I've previously had good experiences with HP until their past few models which have been a nightmare for a long, long list of reasons. But this post isn't about HP it's about Acer. This is my first Acer product and I've had a very positive response to the quality of their design but a very poor experience with the quality of manufacturing.
The unit I purchased is the Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T (1.4Ghz, 4gb, 14", 320GB WD) from Staples (US retailer) for the bargain price of 544.98 USD.
The most attractive aspects of the 4810T includes:
* The battery (wow!) * The excellent, bright LED screen * Fantastic keyboard (the fn key is to the right of ctrl, perfect!) * Synaptics touchpad (the best) * Super quiet fan even when playing games and doing heavy processing * Decent speakers (dolby) with great sound through headphones * USB ports on both sides
Some of the less attractive aspects include:
* Keyboard audio functions seem to rely upon software instead of hardware and can fail during heavy processing or if the OS hangs * As a single piece of platic instead of separate buttons. The touchpad button only works on the edges with the center being "dead" * No dock * No expansion slot * The speakers beep loudly when power is connected/disconnected if the speakers are on (annoying) * The wireless light blinks during activity instead of just being on or off (annoying) * The screen hugs the keyboard too closely creating key-shaped oil deposits on the screen (not uncommon but undesirable and a source for damage if something hard like a grain of sand is on the keyboard)
I have a 4810T (SU3500) and the wireless connection is giving me some issues. After a suspend or restart the wireless connection does not reconnect properly. Sometimes the icon says I'm connected but there is no data transfer. I have to disconnect/reconnect or turn off/turn on the wireless via the touch sensitive button. Once I do that the wireless connection is rock solid.
I'm using the newest Intel drivers and Bios version 1.23
I have an Acer Timeline 4810T, and recently, I have been having a really weird issue with power. When I first got the laptop, I would plug in the power adapter and it would immediately start charging. Now, when I plug it in, it takes 30 seconds to a minute for the adapter to be recognized and the laptop to start charging. I'll plug it in and nothing will happen, and then after a while, the green battery off icon will appear on the screen and the charging light will come on.
Its a really weird issue, and I really hope is not going to get worse. I already had to return one of these because keys on the keyboard stopped working. I really don't want to have to send this one back.
I havent uninstalled any of the fluff that comes with the laptop and i was wondering if removing some of that will help...or
Do 4810t stream multimedia content better if running Windows 7? I guess i can wait till then.
Videos from Vimeo and Streetfire.net ( i work in automotive media ) are slow, stuttering or just plain unwatchable. Some of it isn't even HD content, and even when you wait to cache up and load then play it still is choppy.
Just purchased the Acer Timeline 4810T from Staples. This is is the 14.1 inches variant, thought I might post some initial impression for all who are interested.
Spec Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 1.4 ghz, 800 Mhz FSB, 3MB L2 Cache 4GB DDR 3 ram 320GB 5400rpm Western Digital DVD+RW super multi Wireless A/B/G (Atheros) 14.1 in 1368 x 768 LED (720P) Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bits
HARDWARE Contained the Acer Timeline, small form factor adapter/charger, 6 Cell 5800mah, 63WHR battery. manual and the usual documentation. No operating system dvd nor driver disc were included, however, the laptop did give me an option to create recovery discs.
The initial inspection of chasis was favorable, as you can see in the picture, it is thinner than a white macbook, roughly same thickness closed as the aluminum macbook. Chasis was rigid with no flex, the only part of the laptop that exhibit any kind of flex is the keyboard. Should you type hard, you can see the center of the keyboard being compressed downward. The chicklet style keyboard however, remained very usable and responsive.
Sound is loud and clear unlike tinny netbook speaker.
Mine comes with 3 USB port, 1 VGB, 1 HDMI, 1 ethernet port and 1 DVD+RW super multi. It also has a 5 in 1 memory card reader towards the front. 1 headphone output and 1 microphone input..........................
I recently wiped out my Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit partition and installed Windows 7 Professional RTM 64-bit on it. I see the performance of booting up increased (using a SSD), programs opened faster (SSD), and shut down is a bit more faster also. The thing I'm concern about is the battery life. It seems to get shorter battery life.. the meter says 5 hours 31 minute on a 98% battery when windows vista says around 8 hours on that percentage. Both were idling. Is that normal that Windows 7 uses more battery or what?
i've successfuly flashed my 4810t to bios 1.10, 1.20 and 1.22.. but yesterday i tried to get to 1.23, it installed ok in windows and restarted... now it wont go past the "press f2 to enter"... i press f2 and nothing... after a few keypresses it starts to make a sound... oh and the leafy button works here...
is there anything i can do? or i must use the warranty?
