Upgrade Aspire 5920G (Santa Rosa) Wireless to N

Not too sure why there are not much talk about the WiFi Link 5100 or 5300 compatibility for Santa Rosa with PM965 chipset, so now, I put it to a test for everyone! Guess what? it works!

This is the card, Intel WiFi Link 5100 (looks cheap……)

Remove the 9 screws to remove the back plate

the corner by the RAM close to the battery compartment, you will find the old Intel 3945 or 4965 sitting (image shows that the antennas are pulled off, forgot to take a picture of it, but you can just pull them off vertically, but gently)

After the 2 top screws are removed, you will see that the card will lift up by itself, don’t worry, it is not going into an erection. You can now safely pull it out from the angle it lift up to.

What it should look like when it is pulled off

Comparison between the old 3945 and the new 5100(5100 looks kind of cheap eh?)

slide in the new card like the angle you pulled the old one off

while pushing it down flat, screw it in place

After you have screwed it in, attach the 2 antennas like it was attached to the old card before, you can just push it on,they are clip on antennas.

Woohoo!! 300Mbps, if you don’t have the full speed, it is ok, sometimes it will lower it when it is not needed, just make sure the “Channel Width” is set to auto in your router (image from my DIR-615 D-Link router)

Also make sure you go into Device Manager (run devmgmt.msc) and under “Network Adapters”, find the card name, double click and go to the “Advanced” tab and change “802.11n Channel Width for band 2.4” and “802.11n Channel Width for band 5.2” both to “Auto”.

Morris Lee

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ATi Cutom Resolution Tool Instructions

Here is the instructions on how to use ATi Cutom Resolution Tool


Start up Morrisoft ATi Custom Resolution Tool


Click “Get Current Resolutions” to start editing current ones or just start typing new ones


Once completed, click “Save and reboot driver”


Once driver is rebooted, you should be able to select the resolution in ATi Catalyst Control Center or the ATi Catalyst tray icon.

Enjoy!

ATi Custom Resolution Tool

ATi Custom Resolution Tool, This program is designed to easily add custom resolutions to your ATi cards. Unlike nVidia, ATi never provided a software to do such task, with this software, it should be much easier!

As you can see, I have finalized the user interface to as simple as it can get! it even restarts the driver for you, no need to reboot to detect new setting table!

System Requirements:

  • Windows XP/Vista/7 32 or 64 bit
  • ATi Radeon 9XXX or above
  • Monitor in DVI for desktops unless on a laptop

It is currently in RC, you can obtain a copy of evaluation by emailing me directly at morrismurphy (a) gmail.com, you will receive a reply with the software attached!

Small free applications

Here I will find a way to post my free applications for everyone!

Add Bluetooth to Aspire 5920G

** update **

I found a useful Service Manual for the 5920G enjoy!

This is a DIY guide to install an internal USB bluetooth on the Aspire 5920 model, the physical USB Bluetooth installation instructions may apply to other machines with one or more Mini PCI-E slot/s and internal space.

Warning! Do this in your own risk, please observe other similar modifications and understand your own skills on these tiny operations, unplug the computer and eject the battery for safer working enviroment. REQUIRES A STEADY HAND for the physical part. I am not able to hold responsible for any damages to your own systems.

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Table of Contents:

1a. Suggested Tools
1b. Materials

2a. Make the Mini PCI-E to USB Pins
2b. Plug it into the Mini PCI-E slot
2c. Make the holder to keep the pins steady in place
2d. Insert the USB Bluetooth

3a. Install the driver
3b. Install the Bluetooth remap patch
4a. Remarks
5a. Reference
6a. Contact

1a. Suggested tools:

Plier/s (sharp ended)
Piler/s with clip and hold (to hold on to tiny opjects for soldering)
Tweazers
Sissors
Soldering gun
Solder

1b. Materials

Aspire 5920 (models with Intel ReadyBoost might require the removal of the disk)
A short USB extansion cord
2 or more bobby pins
Normal transparent plastic tape
Paper clip

2a.Make the Mini PCI-E to USB pins

Here we make the Pins that will attach to the Mini PCI-E slot without needing to solder the USB cord on to the machine.

bobby

Bobby pins from your sister/s or mom or from places like the dollar store will do the job. Cut it in about the length of your finger nail.

bobbybent

bend the bobby pin to the shape of a mini crowbar (about 90 to 100 degress).

bobbylink

Peel the skin on each cable in the USB cord, twist the cable around the bobby pin’s bent corner.

beforesolder

Clamp the bobby pin to the pliers for soldering

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Soldered, notice the melting of the plastic skin on the cable, should be normal. MAKE SURE IT COOLS DOWN BEFORE YOU WORK ON IT AGAIN

2b. Plug it into the Mini PCI-E slot

connect

To plug the the pins in, make sure you take a look at both these locations
http://www.spielme.com/spiel/files/images/pinout.jpg Mini PCI-E pins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Types_of_USB_connector Pin configurations
Noticed I stuck a piece of tape (2 pieces tapped together and cut into the same width as the bobby pins) to prevent the bobby pins to conduct both pins where it is placed (also to keep the pins in place), you have to be very careful for the first 2 pins as they are the power, you might short the computer anytime if you don’t have the current blocked.
Also make sure all the soldered ends are not touching each other, notices where I put a piece of plastic between the green and the white cable since the soldered section are closer with each other.

2c. Make the holder to keep the pins steady in place

holder

This is a holder made with a paper clip, bend the circles for the screws accordingly to the two screw holes in the laptop.
The screws ARE THINNER then the ones used for CD-ROM’s, there is a standard type used for laptops.

