The other Acer Aspire Timeline thread is getting big, so I wanted to start a slightly different one for my laptop, the Acer Aspire 4810T (specifically the AS4810T-8480). I installed Jaunty 64bit on it and it worked out of the box!
Specs at a glance: C2D (U3500 @ 1.40 GHz), 4Gb RAM, 320 Gb HD, 13" panel.
I upgraded to 22.214.171.124 (the latest kernel as of this writing), then to get the wired ethernet working, I did the following:
1. Downloaded the latest driver for AR813X from Atheros's website
(126.96.36.199 as of this writing)
2. Untar and change to the src directoy
4. sudo make install
5. sudo modprobe atl1e (or restart)
For the 188.8.131.52 kernel I needed to do this. change kcompat.h in the src directory:
Suspend and hibernate also worked after the kernel upgrade. Though I found hibernate to be insanely slow. Suspend worked well seemingly without a hitch.
< #define IRQ_HANDLED
< #define IRQ_NONE
> #define IRQ_HANDLED 1
> #define IRQ_NONE 0
Camera driver was also correctly detected. I could run cheese without having to do a modprobe.
The biggest bummer right now is that the toggle button on the mouse touchpad only turns OFF the keypad. I can fudge mousepad toggle like so by adding the following to /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/20thirdparty/11-x11-synaptics.fdi ::
Then after restarting, I can toggle the mouse with
<match key="info.product" contains="Synaptics TouchPad">
<merge key="input.x11_options.SHMConfig" type="string">On</merge>
I am loving this laptop with Linux (despite a button I never had before not working). Screen is crisp, the "chiclet" keyboard is trendy and easy for a touch typist. The brushed aluminum is slick. Also, Acer rather cleverly moved the CDROM eject to the top of the keyboard so I can't accidentally open it just by carrying it (which happened far too frequently with my previous laptop). Acer also removed the panel latch (another useless feature of my previous laptop). Combine all that with the size, cool running, and slim profile, and I'm one satisfied laptop buyer and Linux user.