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[Acer Aspire 1410/1810t/1810tz] Timeline Tweaks (2)

Discussion in 'Acer' started by der_mali, Sep 19, 2009.

  1. der_mali

    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    Hello, fellow ZH7 users!

    This is the follow-up thread to Phil's great Timeline Tweaks thread.
    I've decided to leave out 13"+ timelines for now and focus on the 11.6" models.
    3810T, 4810T, 5810T and Travelmate users are welcome to create dedicated tweaks threads.
    Some tweaks in this thread work for other timelines too, though.

    This is a collection of tips & tricks contributed by members of this board.
    Please help me to keep this thread updated with the newest info :)


    Software

    ...Drivers:
    ......Chipset & SATA
    ......Graphics:
    Update:
    If you have problems installing the graphics drivers in Win7 x64 check these posts:

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5466246&postcount=365
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5465939&postcount=362
    Update: 1986 Drivers are buggy, better use older ones.
    ......Wireless LAN(Attention: 1810TZ uses Intel Wifi Link 1000)
    ......Atheros LAN
    ......Realtek Audio
    ...Recommended Tools:

    1810tray
    Tray utility to control your fan, power options and screen resolution
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=421850

    Recommended by Der_Mali, not by Phil:
    Battery Bar
    Much more accurate than Vista's battery life predictions
    http://osirisdevelopment.com/BatteryBar/

    Phil had issues with Battery Bar on his 1810tz and advises not to install it. For more battery information use RMClock.

    ...New! Linux:

    Installing Ubuntu + Tips&Tricks
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=434638

    Windows tax refund
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=427347

    ...Tweaks:

    Fn shortcut for brightness not working in XP
    Flash to BIOS v3120 or above
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5407896&postcount=270

    Win7 30sec boot delay problem
    Update: BIOS v3117 solves this problem
    enable both AHCI and IDE mode in registry
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5357273&postcount=53

    How can I play 720p/1080p mkv / H264 files?
    With MPC HC and Cyberlink Power DVD codec: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=399952
    Discussion on best software and image quality of DXVA: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=408933

    How can I increase the volume of the internal speakers?
    Apply the tweak described here: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=171732

    Custom resolution in Win7 without VGA dummy
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5335691&postcount=37

    How to disable the automatic fan activation when on AC power(Win7 only):
    (this does not completely shut down the fan)
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5286176&postcount=1791

    Optimizing battery life and undervolting
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5312927&postcount=87
    A more detailed guide from pirkolchik
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5369398&postcount=82

    Win7 drivers tweaking
    How to reduce CPU load and maximize battery life:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5287567&postcount=1807

    How can I enable two finger scrolling and three finger gestures for the touchpad?
    Solution 1:
    Solution 2:



    Hardware

    Datasheets
    How to identify your webcam model
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5539923&postcount=4

    Dual core CPU features comparison
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5466542&postcount=783

    Disassembly guide
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5446911&postcount=320

    How to enable virtualization on 1410/1810.
    Update: Acer enabled VT in BIOS v3117
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?p=5300618#post5300618

    Overlocking ZH7(1410/1810t/1810tz)
    Update: Improved overclocking MOD created by inteks!
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=438415
    Update: SLG8SP513V does not overclock successfully with SetFSB!
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5324728&postcount=2398
    (Benchmark results)

    Undervolting MOD
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5370489&postcount=88

    'Upgrade' your stock 2GB 667MHz RAM module to 800MHz for free
    Update: Thaiphoon Burner does not work on 64bit OS!
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5333093&postcount=14

    If you need max performance in games buy 800MHz dual channel RAM!
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?p=5268276#post5268276

    Bluetooth module info:
    Users have reported that third party cables don't work. Please report back when you find something!
    Update:
    Update:
    Bluetooth retrofit assembly guide
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5446911&postcount=320


    Keyboard model info:
    Hardware MOD to improve fan quietness
    Pix of disassembled 1410
    Is webcam image quality lacking? Check this first:

    General tips and tricks

    Installing Win7 without needing activation
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=433602
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5478619&postcount=99

    How to install Windows 7 from a flash drive
    The easy way: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?p=5329860#post5329860
    Alternative:http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?p=5279482#post5279482

