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Acer TravelMate TMX483-6856 Notebook, English Only Intel Core i3 2377M (1.50GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 3000 14.0" Linux

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  • Intel Core i3 2377M (1.50GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • 1366 x 768
  • Linux
  • DVD Super Multi
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  • Linux Rob
  • 8/29/2013 11:00:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsNice little machine for Linux

Pros: Works with Linux (mostly - see comments)
Attractive brushed metal
Thin
Fast processor for the price
Nice feature set
No Microsoft Tax
No Secure Boot
Likely good battery life

Cons: Requires some tweaking to get touchpad to work (see below)
Suspend in Linux didn't seem to work but I didn't play with it too long.

Other Thoughts: My daughter wanted a notebook. I wanted something that was relatively fast (i.e. better than a netbook processor), looked good, and ran Linux well, as well as being inexpensive. I had seen this notebook sold at several other tech stores, most of which were sold out. The only issue some people seemed to have with Linux was the touchpad. Hardware-wise it is quite nice. The i3 processor is much better than a traditional netbook processor. Also while this i3 isn't one of the 22 nm ones, it still has a comparable TDP with those chips (somehow) so battery life should be good. (I don't know about 8 hours - after the install and a full charge the Linux battery indicator was suggesting I had 5 hours, for what it's worth.) The onboard graphics are Intel so they don't need any proprietary drivers on Linux which was also a consideration. The hard drive runs at 5400 RPM but it is one of the thin style ones and likely is also running at that speed for power reasons. Nothing felt sluggish.

The look of the thing is also quite nice. It is some sort of brushed metal/silver and it is thin so it looks more expensive than it is. The pictures on newegg make it look much darker than it is for some reason. If you look at some competitiors sites you can see other images that are more accurate.

The device comes with "Linpus Linux" which is just a small Linux distro which is shipped with it presumably to appease Microsoft that requires companies to ship everything with an OS. You'll have to install a real Linux. Linpus boots into just a terminal if you start it up (no graphics). The notebook ships with a traditional notebook BIOS with relatively limited options. No secure boot UEFI stuff however which gave me headaches on a different notebook install, so this is a good thing. You'll need to switch the boot order to get it to boot from the DVD when installing Linux.

I installed Linux Mint 13 Cinammon 64 bit on it. This is the LTS version which is built on Ubuntu Precise (12.04) so that install should be comparable. If you install a newer version it may fix the touchpad/clickpad issue but I wanted the LTS version. Booting into the live version to do the install one immediately finds the touchpad doesn't work. So I plugged in USB mouse and did the install. After updating everything one finds that now at the login screen if you hit Fn-F7 you can activate the touchpad. However you need to do this at each boot. (Also the scrolling doesn't work.)

You can disable the acer-wmi module by adding the line (as root)
blacklist acer_wmi
to the end of the file
/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
Now the touchpad is active on boot however right-clicking and click and dragging of windows no longer works. I was able to fix this by writing a script so now everything works. I'll try to post that info somewhere.

Final comments: The screen is bright, but the brightness adjust doesn't work in Linux. Haven't tested HDMI out, SD reader, or microphone.

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