I bought this laptop Acer Aspire AS9300 3716 from newegg (product detail), with the express purpose of running Linux on it. I cannot run Windows due to security problems and lack of automation. I consider Microsoft windows to be an operating system equivalent of "junk food". For $819, this was a good price for a 17" laptop. These pages describe my experiences with it.
I upgraded the hard drive to 250GB Toshiba Hard Drive. I removed the original HD. This way I have the original Windows hard drive that would be useful if I decide to sell the laptop.
This laptop has a 64 bit AMD CPU. The following things are working:
It was not recognized. lsusb shows it as Bus 002 Device 003: ID 5986:0100. After a web search for this bus ID, I found that it is called orbicam and it should be covered by uvcvideo. I ran this command:
root:~/install/src/linux-uvc ###svn checkout svn://svn.berlios.de/linux-uvc/linux-uvc/trunk A trunk/uvc_ctrl.c A trunk/uvc_queue.c A trunk/uvc_video.c A trunk/uvc_v4l2.c A trunk/uvc_compat.h A trunk/uvc_driver.c A trunk/uvcvideo.h A trunk/Makefile Checked out revision 117.Then I loaded the latest kernel-devel package, rebooted to the latest kernel, went to the trunk directory under uvc-video, and did make and make install. and rebooted.
After that I messed around, a long time, with google, etc just trying to understand what was the archutecture and how it worked. I discovered that I had a good device /dev/video0. The command to see my kitchen on the webcam, was
$$ mplayer tv:// -tv driver=v4l2:device=/dev/video0:fps=25 or $$ fswebcam webcam-grabbed-pic.jpgThis is what I saw:
My Wifi card is Atheros5005G or something like that. I installed madwifi and it seems to work fine.
This is NOT specific to Acer Aspire. It would work the same on any other linux laptop. It is specific to Cingular's GPRS access and use of bluetooth to talk to a cell phone.
Here's what I defined as my command to connect to Cingular
Wireless. The alias I call is called
alias cingular="sudo pppd -d -d call cingular &" alias Cingular="route del default; killall -9 pppd & sleep 4; cingular";
To use bluetooth, I reboot my cell phone (due to bugs in the phone). Then I insert the bluetooth dongle in the USB slot. Then I type Cingular in my command prompt.
Here's my file /etc/ppp/cingular:
/dev/rfcomm0 115200 debug noauth connect '/usr/sbin/chat -v -f /etc/ppp/chat-cingular' modem -detach crtscts connect-delay 10 noccp deflate 15 persist defaultroute usepeerdns ipcp-accept-remote ipcp-accept-local user ISP@CINGULARGPRS.COM password CINGULAR1
Here's my file /etc/ppp/chat-cingular:
ABORT BUSY ABORT 'NO CARRIER' ABORT VOICE ABORT 'NO DIALTONE' ABORT 'NO DIAL TONE' ABORT 'NO ANSWER' ABORT DELAYED '' "ATZ" 'OK' 'AT+CGDCONT=1,"IP","ISP.CINGULAR"' OK-AT-OK "ATDT*99***1#" CONNECT \d\c
When the laptop was connecting to cell phone for the first time, the cell phone asked me if I want to bond with the laptop. I said yes. Then the cell phone asked me for a PIN. I specified a pin. Then the laptop popped a little message in the top right corner of the screen asking something like "click here to set up a pin" or something like that. I clicked that and entered the same number. I may not be remembering this correctly.