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 +<vote Acer-Aspire-1551-Rating check=ip>​
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 +* Unusable
 +====== Acer Aspire 1551 ======
 +===== Introduction =====
 +The Acer Aspire 1551 is a great alternative to a netbook, similar format 11.6 inch monitor, inexpensive and with fairly good processing power. Installing GNU/Linux (OpenSuse 11.3) on this little machine was a bumpy ride but the result is rather satisfying.
 +This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire 1551. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the [[http://​​acer_aspire_1551|Acer Aspire 1551 page on LapWik]].
 +===== Editing This Page =====
 +If you would like to edit this page please first view our [[Editing Guidelines]].
 +===== Specifications =====
 +For full specifications see the [[http://​​wiki/​acer+aspire+1551|Acer Aspire 1551 specifications page]].
 +|Name|Acer Aspire 1551|
 +|Processor|AMD Turion™ II Neo Dual-Core Mobile Processor K625 (2MB L2 cache, 1.50GHz) \\ AMD Athlon™ II Neo Dual-Core Processor K325 (2MB L2 cache, 1.30GHz) (sub model 4650)|
 +|Screen|11.6"​ (1366x768) Widescreen|
 +|RAM|Up to 4GB|
 +|HDD|up to 320GB|
 +|Optical Drive|None|
 +|Graphics|ATI Radeon™ HD 4225|
 +|Network|10/​100/​1000 Ethernet \\ Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/​g/​n|
 +===== Linux Compatibility =====
 +|Processor|Works|tested on K325 |
 +|Screen|Works| |
 +|HDD|Works| |
 +|Graphics|Works|Recommend Proprietary Driver [see below]|
 +|Sound|Works| |
 +|Ethernet|Works| |
 +|Wireless|Works| broadcom wl driver from packman |
 +|USB|Works| |
 +|HDMI Out|Works| |
 +|VGA|Works| |
 +|Card Reader|Works| tested with SD and Xd |
 +|Webcam|Works| tested with skype |
 +|Build-in mic|Works well in some distros| tested with skype, Ekiga |
 +===== Notes =====
 +As of openSUSE 12.1 DVD installation is working out of the box without workarounds!!!
 +==== Installing openSUSE 11.3 x86-64 on Acer Aspire 1551-4650 (AS1551-4650-US):​ ====
 +I first tried booting from USB flash drive with openSUSE-11.3-KDE4-LiveCD-x86_64.iso flashed as per instructions on [[http://​​SDB:​Live_USB_stick | openSUSE web site]]. ​ The live USB will not load unless acpi=off is passed to the kernel. Installation from the Live CD hangs when trying to configure the bootloader for reasons that are not necessarily machine specific.
 +Note: It is important to md5sum the image before flashing the USB drive as the test installation media will fail because the live USB will modify files on the fly as you boot.
 +The viable alternatives that I tested were: 1) Network install from flash drive (if you have access to an ethernet connection) and 2)installation using an external DVD drive (if available). A third possibility that may work is flashing the DVD image onto a USB flash drive (requires a minimum of 8GB flash, which I did not have).
 +If you care about your Windows Installation,​ you MUST BACK UP YOUR SYSTEM before proceeding.
 +=== 1) Network Install using a flashdrive: ===
 +Download the network install image (openSUSE-11.3-NET-x86_64.iso) from the [[http://​​113/​en|openSUSE]] download site. Before flashing the image following the instructions in [[http://​​SDB:​Live_USB_stick | Live USB Stick]], you have to turn the downloaded file into a hybrid image as indicated in the above flash installation page (use # isohybrid openSUSE-11.3-NET-x86_64.iso).
 +Boot onto newly prepared usb flash drive and choose Install, write acpi=off in the kernel option line. Follow installation menu as per instructions in [[http://​​SDB:​Network_installation|Network Installation]]. After installing all packages and writing some configuration files, the system will ask to reboot, the instructions from here on are similar to DVD install. Continue with "​Common Instructions"​.
 +=== 2) DVD install from external DVD drive: ===
 +Download DVD install image (openSUSE-11.3-DVD-x86_64.iso) from the [[http://​​113/​en|openSUSE]] download site. Boot onto DVD and choose install, write acpi=off in the kernel option line. Follow installation menu as per instructions in [[http://​​SDB:​Installation_help|Installation Help]]. After installing all packages and writing some configuration files, the system will ask to reboot, the instructions from here on are similar to network install. Continue with "​Common Instructions"​.
