hit or miss with Google Chat

The TimelineX is an improvement over the original Timeline (my wife has one) and I recommend it to anyone that asks.

So, are there tutorials on how to get the camera and the microphone to work with skype and Google Talk? This is very important for me!

Foxcow
April 7th, 2011, 07:57 PM
So, are there tutorials on how to get the camera and the microphone to work with skype and Google Talk? This is very important for me!



I'm doing some testing right now. So far, I have been using this for fixes:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireTimeline/Fixes


I got the internal mic working with the sound recorder.

trying Google chat and Skype now...

scorpio2002
April 7th, 2011, 08:03 PM
I'm doing some testing right now. So far, I have been using this for fixes:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireTimeline/Fixes


I got the internal mic working with the sound recorder.

trying Google chat and Skype now...

Well, I'm waiting for the results. Are u using the new Beta?

Foxcow
April 7th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Well, I'm waiting for the results. Are u using the new Beta?




Yep, new beta. I don't have enough time to troubleshoot but I couldn't get Skype to pick up my mic. The camera and microphone both work with Cheese and Sound Recorder, respectively.

scorpio2002
April 7th, 2011, 08:45 PM
Yep, new beta. I don't have enough time to troubleshoot but I couldn't get Skype to pick up my mic. The camera and microphone both work with Cheese and Sound Recorder, respectively.

This really puts me off the idea of buying the laptop. I need skype and gmail talk. I live abroad and that's the only thing I use to communicate with my family :(

So, with the beat everything else works fine? Wireless and Ethernet fine? Any overheating issue?

Foxcow
April 7th, 2011, 08:51 PM
This really puts me off the idea of buying the laptop. I need skype and gmail talk. I live abroad and that's the only thing I use to communicate with my family :(

So, with the beat everything else works fine? Wireless and Ethernet fine? Any overheating issue?


I can understand that. Hopefully, there is a fix that I overlooked and or these issues are resolved in 11.04.

scorpio2002
April 7th, 2011, 09:15 PM
I can understand that. Hopefully, there is a fix that I overlooked and or these issues are resolved in 11.04.

Well, it looks like apparently nobody's got the mic to work correctly with Skype and gmail so far... can anybody confirm this?


I've learned my lesson with my Toshiba and I won't do the same mistake again. I can't imagine throwing my money away a second time... :(

daveboy23
April 7th, 2011, 09:59 PM
Well, it looks like apparently nobody's got the mic to work correctly with Skype and gmail so far... can anybody confirm this?


I've learned my lesson with my Toshiba and I won't do the same mistake again. I can't imagine throwing my money away a second time... :(


yap, answered earlier in this thread - but just for you :-) and yes - if you change the mic settings outside of alsa (or let skype do it for you) you'll have to repeat the entire thing



yap, i actually searched for that myself - here's the solution: go to skype and disable the automatic sound adjust thing then go to terminal - type alsamixer, press F4 (capture tab) - so to capture and put it all the way up (or to a volume you like) then (on the same column) press 'y' till you completely mute the left channel. now skype works. problem - if you change the volume from the pulse you loose this configuration so take care.

scorpio2002
April 7th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Can anybody confirm if Skype and GoogleTalk are fixed with this:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/31572/skype-doesnt-find-my-audio-input

I need to buy the laptop soon to get a good price.. so plz, if you can try this as soon as possible I'd be grateful to you!

scorpio2002
April 8th, 2011, 06:07 PM
Ok, I'm writing just to confirm that I installed Ubuntu 11.04 Beta 1 on the Acer 4820T. All the hardware got recognised and it is working well. The issue with the mic is solved by that workaround I pointed out before.

There's an issue with the webcam... it is incredibly dark... can u confirm this? I didn't have time to try it in Windows, but chances are it's gonna be better.

As far as Natty is concerned, I'm getting used to Unity, even if I might consider switching back to the classical interface.

marm0tte
April 9th, 2011, 02:28 AM
hi, same for me 4820tg under ubuntu 11.04 beta1. The webcam is dark, did you tried this ?
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=651075

Compiz crashed also, but I seems to be solved under the beta2 and ati/amd drivers doesn't works with 3D acceleration :(

radeon free driver works but switcheroo doesn't, under beta2 there will be the new ati drivers version and with switch apps :
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...&postcount=223 (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10099676&postcount=223)

scorpio2002
April 9th, 2011, 03:38 PM
hi, same for me 4820tg under ubuntu 11.04 beta1. The webcam is dark, did you tried this ?
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=651075


What is in that topic doesn't seem to apply. I can't change the colors settings, probably something has changed since 2008.

andy12345
April 11th, 2011, 03:19 PM
hi, same for me 4820tg under ubuntu 11.04 beta1. The webcam is dark, did you tried this ?
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=651075

Compiz crashed also, but I seems to be solved under the beta2 and ati/amd drivers doesn't works with 3D acceleration :(

radeon free driver works but switcheroo doesn't, under beta2 there will be the new ati drivers version and with switch apps :
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...&postcount=223 (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10099676&postcount=223)

Hi 4820tg user,
I kinda fiddled around ubuntu for a while but left =(
Wasn't able to stop the i915 turbo error thing at the boot.
Also the lapto heated up unusually on ubuntu (do you experience this?), but I have been following this thread.
One more problem I encountered was update, Ihave a college wifi connection wherein we are given a proxy IP and port and a ID pass to connect. My wifi gets connected and I can surf by using the proxy in mozilla, but when I put the proxy settings in Network Proxy and apply system wide, the updates wont work, I have also changed the proxy in synaptic pacakge manager, but in vain.
I have currently formatted my linux partition and m back to windows. I also had a question my SATA mode is AHCI when i switch to IDE windows show BSoD and dies before it completely boots up (& maybe thats the reason I am not able to do a boot install of ubuntu and have to install it as an app in windows). I have tried this stuff with 10.10.
Any help for my problems is appreciated(I have also tried googling but nothing came up, if anyone can tell me how to get ANY linux distro working on this lap which has a simple GUI I can get my work done).
Regards
--Andy

marm0tte
April 11th, 2011, 10:34 PM
hi andy12345,

We cannot let you down under Windows like this ! :D


For the i915 pb did you try to change the graphic card from switchable to discrete and the vice versa in the BIOS ?

You have a 4820TG right ? so first did you upgrade the BIOS to the lastest version 1.25 here : http://go.3v1n0.net/fKqsA3 ? It will fix your heating problem.

Do you use the 64 bits version of Ubuntu ? On my 4820TG, I had no problem to install Ubuntu 10.10 what error message did you have ?

For the proxy maybe the network admin filter the ubuntu updates domains or port, did you ask him ?

And to answer your question about BSOD, it is totally normal because Windows7 was installed by Acer with AHCI SATA driver so never disable the AHCI in the BIOS.
Keep in mind that if you make a BIOS upgrade you will loose all the BIOS parameters and you will have to reconfigure it after.

andy12345
April 12th, 2011, 07:52 AM
hi andy12345,

We cannot let you down under Windows like this ! :D


For the i915 pb did you try to change the graphic card from switchable to discrete and the vice versa in the BIOS ?

You have a 4820TG right ? so first did you upgrade the BIOS to the lastest version 1.25 here : http://go.3v1n0.net/fKqsA3 ? It will fix your heating problem.

Do you use the 64 bits version of Ubuntu ? On my 4820TG, I had no problem to install Ubuntu 10.10 what error message did you have ?

For the proxy maybe the network admin filter the ubuntu updates domains or port, did you ask him ?

And to answer your question about BSOD, it is totally normal because Windows7 was installed by Acer with AHCI SATA driver so never disable the AHCI in the BIOS.
Keep in mind that if you make a BIOS upgrade you will loose all the BIOS parameters and you will have to reconfigure it after.

Glad that someone is interested in helping me out :D Thank you so much!!

Yes I have the latest BIOS (1.25) and I tried ubuntu with it before formatting, the heat issue was there, I will try reinstall today (What do you suggest installation inside windows or BOOT install?) for BOOT install Whenever I boot the CD it hangs somehwere sometimes during the start screen or somewhere else. I will again do some more tests later today and keep you posted.
Also yes I am using 64bit Ubuntu 10.10. and I usually use my laptop on battery so using the ATI card kills the battery pretty fast. Can you tell me what exactly to do after the install to get the switch graphics thing working? during my very first install on my new machine I messed up something and used the switching script to switch the cards (the head issue remained), but during recent installs the switch was also not working. As for the wifi I tried the servers via windows, nope they are not blocked or anything.
If everything goes well and I get ubuntu to work by the end of this week I will sum up the procedure and put it up in a guide of some sort.
--Andy


2nd Edit
I used this http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1642504
I think it works. Testing... IT WORKS!! :D
Unsolved Issues :-
Heats up fast, really fast ...

marm0tte
April 12th, 2011, 11:16 PM
Good to know that the proxy works :)

For install, I will said that wubi (inside windows) is easy and good for newcomers but native boot install is much better because you will have performances and no fragmentation ...
Do you know unetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/) or tuxboot (http://tuxboot.org/download/files-on-sf.php) ? this will help you to create a usb boot stick to install ubuntu easily.

