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Acer Travelmate 290 Series with Debian Squeeze


the laptop test is acer travelmate 292lmi

The default debian installation work, but for use wifi you need of command on init script

Tecnhical Specifications and Working Status

Type device Device Work
cpu Intel Centrino, Pentium M 1.5MHz yes
motherboard Intel 855PM Chipset yes
graphic_card Ati Mobility Radeon 9600 - 64MB didicated yes
wifi Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG, 802.11b/g WLAN yes
ethernet Ethernet 10/100 - Realtek RTL-8139 yes
audio Intel AC97 yes
vga output - yes, not fully
tv out - no, work only with old fglrx
usb ports - yes
infrared ports - yes
firewire VIA IEEE 1394 yes
modem Intel AC97 yes
touchpad - yes
keyboard - yes

this is the hardware that I tested but something model can change a little

graphic card

xorg driver is radeon, it support 3d very well ( and see r300), but fglrx is a little better, however last fglrx driver no support this card, and old driver not support squeeze version of xorg. No specific configuration is needed for xorg but synaptic and dual monitor don't work very well, without specific xorg.conf.


On my laptop, only way for work well (tapping, scroll etc etc) is use this line in xorg.conf (but take it from old XF86config file):

Section "InputDevice"
	Driver		"synaptics"
	Identifier	"SynPad"
	Option		"Device"		"/dev/psaux"
	Option		"Protocol"		"auto-dev"
	Option		"LeftEdge"		"1700"
	Option		"RightEdge"		"5300"
	Option		"TopEdge"		"1700"
	Option		"BottomEdge"		"4200"
	Option		"FingerLow"		"25"
	Option		"FingerHigh"		"30"
	Option		"MaxTapTime"		"180"
	Option		"MaxTapMove"		"220"
	Option		"VertScrollDelta"	"100"
	Option		"MinSpeed"		"0.09"
	Option		"MaxSpeed"		"0.18"
	Option		"AccelFactor"		"0.0015"
	Option		"SHMConfig"		"on"
        Option          "SendCoreEvents"        "true"

and something like this

ection "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     "XFree86 Configured"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
	InputDevice    "SynPad"  "SendCoreEvents"
	InputDevice    "USB Mouse" "SendCoreEvents"


For work it need (my way):

  • in /etc/modules add (work with my acer tm292lmi):
acerhk poll=0 force_series=290
  • or add (for other tm290 series):
acerhk force_series=290 usedritek=1
  • in /etc/rc.local add:
echo "on" > /proc/driver/acerhk/wirelessled

or (from

  • add “acerhk” to /etc/modules
  • create a file called “acerhk” in /etc/modprobe.d/ containing the line
install acerhk modprobe --ignore-install acerhk usedritek=1 autowlan=1 force_series=290; echo 1 > /proc/driver/acerhk/wirelessled

vga output

With radeon driver work but only in clone mode.


For use P1, P2 button and FN keys build acerhk modules or install it if exist for your kernel, then in /etc/modules load acerhk driver with descript in wireless section. CTR/LCD key don't work.

power manager

Hibernate and Suspend

Hibernate key work default and do hardware suspend (hardware suspend with squeeze work!!!) but is a little buggy (broke the system sometimes), hibernate (software suspend) work very well with:

  • hibernate package and command (if you don't use standard desktop environment)
  • new pm-utils package and pm-hibernate command (if you don't use standard desktop environment)
  • builtin in desktop environment like Kde

See Also

acer_travelmate_290_debian.txt · Last modified: 2017/05/01 11:43 by varogami