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Acer Aspire Timeline 4810T laptop and Backlight Control, part 2.

I have GREAT news for the 4810T owners the 2.30 BIOS[1], we now have backlight control keys working

There is a catch after you upgrade[2] to the 2.30 BIOS you will get a freeze type effect on the desktop (well I did). Also I noticed that my WiFi went funny to and I could not ping anything even tho Net. Mgr. was say I was connected to AP.

So DON’T play with backlight key till done the below changes.

You have to change from

xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL native


xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL kernel


xrandr –output LVDS –set BACKLIGHT_CONTROL combination

[1] http://support.acer-euro.com/drivers/downloads_gd.html
[2] Howto BIOS Update

Setting up NTP to update from a GPS

This is just a quick how to to setup NTP to update from a GPS

Installing software needed for the GPS:

# apt-get install gpsd

If you already not done so connect the GPS to your computer you are wanting to run it on and confirm it is connected with lsusb

$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 067b:2303 Prolific Technology, Inc. PL2303 Serial Port

My GPS is a USGlobalSat BU 353

Now to configure gpsd:

# dpkg-reconfigure gpsd

There just a few questions to answer.
First question asks you if you like to have gpsd to start at boot, I answered YES
Second question ask you to were tthe GPS is connected, in my case it was /dev/ttyUSB0
The last 2 questions I just left them as is.

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LINK: UNetbootin

UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for a variety of Linux distributions from Windows or Linux, without requiring you to burn a CD. You can either let it download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you’ve already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn’t on the list.

I found this UNetbootin very useful to put FreeDOS on my USB flash drive to use to update the BIOS on my laptop. UNetbootin is also in the Debian repository too. 🙂

Debian Repository
Howto BIOS Update