I have no problem of heating, but maybe you can buy one of these notebook cooling pads ?

Also, tomorrow the ubuntu 11.04 beta2 will be released, try to install, it could to solve your heating pb ...

andy12345
April 14th, 2011, 05:30 AM
Good to know that the proxy works :)

For install, I will said that wubi (inside windows) is easy and good for newcomers but native boot install is much better because you will have performances and no fragmentation ...
Do you know unetbootin (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/) or tuxboot (http://tuxboot.org/download/files-on-sf.php) ? this will help you to create a usb boot stick to install ubuntu easily.

I have no problem of heating, but maybe you can buy one of these notebook cooling pads ?

Also, tomorrow the ubuntu 11.04 beta2 will be released, try to install, it could to solve your heating pb ...

I already have a cooler pad, but its for table use and I don't need it when its on the table as as the heat doesn't bother me then, but when in college campus i use it on my lap or lawn, when on lap it kinda heats up my legs xD.
Anyway, the LAN thing does work, but not COMPLETELY some of the updates get restarted , maybe its my connection I will retry and post the the results.
As for the boot stick, I already installed it on my main HDD, so nvm, I just hope I won't have to remove it now, now that its stable just the heat problem bothers me. And I haven't used the switching scripts and enabled discreet in BIOS, are you able to switch without problems? If yes, can you tell a step by step procedure of what you did to get it working?

marm0tte
April 14th, 2011, 10:29 PM
hum in fact the beta of natty cause me problems crash when using hybrid video cards but you will find more info in the previous treads of this topic, i mean you have to search into the 34 pages of this topic :D

Also you will found infos here :
http://askubuntu.com/questions/21455/how-to-manage-two-video-cards-on-a-laptop-ati-and-intel

marm0tte
April 16th, 2011, 12:35 AM
hi andy12345, so did you read the 34 pages of the topic :p
I will summarize how to use switcheroo on your 4820TG

The good news is that since I have upgraded natty 64bits from beta1 to beta2 I've no more crash of compiz.
The "bad" news is that it works but sometime it doesn't switch on the card you choose ... and also the ubuntu graphic interface doesn't works when the power cable is plugged after booting (black screen and system is frozen) ...

Follow this topic, it will explain you how to setup your laptop to use switcheroo, the script they provide is very good: http://asusm51ta-with-linux.blogspot.com/
But you have to enter your password and logout / re-login each time you will switch your video card.

Moreover you will find more infos here : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HybridGraphics


For the rest of the 4820TG problems resolution you will found more infos here :
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireTimeline/Fixes
http://www.linlap.com/wiki/acer+aspire+4820+timelinex
http://kblackhat.blogspot.com/2010/10/installing-kubuntu-1004-on-acer.html
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Acer_TimelineX#Issues

andy12345
April 16th, 2011, 04:20 PM
hi andy12345, so did you read the 34 pages of the topic :p
I will summarize how to use switcheroo on your 4820TG

The good news is that since I have upgraded natty 64bits from beta1 to beta2 I've no more crash of compiz.
The "bad" news is that it works but sometime it doesn't switch on the card you choose ... and also the ubuntu graphic interface doesn't works when the power cable is plugged after booting (black screen and system is frozen) ...

Follow this topic, it will explain you how to setup your laptop to use switcheroo, the script they provide is very good: http://asusm51ta-with-linux.blogspot.com/
But you have to enter your password and logout / re-login each time you will switch your video card.

Moreover you will find more infos here : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HybridGraphics


For the rest of the 4820TG problems resolution you will found more infos here :
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireTimeline/Fixes
http://www.linlap.com/wiki/acer+aspire+4820+timelinex
http://kblackhat.blogspot.com/2010/10/installing-kubuntu-1004-on-acer.html
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Acer_TimelineX#Issues

Very strange, those scripts used to work on earlier installs now when i run them, nothing happens!!
refer my old post http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1629799&page=2
I followed the last post of that thread, it worked now I suppose I am permanently switched to Intel HD? (I would love it that way).
and I am also getting osme update problem, will check into that later.
--Andy

PS- I forgot to mention that the heat thing is not yet solved.. also the i915 errors at start up

PPS- Also I get really slow download speeds with ubuntu for updating (havent checked anything else), using the main server.(ON windows my average download speed is 800 KBps- 1.2 MBps on ubuntu I havenīt seen it cross 200KBps) & using the update manager is way to slow and it stop in between downloading lot of times, so I use the following terminal commands
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
BUT after these if I use apt-get clean and then apt-get update & apt-get upgrade, the same amount of downloads need to be done to update,so whenever I use clean, I need to redownload all the packages? I mean clean kinda busted my updates

marm0tte
April 16th, 2011, 04:51 PM
Use the switcheroo script to switch to the intel card.
little tip, chmod +x the switch_between_cards.sh and in its shortcut prefix the .sh script with gksudo for eg. :
gksudo ~/switch_between_cards.sh
because the switch script need root access to the debugfs folder ;)

Finally, optimize your laptop consumption (and for sure the laptop will stop heating :) ) install and search on the web for powertop optimizations.

Now my 4820TG consume about 10 to 15 W and the battery life is about 4 hours ! But I'm far away of the 8 hours promise by Acer :(


PS: if you speak French here are some docs :
http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/laptop_mode
http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/energie

Foxcow
April 16th, 2011, 07:00 PM
I just flashed BIOS 1.25 using this method:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=10099676&postcount=223

The first method outlined on page 15 of this thread didn't work because the dos executable is too big.

marm0tte
April 17th, 2011, 08:23 PM
hi everybody, I've 2 bugs with the 4820tg under natty b2, do you have these problems too ?

1/
If I shutdown the laptop with the power supply cable plugged. Unplug the cable, switch on the PC => the screen stay black. Ctrl+Alt+F1 => no tty appears, screen stay black => Ctrl + Alt + F7 and a stack dump is showed.
After I have to press the Alt + SysRq + B magic keys combination to restart the PC. I plug the power cable, start the PC, and it works !

2/
If I configure the screensaver to random, let the PC going to suspend mode, come back, resume doesn't works, the scrensaver image is showed and the PC seems frozen. So I press the Alt + SysRq + B magic keys combination to restart the PC


FYI :
In the CMOS BIOS Setup, the graphic cards are set to switchable.
In the OS I'm under the intel i915 card. The radeon card is off.
Ubuntu Natty 64bits beta2
Using the linux kernel 2.6.38-8-generic

Foxcow
April 18th, 2011, 08:34 PM
It seems that BIOS 1.25 has solved this issue:


Originally Posted by Xirev View Post

Battery Indicator: When I unplug the charger Ubuntu does not know what happened at first and continues normally. However when I plug it in again and then take it out, it detects the battery is discharging. Anyone encountered this strange behaviour?


Since updating, whenever I unplug, the power state instantly changes from charging to battery. Can anyone else corroborate this?

marm0tte
April 18th, 2011, 10:41 PM
under natty battery indicator works like a charm, the informations are accurate.

But I've more informations about the problem that I told you (black screen when booting) it happens only under the 2.6.38-8
If I boot under the 2.6.38-7 kernel it doesn't hapen, so it is a regression for us :(

I've open a bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/765216

andy12345
April 20th, 2011, 02:55 PM
Use the switcheroo script to switch to the intel card.
little tip, chmod +x the switch_between_cards.sh and in its shortcut prefix the .sh script with gksudo for eg. :
gksudo ~/switch_between_cards.sh
because the switch script need root access to the debugfs folder ;)

Finally, optimize your laptop consumption (and for sure the laptop will stop heating :) ) install and search on the web for powertop optimizations.

Now my 4820TG consume about 10 to 15 W and the battery life is about 4 hours ! But I'm far away of the 8 hours promise by Acer :(


PS: if you speak French here are some docs :
http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/laptop_mode
http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/energie
My consumption after using the intel card is 12.2 w avg but still it heats.... maybe its normal nvm, when i type sensors i get 45 deg C
so anyway moving on, any idea about the speed and internet issue??
Whenever I use the update manager, I now have 98.2 MB something left of updates and whenever I update it restarts after sometime.... any help? this is most prolly because of the newtwork proxy I think? but the network is awesome and works out of the box in windows.
And I don't use the switch script I have perma changed it to intel.

Foxcow
April 28th, 2011, 06:15 PM
Has anyone upgraded to 11.04 yet? If so, how is battery life and performance with the new kernel?

Spacetech326
April 29th, 2011, 05:25 AM
I've been following this thread for a while, I own the 4820TG and have had Ubuntu on it ever since I bought it.
This thread has been a great help!


Has anyone upgraded to 11.04 yet? If so, how is battery life and performance with the new kernel?

I'm upgrading mine now and I will report back tomorrow.

rimez
April 29th, 2011, 07:48 AM
Has anyone upgraded to 11.04 yet? If so, how is battery life and performance with the new kernel?

Ugh, upgraded last night (clean install) and have had nothing but issues.

The key issue for me is the performance. Whenever I open a program, it takes a LONG time to load (esp., with multiple applications. I've looked at the system monitor and there doesn't seem to be anything out of the norm.

