Acer Travelmate X483

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The Acer Travelmate X483 is an excellent, thin, inexpensive 14" laptop with the following specifications:

  • Core i3 2375M / 1.5 GHz
  • Linux
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 500 GB HDD
  • DVD-Writer
  • 14" wide 1366 x 768 / HD
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000

It works great with ubermix, with 2 minor exceptions:

  1. The touchpad is disabled on boot, and the standard keyboard controls don't enable/disable it
  2. Brightness controls don't work without running the Brightness controls fix

To activate the touchpad without making any changes, you can press ctrl-fn-F7, but this is less than ideal, as the keys must be pressed every time the system is (re)booted. Fortunately, the fix for this problem is relatively easy:

  1. Open a terminal (ctrl-alt-t)
  2. Type: echo "blacklist acer_wmi" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-acer_wmi.conf

After performing this function, the touchpad will stay enabled on reboot. Of course, if you want to make this change survive a reset, you'll want to make it in generic mode. For further information, see [1]

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