3820TG Owner's Lounge - Part Two

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  1. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope.

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    3820TG OWNER'S LOUNGE, Part II ...

    Hendrickson's original thread has crossed the 1,000 page mark, contains more than 10,000 posts and has had more than 967,000 views. It seems that the volume of the thread has overwhelmed the search mode and there is a lot of information from the thread that is lost in its sheer size. I have been asked by Downloads to begin a new thread and provide links to the useful information in the first thread. To do that, I have started reviewing the original thread, a page-at-a-time and noting the items that I think would be useful to new owners. I'm about 25% through the process so far. This is a work in progress but, once it's done, if there is anything I've missed, you can PM your suggestion to me.

    With that in mind, here goes ...

    Bronsky:cool:

    March, 2016 Update. Here is a link for a working update for Windows 10 that allows both the Integrated and Dedicated graphics to work.
    http://leshcatlabs.net/forums/showthread.php?tid=999

    My Unboxing Video:

    The obvious place to start is with a link to the first page of Hendrickson's Original Owner's Lounge Thread. You'll find Hendrickson's mini-review and his benchmarks here.


    OWNER'S LOUNGE - PART I

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/ace...nge-info-benchmarks-tweaks-mods-upgrades.html


    RELATED THREADS:

    Bios Modification and Other Tweaks: http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/562576-acer-aspire-timelinex-3820tg-mods-tweaks-only.html

    3820TGTray: http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/562583-3820tray-hardware-control-powerprofiles-cpumonitor.html

    Backlit Keyboard Mod: http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/491169-acer-timelinex-3820tg-backlit-keyboard-mod.html

    TimelineX Sandybridge Refresh: http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/553306-acer-timelinex-3830-4830-5830-t-g.html

    North American Purchase Options: http://forum.notebookreview.com/acer/501992-acer-3820tg-north-america-purchase-options.html

    My Clean Install Guide: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6465732-post1612.html (and Converting Foreign Units)

    Bankergolfer's Guide for Registering an Imported 3820TG: http://forum.notebookreview.com/ace...rks-tweaks-mods-upgrades-405.html#post6635476

    BooQ Viper XS3 Case Review: http://forum.notebookreview.com/7003691-post1.html

    Too456's driver update post: http://forum.notebookreview.com/7480048-post800.html

    Lennong's 3G conversion compilation: http://forum.notebookreview.com/8132214-post2348.html

    Zsero's fan profile link updated: http://www.mediafire.com/?2g70zq3yfa969y6

    Zsero's OC GPU on startup .bat file http://forum.notebookreview.com/7478443-post799.html

    USEFUL LINKS:

    Acer's Official Global Driver Page: http://bit.ly/3820tg

    Acer Service Manual 3820t/tg/tgz: http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/M...iceGuides/SG_Aspire_3820T_3820TG_04282010.pdf

    AMD Catalyst Drivers (HD 5xxx): http://support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/windows/Pages/radeonmob_win7-64.aspx

    Modded Hybrid Drivers (German Instructions - run file install.cmd as admin): http://www.acer-userforum.de/acer-t...ek-audio-treiber-hdmi-download-anleitung.html

    Latest Realtek HD Audio Drivers: Realtek

    Alps Touchpad Drivers: http://www.mediafire.com/?9xk8n36tp33evsz

    Synaptics Scrybe Driver: http://www.uscrybe.com/

    AMD Clock Tool (GPU Overclocking):
    Download AMD GPU Clock Tool v0.9.26.0 For HD 5870 | techPowerUp

    MSI Afterburner (GPU Overclocking): MSI AfterBurner download from Guru3D.com

    Enabling GPU Overclocking in MSI Afterburner: http://forums.guru3d.com/showthread.php?t=338906

    Set FSB (CPU Overclocking): SetFSB_HomePage

    Fixing SetFSB Overclocking Game Problems: http://forum.notebookreview.com/gam...must-read-setfsb-o-c-game-problems-fixed.html

    OC'ing with more RAM and modding timings: http://forum.notebookreview.com/7404436-post628.html

    W7 SP1 issue and Intel Driver: http://forum.notebookreview.com/7461201-post757.html

    Registry fix for Alps touchpad/Firefox issue. http://forum.notebookreview.com/7297059-post267.html

    USEFUL LINKS FROM FIRST THREAD:

    Installing Stock (non-acer) AMD Catalyst Drivers: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6314728-post101.html

    Running AMD Clocktool on Startup: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6432896-post1156.html

    Video of 3820TG with 9 Cell: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6264930-post2753.html

    ClockGen Location on 3820TG MB: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6332729-post311.html

    Available Display Model #s: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6416721-post901.html

    Bluetooth Cable Part #: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6435151-post1172.html

    Motherboard Photo: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6455026-post1485.html

    3820TG Compared to 5820TG: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6484843-post1895.html

    Setting FSB on Start-up: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6506624-post2210.html

    Incase 13" MBP sleeve: http://forum.notebookreview.com/6510080-post2269.html

    Buying a 9 Cell Battery in the US: http://forum.notebookreview.com/7313568-post373.html

    A Replacement KB for Bilingual KB:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110666263242

    Kindan's Guide to Replacing the 3820TG's CPU w/pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kindan_online/

    (More to come ... up to p. 300.)


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  2. inteks

    inteks Notebook Evangelist

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    nize work ;)

    here an other usefull link:

    Model Content Page

    latest alps driver from toshiba
     
  3. charlesjean

    charlesjean Newbie

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    Hello gentlemen,

    It's the only decent forum were I can look for help for my dear loved Acer.