Tried using the same fixes used on Meerkat for the switchable graphics but they don't seem to work now (esp., cannot dim the monitor).

I cannot recommennd the upgrade just yet.

This weekend I'll try another clean install.

Foxcow
April 29th, 2011, 08:01 AM
Ugh, upgraded last night (clean install) and have had nothing but issues.

The key issue for me is the performance. Whenever I open a program, it takes a LONG time to load (esp., with multiple applications. I've looked at the system monitor and there doesn't seem to be anything out of the norm.

Tried using the same fixes used on Meerkat for the switchable graphics but they don't seem to work now (esp., cannot dim the monitor).

I cannot recommennd the upgrade just yet.

This weekend I'll try another clean install.




Thanks.

marm0tte
April 29th, 2011, 10:33 AM
Foxcow, in my opinion, the most important problem is this bug :
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/765216 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/765216)

Battery life, perf for me are good.

Spacetech326
April 29th, 2011, 04:09 PM
I did a clean install on my computer with the 64bit version of 11.04
It seems to be working perfect, it has many drivers that needed manual installs built in now. The battery life seems about the same, I will need to run it longer to really see how well it is.
I wouldn't recommend running an upgrade, you are better off with a clean install.

Foxcow
April 29th, 2011, 04:41 PM
Foxcow, in my opinion, the most important problem is this bug :
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/765216 (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/765216)

Battery life, perf for me are good.



Thats a pretty big bug. I'll stick with 10.10 for now.

marm0tte
April 29th, 2011, 04:46 PM
the importance of the bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/765216 is not decided

But i've solved it by installing another kernel in 6 commands, here it is ;)


cd && wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-headers-2.6.38-02063804-generic_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_amd64.deb
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-headers-2.6.38-02063804_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_all.deb
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-image-2.6.38-02063804-generic_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.38-02063804*
sudo reboot

Foxcow
April 29th, 2011, 04:48 PM
the importance of the bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/765216 is not decided

But i've solved it by installing another kernel in 6 commands, here it is ;)


cd && wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-headers-2.6.38-02063804-generic_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_amd64.deb
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-headers-2.6.38-02063804_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_all.deb
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-image-2.6.38-02063804-generic_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.38-02063804*
sudo reboot


Beautiful! I'll have to give it a shot tonight. Thanks.

RavensKrag
April 30th, 2011, 03:06 AM
Has anyone gotten the ATI Catalyst 11.4 drivers to work yet? I tried it a couple of times but just ended up with an error I did not understand.

Confusered
April 30th, 2011, 03:48 AM
Has anyone gotten the ATI Catalyst 11.4 drivers to work yet? I tried it a couple of times but just ended up with an error I did not understand.

I have tried the proprietary FGLRX drivers and it works. But these are the steps I took.

1) Go to BIOS.
2) Change graphics options from "Switchable" to "Discrete".
3) Reboot.
4) Boot into Ubuntu (normal mode, not recovery).
5) Open terminal window, type in "sudo apt-get install update"
6) After completion, type in "sudo apt-get install fglrx"
7) Upon completion, reboot Ubuntu.
8) Graphics driver should be working properly, and typing "amdcccle" in terminal will launch Catalyst.

However, switching BIOS option back to "Switchable" will cause Ubuntu to boot into classic mode.

RavensKrag
April 30th, 2011, 03:53 AM
Ah... see, that's the thing. I'd like to be able to switch, as I like having both battery life and performance. Honestly, the battery life is more important to me right now.

Thanks for the info though. It's good to know that the driver works, even if the switching doesn't.

Also, I can confirm that the vga-switcheroo allows switching into the open-source ATI driver. I tried to play And Yet it Moves, and I just got a mess of ugly lines. Minecraft ran, but the performance was no better than on the integrated card. glxgears was getting about 60fps when maximized.

flooo
April 30th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Hi,

I've bought a 4820TG but I cannot get my Wifi run. Using the Fn+F3 key combination only bluetooth is activated/deactivated. Windows says that it is a broadcom device.
In previous replies I saw that the results of the following commands could be helpful - so here it is. Before I forget it: I'm running Kubunto 10.10
I would be really happy if somebody can help me.

Greetings
Florian


lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 18)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 18)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 18)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 05)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood [Radeon HD 5600 Series]
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5600 Series]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43225 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
7f:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 05)
7f:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 05)
7f:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 05)
7f:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 05)
7f:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)
7f:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)



iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.

RavensKrag
April 30th, 2011, 10:32 PM
Did you enable the broadcom restricted driver?

Foxcow
May 1st, 2011, 03:20 AM
Hi,

I've bought a 4820TG but I cannot get my Wifi run. Using the Fn+F3 key combination only bluetooth is activated/deactivated. Windows says that it is a broadcom device.
In previous replies I saw that the results of the following commands could be helpful - so here it is. Before I forget it: I'm running Kubunto 10.10
I would be really happy if somebody can help me.

Greetings
Florian


lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor DRAM Controller (rev 18)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor PCI Express x16 Root Port (rev 18)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 18)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset HECI Controller (rev 06)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 05)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev 05)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller (rev 05)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev a5)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 5 Series Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset 4 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Thermal Subsystem (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood [Radeon HD 5600 Series]
01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Redwood HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5600 Series]
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8151 v1.0 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43225 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
7f:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture Generic Non-core Registers (rev 05)
7f:00.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QuickPath Architecture System Address Decoder (rev 05)
7f:02.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Link 0 (rev 05)
7f:02.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor QPI Physical 0 (rev 05)
7f:02.2 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)
7f:02.3 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Core Processor Reserved (rev 05)



iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.



What BIOS version do you have?

run this to find out:


sudo lshw

flooo
May 1st, 2011, 11:23 AM
Did you enable the broadcom restricted driver?

Unfortunately I do not know how to do that. What do I need to do?

Regarding the BIOS version: I already checked it and it is 1.19. As I read before it shall be at least 1.18 so I thought this would be ok.

Best regards
Florian

Foxcow
May 1st, 2011, 12:36 PM
Unfortunately I do not know how to do that. What do I need to do?

Regarding the BIOS version: I already checked it and it is 1.19. As I read before it shall be at least 1.18 so I thought this would be ok.

Best regards
Florian

The latest bios is 1.25. I think you ought to give that a whirl.

flooo
May 1st, 2011, 08:17 PM
Hi,

I updated my bios to 1.25 but there is no change. It seems that I only need to activate the driver, but I do not know how.

Greetings
Florian

Foxcow
May 1st, 2011, 09:47 PM
Hi,

I updated my bios to 1.25 but there is no change. It seems that I only need to activate the driver, but I do not know how.

Greetings
Florian


Try checking: System > Administration > Additional Drivers

Like someone else mentioned, you may need to enable the restricted drive.

marm0tte
May 2nd, 2011, 12:11 AM
hi flooo, it seems that your broadcom BCM43225 works only with a closed driver.

So if your Ethernet network card is well recognized and if you can plug it to a kind of router :D , follow these instructions :
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx#STA%20-%20Internet%20access

But if you doesn't have any Internet access, follow this :
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx#STA%20-%20No%20Internet%20access

Finally, if none of the previous solves your problem :confused: , follow the ndiswrapper workaround explain by ElDuderino here :
http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=fr&sl=fr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fforum.ubuntu-fr.org%2Fviewtopic.php%3Fpid%3D2121106%23p2121106

Good luck !

RavensKrag
May 2nd, 2011, 02:30 AM
EDIT2:
Nope, still getting the black screen even with new kernel and new BIOS. Also, wireless has stopped working.

EDIT:
With older kernel, the system is able to rectify it's battery status error after a few seconds. Still got the black screen bug, but I got past it with a couple or REISUBs as opposed to the 10~ I've had to do as of earlier today. Hopefully even that much was a result of switching over to this kernel for the first time. Thanks for the help guys, I was getting ready to go back to Maverick.


Keep getting that horrible black screen on bootup bug. Gonna DL and try that older kernel right now.

Also, with the 2.6.38-8-generic kernel and 1.25 BIOS, unplugged the power, only to have my computer tell me it was in a critical power state. It then immediately went into hibernation. Hopefully this is a regression which will be fixed by reverting to the older kernel as well. Has anyone else encountered this problem?

RavensKrag
May 2nd, 2011, 04:46 AM
Ah, so about that wireless error.

One of the reasons it might not be working is because of those commands to install the older kernel which were posted earlier. They download the kernel headers and image, but only install the image. You need those headers to compile the wireless driver.

Once you install the headers you should be able to enable the broadcom wireless driver through Jockey.

Beyla
May 2nd, 2011, 08:58 PM
I was also having trouble with the WiFi and the battery indicator on 11.04.

Updating the BIOS to 1.25 fixed both of these issues, if anyone else is having these problems try updating your BIOS to the latest first.

Foxcow
May 2nd, 2011, 09:01 PM
I also found that BIOS 1.25 fixed the power state issue that many people were having. Prior to 1.25, when the laptop was unplugged, it took a few seconds/minutes/hours/never before it would change to the on-battery profile. With 1.25, the change is instantly.

flooo
May 3rd, 2011, 09:50 AM
Hi,

thanks. It worked out when I did like described in the first link.
As soon as I had my wifi-connection running I wanted to update the software. The system offered me to update on natty 11.04 - what I did. Unfortunately after the update has finished without problems and after rebooting, the system starts with the kubuntu-screen with 5 dots under it but went then to the terminal-modus only (no colourful ;) desktop anymore :( )
What did I do wrong - want can I do?

