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Acer TravelMate 6292

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer TravelMate 6292 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameAcer TravelMate 6292
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T7300 2.0GHz
Screen12.1“ WXGA
RAM2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn Wireless, Bluetooth
Other3 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
EthernetYes
WirelessYesSee notes below
BluetoothYes
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYesSee notes below
PCMCIANot Tested
CameraYesSee notes below
Special keysYes

Notes

The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 in the TravelMate 6292 is not properly supported by most distributions. If you can only get a 1024×768 resolution or can't get the graphics to function at all it is because your Xorg version is too old. This isn't an issue with Mandriva Linux 2008, OpenSuSE 10.3 and the upcoming Ubuntu 7.10 and Fedora 8.

The Intel 4965AGN used by the TravelMate 6292, like the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100, is very new and not properly supported by most Linux distributions. Have a look at our guide below for details on how to install and configure the drivers for the 4965AGN. Just like the X3100, the 4965AGN works without extra configuration with Mandriva Linux 2008, OpenSuSE 10.3, Ubuntu 7.10 and Fedora 8.

The webcam is well supported by the UVC-driver http://linux-uvc.berlios.de/ which is not in mainline yet but is included in many distributions. Note that the driver is V4L2 only, and no V4L1 support is planned.

The card reader chip is made by ENE which is notorious for being unsupported or buggy in Linux. Support for this particular chip was added by commit http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=commitdiff;h=b8352260d28b30cb2bb2df99814fb9c360e38901 to the mainline kernel, but the support is slow and I/O-errors happen with larger transfers.

If the sound doesn't work you will need to compile and install the latest development ALSA drivers, currently version 1.0.15rc3. Although not tested, I believe this wont be required with the soon to be released Ubuntu 7.10 (not sure about other distributions).

There is currently no support for the microphones (external or internal). The relevant alsa-bug is at https://bugtrack.alsa-project.org/alsa-bug/view.php?id=3609 (use the guest login link).

Summary

A recent Linux distribution is highly recommended to get full functionality from the Acer TravelMate 6292, you should aim to use a distribution that uses at least kernel 2.6.22 or greater and the latest version of Xorg.

acer_travelmate_6292.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/03 17:45 by don