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Forum: Acer Timeline Aspire 5810TZ-4657 BIOS UPDATE 2.31 Doesn't Eject CD Drawer
Acer Timeline Aspire 5810TZ-4657
Based on the google search results of this machine, people all over the world seem to be having countless problems with this piece of equipment. In my opinion, stay away from this purchase, if you haven't already purchased. Now, if you have purchased, and you're in your alotted take back period, take it back. There seems to be no winning with the complex issues this machine presents, no matter if it's Vista, Windows 7, or running Ubuntu.
READ BEFORE YOU UPDATE TO BIOS 2.31: I've been seeing a load of google searches getting to my page regarding the EJECT button not functioning. If you're at BIOS 2.xx, you may want to consider leaving the BIOS alone until 2.32 comes out. I know you're anxious to get things working, but is it worth the risk to find that your CD drive becomes useless because you can't eject?
If you've already updated to BIOS 2.31, you may want to downgrade, if that is possible, until the BIOS firmwares are bug free.
The following is old business but the Drivers & BIOS upgrades link is below:
Some reviews are saying this laptop has dual cores, but I can assure you that even Intel, the manufacturer of the chip, says the SU2700 is a single core CPU. The reason for the single core is less heat, longer battery life, and overall better mobility.
Please register and post to this forum that you have one of these notebooks. I would like to hear your personal pros & cons regarding this unit. I bought this notebook from Walmart and was beginning to think I was the only person with one of these new and unsupported Acer products. It would have been helpful to hear other people's opinion and findings. It is, however, possible that I prematurely received the 5810TZ before release date, as a month and a half later, the Google.com Query referrals regarding Acer Aspire 5810TZ grew in numbers.
Manufacturer's Product Page
Downloads & Drivers for Acer 5810TZ
- Small, Light, Stylish, Durable
- 3GB Memory
- 320GB SATA Hard Drive
- Big 15.6" TFT Display
- Keyboard design is unique, with the extended 10 keypad area
- 3D Video Acceleration installation wasn't difficult to setup
- HDMI Out, VGA Out
- 4 USB 2.0 ports
- Out of the box, the cdrom didn't work without changing a bios setting from SATA=AHCI to SATA=IDE. Yes, even with the stock Vista Windows Operating system, the cdrom didn't work.
- Pushing Eject button for cdrom during the Ubuntu boot will lock the system.. Pushing the EJECT button for the cdrom after boot will lock the system.
- Pushing the touchpad disable/enable toggle button removes trackpad input until a reboot
- The Ahteros Wireless radio card has low signal gain. Windows Vista or Ubuntu, I had to sit within 5 feet of a wireless access point to get a connection.
- Keyboard came warped over the CPU area from poor assembly.
- Ubuntu is unable to control ACPI display brightness.
- Wired 1000/100/10 Ethernet Port wouldn't work under Ubuntu out of the box. A special module had to be built and installed into the kernel.
- Mini PCI Express slot is not accessable from within the hard drive and memory cover
- No Firewire support
- No PC Express, or PC Card Bus slots
- Battery slideout mechanism has negative width tolerance and is difficult to slide in and out.
- Mouse trackpad buttons feel cheap, giving a travel distance of about a 64th
- SD Card Reader slot is difficult to operate. Lifting the laptop up to get the card in and or out is necessary because of the tapered front edge.
Google Searches: Acer Aspire 5810TZ Memory Replacement (ooooh man! ouch!)
Would I buy this again or recommend this product to another? So far, no..
Would I sell this to another? Maybe if firmware updates fix issues.