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The Laptop

Manufacturer: Acer

Model: Aspire 5570

CPU: Intel Core Duo T2450 @ 2.0GHz


Hard drive capacity: 80GB

Screen: 13" Widescreen 1280x800


CD/DVD read: Works.

CD/DVD write: Slow.. See below

LAN: Marvell 88E8038 PCI-E Fast Ethernet -- Works, see below

Wireless: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG -- Works, see below

Sound: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) HD Audio -- Works.

Video: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express -- X, glx, Yes.

USB: Yes, see below.

Firewire: not present

Media card reader: TI 5-in-1 -- Yes, see below.

Touchpad or other pointing device: Yes

Accelerator buttons (music, DVD, web, other): Never use them, Unknown.

Adaptive CPU speed: Works.

Sense battery level: Works.

Suspend (manual): Unknown -- see below.

Suspend (close lid): Unknown

Additional information

1. CDROM burning

The Default settings for burning yield a slow a Burning rate (0.50x < Rate < 1.15x ). I think this due to the cdrom appearing as /dev/hdc. It is a SATA drive. I'm looking at how to change this over to a scsi driver to increasing the speed. Will keep you informed.

2. Networking

One Minor thing that is a pain. The install I did, does not set the hostname in /etc/hosts, therefore if you try to ping your hostname, it fails. I added an entry for the hostname to the loopback interface line, and all is well.

2.1. Wireless

I finally got my Wireless networking up and running. To do this, I had to add ::

alias eth1 ipw3945

to my /etc/modprobe.conf file, and ensure that my NetworkManager was running. (I had turned it off some some unknown reason)

Connecting to unsecured wireless networks now works without issue. I don't have a secured network to test against, so I can't say anything in that regard.

3. USB / Media reader

Again, when I get at chance I will get this working properly for me. I use neither Gnome nor KDE. Concequently some of the automounting stuff doesn't work quite right. I'll look into this later.

FYI, I use fluxbox.

4. Suspend

I don't know if this works or not. As stated above, I use fluxbox, and as far as I know Gnome and KDE run daemons to do some of this magic. This also gets filed in the 'when I have time' category.


I like this little laptop. I purchased it about a year ago (currently Aug 2008) and have had no hardware issues. The Dualcore processor make developing very nice. When I want, I can watch a movie in one corner of the screen, and compile in a xterm window. Overall, Nice little laptop.

2023-09-11 07:22