    I'm looking to track what consume my battery so fast, I can marely get 3 hours form the 6 cell. I put everything in power saving, dimmed the LCD to 30%, disabled the ATI 5470... anyway the switching has never worked properly and I don't need it.

    See below configuration:

    System specs.
    i5-450M not overclocked
    13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels,
    Switchable ATi Radeon HD 5470 graphics (disabled, drivers uninstalled)
    4GB of DDR3 RAM
    500GB of hard drive (Changed with an Hitachi, less noisy and more power efficient)
    Atheros Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    Atheros Bluetooth 2.1
    3 x USB 2.0 ports
    Atheros 100/100/1000 Lan
    Multi card reader
    6 cell battery Panasonic reported at 6% wear
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64

    Software installed
    Windows 7 SP1
    Kaspersky Security suite 2011

    Those almost 3 hours are withg power saving mode, browsing the internet only with WIFI on. I ran powercfg - energy and no errors and warnings, I ran also MS power optimizer wizard and again it seems that I have taken every single drop of my battery.

    Is there drivers that may be updated?? The laptop is about 4 months old.

    I noticed that there is 2 fans inside, the left one for the CPU and the other one a little bit smaller, at the top right I don't know. I noticed that the one on the right is always running. It is very quiet and the air coming out is warm. I'm womdering if it may drop my battery running hours.

    When I first got the laptop, I was able to get 5 hours but it has degraded rapidly.

    Thanks for any help.

    Charles
     
  4. Ponjornoh²³

    Ponjornoh²³ Notebook Consultant

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    The right fan is for the GPU. If you uninstall the drivers and disable it in device manager, the gpu will drain your battery since it's not shutdown properly.

    If graphics switching didn't work in stock configuration, send it in for service. If switching didn't work after you did a clean install... you did something wrong. Be sure to use the VGA AMD/ATI driver from Acer's support page.

    If you want to shut it down completely, read a couple of pages back in the first thread... and follow the BIOS mod instructions: http://forum.notebookreview.com/ace...rks-tweaks-mods-upgrades-999.html#post7214705
     
  5. dcsales2007

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    I installed the 3810 NON backlit keyboard I got off ebay for $10. The Bilingual one was impossible to get used to. thanks alot Quebec!

    So anyway, I see all the Fn keys are the same except the F2 and F3 keys. But thats not a problem, the 3820 keyboard never had anything on the F2 key, so thats solved, and the F3 key on the old was for Wireless, the F3 key on the new keyboard has a pic of Bluetooth on it, so kinda means the same thing.

    Anway, the glossy keys are a bit gros to the touch, but still better than what I had. I wish though I got the backlit for $5 more. Oh well.
     
  6. Icyzer

    Icyzer Notebook Enthusiast

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    As I mentioned in the last topic I have a small harddrive problem so it seems. At seemingly random moments the harddrive led lights up, you can hear the drive spinning and it keeps lit for 30 seconds or more during which my laptop freezes. It is really annoying the hell out of me. I tryed using resource monitor in windows but it isn't really always giving usefull information..

    At the moment I think it might have something to do with:
    -Firefox 4.0 (session restore)
    -VLC
    -Windows

    Can anyone help me with this?
     
  7. geokilla

    geokilla Notebook Consultant

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    Tried installing the Toshiba ALPS driver, but it doesn't work for me. I can't use two fingers to scroll down and have to use the right side of the trackpad to scroll. Maybe I installed it wrong?
     
  8. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope.

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    Now that there is a 3820TG keyboard, I recommend that one. I have this one in mine ATM. New Acer Aspire 3820T 3820TG 4820T 4820TG Keyboard - eBay (item 110660057437 end time Apr-09-11 15:55:01 PDT) It's not shinny at all. The keys have a matt finish.

    @charlesjean - three hours sounds just about right for a discharging a battery when the unit is on the dedicated GPU. Although I haven't used it for switching yet, 3820TGTray looks like it will give you some control over the GPU. You sould be able to get back your 5 hours on the Intel IGPU.

    Bronsky:cool:
     
  9. charlesjean

    charlesjean Newbie

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    :)


    Hi Porjornoh & Bronsky.

    I did the BIOS trick and whooooo what a difference! Jumped from 3 hours fully charged to 8 hours... (estimated) ... but never saw this number before. So I should get a good 5-6 hours intensive web surf. Now the right fan is barely working and no more hot air coming out from the vent.

    As far the graphic switch, it was working but very cumbersome. I'm working a lot on multi open session and does not want to switch when there are open apps on the session I'm not working on. Anyway the laptop use is for common task and no gaming at all.

    If you have any other tricks to help me to even get more of my battery, please let me know.

    Do you know if using the latest intel graphic driver, Atheros WIFI and Realtek, will help? All my drivers are from Acer web site and not necessarely the latest.



    Thanks a lot guys!

    Charles
     
  10. charlesjean

    charlesjean Newbie

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    I had something similar with my new laptop but it never froze. I could see the HDD spinning like hell and was also clicking a lot. It was noisy and was draining my battery. I cloned the HDD to an Hitachi one. Much more power efficent and silent. There is still too much disk activity to my taste but at least it's not noisy.

    I suspect Windows 7 is the cause of that heavy HDD disk activity. I had a look to the ressource monitor and page file, log file, bla bla bla, along with the antivirus are causing quite a bit of disk trashing...

    Regards,

    Charles
     
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