Re: Acer Timeline 3810T
I've asked myself this question a few weeks back. I found out they are NOT the same by many stretches.
Originally Posted by jimmy the saint
I doubt they are the same. If they were, it seems like they would release the BIOS updates at the same time and have the same version. The 4810 has had far more BIOS releases and is in 2XX series, while the 3810T is still at 1.17.
True, but I can see no sane reason for acer to use a different motherboard in the 4810T. After all, disregarding the screen size and the DVD player, the specs are exactly the same. Maybe someone with a 4810T can compare the motherboard with the pics of the 3810T motherboard I posted here.
If someone knows a good way to compare 2 BIOS files (opening the BIOS file in gedit gives no joy) I wouldn't mind wasting some time on it. It could very well be that the older BIOSes are (almost) identical.
1. Do NOT attempt to use a 4810 bios from any model on the 3810. It will allow you to flash it, which is the scary part because after that the laptop is totally bricked. If you're lucky you may be able to talk your way into a new motherboard.
2. Comparing DSDT files alone I noticed that the hardware addresses are all completely different, as are all the port arrangements. Makes me think it's a very different mobo and very different code.
3. This was somewhat confirmed when I contacted Acer Singapore about the suspend issue. The only useful information they gave me is that the 4810 and 5810 series share the same mobo, but the 3810 doesn't.
That said, it shouldn't be too hard to fix, because if both laptops had the same problem that points to a problem in the logic of the BIOS code - how hard can that be?
Don't blame me, it's an IE problem.