    Creating recovery ISOs if you don't own an external DVD drive:
    Vista performance tips:
    How to check your RAM integrity
    BIOS recovery.
    If you bricked your device, this might help. Works on 8471, other timelines should be similar. Warning!This is experimental! Please report back if it works for you!
    Accessories

    Cases/Sleeves
    Two pockets case:
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5401420&postcount=249

    Power adapters
    Changelog:
    Nov 28. - inteks' overclocking MOD added
    Nov 25. - daigual's bluetooth retrofit guide added
    Nov 21. - Kermee's webcam identification method added
    Nov 15. - Linux section added
    Nov 15. - New Win7/Vista graphics drivers added
    Nov 10. - prikolchik's Win7 install guide(passes OEM activation) added
    Nov 9. - RAM flashing update: Thaiphoon Burner does not work on 64bit OS
    Oct 31st - "Acer Aspire 3935" removed from compatible keyboards list
    Oct 31st - Dual core CPU features comparison added
    Oct 26. - Chilko's bluetooth retrofit and general disassembly guide added
    Oct 18. - XP Fn-brightness fix added
    Oct 14. - Case added
    Oct 12. - Sleeve added
    Oct 10. - New XP graphics drivers added
    Oct 10. - Atheros LAN driver link fixed
    Oct 8. - ICS9LPRS365 datasheet link fixed
    Oct 6. - Netbook sleeve added
    Oct 6. - Netbook sleeve removed from accessories list
    Oct 4. - New XP graphics drivers added
    Oct 4. - Compatible keyboards info added
    Oct 4. - prikolchik's undervolting guide added
    Oct 3rd - Undervolting MOD added
    Oct 3rd - ISL6261 datasheet added
    Oct 2nd - BIOS v3117 VT info added
    Oct 1st - Smartfan removed, 1810tray added
    Oct 1st - 'Recommended Tools' category added
    Sept 29. - Boot delay, AHCI/IDE mode in Win7
    Sept 24. - 'Accessories' category added
    Sept 23rd - New graphics drivers added
    Sept 23rd - Bluetooth module info updated

    Please help to expand by adding your own tips and tweaks :)
     
  2. dasfool

    dasfool Notebook Enthusiast

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    I figured out that the correct Atheros LAN driver is the "AR8131_AR8132" one.
     
  3. der_mali

    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    Thanks, I've fixed it :)
     
  4. zrbarnes

    zrbarnes Notebook Enthusiast

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    @der_mali, when you are using SetFSB with the OC mod, is the processor still able to scale back automatically for power savings or does it stay at full power the whole time?
     
  5. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    yes.
    because setfsb overclocks the FSB.
    while when you have intel speedstep to save power, it lowers the multi.

    Overclocking the FSB will slightly raise your minimum frequency, but not by much since the multi goes way down.
     
  6. jackluo923

    jackluo923 Notebook Virtuoso

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    There's a better way of installing windows 7 on a flash drive.
    Using winrar,image mounter or anything that can open the disk image file, copy the contents to a flashdrive. Then boot from a flash drive to install windows 7. It's really that simple.
     
  7. zrbarnes

    zrbarnes Notebook Enthusiast

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    SetFSB changes the FSB, that makes sense, haha. That program has been around for awhile. I remember it from a few years back.

    So does the OC mod unlock more multipliers?

    It's been a few years since I've messed with hardware mods, and my brain is hurting.
     
  8. der_mali

    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    @jackluo923
    If you provide a link or post a step by step guide, I'll include it in the list :)

    @zrbarnes
    This OC doesn't unlock multipliers. Like moral hazard says, it just overclocks the FSB from 200 to 250(or any other value the RAM can handle) so the CPU speed rises from 7x200=1400 to 7x250=1750.
     
  9. zrbarnes

    zrbarnes Notebook Enthusiast

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    Ah, Thank you! I didn't realize FSB was hard-locked on these (I hadn't tried setFSB).
     
  10. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    typo, you mean setfsb not softfsb.

    Softfsb is really old software that I used like 6 years ago to overclock my 166mhz cpu to 220mhz.
     
