Acer ao756-2840

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The Acer ao756 is a netbook running a Intel Celeron 847/1.1 GHz and comes standard with 2 GB of ram. The laptop has 3 USB 2.0 interfaces as well as a VGA, HDMI and LAN interfaces.

PCI Information

root #lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57785 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10)
04:00.1 SD Host controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM57765/57785 SDXC/MMC Card Reader (rev 10)

Graphics

The ao756 has a Intel 2nd Gen Core video controller. The following kernel config will work well. See the Gentoo Intel Page for further details.

KERNEL
Processor type and features  --->
    [*] MTRR (Memory Type Range Register) support
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] Network device support  ---> 
        <*> /dev/agpgart (AGP Support)  --->
             <*> Intel 440LX/BX/GX, I8xx and E7x05 chipset support
        <*> Direct Rendering Manager (XFree86 4.1.0 and higher DRI support) --->
            <*> Intel 8xx/9xx/G3x/G4x/HD Graphics
            [*]   Enable modesetting on intel by default

Wireless

Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11bgn Wireless Network Adapter You need to activate the following kernel options:

KERNEL
[*] Networking support  --->
    [*] Wireless  --->
        <*> cfg80211 - wireless configuration API
        <*> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)

    Device Drivers  --->
         [*] Network device support  --->
             [*] Wireless LAN  --->
                 <*>   Broadcom 43xx wireless support (mac80211 stack)
                 [ ]     Broadcom 43xx PCMCIA device support (NEW)
                 [*]   Support for 802.11n (N-PHY) devices (NEW)
                 [*]   Support for low-power (LP-PHY) devices (NEW)
                 [*]   Broadcom 43xx debugging

Ethernet

Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57785 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10)

KERNEL
Device Drivers  --->
     [*] Network device support  --->
         [*]   Ethernet driver support  --->
              [*]   Broadcom devices
              < >     Broadcom 440x/47xx ethernet support
              < >     Broadcom NetXtremeII support
              < >     Broadcom CNIC support
              <*>     Broadcom Tigon3 support

Backlight

In order to be able to control the backlight, the following changes will need to be applied to /etc/default/grub.

FILE /etc/default/grub
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux"

Then execute grub-mkconfig to apply the changes:

root #grub-mkconfig > /boot/grub/grub.cfg