Thanks
Florian


hi flooo, it seems that your broadcom BCM43225 works only with a closed driver.

So if your Ethernet network card is well recognized and if you can plug it to a kind of router :D , follow these instructions :
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx#STA%20-%20Internet%20access

But if you doesn't have any Internet access, follow this :
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx#STA%20-%20No%20Internet%20access

Finally, if none of the previous solves your problem :confused: , follow the ndiswrapper workaround explain by ElDuderino here :
http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=fr&sl=fr&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fforum.ubuntu-fr.org%2Fviewtopic.php%3Fpid%3D2121106%23p2121106

Good luck !

marm0tte
May 3rd, 2011, 10:26 PM
looks bad, please post the following logs in attachment /var/log/dist-upgrade/* and /var/log/dmesg /var/log/Xorg*

lnxtx
May 5th, 2011, 02:27 PM
Under 10.10 it was toggling both BT and WiFi when pressing Fn+F3, under 11.04 toggles WiFi only, have to manually invoke rfkill to enable BT. Anyone else has the same problem?

RavensKrag
May 5th, 2011, 05:56 PM
Same here. I've actually just been going to the indicator and turning BT off. Don't know if that saves as much power though.

Silentzor
May 5th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Hey,

shortly after I upgraded my ubuntu from 10.10 to 11.04, my system started acting very weirdly:

I could have the laptop on for 10 hours or 10 minutes, but for sure at some point it would show up the shutdown prompt where you choose from suspend/hibernate/shutdown or cancel on it's own, without me pressing anything, and then after I would press cancel it would pop up again and again, and eventually the computer would shut down (probably from the 60 second counter?). THEN, the most weird thing would happen:

The laptop wouldn't turn on for a few hours. It looked like it was dead, but if I unplugged the battery and plugged the charger it would instantly turn on (without me pressing anything, again), and then die after 2 seconds (the BIOS wasn't loaded by the time it died so I couldn't press anything). I was forced to wait a couple of days and eventually remove ubuntu and use windows 7 so that the laptop wouldn't die.

Do you have ANY clue why this would happen? Again, it only happened in 11.04, not 10.10.

Silentzor

P.S. After upgrading, I booted to 10.10 via a USB drive, and the same thing happened again.

Foxcow
May 7th, 2011, 08:16 PM
I've moved back to 10.10 64-bit until some of the major issues in 11.04 have been worked out.

basharat
May 7th, 2011, 10:29 PM
@LintWad

So, I've completely test this howto and it works :
http://tuxtweaks.com/2009/09/create-a-bootable-freedos-usb-drive-on-linux-with-unetbootin/

You might use a "good" usb stick. I mean that a noname usb key may not work.
I've tried the procedure with 2 noname sticks and in freedos when I list the c: drive (1st usb partition) the shell never returned to prompt and I had to reboot.

But, my PNY 8GB usb stick works well


Here is the process I use :

1/ In ubuntu, backup the datas of the usb stick.
Launch GParted :
sudo gparted

2/ Delete all the partitions. Create a FAT16 primary partition of 512MB for example.
Create a second NTFS or FAT32 partition with the rest of free space
Click Apply

3/ Set a boot flag on the FAT16 partition and close Gparted

4/
Download the last BIOS update for the Acer
Download FreeDOS base CD : http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/micro/pc-stuff/freedos/files/distributions/1.0/fdbasecd.iso
Copy the BIOS .EXE file on the USB key

Install unetbootin :
sudo apt-get install unetbootin
and start it

5/ Select "Disk /image" and select "ISO" . Browse your disk to the fdbasecd.iso file
in the "drive" list, select your usb stick device (/dev/sdXX)
Click OK

6/ Restart. Go into the F2 BIOS Setup menu.
Select F12 Boot Menu => Enable
Save and exit

7/ Press F12 and select USB HDD in order to boot on the usb stick
In the next menu select FDos and select the 2nd option Start Freedos CD ...

8/ Be sure to have the Power supply plugged on your laptop
At the DOS prompt type :
C:
And launch the ZQ1_119.exe in order to flash BIOS


This is it ! :P

Thanks, worked like a charm

DarkTide
May 15th, 2011, 12:56 PM
I use the kernel

· linux-image-2.6.35-7-generic_2.6.35-7.11~lucid1.3v1ubuntu2~toi2_amd64.deb (http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb/acer-timelinex/linux-image-2.6.35-7-generic_2.6.35-7.11%7elucid1.3v1ubuntu2%7etoi2_amd64.deb)
· linux-headers-2.6.35-7_2.6.35-7.11~lucid1.3v1ubuntu2~toi2_all.deb (http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb/acer-timelinex/linux-headers-2.6.35-7_2.6.35-7.11%7elucid1.3v1ubuntu2%7etoi2_all.deb)
· linux-headers-2.6.35-7-generic_2.6.35-7.11~lucid1.3v1ubuntu2~toi2_amd64.deb (http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb/acer-timelinex/linux-headers-2.6.35-7-generic_2.6.35-7.11%7elucid1.3v1ubuntu1_amd64.deb)

1. I can not find the switcheroo in the /sys/kernel/debug/.../vga_switcheroo file to enable the switch graphic card function.
2. Is this kernel provide both vga cards driver ? I can not change the "extra" in the "Visual Effects".

Is any procedure I need to follow ?
BTW, my timelinex 4820tg BIOS upgrade to version 1.13 , is this cause the problem ?

RavensKrag
May 15th, 2011, 02:54 PM
You need to update both your BIOS and your kernel. The kernels built by Canonical do not have the VGA Switcheroo built in until the Maverick release. The updated BIOS will help you with other problems, as discussed earlier in this thread, but it is not the main source of your graphics problem. If you are unsure about upgrading to Natty, I would suggest at least upgrading to Maverick.

Pat Benson
May 17th, 2011, 07:04 PM
I've moved back to 10.10 64-bit until some of the major issues in 11.04 have been worked out.

I had a very strange issue. I thought it was graphic problem at first but it was connected to the WiFi driver. Maybe the link can help someone else.

http://bigbrovar.aoizora.org/index.php/2011/04/30/turning-wireless-on-causes-laptop-to-freeze-on-ubuntu-11-04-natty-narwhal-my-work-around/

Foxcow
May 17th, 2011, 07:06 PM
I had a very strange issue. I thought it was graphic problem at first but it was connected to the WiFi driver. Maybe the link can help someone else.

http://bigbrovar.aoizora.org/index.php/2011/04/30/turning-wireless-on-causes-laptop-to-freeze-on-ubuntu-11-04-natty-narwhal-my-work-around/

I wasn't having that issue but thanks! :) Like you said, hopefully someone else can benefit.

daveboy23
May 26th, 2011, 12:52 PM
hi, did anyone else had the following problem:
when i restart, sometimes the computer hangs on bios screen and the fan gets really loud

anyone has a clue as to what could be the problem?

marm0tte
May 26th, 2011, 02:16 PM
hi, did anyone else had the following problem:
when i restart, sometimes the computer hangs on bios screen and the fan gets really loud

anyone has a clue as to what could be the problem?

hi daveboy23, witch Ubuntu version do you use, witch kernel, and Acer bios ?

daveboy23
May 27th, 2011, 09:35 AM
it's a problem i had stating with ubuntu 10.04 (now 10.10) but it also occurs in debian squeeze.
bios ver 1.25 since of yesterday

am not sure, but i think the new bios fixed the problem, but i'm not sure. i think it's linked with unplugging the power while restarting

the computer stays on bios screen and the fan goes wild (really loud)

edit:
just checked and i think it's fixed, if someone with bios ver 1.23 (or 1.25) could check to make sure - restart the computer while unplugging the computer from the AC, then wait till the bios starts and see if it hangs on the bios screen (the big acer logo) and the fan starts to work loudly

grid_bug
May 30th, 2011, 06:35 PM
Just out of curiosity, how well does 3D acceleration on the ATI chip work for most of you? I get about 100fps running glxgears, which feels kinda low to me.

Honza-m
May 30th, 2011, 08:28 PM
Hi guys, sry for the question, but did someone solve the problem with HDMI? I wanna use switchable graphics, so I can't use ATI drivers. Anythink I can do with it?

clemsaklumpen
May 31st, 2011, 06:19 PM
is it possible to run ubuntu(wubi) or any other dual boot linux dist on this computer whith fully working hardware?

if yes where do i find the drivers?

regards /clemsaklumpen

ewarci
June 6th, 2011, 07:55 PM
HI,

last week i bought the Acer Aspire 4820TG TimelineX. I like this notebook, but unfortunately it doesn't cooperate with Ubuntu very well.

My Setup:
Ubuntu 11.04 64Bit
Bios 1.25

I read serveral pages of this thread, but most posts refer to Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10. So I hope you have some informations, which can help me to get along with the combination of this laptop and ubuntu 11.04.

