Debian GNU/Linux on Acer Aspire 1300 series
Unofficial Support Page
by NERvOus
NERvOus using WindowMake on Acer Aspire 1300XV




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This is an unofficial support page for the Acer Aspire 1300 series notebooks.  I do not assume any responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages
resulting from the use of the information contained herein.

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Supported Hardware Summary

Hardware
Status
URL
ACPI
OK
http://sourceforge.net/projects/acpid/
Athlon PowerNow!
OK (PST table?)
http://www.brodo.de/cpufreq_old/ http://www.codemonkey.org.uk/projects/cpufreq/ (kernel 2.4.x and 2.5.x) and
http://kabru.eecs.umich.edu/rtos/energyaware.html (kernel 2.2.x, 2.4.x, 2.5.x)
Graphic Adapter
OK (experimental)
http://www.probo.com/timr/savage40.html
http://www.probo.com/pipermail/savage40/2003-July/000038.html
Sound Card
OK (midi?)

Network Adapter
OK

Modem
OK (pay?)
http://www.linuxant.com (full working drivers for 15$, 14400bps limited drivers for free)
Old beta driver (free of charge): http://www.olitec.com/pci56kv2.html
UltraATA/100
OK

Touchpad
OK (kernel 2.6.x only)
http://w1.894.telia.com/~u89404340/touchpad/ (requires kernel 2.6.x+patch)
USB Controller
OK
http://www.linux-usb.org
Hard Disk
OK

CD/DVD ROM
OK

CDRW/DVD
OK
http://www.fokus.gmd.de/research/cc/glone/employees/joerg.schilling/private/cdrecord.html
Keyboard HotKeys
OK
http://ypwong.org/hotkeys/

Although this site if focused upon the 1300XV model, same hints should apply also to the 1302XV model. Please let me know of any hardware differences you may find. The information contained hereby should be valid also for the 1300XC, 1302XC and 1304LC models.
There are very little differences between them. Here is a summary table taken from http://www.acer.it

Model
Setup
Aspire 1300XV
Mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1400+, 14.1" XGA TFT Display, 256MB SDRAM, 20GB HDD, DVD 8x, Ethernet 10/100, 56Kbps modem, Li-Ion Battery, Microsoft Windows XP Home
Aspire 1302XV
Mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1600+, 14.1" XGA TFT Display, 256MB SDRAM, 20GB HDD,DVD 8x, Ethernet 10/100, 56Kbps modem, Li-Ion Battery, Microsoft Windows XP Home
Aspire 1300XC
Mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1400+, 14.1" XGA TFT Display, 256MB SDRAM, 20GB HDD, DVD- CDRW, Ethernet 10/100, 56Kbps modem, Li-Ion Battery, Microsoft Windows XP Home
Aspire 1302XC
Mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1600+, 14.1" XGA TFT Display, 256MB SDRAM, 20GB HDD, DVD- CDRW, Ethernet 10/100, 56Kbps modem, Li-Ion Battery, Microsoft Windows XP Home
Aspire 1304LC
Mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1800+, 15.0" XGA TFT Display, 256MB SDRAM, 20GB HDD, DVD- CDRW, Ethernet 10/100, 56Kbps modem, Li-Ion Battery, Microsoft Windows XP Home


As you can see, the *C series differ only for the presence of a CDRW drive.




Installation

I don't use M$ Windows, so I completely removed the M$ WindowsXP that comes in bundle with the laptop and formatted the hard drive. Now Linux is the only Operating System installed. I asked for a refund of the WinXP license (about 80€) but no luck till now (you can read more about my eXPerience here - only in italian).

However, you may want to keep WindowsXP installed and run a dual booting system. You can do that by reducing the size of the WindowsXP partition and creating a new one where you can install your favourite Linux distribution.






Hardware Configuration Hints




Kernel 2.6 Hints

  Mathieu Peresse and Gregory foulademer Colpart) reported that kernel 2.6.x works perfectly on this laptop.

Here you can find a config file for that kernel: config-2.6.0


For 2.6 kernels you have to get module-init-tools, which handles modules. For other potential requirements see Documentation/Changes in the linux kernel source directory.


Debian specific:
# apt-get install module-init-tools powernowd
I also made available a precompiled 2.6.0 kernel-image for Debian sarge. It already contains the alps.patch which makes the scrolling wheel work.

Advantages of using kernel 2.6.x:




Links






Credits
Author:  Luca 'NERvOus' Gibelli  (nervous at nervous.it)


Thanks to:
Michael (e9725694 at student.tuwien.ac.at) - started the documentation project
Luca Gambetta (ziabice at oltrelinux.com) - gave me information for the CDRW/DVD drive and NetBSD
nizZy (dirtynizze at orebro.bonet.se) - tested OpenBSD on this laptop
Francesco Poli (frx at firenze.linux.it) - step by step guide on dual booting Linux and WinXP
Der Ondre (ICQ) - tested the new via-rhine driver
Danalien (danalien at datormaffian.com) - info about kdm and cpufreq on kernel 2.5.62
Mathieu Peresse (peressem at ses.curtin.edu.au) - tested PCMCIA wifi card and Kernel 2.6
Luigi Belli (lbelli at cream dot unimi dot it) - patch for broken PST tables
Antonio Casini (acasini at tcl.it) - reported problem when blanking cdrw with cdrecord
Jonas Meier (jonas.meier at swissonline.ch) - suggests using cpudyn
Gregory Colpart (ICQ: foulademer) - suggestions on using kernel 2.6
Simon Rutishauser (simon.rutishauser at mx.ch) - synaptics updates
Adrian Knoth (adi at drcomp.erfurt.thur.de) - blanking CD-RWs using cdrecord
Alessandro Cerè (alessandro.cere at unicam.it) - using hotkeys on kernel 2.6
Johannes Werner (johannes-dot-werner at physik.tu-darmstadt-dot-de) - using P1 and P2 buttons on kernel 2.6


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First release: 2 November 2002
Last update: 21 June 2005

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