Acer Travelmate 4000 with SuSE 10

Hardware

Function

Comment

Intel® Pentium® M 1.4GHz

OK

 

60GB Ultra ATA/100

OK

Worked DMA 100

Intel

OK

ohne 3D Beschleunigung getestet, mit neuen Treibern für Xorg 6.8 auch mit 3D Beschleunigung hervorragend. Auch VGA-Ausgang

CDRW/DVD±RW Dual Brenner

OK

Worked DMA 33

AC'97 Audio

OK

 

Acer Incorporated [ALI] 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller

???


Acer Incorporated [ALI] BCM4401 100Base-T (Broadcom BCM4401)

OK

Autodetected and worked

Integriertes Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG (802.11b/g); Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™

OK

 

USB

OK

 

PCMCIA

???

 

IRDA

???

 

Battery

OK

Fixed in 10.2 see note below

Graphics

There are two possible graphic cards which could appear in this laptop my particular one has an Intel "extream" chipset. I think the only extream thing about it is that it is so extreamly poor. However the intel card is supported under linux and detected by Yast. I did encounter a problem with the resolution though, the native panel resolution is 1280x800 widescreen unfortunatly the driver does not understand this resolution so I needed to do a little bit of hacking to get it working.

First I used a program called 855resolution to send the correct resolution to the card by the following, firslty gt a list of the resolutions supported

/usr/sbin/855resolution -l
This showed a list of resolutions of which 1280x800 was not one, so I ran
/usr/sbin/855resolution 3c 1280 800

Relisting the resolutions again now showed 1280*1024.

Mode 3c : 1280x768, 8 bits/pixel
Mode 4c : 1280x768, 16 bits/pixel
Mode 5c : 1280x768, 32 bits/pixel

This command dosnt survive a reboot so I added it so I added the line to by running (as root)

echo /usr/local/855resolution/855resolution 3c 1280 800 > /etc/rc.d/boot.local

which should be run on each boot

Battery / Power Status

Powermanagement is fixed in 10.2 of SuSE, I only had to add MODULES_LOADED_ON_BOOT="sbs battery ac" to the file "/etc/sysconfig/kernel".

I counldn't get power management to see the battery status apparently its due to the use of "smart batteries" by Acer. There seem to be a few articals about how to get it working but I really didnt feel like going to the trouble given I virutally always use the laptop teathered to the mains. If anyone does find an answer please email me!

Sound

Worked striaght away with autodetection from Yast

Network

Both the broadcomm 10/100 ethernet card and intel wirless card work without any special tweaking (though for some reasons the wireless kept starting in kill mode and I had to find a way to map the keys on the front of the laptop see keys).

Keys

The laptop has a series of special keys including the wireless kill switch I did some digging on google and found a practial solution. This fixed the kill switch I didnt bother with the launch keys for web email and the like because franky I dont use these under windows. If you want to try save hotkeys.txt as /usr/local/hotkeys.sh and run

echo /usr/local/hotkeys.sh > /etc/rc.d/boot.local