I have the "bootproblem", when my notebook boots it often freezes and the screen turns black. Is there a possibility to avoid this bug?

My second problem: the hybridgraphic. Is there a solution, which works with ubuntu 11.04 ?

I hope you can help me because I don't like to use windows. But if i'm forced to boot 10 times to get to ubuntu i have to abandon.

grtz Marcel

Foxcow
June 6th, 2011, 07:58 PM
HI,

last week i bought the Acer Aspire 4820TG TimelineX. I like this notebook, but unfortunately it doesn't cooperate with Ubuntu very well.

My Setup:
Ubuntu 11.04 64Bit
Bios 1.25

I read serveral pages of this thread, but most posts refer to Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10. So I hope you have some informations, which can help me to get along with the combination of this laptop and ubuntu 11.04.

I have the "bootproblem", when my notebook boots it often freezes and the screen turns black. Is there a possibility to avoid this bug?

My second problem: the hybridgraphic. Is there a solution, which works with ubuntu 11.04 ?

I hope you can help me because I don't like to use windows. But if i'm forced to boot 10 times to get to ubuntu i have to abandon.

grtz Marcel

edit: Earlier in this thread, another member suggested using a slightly older version of the kernel that comes by default with 11.04 by using these commands:


cd && wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-headers-2.6.38-02063804-generic_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_amd64.deb
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-headers-2.6.38-02063804_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_all.deb
wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v2.6.38.4-natty/linux-image-2.6.38-02063804-generic_2.6.38-02063804.201104221009_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.38-02063804*
sudo reboot



Or...

Try using this guide to update to kernel 2.6.39-0
http://www.addictivetips.com/ubuntu-linux-tips/how-to-update-ubuntu-11-04-kernel-to-2-6-39-0/

If that doesn't help, I'd suggest moving back to 10.10 64-bit.

ewarci
June 7th, 2011, 09:28 AM
Thanks for your answer @Foxcow!

I updated the kernel, but this doesn't solve my problem!

Foxcow
June 7th, 2011, 01:36 PM
Thanks for your answer @Foxcow!

I updated the kernel, but this doesn't solve my problem!

You're welcome. Did you manually select the different kernels? I'm assuming you clean installed and ubuntu is the only os on the drive? If so, you can get into the grub menu this way:

www.insidesocal.com/click/2010/03/so-here.html

Try both kernels.

lnxtx
June 8th, 2011, 09:05 AM
I have the "bootproblem", when my notebook boots it often freezes and the screen turns black. Is there a possibility to avoid this bug?

My second problem: the hybridgraphic. Is there a solution, which works with ubuntu 11.04 ?


Blacklist radeon module in modprobe config and it won't freeze on boot (something goes wrong during the radeon init).

Re: hybrid graphics, have no idea, switcheroo works, using it for turning the radeon off (requires explicit modprobe since radeon.ko blacklisted to avoid boot freezes). Never actually used radeon, so cannot give any valuable advice here.

P.S. running it for a while, the only thing annoying me in 11.04 -- haven't found a way to toggle bluetooth via a hot key.

ewarci
June 9th, 2011, 05:25 PM
Blacklist radeon module in modprobe config and it won't freeze on boot (something goes wrong during the radeon init).
Thank you @lnxtx i blacklisted radeon and it boots!

@Foxcow I manually installed the 2.6.39-0 kernel. Ubuntu isn't the only OS i've installed, there is also a Windows 7 partition. The Problem wasn't that i don't see grub: I saw grub, but after ubuntu started booting the screen turened black, but with the hint from @lnxtx this problem is now solved!

wizards
June 12th, 2011, 02:46 AM
Is there another solution to switch on safe mode (intel card) like switcheble script or every time logging off when changing card?

I think this time is fine :))) but I have low cpu and other detail of system .. but 8 hours is nice:D


Battery #1 : present
Remaining capacity : 7272 mAh, 91.07%, 08:04:15
Design capacity : 9000 mAh
Last full capacity : 7985 mAh, 88.72% of design capacity
Capacity loss : 11.28%
Present rate : 901 mA
Charging state : discharging
Battery type : rechargeable
Model number : 32 mAh
Serial number : AS10E7E

RavensKrag
June 12th, 2011, 02:53 AM
Right now logging off is the only way. But it's much better than it used to be. In the past with this sort of thing you would have to completely shut down first. Still not as nice as the switching you get in windows, I'll admit, but it's progress.

You get 8 hours? o_O; Is that with wireless and bluetooth off? What's your screen brightness?

Foxcow
June 12th, 2011, 04:46 AM
Is there another solution to switch on safe mode (intel card) like switcheble script or every time logging off when changing card?

I think this time is fine :))) but I have low cpu and other detail of system .. but 8 hours is nice:D


Battery #1 : present
Remaining capacity : 7272 mAh, 91.07%, 08:04:15
Design capacity : 9000 mAh
Last full capacity : 7985 mAh, 88.72% of design capacity
Capacity loss : 11.28%
Present rate : 901 mA
Charging state : discharging
Battery type : rechargeable
Model number : 32 mAh
Serial number : AS10E7E




Holy cow! Where did you get that battery from?

wizards
June 12th, 2011, 10:29 AM
:p Battery is original :)
I have 30% display, powersafe on all cpu, bluetooth off and wifi on.

------>
-> 7-8 hours on battery - only no load on pc, like read some documents, using browser, read rss and similiar work.
-> 5-6 hours on battery - little using pc, like bash (installing or using other programs)
-> all other time is using pc more(cpu or hdd) - virtualbox and other SW(downloader SW)

Foxcow
June 12th, 2011, 03:25 PM
:p Battery is original :)
I have 30% display, powersafe on all cpu, bluetooth off and wifi on.

------>
-> 7-8 hours on battery - only no load on pc, like read some documents, using browser, read rss and similiar work.
-> 5-6 hours on battery - little using pc, like bash (installing or using other programs)
-> all other time is using pc more(cpu or hdd) - virtualbox and other SW(downloader SW)



I thought that all came with 6000 mAh batteries



Battery 0: Charging, 87%, 00:24:52 until charged
Battery 0: design capacity 6000 mAh, last full capacity 5663 mAh = 94%
Adapter 0: on-line
Thermal 0: ok, 39.0 degrees C



Also, what command did you use to get that detail battery info? I just used:

acpi -V

wizards
June 12th, 2011, 03:48 PM
@Foxcow
I have used similar:

acpitool -B

I have original 9000 mAh batteries (in my country sell with this capacity) so that is the reason why i have this big time.

Foxcow
June 12th, 2011, 03:57 PM
@Foxcow
I have used similar:

acpitool -BI have 9000 mAh (in my country sell with this capacity) so that is the reason why i have this big time.




Thanks. I wish that battery size were an option here.

DatBaer
June 12th, 2011, 10:33 PM
You can buy the battery online at the acer shop. It costs about 200€ .
Just got mine today :D

Foxcow
June 13th, 2011, 01:02 AM
You can buy the battery online at the acer shop. It costs about 200€ .
Just got mine today :D



Good call! Does this replacement stick out much further than the stock one?



For everyone in the US, here is the link:
http://us-store.acer.com/product.aspx?pn=AK.009BT.083

I'll definitely be getting this.

DatBaer
June 13th, 2011, 03:53 AM
About 2.5 cm.

You can compare the difference with a Keyboard with some of these little turnable pillars.
Have fun with extra 3000mAh :D

andy12345
June 28th, 2011, 05:27 PM
Did anyone try 11.04 on 4820TG, if yes any problems?

Foxcow
July 16th, 2011, 01:47 AM
Have any 11.04 users noticed any changes with the fairly recent kernel update to 2.6.38-10?

RavensKrag
July 16th, 2011, 04:07 AM
Have any 11.04 users noticed any changes with the fairly recent kernel update to 2.6.38-10?

I'm running it right now, and it seems pretty good. It disabled my little script to turn the ATI card off on startup, but that's pretty minor. I got a black screen a couple of times while trying to start up, but no more than when I was using the older kernel linked to earlier in this thread. It's just a bit jarring, as with the older kernel I at least got some text on screen. With this one, it's just black.

Once it's up though, it seems to run fine.

I've been plugged in almost constantly though, so I can't comment on the battery life.

Foxcow
July 16th, 2011, 04:26 PM
I'm running it right now, and it seems pretty good. It disabled my little script to turn the ATI card off on startup, but that's pretty minor. I got a black screen a couple of times while trying to start up, but no more than when I was using the older kernel linked to earlier in this thread. It's just a bit jarring, as with the older kernel I at least got some text on screen. With this one, it's just black.

Once it's up though, it seems to run fine.

I've been plugged in almost constantly though, so I can't comment on the battery life.

Thanks. I'm really curious about the battery life though. Is Unity behaving better?

v1ctory
July 29th, 2011, 09:00 PM
To use switchable graphics use latest AMD video driver, it has powerXpress, that allows you to switch from intergrated to discrete and from discrete to intergrated.

shantzg001
August 2nd, 2011, 11:14 AM
To use switchable graphics use latest AMD video driver, it has powerXpress, that allows you to switch from intergrated to discrete and from discrete to intergrated.

