I tried to install Linux on this laptop for about 5 months, I have found some different kinds of problem but now I can use all the functionality of this notebook this system not only with MS XP but with Linux too. I have installed some different distributions (Suse 9.1, Suse 9.2, Mandrake 9.2, FreeBSD (Impossible!!!!), Ubuntu, Fedora (the biggest problem!!!)) but every time I found some problems regarding the HW compatibility. At the end, last month, I have installed SuSe 9.3 Professional and after some manual configuration everything looks to work.
- Acer Aspire 1981WlCi
- Suse 9.3 Pro
|Manufacturer Part Number||LX.A2805.010|
|Manufacturer Website Address||www.us.acer.com|
|Product Name||Aspire 1681WLCI Notebook|
The Aspire 1681WLCI multimedia notebook with Intel Centrino Mobile Technology in the new Acer Folio design meets the needs of SOHO professionals, such as architects, designers and engineers, as well as home users who want a work/entertainment system.
|Mobile Technology||Intel Centrino|
Windows XP Home
*OEM, not full-featured, version
|Batteries||1 x 8-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Standard|
|Battery Life||Up to 5 Hour(s) (Main Battery) - 1,5h/2h In use|
|Battery Recharge Time||
Display and Graphics Support:
LAN Feature: Modem Feature:
|Processor & Chipset|
|Processor||Intel Pentium M 715 1.50GHz||
|Bus Speed||400MHz FSB|
|Standard Memory||512MB DDR SDRAM||
|Maximum Memory||2GB DDR SDRAM|
|Memory Speed||333MHz DDR333/PC2700|
|Hard Drive||80GB Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)||
|Optical Drive||CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive Integrated|
|Optical Drive Speed||24x 10x 24x CD-RW/8x DVD-ROM|
|Display & Graphics|
|Display Screen||15.4" WXGA Active Matrix TFT Color LCD||
|Graphics Controller||Intel 855GME Integrated|
|Display Resolution||1280 x 800 @ 16.7 Million Colors (24-bit) Internal Support|
|Color Support||16.7 Million Colors (24-bit)|
|Graphic Card||ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9700 - 64 MB DDR video memory|
|Sound Card||Stereo Integrated||
|Speakers||Stereo Speakers Integrated|
|Network & Communication|
|Modem||V.92 56Kbps Fax Modem||
Not tested yet!
|Pointing Device Features||
On SuSe there is not automatically support for ATI 3D acceleration, but this distribution offer the possibility to resolve this problem in a very simple and official way.
1- You only need to visit this link on the suse ftp tree:
2- Enter in the last release directory of fglrx drivers (the official one for ATI Graphic Cards).
3- follow the README file for instruction.
Probably everything work properly but in some cases I found some problem and
I noticed some little things that I think is better to know:
1- The drivers that you find with the SuSe distribution are only optimized for X86 systems. I try to recompile my kernel choosing for the processor type "Pentiun M" but the wireless card didn't work. When I executed the
"dmesg | grep -i ipw" command I found this output:
ipw2200: version magic ...
It means that that module only works with the X86 system and so you need to recompile your kernel with that system or you need to download from ipw2200.souceforge.net the latest official drivers and recompile it for your system.
2- The other thing to consider is that the button in the front of your Laptop work on Linux System too, but the yellow light doesn't. In fact you are not able to see from that light if you Wireless card is in an up or down state, you can only executing the command
iwconfig and looking
at the output. If it is in a down state you will see the hardware address with
all 0s. Press the button to activate the network card.
3- In some cases I notice that there is a problem with the name of the interfaces. Some times my system put the Ethernet interface on eth0 and the Wireless on eth1, some other times after restarting the computer I found the name inverted. This is a known problem that may happen in the case that you have two Ethernet interfaces too. This is not a real problem, everything works properly but in some cases you need to fix the name.
At this link you can find a little and practical guide to use WiFi on SuSe
How to use and configure WiFi with Suse
In the past week I have worked a lot to try to resolve some problems
regarding the use of the Power Management on my laptop. Thanks to google I find
a lot of useful information but I was unable to find a real definitive solution
for this kind of notebook.
The problem are:
1- This kind of laptops doesn't support APM (Advanced Power Management) but only ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface)
2- Today many company build their BIOS only supporting Microsoft OS, so they are incompatible with some standard used by every other OS
3- I can't find anything in the directories /proc/acpi/ac_adapter and /proc/acpi/battery so I was unable to see the status of my battery and I can't implement the functionality of ACPI on my system
4- The DSDT (Differentiated System Description Table) resulted to be bugged, I had to correct it
5- There is a missing ECDT (Embedded Control Description Table) on my system so I have had to patch the kernel to resolve this problem
6- Acer Laptops uses a so called Smart Batteries that have a different way to work
To resolve this problem there is an useful guide at this link:
How to resolve ACPI problem on Acer Laptop
http://tuxmobil.org/acer.html - Linux Laptop and Notebook Survey: Acer