- Processor: Celeron M 540 1.86GHz, 1MB Cache, 533MHz FSB, 64-bit capable
- RAM: 512MB DDR2-667(1 x 512MB)
- HDD: 80GB 5400rpm SATA
- Display: 14.1" WXGA CrystalBrite widescreen (1280 x 800)
- Optical: DVD+CDRW Combo
- Wireless: Yes 802.11b⁄g
- Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 up to 358MB
- Firewire⁄S-video⁄FIR: No⁄Yes⁄No
- VGA Out: Yes
- USB Ports: x 3
- Ethernet 10⁄100: Yes
- Express Card slot: Yes
- Battery: 6 cell
Acer Aspire 4315 = $598
512mb upgrade = $30
512mb clearance and bundle = -$30
we got the display model as its the last in store = -$30
acer cashback promo = -$99
Total cost = $469 NZD ~ $356 USD
What have we got for $470 bucks? A pretty decent laptop if you ask me. Build quality is pretty good. Keyboard is pretty sturdy and no flex, in fact its probably better than our HP dv6000. The hinges is firm and solid, not as good as the HP 6910p but good enough. Performance wise its just as good as the HP 6910p on most everyday tasks, and what we intended to use it for (e-mail, skype, browsing, watching dvd and document editing).
Minor problems as other owners of Acer 4315 has stated:
- touchpad is very near the keyboard, I tend to touch it accidentally while typing.
- speaker sound is a bit low, however quality is pretty good. Maybe better sounding than the 6910p. It does not sound like a tin can, just not as loud as you would expect.
Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)
The Acer Aspire 4315 comes with Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy), which is great and no need to pay Windows Vista that I don't use. I immediately installed 8.04 Hardy on it, I used the alternative CD since that is what I downloaded. I did some post install steps which came from this guide.
|Wireless||works, needs post install steps|
|Suspend and Hibernate||works, suspend works with updated hardy kernel|
|Splash screen and virtual terminals||works|
|Harddisk Power management||needs post install steps|
|Audio and Mic||works, needs post install steps for proper resume|
Post Install Steps
The atheros card will only work with madwifi-ng, stated on this guide
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install build-essential
wget -c http://snapshots.madwifi.org/special/madwifi-ng-r3366+ar5007.tar.gz
tar xvf madwifi-ng-r3366+ar5007.tar.gz
sudo make install
sudo modprobe ath_pci
sudo modprobe wlan_scan_sta
Audio and Mic
After resuming it doesn't have audio and mic. There are some suggestions to do "sudo /sbin/alsa force-reload" which works. I find it annoying as the volume control applet will complain and needs to be reloaded. What I did was to edit /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base and added this at the end of the file
# properly detect the sound again after resume
options snd-hda-intel model=acer
Take note after reboot, volume control will be different. Re-adjust accordingly.
The mic does work, but its very hard to fine tune the proper level. Too low and I hardly hear myself, too loud and it shuts itself or there are lots of crackle. I ended up just plugging in a front external mic.
Harddisk Power Management
Just like the HP 6910p, the Acer Aspire 4315 came with a Hitachi disk (Hitachi HTS542580K9SA00). This also suffers from the over aggressive power management. I used my old guide, but the script will not work as in Gutsy its placed on "/etc/acpi/resume.d" which is not sourced anymore, I placed the script on "/etc/pm/sleep.d" on Hardy. There is a launchpad bug filed on this, apparently Ubuntu changed things a bit.
The Acer Aspire 4315 is a great laptop, cost 1/7th of the HP 6910p. I can surely say that the value is more than 1/7th of the HP 6910p. Comes with Ubuntu 7.10 pre-installed, installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy is also straight forward with a few post install steps. Now time to wait for that cash back check to arrive.