AFAIK, powerxpress supports only 2 ATI cards and not 1 ATI + 1 Intel combo. So it won't work for us.

jomari74
August 27th, 2011, 04:24 AM
Hi! I'm new here and I am also a user of Acer Aspire 4820TG TimelineX. I have been using it for almost a year with the Win7 OS. Yesterday, I tried installing Ubuntu 11.04 side to side with the Win7 and it seemed to be installed successfully. However, there are some issues I have encountered:

1. ) The battery seemed to drain alot quicker when using Ubuntu compared to Win7.
2. ) The some of the Fn hotkeys are not working (An example is the Bluetooth for Fn+F3, it just deactivates the wifi).
3. ) The bluetooth is always turned on. (Is there a way to turn it off automatically at startup and just turn it on manually if needed to be used? [not the BIOS approach])
4. ) I don't know how to enable the Compiz features (especially the Scale).
5. ) The mic is not functioning?
6. ) Touchpad multi-gesture is not working?

Are there solutions to these problem? I am not much familiar on tinkering with files in this OS. Thanks! :)

*I am trying to read from the first page of the thread and it seems to be a tedious task to read all the 41 pages. I just tried to do the solution to #6 but there is no Autostartup selection.

Foxcow
August 31st, 2011, 10:23 PM
Is anyone having wake from suspend issues with 11.04? It seems like 1 of 3 times, my machine will not wake from a suspend correctly. The machine is getting power but nothing is displayed. I always have to hard reboot.

I started having trouble with this when kernel 2.6.38-11 came about. Anyone else?

moliones
September 2nd, 2011, 07:30 AM
Is anyone having wake from suspend issues with 11.04? It seems like 1 of 3 times, my machine will not wake from a suspend correctly. The machine is getting power but nothing is displayed. I always have to hard reboot.

I started having trouble with this when kernel 2.6.38-11 came about. Anyone else?

I also have this issue occasionally, not as often as 1 in 3, more like 1 in 10. It is fairly annoying, and I don't have much idea how to tackle it.
Once I managed to `debug' it (following Debug Suspend on the Ubuntu Wiki), and it indicated the last thing loaded was fbcon, but that's as far as I got.

Foxcow
September 2nd, 2011, 02:07 PM
I also have this issue occasionally, not as often as 1 in 3, more like 1 in 10. It is fairly annoying, and I don't have much idea how to tackle it.
Once I managed to `debug' it (following Debug Suspend on the Ubuntu Wiki), and it indicated the last thing loaded was fbcon, but that's as far as I got.


Thanks for that info. I think I figured it out and will use your suggestion to confirm it. I started using Xpad as a replacement for Gnome sticky notes when this problem started. Whenever I have notes visible on the desktop, the computer has issues waking from suspend. Whenever I don't have them visible, no problem.

vinaym815
September 25th, 2011, 05:29 PM
i,,m running on ubuntu natty and bios version 1.25 . i have put echo OFF > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch in rc.local so that my discrete graphic card swithes off everytime i boot . but if i shutdown i get some atom bios stuck error which slows down the shutdown to 20secs whose solution was to switch on graphic card again and i can shutdown in flat 4 secs. so i tried to put a shell having
echo ON > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch

exit 0
into the rc0.d and rc6.d but the problem is i read on net that name of file should begin with K99 where k stands for kill or should start with S and also read they are executed in alphabetical order but i could make things work therefore i decided to make a shell with
echo ON > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
sudo halt
exit 0
and place it on the desktop so that i can shutdown by running the shell but the problem is it is not executed as it requires root privileges so i tried to visudo as root and allow vinay(user) the right to execute the commands as well as shell script but couldnt work that also out . so anyone plz help me either to to execute the command automatically via rc0.d and rc0.6 directory or please help me execute the shell script as root so i can shutdown my laptop in a fast and hassle free manner


thank you

elehcim
October 4th, 2011, 06:20 PM
Hi, I have suspension trouble too. It's quite annoying because you cannot trust your computer. Anyone has tried if it happens also with the new kernel that is going to go out with 11.10? Anyone has tried Oneiric Beta? Thanks.

lukasw
October 5th, 2011, 05:29 PM
Hi,

I don't know a solution for the suspension problem, either.
But I use to press Ctrl+Alt+1 (open a terminal) and, next to that, press Ctrl+Alt+7 to close the terminal. For me, after doing this, everything is working fine again. :)

micio
October 9th, 2011, 12:16 AM
Hi all,
I'm installing ubuntu for the first time on my acer 4820tg and I got some problem to properly setup my graphic cards.

At first boot it loads the intel driver and system is working fine (I didn't tried yet the battery drain)
After that I installed flgrx driver from "additional driver hardware" and then I cannot run unity..
I looked at xorg configuration and I saw a very poor config, so I ran "aticonfig --initial -f" and now X won't start neither in low graphics mode.
Then I looked at Xorg.0(1).log where there are:


(EE): Screen 1 deleted because of no matching config section
(EE): fglrx(0): PowerXpress: Failto switch libGL link files.

and then a seg fault...

I tried also to install official catalyst 11.9 from ati website but X didn't come up and I'm stuck in the shell just like before.

So my question is.. Is there any guide that I can follow to properly setup ati5470 card and switch to intel (and back)?

Thanks in advance!

Foxcow
October 14th, 2011, 05:30 PM
Anyone upgrade to 11.10 final yet?

wizards
October 16th, 2011, 01:12 AM
Anyone upgrade to 11.10 final yet?

Is there any reason to upgrade to this? Some important reason?....:confused:
I hate Unity and Gnome3 and when i read many topic on internet in 11.10 haven't gnome2.
In 11.04 haven't to, but is there some way to instal, but i think in 11.10 isn't any way.

So i don't plan using 11.10. :P ...Maybe Iam wrong... time show:(

Foxcow
October 16th, 2011, 01:23 AM
Is there any reason to upgrade to this? Some important reason?....:confused:
I hate Unity and Gnome3 and when i read many topic on internet in 11.10 haven't gnome2.
In 11.04 haven't to, but is there some way to instal, but i think in 11.10 isn't any way.

So i don't plan using 11.10. :P ...Maybe Iam wrong... time show:(



I won't discuss the merits or drawbacks of Unity or an upgrade to 11.10 but if you want to install Gnome Classic:


sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

Log out, select Gnome classic and you're done.

RavensKrag
October 16th, 2011, 05:02 AM
EDIT3:
Heat problem fixed for Intel graphics, running on ATI is still very hot. Getting temperatures of ~50 degrees Celsius on Intel, and ~80 on ATI. So if you really need HDMI out for some reason, go ahead and use vgaswitcheroo to switch over to the discrete video. It works fine, and video outputs to HDMI without any problems. The video in general lags more, and your overall system will be hotter though.

So basically, the drivers are much better, but are still not good yet. Hopefully by the LTS the FOSS drivers will have advanced to the point where everything runs smoothly.

EDIT2:
Ok, I think this fixes the heat problem, at least for me. ATI card is still hotter than I would like (aka, hotter than in W7), but I haven't crashed yet. *crosses fingers*
http://www.webupd8.org/2011/06/linux-kernel-power-issue-fix.html


EDIT:
Actually, the Intel card generates a good deal of heat too.... =/

So... good news: Open source driver for ATI in Ubuntu 11.10 makes the ATI card actually work. 3D support as well as HDMI out.

Bad news:
It fails to cool the computer properly, resulting in crashes due to overheating. I'm currently trying to find a way to manually increase the fan speed, as well as monitor the card temperature.

If anyone knows of a way, I'd appreciate it.

hdarama
October 20th, 2011, 07:06 AM
Hi there. I'm a 4820TG user too. I downloaded ubuntu 11.10 and installed. vgaswitcheroo doesnt worked for me. I cant find anything about it. please help.
Regards.

DatBaer
October 20th, 2011, 04:42 PM
You need to have a sudo shell
as a normal user I cant get beyond /sys/kernel/debug , but with sudo -s before everything works fine.

Is it only me or doesn't vgaswitcheroo doesn't switch the cards anymore?
I can turn the second one on and off but it won't switch.

But I'm happy with the lifetime of my battery(The big 9Ah one), at all it's about half an hour less then with 10.10 (I skipped 11.04) but that's okay.

A Usefull link for arranging the new system is http://www.webupd8.org/2011/10/things-to-tweak-after-installing-ubuntu.html

Foxcow
October 20th, 2011, 10:52 PM
Is anyone getting constant freezes and wake from suspend issues? I am experiencing both with Unity and Gnome Shell.

This is really discouraging...

hdarama
October 21st, 2011, 07:31 AM
You need to have a sudo shell
as a normal user I cant get beyond /sys/kernel/debug , but with sudo -s before everything works fine.

Is it only me or doesn't vgaswitcheroo doesn't switch the cards anymore?
I can turn the second one on and off but it won't switch.

But I'm happy with the lifetime of my battery(The big 9Ah one), at all it's about half an hour less then with 10.10 (I skipped 11.04) but that's okay.

