Acer :: Ubuntu UNR 9.10 (Linux) Works Wonderful On My 1810tz
Nov 6, 2009
I've installed ubuntu netbook remix, and it really works great out of the box. Didn't try 720P youtube streaming yet.
Pros I found out so far (which are relevant):
- Great battery life, I had 35% left, and I still managed to get 3.5 hours out of it, including one hour streaming (reasonable quality), and half an hour playing Diablo II (game). I'm gonna give an update tomorrow!
- looks are quite nice
- very responsive
- plays 720P and 1080P fluently
- camera works
- wifi works good
- volume of speakers is good
- can be installed from within the windows OS
- two finger scrolling doesn't work yet, only one finger (using the edge) scrolling.
- keyboard layout had to be set to US
- unfamiliar applications, for some windows applications you might not have a substitute, but that's a con of Linux in general...
Packard Bell / Gateway clones: This guide has also been tested on a Packard Bell Dot M/U with bios v3303, and it should also work on the Gateway clone. If you have a 1410/1810 and something doesn't work, please report back.
What's working after a standard Ubuntu 10.04 install:GraphicsAudio out, speaker mutes when pluging in headphones. Good volume.Networking, both wireless (intel wifi 1000) and wired (the atheros gigabit)FN +:F4, suspends fineF6, monitor goes blackF7, touchpad on / offF8, muteF9, Bloq NumRePag: HomeAvPag: EndUp: increase volumeDown: decrease volumeRigh: increase brightness: skips steps.Left: decrease brightness: skips steps.J,K,L, etc: numeric keyboard ok.What's not working:Audio in: the integrated mic doesn't work.FN + F5: not recognised, doesn't toogle displaysAutomated Install (recommended): I've done a script that should do it all automatically. In detail:
What the script does:Configure gnome-power-manager backlight dim and hard disk power savingDownload, patch, install and setup acerhdfInstall the power saving scriptInstall the debugging scriptIf laptop-mode-tools is installed, suggest uninstalling and, if you want, uninstallFix the brightness hotkeys issue (jumps 2 levels on every key press)Disable ethernet Wake on Lan (doesn't enable when on AC)Disable uneeded services: cron, anacron and atd (they don't enable when on AC)What the script doesn't:Add the noatime parameter to the ext2/3/4 partitions in fstab. You'll have to do it manually.How it works:In a terminal, run ./InstallAcer_11.6_PowerSaving.sh --help to get a full list of options.If you want to install everything: ./InstallAcer_11.6_PowerSaving.sh --installDisclaimer:This script comes with no warranty. Use it at your own risk. I won't be responsible for any damage this could do to your system or data.Manual Install:
Power saving tips:The Script:By default, an ubuntu install won't take too much care of saving power, which is very important in an ultra mobile laptop. You can easily setup the system to enter some power saving modes, specifically the sata controller and the sound chip......................
I have an Aspire E5-571 without pre-installed OS. I don't care about Windows - I am using Linux (Ubuntu).
There are some problems reported by the Linux kernel at boot (UEFI mode) an I was hoping that a BIOS update may solve some of them (ACPI issues and unclaimed hardware). May be very well the Linux kernel but I can't exclude BIOS either.
On the Downloads page, under BIOS tab, there are four current BIOS versions with brief and strange description: versions 1.08, 1.09, 1.11 and 1.24
IF (and only if) I decide to update BIOS, which version should I use? What are the real differences between versions (Release Notes)? Except Windows 8 hacks, is there any real "improved system performance" on other OS? What is BIOS (5.2MB versions) vs. VBIOS (13MB update)?
Battery bar is holding pretty steady for me at 7:10 at total capacity. This is with brightness generally being at one step from the lowest, cpu at 1200, wifi, lan, etc on, and steady use of web/outlook/video without giving enough time for the screen to turn off.
Im a newcomer to both laptops and this forum. I found your ultimate 1410/1810 thread and I was redirected to these two threads:
Undervolting guide and 1810T undervolting guide
I managed to get up the profile for the RMClock but somehow the program showed me only one mutliplier, 6X. The CPU ran at 0.9V, but at 1,2GHz, while it should do 1,3GHz under load. I uninstalled the program and the CPU ran at 1,3GHz once again. I cant seem to find out where to get the second 6,5X multiplier
I am installing Vista 32 for a friend on his Aspire 1810TZ. A very new model I believe.
As yet I havn't been able to sourse the correct Wifi drivers. The drivers from the Acer site (intel 5100 and Atheros) Fail. The Atheros drivers tell me that the card isnt present whilst the intel drivers tell me that they may not be compatible then after installing, the device is reported as working properly but the front switch fails to turn the wireless on and, no networks are found in range. The intel diagnostic software reports the wireless as being switched off and sometimes as being on but with no networks to scan.
Any ideas as to what wireless device is present in this model or whether I should be looking at the wireless switch itself as a source of the problem?
I've recently purchased an Acer Aspire Timeline 1810TZ. I've removed all the bloatware, updated all drivers (including graphics, chipset, sound) and upgraded to latest BIOS.