Im not sure if other owners of this laptop have this problem, but the screen display has a blue tint to it. Ive tried adjusting the color in the graphic property, but i can never seem to get it right so the colors on pictures are never accurately depicted when compared to my other laptops or monitors.
I'm having problems with my DVD drive on this laptop. Since 3 days ago, any cd/dvd I insert in the drive is not being 'read' properly. When I open windows explorer, it says that there is a driver with removable storage. But when I try to open it, the disk is immediately ejected, and I get a notice saying 'please insert a disk. At first I thought it was because I was using a copied dvd, but now it does the same thing with a normal dvd.
While I'm working on it(internet explorer, msn, not too many things running), somehow it gets 'stuck' and doesnt work properly, very slow etc. If i"m lucky, task manager works, and I open it only to find that my cpu usage is at 100%, whereas the programs running shouldnt be anywhere NEAR that usage. I tried to see what processes are running while the cpu usage is at 100% but as I said i"m not an expert, so I couldnt see something. I took it to the Acer distributers here in Cyprus, and they said that it had caught a virus(while having nod32 installed) and they reformatted it. But ever since I got it, this happened twice in 4 days. And I'm sure it has no virus, I have Kaspesky installed and did scans. And right now, it's working perfectly. And it did all day, till this afternoon, with no apparent reason.
I recently bought an Acer 4810T943G (su9400) with Vista.
As seems to be common with Acer notebooks, it had a freezing problem, so I decided to flash the BIOS.
The version it shipped with was v1.10. I went to the Acer website and downloaded v1.31, extracted it, and executed the program. The InsydeFlash software told me 'This BIOS is not for your notebook'.
I tried the other BIOS recommended by Acer - v1.30, and even the special editions 2.30 and 2.31, but all came up with the same message.
I then located v1.28 from somewhere else, and this flashed successfully, but I still get freezes, so I'd like to try 1.30 or 1.31.
One thing I have noticed is that on the InsydeFlash software, the BIOS ID of v1.28 is described as JM41, whereas those of v.130 and v1.31 are described as AA, and A_A forms part of the file name on the v1.31 download.
I bought one of these because of its rep, its long battery life and its weight. But there's a huge problem. Whenever I have four or five Internet windows open OR I have on internet window open and try to open a word doc, the computer freezes - really freezes, not even control alt delete works. When it restarts it does so from the safety mode. I've brought it to Staples, I've contacted Acer and Microsoft. They each sound surprised and Acer blames Vista and Vista blames Acer and Staples says I'm out of luck.
Thought it could be a new thread here to see what's working on an Acer 4810T with the dedicated Acer Applications for the 4820T and since Acer does not update the 4810T, since the new TimelineX is out by now!
So far i have tested and are working stable are from the 4820T Win 7 x64: Apps: -Optical drive PM v1.01.3006
I just purchased a 4810T laptop, formatted it, and loaded windows 7. Now on power saving Mode it says i only have 4 hours of battery left.. what happened to the selling point of 8 hours?
I'm thinking it might be because I don't have the empowering technology and power smart applications installed, but i can't install it anyway as it doesnt work on windows 7. So whats the problem here? my laptop, windows 7, or acer software?
That is, the wifi connection randomly disconnects and reconnects, which is especially annoying when she is on MSN or whenever she is logged on to a HTTPS site (she has to log in again on the next refresh).
maybe Acer has a new driver for the 5100?
the OS installed is the factory Vista (with the usual bloatware - I deleted most of them). Can deleting certain Acer bloatware cause wifi issues?
this thread is for all Acer Timeline owners who suffer from 100% CPU load, when only thing that helps is restart.
1. If you are a Timeline owner - having this problem or not, please do report here, what model you own and tell us how is this happening for you.
2. Please inform Acer about this, so they know and can offer a solution (especially if you're from United States as this will have greater impact rather than me telling this stuff to Slovak Acer service)
Alright, this is what I got so far about this thing: -CPU will just go nuts at no specific time (idle, browsing, ...) -Proccess explorer shows 'Hardware Interrupts' as source of 99.9% of CPU power -unlogging won't help, only restart does -updating BIOS doesn't help -uninstalling acer epower managment doesn't help, even though it seems making these episodes less frequent somehow
Mine notebook is: 5810T with SU3500 and GMA 4500MHD.......................