A Usefull link for arranging the new system is http://www.webupd8.org/2011/10/things-to-tweak-after-installing-ubuntu.html
Thanks. After removed Ati catalyst drivers, its working now. Thanks a lot.

vinaym815
October 26th, 2011, 02:28 PM
JUST INSTALLED UBUNTU 11.10 FRESH ON MY ACER 4820TG HAVING BIOS VERSION 1.25 . THE FIRST THING THAT BUGGED ME WAS THAT EVEN AFTER TURNING THE ATI CARD OFF VIA VGA_SWITCHEROO WAS RUNNING AT CONSTANT SPEED THOUGH THE FAN SPEED GOT REDUCED , EVEN WHEN MY LAPTOP WAS AT NORMAL TEMP THE FAN WAS RUNNING CONSTANTLY. AFTER A LOT OF GOOGLING I FOUND http://www.forums.toshiba.com/t5/Computer-Troubleshooting/Laptop-cooling-fan-constantly-on/td-p/135754/page/9 which suggest that this constant running of fan can be corrected either by bios Editing or by modifying drivers in acpi . I don,t want to mess up with my bios cause i don,t have windows installed and i will mess it up it,s going to be a huge trouble. ](*,) .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKi1YHAq3wM just going to try out this. hey is there anyone having same fan problem ?

one can check http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/How_to_control_fan_speed this for an idea to how to solve the fan speed problem . if anyone have solved this type of problem please help

vinaym815
October 27th, 2011, 02:45 PM
my cpu temp is 46cesius and the fan is still going on plz help

Foxcow
October 27th, 2011, 02:50 PM
my cpu temp is 46cesius and the fan is still going on plz help



How are you determining your CPU temp?

vinaym815
October 27th, 2011, 07:06 PM
by puttin command sensors in terminal . i get something like

vinay@dark-star:~$ sensors
acpitz-virtual-0
Adapter: Virtual device
temp1: +46.0°C (crit = +105.0°C)

radeon-pci-0100
Adapter: PCI adapter
temp1: -128.0°C

the problem is fan should be switched on at about 55.0°C but it,s on everyone though it,s speed gets adjusted from fast to slow

Foxcow
October 27th, 2011, 08:30 PM
Well, a temperature of 46 C is not at all outrageous. My machine is routinely in that neighborhood depending on the activity with some fan activity.

If you haven't recently done this, I recommend you get a can of canned air and blow out your vents and clean the computer up in general (with it off of course) and see if that helps. One strategically placed piece of dust/debris can drastically alter the way the machine cools itself. The One of the reasons the Timeline series gets such good battery because "smart cooling" or something like that has been incorporated into the chassis design.

daveboy23
October 28th, 2011, 10:37 PM
been a long time since i've been on this thread... which means everything is running fine...

here's why i'm here again - has anyone tried Coreboot bios? i'd love to hear if anyone tried and what was his\her's exp with it

thanks guys

Foxcow
October 28th, 2011, 11:49 PM
Does coreboot support our chipset? If it does, I can't find it.

qiou
October 30th, 2011, 03:31 PM
On my laptop, previously running on 11.04 but now on ArchLinux, I reach 54°C on high CPU usage, with ATI deactivated using vga_swictheroo.

On idle/internet(no flash animations) I reach 35-45°C.
My fan turn on but on slow mode at 35°C, and on idle turn off at 30°C.

It's when AC is plugged, and power management is on performance mode. On battery, I've got a limitation to 50% on CPU power.

vinaym815
November 20th, 2011, 04:27 AM
hey i,m trying this other linux os meego and evrything seems to be working fine but ir don,t support hybrid graphics so can you plz tell me how to blacklist ati graphic card , i guess it,s the sam e procedure as it is in ubuntu but i was never able to blacklist in ubuntu also . any sought of help would be appreciated

vinaym815
November 20th, 2011, 04:30 AM
and i have this network proxy 10.0.0.253 with port 808 , but when i enter that in network proxy in ubuntu , firefox works fine , but the update manager and terminal and ubuntu software centre does not use this proxy , i googles it a lot but no solution seems to workout for me

DatBaer
January 8th, 2012, 12:54 PM
Good morning,

Could some try to regulate the brightness of their display through the terminal with

sudo setpci -s 00:02.0 F4.B=xx

xx means the procentage value of the brightness. so xx is between 1 and 99

If you're using the Radeon graphic card, you have to replace 00:02.0 with 01:00.0

It doesn't work for me with Ubuntu 11.10 Gnome 3

On my girlfriends netbook with Ubuntu 11.10 Unitiy it is working.

It would be great if someone could help me with this.

Foxcow
January 8th, 2012, 04:05 PM
The function key to change brightness or volue do not work?

DatBaer
January 9th, 2012, 02:37 PM
Volume is just working fine, but the brightness is a problem.
I can only change between total minimum, 50% and maximum.

Foxcow
January 9th, 2012, 03:21 PM
Volume is just working fine, but the brightness is a problem.
I can only change between total minimum, 50% and maximum.


Do you have the latest BIOS version?

DatBaer
January 10th, 2012, 12:28 AM
I have 1.23.

Is 1.25 stable?

Edit: But is the setpci command working on your laptop?

Foxcow
January 10th, 2012, 08:05 PM
I have 1.23.

Is 1.25 stable?

Edit: But is the setpci command working on your laptop?


1.25 is the best version yet. I've been using it since April 2011. It fixed a lot of small, nagging things for a lot of people.

DatBaer
January 11th, 2012, 02:40 AM
After updating the Bios, there are two possible things to happen if I want to change the brightness.

Number 1 : The Symbol appears and I can change between 0, 50 and 100% Brightness.

Number 2: The Symbol doesnt appear and i can change between 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 % Brightness.


Someone got an idea how to solve this?

Foxcow
January 11th, 2012, 05:12 AM
After updating the Bios, there are two possible things to happen if I want to change the brightness.

Number 1 : The Symbol appears and I can change between 0, 50 and 100% Brightness.

Number 2: The Symbol doesnt appear and i can change between 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 % Brightness.


Someone got an idea how to solve this?


Did you upgrade from a previous version or clean install? Honestly, after BIOS 1.25, I've never had any trouble whatsoever. When I used to run Ubuntu (last version was 11.10 for a month), I clean installed between versions and had no trouble.

DatBaer
January 11th, 2012, 11:18 AM
I made an update from cd from version 10.10.
At the beginning everything worked fine but with an update it got the way it is now.

Foxcow
January 11th, 2012, 10:40 PM
I made an update from cd from version 10.10.
At the beginning everything worked fine but with an update it got the way it is now.



I recommend a clean install.

DatBaer
January 17th, 2012, 05:36 PM
Ok.
I'll have to wait till april until I can make a clean install due to some licenses which I really need.
But thank you.

If someone got to know why setpci isn't working, it would be great to know.

wizards
February 24th, 2012, 11:32 PM
Is anybody running on Ubuntu 11.10 - latest version?

Have this some critical bugs? Iam runnig on 11.04 but sometimes i think about change.

Foxcow
February 25th, 2012, 12:41 AM
Is anybody running on Ubuntu 11.10 - latest version?

Have this some critical bugs? Iam runnig on 11.04 but sometimes i think about change.


I think you'd be better off with 11.04 and waiting for 12.04. 11.10 is what made me switch from Ubuntu altogether. One of the things that really turned me off about 11.10 was the lack of customizability of Unity. 12.04 is supposed to be an improvement but that is what was promised with 11.10.

wizards
February 27th, 2012, 02:41 AM
Ok thanks. So I'am wait. Do you know anything about switchable graphics and fans in 12.04? Now i have 11.04 switchable graphics ok and fans (i think is ok too) but sometimes i hear in 11.10 fans and graphics does not work very well.

Foxcow
February 27th, 2012, 03:15 AM
I'm not at all sure about 12.04 but if history is any indicator, I'd bet that switching doesn't work since the walkaround didn't work for 11.10. Hopefully, we are all pleasantly surprised since this is a LTE release.

daniel488
April 29th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Hi,
do you know any way to run 12.04 on integrated graphics card? How to disable Radeon?
I have now Ubuntu 11.04 with 11.8 driver version from AMD and it works perfect. Long time couldn't boot Ubuntu 11.10 because of that common LightDM fail, but finally I tried upgrade one more time and fixed it. In Ubuntu 11.10 card drivers didn't worked and two card were enableb. Then I upgrade to 12.04 and hoped that new driver (12.4) will be ok, but with it graphic mode even don't start. When I cleaned Xorg.conf, I have 12.04 with Unity2D (3D mode don't start window manager, I have only wallpaper and conky) and two cards enabled. Cores temperature gets to 100 degrees...

RavensKrag
April 30th, 2012, 09:41 AM
Both cards work in 12.04 using vgaswitcheroo. It is enabled in this kernel by default, and seems to work fine. I'm using the ATI card now to output to an external monitor over HDMI. I have occasional problems, like not coming back quickly after the automatic screen blanking and lock due to inactivity, but I think that has to do with my personal memory leaking problems more thank anything else (too many tabs >.<). There is also a problem that sometimes my internal display will reduce it's refresh rate, but that can be resolved by simply unplugging the HDMI cable and plugging it back in.

The ATI card can be disabled using vgaswitcheroo. I've been using that method for the last few releases, and it seems to work fine.

