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Howto configure the Linux kernel for a Acer Aspire 5630 Notebook

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Acer Aspire 5630 Notebook


  • Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T5500 @ 1.66 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB SODIMM DDR2 Synchronous
  • Video: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
  • Audio: Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller
  • Chipset: Intel 82801G
  • Network: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection
  • Ethernet: Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
  • Flash card reader: ENE Technology Inc
  • IDE: 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller
  • Harddrive: WDC WD1600BEVS-2
  • Webcam: Acer OrbiCam, Logitech, Inc.

Kernel ConfigurationEdit

Many of the settings below are enabled by default, but it never hurts to check.


  • Location:
    Processor type and features --->===[*] Multi-core scheduler support===
  • [*] Symmetric multi-processing support
    Processor family --->
    (X) Core 2/newer Xeon

System ClockEdit

This is likely already enabled

  • Location:
    Device Drivers -->
    <*> Real Time Clock --->
    <*> PC-style 'CMOS'

Power ManagmentEdit

This is likely already enabled

  • Location:
    Power management and ACPI options --->
    [*] Power Management support
    [*] ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) Support --->
    <*> AC Adapter
    <*> Battery
    <*> Fan
    <*> Thermal Zone
    CPU Frequency scaling --->
    [*] CPU Frequency scaling
    <*> ACPI Processor P-States driver

Bus InterfacesEdit


This is likely already enabled

  • Location:
    Bus options (PCI etc.) --->
    [*] PCI support

PCI ExpressEdit

This is likely already enabled

  • Location:
    Bus options (PCI etc.) --->
    [*] PCI Express support


This is likely already enabled

  • Location:
    <*> PCCard (PCMCIA/CardBus) support --->
    <*> CardBus yenta-compatible bridge support


maybe for temp sensors

  • Location
    Device Drivers --->
    -*- I2C support --->


USB 1.1, 2.0, and host driver
  • Drivers: usbcore, ohci-hcd, ehci-hcd, uhci-hcd
  • Location:
    Device Drivers -->
    [*] USB support --->
    <*> Support for Host-side USB
    [*] USB device filesystem
    <*> EHCI HCD (USB 2.0) support
    <*> OHCI HCD support
    <*> UHCI HCD (most Intel and VIA) support


  • Location:
    Device Drivers -->
    <*> Serial ATA (prod) and Parallel ATA (exp...
    [*] ATA ACPI Support
    <*> AHCI SATA support
    [*] ATA SFF support
    <*> Intel ESB, ICH, PIIX3, PIIX4 PATA/SATA support

Keyboard, mouseEdit

Human interface devices (HID)
  • Drivers: usbhid
  • Location:
    Device Drivers -->
    [*] HID Devices --->
    <*> USB Human Interface Device (full HID) support


  • Basic Network support
    [*] Networking support --->
    <*> Bluetooth subsystem support --->
    Bluetooth device drivers --->
     ?not sure
    -*- Wireless --->
    <*> RF switch subsystem support --->
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG & Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
  • Driver:
    Device Drivers --->
    [*] Network device support --->
    [*] Ethernet (10 or 100Mbit) --->
    [*] EISA, VLB, PCI and on board controllers
    <*> Broadcom 440x/47xx ethernet support
    [*] Wireless LAN --->
     ? Not Sure

this is likly already enabled

  • Loopback device (needed for all network devices)
  • Location:
    Device Drivers --->
    [*] Block devices --->
    <*> Loopback device support


  • Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller
  • Driver:
    Intel HD Audio
  • Location:
    Device Drivers --->
    <*> Sound card support --->
    <*> Advanced Linux Sound Architecture --->
    [*] PCI sound devices --->
    <*> Intel HD Audio --->

If you have problems getting sound to work see: Alsa Matrix:Module-hda-intel


  • Drivers: i915, drm, agpgart, intel_agp
  • Location:
    Device Drivers -->
    Graphics support --->
    <*> /dev/agpgart (AGP Support) --->
    <*> Intel 440LX/BX/GX, I8xx and E7x05 chipset support
    <*> Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 4.....
    <M> Intel 830M, 845G, 852GM, 855GM, 865G
    <M> i915 driver


This is likely already enabled

  • Location:
    Device Drivers --->
    <*> ATA/ATAPI/MFM/RLL support --->
    <*> Include IDE/ATAPI CDROM support

Media readerEdit

  • USB Mass Storage support
  • Driver: USB-storage
  • Location:
    Device Drivers
    [*] USB support --->
    <*> USB Mass Storage support

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