Acer Aspire 5610WLMI

Author: Juan José "Peco" San Martín (peco at

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Summary: The Aspire™ 5610 combines dual-core power and multimedia features. It also boasts a 15.4" WXGA display with Acer® CrystalBrite Technology. I've installed Mandriva 2006/ONE on the Aspire 5610 and, after some work, is running pretty well. Surely, the next Mandriva releases (and other distros) will include a full support.


Mandriva 2006 and Mandriva ONE

Mandriva releases Mandriva One, a live-CD distribution based on an updated version of Mandriva 2006. As usual, this live-CD can be installed into the HDD (with just a click).
It's important to note that the updates introduced into Mandriva One from its base, Mandriva 2006 are useful to make the laptop works better (wifi support mainly).

Keyboard: Although the keyboard works well. It has several keys that do not return any keycode and therefore are not usable on Linux. Special keys to launch applications, Volume control, etc. Nothing critical at all. It works.

Touchpad: Synaptics Touchpad, SynPS/2. Also detected wheel emulation. It works.

4xUSB: Nothing special to say. It works.

DVD: By the moment, I only used to read/play. Surely it will burn without problems too. It works.

DualCore: I can use SMP-Kernel. It works.

Ethernet: Broadcom Corp, BCM4401-BO is automatically detected by Mandriva ONE. It works.

WIFI: Intel PRO/Wireles 3945 is automatically detected by Mandriva ONE. It works.

PCMCIA: CB1410 detected. It works.

SMBus: Intel smbus detected. It works.

Sound: Intel soundcard detected (sb32 compatible). It works.

Video: Ok, here we have a little issue. The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator detected only works at 1024x786 (without 3D). Mandriva ONE can't switch to better resolutions. After researching a little I found the way to improve this in order to use 1280x800. Please follow the next steps.

  1. Set the X11 configuration to 1280x800 (24bits) using the Drakconf->Change resolution.
  2. Download the utility 915resolution (version 0.52 and above). With it, we are able to change the resolution of an available vbios mode.
  3. Unpack it (tar vxzf name_file), compile it (make) and installed (as root, make install).
  4. You can execute it with the "-l" parameter in order to see the available modes.
  5. Set the new video mode executing: 915resolution 58 1280 800 32
  6. Enter to Xs in order to enjoy the new resolution :-)
Note, that you need to execute the 915resolution command every time you enter (the video resolution is in RAM). To avoid this, you can copy the command to the rc5.d runlevel directory. Always as root, follow the next:


# description: Calls the 915resolution utility to change the resolution
# of an available vbios mode.
# The utility was downloaded from:
# compiled and the binary moved to /usr/sbin

# Source function library. Not really necessary.
. /etc/rc.d/init.d/functions

# See how we were called.
case "$1" in
    gprintf  "Setting new video mode (by Peco) "
    /usr/sbin/915resolution 58 1280 800 32
    success "start"
  stop)    # Nothing to do, may be change the video to 1024x768 back...
    gprintf "Stopping video: "
        $0 stop
        $0 start
gprintf "Usage: $(basename %s) {start|stop|restart}\n" "$0"

exit 1


exit 0.

And finally, it works.

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