I find it interesting that you got it to work on 11.04. Much like yourself, I had problems with 11.10 and 12.04 when using the ATI closed-source driver.

daniel488
April 30th, 2012, 10:13 AM
Good to know it is worth fighting. I think I should consider fresh installation, because all solutions I found didn't worked. But first need to find some disc for backup.

EricOdhiambo
May 25th, 2012, 11:16 AM
Hi,

I just started using ubuntu 12.04 on my Aspire Timelinex, which is my first time to use ubuntu at all. Unfortunately, the battery status cannot be displayed though I already tried out all programms available in the software center. Can anybody help?
Thanks
Odhiambo

stodthagen
June 1st, 2012, 07:25 AM
Hi,

first of all, I wish to thank the people that already have spent much time on getting all features to run on this great notebook. I have used all solutions and had a running machine since this thread exists. Thank you all for this! :)

Now i updated from ubuntu 11.10 to ubuntu 12.04, and I think it is time to participate a bit here. The update lead into some problems...

My BIOS was configured to use only the ATI card when I started.

- aptoncd did not work until I installed hal
- wlan and bluetooth worked instantly

Because I want to reduce power consumption, I switched on both gfx cards in the BIOS and had to reconfigure X. The fglrx package is still installed, and I think, this is why the vgaswitheroo does not work right now. Can somebody give me the steps to get vgaswitcheroo running again? I'll try to remove the fglrx package and see what happens until you rescue me. ;)

The cooling fan is extremely annoying. Do you know a way to control it's speed?

cu soon,

Bernd

CoronaAdvances
June 1st, 2012, 03:10 PM
I have the same problem

stodthagen
June 1st, 2012, 06:57 PM
Hi again,

to get the vgaswitcheroo functionality back again, I removed the fglrx-updates package. After a reboot vgaswitcheroo is back and almost works! The X server was reconfigured automatically.

Further I installed the package indicator-cpufreq and used the applet to set the cpu(s) to power saving mode. I still think that the fan speed is changing too often and to extreme RPM values, i.e. increasing the cpu load only a little bit results in the fan being turned up to full speed.

At my first attempt, the power consumption went below 10W. After a reboot, it was and stayed at 17W (both with power saving mode set, display brightness at its minimum and the discrete gfx card turned off - bluetooth and wlan on)
Just for completeness, this is the content of /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch:
0:IGD:+:Pwr:0000:00:02.0
1:DIS: :Off:0000:01:00.0

When windows is running the dvd drive is turned off. This should be possible in ubuntu too. Who knows how to do it???

I still have problems with the X configuration when switching back to the discrete sound card:
After switching to the discrete card, I logged out and got back to the login manager. I logged in and the gnome-session started but didn't react to my mouse clicks and keyboard inputs. Several times I killed the gnome-session from the console and retried - no change, the desktop still hangs.
After a reboot, the desktop came up and ran normally (with the discrete card). I managed to switch to the internal card again and wanted to write my "report" here before I examine any further. ;)

I still use an older set of scripts to switch between the cards. Wouldn't it be a good idea to provide a package with these scripts???

If you think that I mess up too many things in one single post, please tell me! B)

Regards,
Bernd

DatBaer
July 20th, 2012, 10:40 AM
Hello,

Even though uvcvideo is blacklisted Powertop shows a Power Usage of ~3 W for the Webcam. Does anyone have this Problem too or knows a Solution to this?

Is this a Problem of Powertop or of the Webcam?

Greetings,
Philipp.

kanaziwok
September 22nd, 2012, 03:12 PM
Hi there,

I don't know if I will definitly jump into the ubuntu world.
I've tried several times in the past and none of these attempts let me stay on Ubuntu.

For these reasons :

Lifetime of the battery (about 2h30 instead of 7h, I have a 9 cell battery)
Multi-touch gestures not really functionnal for a daily use (only scroll feature available)
Card reader was not functionnal
Wifi was not working


But that, it was like 2 years ago, and I hope, thanks to the huge community things are not like they were anymore =).

So my question, is it worth now to try another jump ? because Windows 8 is coming, and I don't like it so much :(

Thank you

WiuEmPe
December 15th, 2012, 04:34 PM
This is my bug report about resume: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1090373

edit:
and this is my fix: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1090373/comments/5

27CaseyCZ
March 13th, 2013, 10:37 AM
Hey! Seems like every one of u has 100% working system huh?

I am using Xubuntu 12.04 64-bit (TimelineX 5820tg, first gen i5, ATI 5650 & Intel) Volume changing, microphone, brightness are good, wi-fi, ethernet etc are good... But goddamn I can't figure out how to switch that sh*t ATI off forever... coz I just wanna use Intel. Any help?I edited /etc/rc.local and pasted before exit 0:
chown -R $casey:$casey /sys/kernel/debug

if [ "$1" = "start" ]; then

echo OFF > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch

echo DIGD > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch

elif [ "$1" = "stop" ]; then

echo ON > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch

fi
I tried like a hundred of combinations but sometimes they're still both on. I mean like intel on and ATI off does work sometimes... but sometimes does not and I don't wanna reboot it all the time.HELP! :(

refle
May 1st, 2013, 09:29 AM
Hi I use Ubuntu 12.04 (64bit) on Acer Timeline TG3820.
Sometimes Ubuntu just doesnt wake up from suspend. But not always...
Any issues like that already known?
Thank you!

PS
i think itmust be something with the graphics (although i have installed the proprietary driver)... because when i wake up from suspend the screen turns on to black, than off again, again on to black and then i can log in ... and sometimes it stays just off... this is so strange

cRaZyBisCuiT
June 18th, 2013, 02:23 PM
Hey! Seems like every one of u has 100% working system huh?
I am using Xubuntu 12.04 64-bit (TimelineX 5820tg, first gen i5, ATI 5650 & Intel) Volume changing, microphone, brightness are good, wi-fi, ethernet etc are good... But goddamn I can't figure out how to switch that sh*t ATI off forever... coz I just wanna use Intel. Any help?
...


You can use a modded BIO and disable the AMD graphics. This is what I did in my GFs notebook. But just because she'd like to play games under linux as well I am still looking for a solution to switch...

Is there a way to switch any 4820TG now using fglrx? Has AMD managed to provide suitable drivers not matter if you habe a muxed setup? :/

EDIT: I just sent a support request for muxed setups to ATI. Please do the same. Maybe they consider to do something if many people are effected. I also sent a link to this thread so they'll read my call. That's not a problem I assume. But still ATI: Please provide nice linux drivers for us and we will by your hardware because it's the better one. But as long as you don't support linux good enough many people will think twice before buying your hardware in the future. And linux could be the OS of the future. I guess you know that.

mi-bentlage
August 14th, 2013, 06:45 PM
[...] But goddamn I can't figure out how to switch that sh*t ATI off forever... coz I just wanna use Intel. Any help? [...]


I know I am late to answer, but I just now found an upstart-script to turn the ATI off during boot. Works almost flawlessly. (Sometimes after this script, the USB-mouse doesn't work until I manually replug it. Weird.)



description "Workaround for ATi Mobility Radeon card, switches off discrete card
using vgaswitcheroo"
author "Ruslan N. Marchenko <me(o)ruff.mobi>"

start on virtual-filesystems
stop on runlevel [!2345]

pre-start exec modprobe radeon
post-start script
echo -en "Switching off discrete VGA card."
until grep Off /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
do
sleep 1
echo OFF > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
echo -en "."
done
echo " Done"
end script

post-stop script
echo ON > /sys/kernel/debug/vgaswitcheroo/switch
end script


Just put it in a file like /etc/init/radeon.conf and you're done.
I want to make clear that this is not my work. Some nice guy put it on his webspace: http://ruff.mobi/go/ubuntu/upstart.html

DeeKey
May 2nd, 2014, 03:52 PM
I upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 on my notebook Acer 3820tg.
System is mostly usable but following annoying problems exist:

1) black screen when running System Parameters;
2) random black occurs screen during power on or resume from hibernate. The system is not halted but there is a black screen. I can still do software reboot.

The problem might be connected with hybrid graphics (ATI + discreet)
I have already filled a bugreport:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-control-center/+bug/1314506

Any suggestions on the issue?

Vikram_Bankar
June 9th, 2014, 03:11 AM
Mine worked by default. Even injection with aircrack :O
What does your lspci say?

Hey which os were you using? which version? I am trying hard to get the injection with aircrack working.

mi-bentlage
November 4th, 2014, 07:22 PM
I don't remember precisely, but I think starting with Ubuntu 14.04, I can't get the discrete graphics card to shutdown completely. The fix I wrote about a few posts up doesn't work anymore.
I know about the new powersaving functions (radeon.runpm=0 and radeon.dpm=0) the radeon module offer, but they don't shutdown the card completely or worse, don't let the graphical login show-up at all. (The best I got was DynOFF, but the fans stay on.)
Does anybody know a fix to this?

lorek123
January 18th, 2015, 10:25 PM
Hey, i have a problem with fan, when i boot on ubuntu it's beeing disabled and everything is getting hot. Is anyone have any idea what's wrong? I have acer 5820tg on 1.25 BIOS.