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    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    @jackluo923
    Thanks, added :)
     
  13. zrbarnes

    zrbarnes Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yep, that's a typo, but they've both been around for longer than that. SetFSB just is still being developed.
     
  14. der_mali

    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    'Upgrade' your stock 2GB 667MHz RAM module to 800MHz for free

    Warning! If something goes wrong, your RAM will be useless. This tutorial applies to the 2GB module the 1810t is delivered with. If you got a 3GB version, you have to find a proper flash-dump for the second 1GB module yourself.

    How to recover if something goes wrong and the notebook doesn't boot with the flashed module any more: http://forum.notebookreview.com/showpost.php?p=5335326&postcount=31

    My 1810t was delivered with a M4 70T5663EH3-CE6 PC2-5300 RAM stick for which this tutorial is written. If your's is different, stop reading!

    1. Download Thaiphoon Burner
    http://cbid.at.tut.by/html/download.html

    2. Extract and run Thaiphoon Burner
    3. Select 'EEPROM'->'Read SPD at 52h'(if the RAM module is in slot2, else select 'Read SPD at 50h') Check if the info on the right is correct.
    4. Click 'Save'. This will save a dump of the RAM that you can reflash if something goes wrong.
    5. Click 'Browser'
    6. Click 'Download'. This will download a list of SPD dumps.
    7. In 'Search String' write 'ddr2-800', in 'Capacity' select '2048', in 'Architecture' select 'DDR2 SDRAM', click 'Search'
    8. Select 'Samsung M4 70T5663QZ3-CF7'
    9. Click 'Open Dump'
    10. Click 'Write', select 'Full Rewrite'
    11. Select the right SPD Device Address (see step 3.)
    12. Select 'Use the current SPD dump from Hex Editor', click 'Write'
    13. After completion reboot and enjoy PC2-6400 speed.

    I don't take responsibility for eventual damage. This is an advanced modding technique and should be fully understood before trying.
     
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    zrbarnes Notebook Enthusiast

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    @der_mali

    Another excellent find. Smooth as butter.

    Just a small typo, '2024' should be '2048', but I knew what you meant.
     
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    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    lol
    Sorry, I've corrected it :)
     
  17. zrbarnes

    zrbarnes Notebook Enthusiast

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    Currently getting 6:20 on my Acer 1410 with a stock 4400 mAh battery.

    My current set up:
    -Windows 7, 32-bit, many unneeded services disabled (including aero and fancy graphics)
    -undervolted to .875v with rmclock
    -stock memory stick "upgraded" to ddr2-800mhz by flashing the spd values
    -vt enabled should help power consumption when I'm using a virtual machine
    -wireless card set to lowest transmit power (unless having difficulties connecting, then I increase it)
    -using the newest (1883) video drivers, set to max power savings
    -currently using stock windows 7 audio drivers since the realtek ones were using a lot of cpu
    -screen brightness set to the lowest, unless I'm having difficulty reading
    -windows 7 power saver mode
    -hibernate when I shut the lid
    -using foobar instead of windows media player
    -using google chrome instead of firefox/ie8

    So basically, I'm running everything as lite as possible, except I've still got all the performance at my fingertips when I need it. I love the whole line of thinking for these new cpu's "let's hurry up and get this done, so that I can go back to sleep (save power)".
     
  18. der_mali

    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    @zrbarnes
    Your 1410 and TrueEco's 1810t prove that Win7 will yield the same battery life as Vista after proper tweaking :D
    I'm looking forward to the Win7 upgrade now.
     
  19. moral hazard

    moral hazard Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You could try to save it by putting the bad ram in with some slower ram.
    both sticks should run at the slower sticks speed,

    then you could reflash it.

    But this doesn't always work so dont count on it.

    Also maybe you should also show how to slow your ram down to 533mhz so that you can overclock the fsb further?
     
  20. der_mali

    der_mali Weihnachtsmann

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    I don't know if the 1410/1810t would boot with 533MHz RAM. It needs at least 667MHz afaik. I've experimented a bit with changing timings but the problem is that you can't change the first CL value, which is the most important. If you manipulate the first value the tables just get shifted. Ive found out that the RAM in this example is easier to overclock at 800MHz 6-6-6-18 than 667MHz 5-5-5-15.
     

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