 +=== Instruction Common to both methods ===
 +The system will hang when trying to reboot to the newly installed OS, this is a little untidy but do not worry, just press the on/off key until the computer turns off. Then restart the computer with the acpi=off kernel option. Run a system update to bring your installation to the most current versions of kernel and drivers, this will take some time. After the update, there were two sticking issues pending:
 +a) wireless LAN did not work
 +b) X seemed very slow, composite kept disabling itself
 +c) Power management did not work
 +== a) Wireless Lan ==
 +Launched Yast Control Center and, within Software Repositories choose "​Add",​ "​Community Repositories"​ and selected Packman and Videolan (Noticing that the updater applet will keep causing trouble in accessing package manage, I temporarily disabled it). Once the two new repositories were configured, I launched Software Management from Yast Control Center and installed the linux driver broadcom wl:
 +  * broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop
 +Reboot the system using kernel option acpi=off. ​
 +== b) - The Graphics Driver ==
 +There seems to be a clash between power management and the stock radeon driver selected by the installation software. The solution I found as of this writing (10/2010) is to install the ATI Catalyst Proprietary Driver. Download and install the driver as indicated at the [[http://​​us/​gpudownload/​Pages/​index.aspx|ATI Support Page]]. ​
 +Choose the following options:
 +  * Notebook Graphics
 +  * Mobility Radeon Series
 +  * Mobility Radeon HD4xxx Series
 +  * Linux x86-64
 +Download the installer ( at the time of writing). Read the instructions on the "​Installer Instructions"​ (download and print the pdf if necessary). You will need to install a number of prerequisite packages, some of which are not listed (such as kernel source and symbols). In Yast Software Management, select the package groups for software (C++) and kernel development. ​
 +Switch to superuser and launch the installer:
 +Select the manual option to create the package for the specific OS (i.e. openSUSE 11.3 64 bit). Exit and install the newly created rpm by issuing:
 +''​rpm -Uvh fglrx64_5_5_0_SUSE113-8.783-1.x86_64.rpm''​
 +Reboot your system, this time **WITHOUT** the acpi=off kernel option.
 +Another option is to add the repository for ATI drivers:
 +zypper ar -f -n ATI http://​​suse/​11.3/​
 +Then install the following package:
 +zypper in x11-video-fglrxG02
 +IMPORTANT: In the version I was using this package installed kernel-default,​ but the installation above was done with kernel-desktop. You may have to manually install the module corresponding to kernel-desktop. ​
 +zypper in ati-fglrxG02-kmp-desktop
 +If you decide to switch to kernel-default,​ make sure that the appropriate broadcom package broadcom-wl-kmp-default is also installed.
 +zypper in broadcom-wl-kmp-default
 +NOTE: When upgrading the ATI driver I encountered various issues. One command that is very useful is
 +aticonfig --uninstall[=dryrun]
 +The flag dryrun is optional, it tests the command without running it and discovers potential problems. ​
 +== c) Power Management ==
 +Installation of the proprietary graphic driver solved many power management issues. However, as of this writing
 +my computer does not recover from suspend to memory and does not complete the suspend to disk shutdown. I will update this page as I gain more insights.
 +== Update on sleep/​hibernate/​resume:​ ==
 +After reading the comment below and doing some exploration,​ here is the progress:
 +Create a file named:
 +Containing the following two lines:
 +''​S2RAM_OPTS="​-f -a 3"''​
 +''​SUSPEND_MODULES=“wl atl1e”''​
 +Also, modify grub to include the noapic kernel option. Here are two ways to do it:
 +Edit the file /​boot/​grub/​menu.lst to add "​noapic"​ to the line corresponding to the default kernel:
 +Here is how it looks in my system (yours maybe different depending on partitioning,​ kernel version, etc):
 +''​kernel /​vmlinuz- root=/​dev/​sda2 resume=/​dev/​sda4 splash=silent quiet showopts vga=0x317 noapic''​
 +Alternatively,​ run Yast->​System->​Boot Loader and edit the default line to add "​noapic"​ in the Optional Kernel Command Line Parameter box.
 +**Note:** After a suspend/​resume cycle, knetworkmanager will not be active, the only workaround that I found so far was to ''​kill knetworkmanager''​ from console and initiate another instance of it, also you will need to press Fn-F3  to turn wireless on and active wireless in the new instance of knetworkmanager (right click). After a few seconds, network will be up again. Connecting to a wired network will reactivate knetworkmanager without requiring a kill, but this is not always an option.
 + --- //Mario J. Borgnia (mborgnia_at_gmail_dot_com) Monday 25 of October, 2010 [22:​27:​15]//​
 +A user reported at http://​​gmane.linux.kernel.suspend.devel/​8559 that they were able to get suspend to work using s2ram from uswsusp. Debian Squeeze currently uses pm-utils, so I have adapted that user's settings to Debian Squeeze by performing the following:
 +1) Edit /​etc/​default/​grub. Add the option noapic to the variable GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX:​
 +2) Add an option file for pm-utils in the directory /​etc/​pm/​config.d. This directory should be empty at initial install time, and the file may be named anything. I named mine "​acer-aspire-1551"​. The contents should include the following:
 +ADD_PARAMETERS="​--quirk-s3-mode --quirk-vbemode-restore"​
 +# The following may not be needed, but isn't harmful. This removes both networking drivers from the kernel
 +SUSPEND_MODULES="​wl atl1e"
 +3) Compiz is incompatible with resumption from suspend-to-ram. I found that running
 +$ metacity --replace &
 +prior to suspending, and
 +$ compiz --replace &
 +afterward worked just fine. Maybe there is a way to automate this, too?
 +4) The wireless module is off, by hardware switch after the restore from suspend. You may need to Fn+F3 to restore it, or maybe there is a software solution for that button.
 +==== Build-in mic works well with some distros ====
 +The build-in mic works well in Fedora 14, Fedora 15, Fuduntu 14.10, doesn'​t work in Ubuntu 10.10, Ubuntu 11.04, openSUSE 11.4.
 +This issue made me open a [[https://​​ubuntu/​+source/​pulseaudio/​+bug/​682065|bug at launchpad]].
 +//search keywords: acer 1551, microphone, sound, noise, silence, skype, ekiga//
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