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Old 11-23-2003, 05:59 AM   #1
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RH9 on acer aspire 1700

hi everyone,
I'm enjoying RH9 on an acer aspire 1700 except for a couple of problems. the cooler fan is always running as if the cpu was overheated and I cannot power it off by software shutdown. has anyone got some hints? is it a matter of the advanced power management? is there any fix? I was also thinking of going fedora. has anyone tried it?
thank you for the kind help.

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Old 11-24-2003, 09:39 AM   #2
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Hi Toretto!
I am trying to work with RGH9 on Acer Aspire 1700 (1705SCi) too!
To solve you mentioned problems just download the 2.4.22 kernel and the ac-patch ac4
for this kernel from Apply the patch and install the new kernel by using the Kernel HowTo from
Al Dev (Alavoor Vasudevan).
In order to get the agere AC'97 (win) to work try the software from
Did you install a driver for your graphic card?
You might have also a nvidia Geforce FX 5600 and not a SIS M 650!
If you are running a screen resolution higher than 600x800 please let me know!!
Old 11-24-2003, 03:22 PM   #3
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hi vinceneil,

thank you very much for those key hints! I'm working on a 1703esm and
I downloaded the driver for my NVidia GeForce from after having
installed it, I could run any screen resolution hardware compatible. RH9 has
been left behind at the moment, but as far as I can rmember I was used
to have 1024x768. now I am longing to see how fedora works that's why
I dismantled RH9. I'll be back soon when all the experimenting is over.
your help is very appreciated, thank you very much.
Old 12-17-2003, 05:24 PM   #4
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linux and acer aspire 1700

Hi all of you, linux grand masters.
As an almost linux newbie, I am dreaming of being able to install some linux distrib on my acer aspire 1705Sci (GeForce Fx Go5600) that would be compatible with NTFS, so that I can share my drive with Windows XP. I have had a couple of bad and sad unsuccesses with RH9 and Mandrake 9.2, that do not go through the install process (from CD). Any advice would be most welcome. Please don't hesitate to give details, I am pretty close to newbisity !
Old 12-21-2003, 12:59 AM   #5
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hi xlkg!
Sorry that u made bad experiences with RH9 or another distro! Since I operate Linux RH9 pretty much successfull on the SAME BOX like you (Acer Aspire 1705SCi) I can tell u that I can run win2K at the same time on the linux box with VMware. I can use any prg in the "windows shell" and save it in my home directory of Linux via bridged networking!! Basically I run win2k with VMware as a guest OS using Linux as a host from the same HD
and partition!! Besides that I can enjoy watching DVD's on XINE or MPlayer, RIP music CD's to mp3 files and play them with the ALSA-Player. (It's the BEST MediaPlayer on this planet!!!!).The current screen resolution is 1280X1024 with a colordepth of millions of colors!!!
I can tell u that everything is working except the wireless IEEE802.11b wireless LAN
where a Linux driver for the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 wireless network connection is currently under development.. (see for details)
The first step in that direction is to reinstall RH9 Linux using their modified 2.4.20-8 kernel on your acer box!
PS. if u send me ur email address to I can send u screenshots of my acer box!!!
Talk to u later!
Old 01-15-2004, 11:33 AM   #6
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I have succesfully managed to get Mandrake 9.2 Installed and running on the Acer Aspire 1705Smi without to many problems ...

I am unable to use the mouse, and also the fans run at full speed inside the laptop as if under full strain as detailed above ...

Have any of you managed to reduce the fan speed or get the computer to actually do this itself?

And also, what did you do to get your touchpad mouse to work on the laptop?
Old 03-08-2004, 01:18 PM   #7
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Linux on Acer Aspire 700

Hi Toretto,

I have an Acer Aspire 1700 and Suse 8.3 (I guess that you know Mr. Winischoffer - Thank you, Thomas -). I tried to install RH9 but the install process doesn't find the hard disk! (in Acer Aspire 1700, the hard disk is hdc and hda is the cd-rom).

More problems: I can't use kernels higher than 2.4.20, because I get the message 'lost interrupt' while booting and the boot process hangs.

Could you give me any useful link? I still have not found any web with information about installing Linux on my laptop.

Thank you in advance.
Old 03-23-2004, 05:22 AM   #8
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I use an Acer 1705 and have had similar trouble with Mandrake (incl. "Move", v9.2 and v10), RH, Knoppix etc. failing to get to an install stage due to not finding a HD or the same "lost interrupt" problem already mentioned.

I've also not been able to install any of these distros on the Acer 110CTi I use when travelling. Which is a real shame, but......

I've recently picked up SuSE v9 and can report that it installs with absolutely no problems - on the 1705 anyway, I've not had chance to try it on the 110 yet.

SuSE was always my preferred distribution, but I recently decided to try out a few new ones. I really like Mandrake, and have had a good deal of success lately installing it on desktop machines and servers.

I guess most distros simply have a problem with Acer machines, which, conspiracy theorist that I am, I can't help feeling may have something to do with the close working relationship Acer have with Microsoft, certainly whilst developing 110 notebook/tablet machine.


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