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Aspire Aspire TimelineX 4830T

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Hey anybody own this model? This is not the GT with a nvidia graphics card. My current status:

  Wireless (out of box) [Slows down and then causes kernel panic]
  Suspend (out of box)
  Audio (kernel 3 + manual fix)
  Graphics (kernel 3 + edgers xorg)
  Brightness (acpi option in boot)
  Battery life - around 5 hours
  CPU Scaling (out of box)
  External monitor setup - manual editing

Note: I upgraded to the xorg edgers kernel version and froze it at 3.0.0-8 because everything is working. Maybe some bugs are fixed in later versions.

Audio Out

Upgrade to kernel 3 to receive the patch for audio. Headphone jack sense not working. I manually disable the speakers with hda-verb /dev/snd/hwC0D0 0x1f SET_PIN_WIDGET_CONTROL 0 See:

Audio In

Microphone does not work unless you use hda analyzer and set Node[0x23] PIN Val[0] and Val[1] to different values (i like 2,3) See:


Use xorg edgers, which contains a kernel 3.0 upgrade. Install kernel, new xorg, and forced a stuck package to upgrade. This makes graphics pretty snappy (I can now use blur in compiz) See:


Not sure, this might have worked out of box. If not try adding acpi_osi=Linux to your boot options (edit in file /etc/default/grub the line containing GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor” …then run sudo update-grub)

Battery Life

With powertop I noticed that lots of interrupts were being generated from the card reader. Disable the card reader: sudo rmmod rts_pstor.

CPU Scaling

External Monitor

I have a large monitor that should be the only one on when it is plugged in. I ended up setting both my ~/.config/monitors.xml and also /etc/gnome-settings-daemon/xrandr/monitors.xml to: Code:

<monitors version="1">
      <output name="LVDS1">
      <output name="VGA1">
      <output name="HDMI1">
      <output name="DP1">

The best way is to have both monitors on with the gnome-monitor-properties tool, and save the configuration. Then go in and delete everything except for [vendor, product, serial] for the monitor you want to keep off.

Hope this helps, I'll try to keep this thread updated if anyone finds something cool/mistakes.

acer_aspire_4830t_timelinex.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/09 23:00 by don