It plays 1080p videos stored on the network absolutely perfectly, but it is jerky when playing YouTube 1080p content. It just about handles 720p YouTube. (I've tried both Flash 10 on IE and 10.1 on FF/Chrome). It runs iPlayer HD and Vimeo HD fine.
Has anyone else who has an 1810TZ managed to get YouTube HD working smoothly? If not, is there anything else I can try and do we think that the final build of Flash 10.1 will improve things? Would a fourth gig of ram help?
I'm interested in picking up an Acer 1410, but I've been looking at the specs for the new US version of the 1810TZ dual-core version. The spec sheet says that it comes with a 6-cell 5600 mAh battery, and the 1410 comes with a 6-cell 4200 mAh battery. I figure, since the bodies are the same, do you think that the larger battery from the 1810TZ will fit into the 1410? That would be an excellent upgrade to the already good battery life of the 1410.
I want to sell my 1810tz notebook because of different reasons, one is the buzzing noise problem over speaker or line-out. So is there any easy way in resetting the 1810tz drive C: to default state like out of the box state? There is a hidden partition 12Gb in size, is that a backup Windows 7 installation partition I can access while booting or so? And if yes, will it delete all data stored on the HDD just like clean installation?
i have acer 1810tz the problem is when im playing h.264 coded videos in fullscreen mode i have some strange line in the middle of the screen not always just sometimes specialy when there is movening in the video its like the video been divided into to pieces and then tried to put next to each other so it would be one picture,
in original size it works normal i tried all media players you can find and it still there i guess something is wrong with my graphic card
I have an issue with my 1810tz, Win7 64bit. There are these annoying buzzing noises when I use headphones over audio out. They are corresponding with the CPU load, when the CPU is idling they are louder and constant when the CPU is working they change the buzzing rhythmic but are not gone. I cant really they if they are there too over the build in speakers there is this buzzing sound sometimes, but I guess its the hdd in this case.
Disabling the audio btw does not mute this buzzing noises too. I had this issue maybe 8 years ago on my first desktop with integrated Realtek audio chip, so I guess its a driver issue or bad manufacturing like bad shielding or such. Im using latest Realtek audio drivers.
when I received my new 1810TZ last night was nuke it, kill the partitions, and start fresh. Installed my copy of Win7 Pro, and everything was good. All the drivers set up without issue.
Except the Bluetooth ones.
When I first ran the BT launcher, it said it couldn't find BT on my computer, and quit. So I dug into the folders and ran the installers manually.
As you can see, Windows apparently agrees that I have BT installed. In fact, after manually installing the drivers, running the BT launcher brings up a Repair dialogue. For all intents and purposes, Windows seems to be happy with my BT drivers.
Except that Windows itself won't run any Bluetooth software. When I type "Bluetooth" in the Start Menu box, I don't see options for "Add Bluetooth Devices" and the like. There's likewise nothing under the Control Panel, nor anything in my Programs lists.
If the drivers (supposedly) installed correctly, and the OS installed without incident, why can't I set up any Bluetooth pairings?
Done some testing of chargers and charge rates. My non scientific findings as follows.
Battery start capacity 91.3%.
After 19 minute charge time -
Using 70watt charger :
Off 98% On low power 98% On full power 97%
Using 30watt charger :
Off 98% On low power 97.5% On full power 94.5%
To conclude the larger charger mostly maintains charge rate regardless of load on the computer.
The standard 30w charger maintains its charge rate on normal use, yet go to 100% CPU and charge rate drops by around 50%. It possible this could be far worse with an external USB HDD attached, 3G dongle and so on.
It seems that the computer can consume a little more than the 30w charger can output, but only of use in extreme circumstances.
Even with a larger charger the charge rate may drop if you had the computer consuming excessive levels of power, not sure what point this may occur.
Additionally batterymon charge rate indicator did not support the real world test.
I've got a problem with my 1810TZ. It wakes up from standby sometimes even when it's closed. If I have it in a case, it gets really hot.
I even know why it wakes up. Although the system log (Win7x64) says the power button is the bad guy, it's one of the keyboard keys. When the laptop is closed, and I press the display down on the right side, one of the keys is pressed (I guess something around the enter button).
Is there a way to disable the keyboard to wake the computer up? ........
just got my replacment 1810tz. last book had some trouble with the keyboard. now the brand new just wont boot up. has some fan blowing and once harddisc access and then nothing. i already tried Fn + F5/F6 keys, no result. also attached via hdmi to monitor - but not any flickering. even let it lay there for some hours wiithout batterypack attached. no result.
how to remove the bios battery, maybe this could solve it...?
Anyone else having problems getting their 1810TZ (or any 1810 model I'd guess) working properly with an iPod Touch? I just got my Touch yesterday, and I tried tons of things last night. iTunes simply won't recognize my Touch.
At this point I just wanna know if anyone does have it working on an 1810 model with Win 7. I'm using the original WIn 7 Home Premium that came on it.
I was wondering if i buy a linux version of the aspire one to save money, can i switch it to XP myself? Or, since i know nothing about linux, I need to be able to use the office suite and windows based internet explorer add-ins...i dont think i can with linux, or can i?