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Old 11-18-2007, 12:57 AM   #1
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aspire 5000 and wireless


First off I would love to use linux, if it supported all my drivers. I have tryed several different distros and run into the same general issues everytime. which is the driver support fails. I have installed backtrack2 which has the most support i have found out of the box so far. This isn't really the fault of anyone except acer for making such a PoS laptop. So a couple things that may be of help. The ACPI (which i believe is interfering with linux and IRQ's) is integrated into the bios which is locked out and can't be disabled. The chipset is a major problem. there is a linux driver for the SiS760, but not the SiSM760. I can boot natively without any internet access to the OS. Both adapters are doing weird things. The wireless device can find access points but cannot get an ip address. The ethernet adapter is being disabled via IRQ when i attempt to get an ip address.

Right now i can connect to the internet through VMWare, Now the really interesting thing is i had to add a generic SCSI driver to VMWare before it would even work.
There are two possible conclutions i have come to and if anybody has any input for this please help me.
1) at first thought, Power management seemed to be interfering with the IRQ's, when it was disabled in windows it would partially work until linux tried to use the device. (booted in VMWare) otherwise it would disabled when booted natively in the boot process.

2) Because of the resolution VMware had when i added a SCSI driver i am thinking perhaps it's a propriatry SCSI device only visable to bios. Anybody who had an acer can tell you there really isn't a way to check the bios to obtain this information. If there is a SCSI does someone know where i can get a kext to fix it?
 
Old 11-18-2007, 07:52 PM   #2
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Well, I just happen to be responding using my Acer Aspire 5000-3949 laptop wirelessly and everything works just fine. I did have to install ndiswrpper and use the 64-bit Windows XP driver, mainly because the bcm43xx/b43 support for the Boardcom 4318 is a bit lacking. This laptop also may have come with an Atheros wireless interface instead which works well with the madwifi driver;

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/joomla/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/madwifi/

The wired driver should be the 8139too for the SIS 900 PCI LAN interface.

Short version of my laptop's hardware;
Code:
$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge (rev 10)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
00:04.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
00:05.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge
00:12.0 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc 4379 Serial ATA Controller (rev 80)
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller (rev 80)
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB Host Controller (rev 80)
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 USB2 Host Controller (rev 80)
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 SMBus Controller (rev 83)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller (rev 80)
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SB450 HDA Audio (rev 01)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-ISA Bridge (rev 80)
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc IXP SB400 PCI-PCI Bridge (rev 80)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS485 [Radeon Xpress 1100 IGP]
06:01.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
06:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
06:04.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB-712/4 Cardbus Controller (rev 10)
06:04.1 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc ENE PCI Memory Stick Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
06:04.2 Class 0805: ENE Technology Inc ENE PCI Secure Digital Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
06:04.3 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc: (rev 01)
06:04.4 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc SD/MMC Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
 
Old 11-19-2007, 09:05 AM   #3
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i will check into that thanks
as a point of interest you have the SiS chipset? some of your componants are totally different from mine. i'll post the lcpci when i have a chance
 
Old 11-19-2007, 12:11 PM   #4
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My mistake I have an Acer Aspire 5100 series laptop, so no I do not have any SiS chipsets (graphics or LAN).

Both chipsets are supported in Linux, the Linux Laptops site has a number of write ups on the Aspire 5000 laptops like this one; http://www.xmail.net/bigfoot/guybrush.html

http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/acer.html
 
  


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