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Now the cable should be more stable, less chance for the pins to get pulled out while carrying.

2d. Insert the USB Bluetooth

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disassemble the Bluetooth device like so

bttape

Tape the Bluetooth PCB board so it is safe from shorting other chip/devices in the laptop (top and botton)

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The USB out, plug the USB Bluetooth in now.

insert

Insert the USB Bluetooh under the metal looking plastic, just the space behind the card reader.

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It should fit, cut out cunks that is in the way of the screw, there are plenty of height space, so the thickness of the USB port should be no problem.

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Make sure things that are not suppose to be touching are not touching, then close the laptop.

3a. Install the driver

Start up your computer, if it does not power up, reopen it, make sure nothing is touching. If nothing is touching and not turning on, make sure you have the battery pulled out and the power unplugged for about 10 seconds for the memory to clear again, try booting then.

When it DOES boot up, you should see new device found, install the driver accordingly like usual.

3b. Install the Bluetooth remap patch

Once the driver has been installed correctly, bluetooth working fine, time for the coolest thing. Remember your useless Bluetooth button? let’s make it enable disable the USB Bluetooth we have in right now. To work around the Launch Manager that controls which button’s job, we change the Internet button to the bluetooth button, therefore, when you add a function to the internet button in Launch Manager, it you are changing the bluetooth button function. Since the Internet Button is regonized in windows to open up your default Internet Browser, this button should remain functional as well.

Here is the latest patch (V10.1) I have made for the Launch Manager (for 2.0.10, one click install, anything older requires you to exit launch manager prior to install), download and install the patch, you will see the taskbar icon has changed to the one in the installer’s screenshot.

you can find the latest patches here
Morris’ Launch Manager V10.1 x86+64-bit.exe

New Launch Manager Icon

New Launch Manager Icon

After the patch has been installed, open device manager by running devmgmt.msc or under System Properties.

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Locate your USB bluetooth device in Device Manager, right click and click propertise.

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Go to the Details tab, select Hardware Ids, highlight the first item in the list, press “Ctrl + c” to copy the text.

Navigate to “C:BT” right click and edit all the “BT.cmd” file under the “current”, “disable”, “enable” folders

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The line in the red circle, replace it using “Ctrl + v” to paste, notice the extra empty line is added, remove it so it looks like before, KEEP THE QUOTES.

Once all three BT.cmd’s has been modified and saved, the changes should take effect immediately when you press the Bluetooth button.

4a. Remarks:

– My Bluetooth device is Belkin F8T003xx1

– Enabling the Bluetooth device took away about 30 minutes of battery on my laptop

– This was my third try to make the Mini PCI-E to USB converter

– Using the internal Mini PCI-E to USB was inspired by the EeePC internal USB device MOD.

– Both bluetooth remap installer patch are packaged and configured by me

– This DIY guide is written by me.

– The primary opjective for this guide is to share my findings to worldwide. so others can follow, and no need to waste time for trial and error like I had to.

5a. References:
http://www.spielme.com/spiel/files/images/pinout.jpg Mini PCI-E pins
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Types_of_USB_connector Pin configuration Figure

6a. Contact

If you have other questions, please reply on the bottom here, http://www.theacerguy.com or Email me at morrismurphy@gmail.com

Morris Lee
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Aspire 5920G Launch Manager Patch

Hello to all 5920G users, here is a patch for the ugly launch manager for your keys on your laptop, it may work with other models of the acer (possibly even some Gateway, eMachine or Packard Bell, because I have seen Launch Manager operating on the factory machines)

**Update, v12.4(Strictly for LMv3.0) is out, grab it from one of the following mirrors**
V12.4 I have fixed many issues and added several features too.

This is worth mentioning, you no longer need to go into the registry for your custom bluetooth device, the new BT.exe should do everything for you 😀

Not sure if it is worth mentioning, the Bluetooth is now using registry, you will need to run regedit and navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Morrisoft\Bluetooth\
and change the “BTID”‘s entry(found on the right side) with your device ID, if you don’t have this field to change with, press your bluetooth button AFTER you installed the patch, which will add it for you.

After 4 hours of hard work right after Chris Z’s report on Launch Manager 3.0 for Win 7, I worked as hard as I could to push the new patcher out for everyone! Interesting enough, Acer changed a lot of things in this version…

For now(possibly forever), I will not be releasing patches for v2.0 Launch Manager, sorry for the inconvenience

Box
MediaFire

Download links for Launch Manager:

Launch Manager V2.0.0.119 – Use v11.0 patch or prior.
Launch Manager V3.0.04 – Use patch v12.4.

Enjoy!

*This patch is not UAC friendly, please disable UAC prior to installing the patch.*

Machine Compatibility:

For Launch Manager v2.0 with patch v11.0

Reported working machines:

Acer Aspire 4530 (with V12.0, cannot find 5920BT.exe problem, it should be fixed with V12.1)
Acer Aspire 5920G (well, of course~~, non “G” version should work too)
Acer Aspire 6930 (reported to “works like a charm!” when installed with launch manager for 5920)
Acer Aspire 8920 (sounds like it needed tweaking to get it working, but give it a shot!)
Acer Aspire 8930 (install LM from 5920, then use my patch)

List of not working machines:

Acer Aspire 5930 (reported partially works, new test results with v11 is required!)
Acer Aspire 6920 (it should work fine with it now, need tester on this one too)

For Launch Manager v3.0 with patch v12.0

Reported working machines:

Acer Aspire 5920G
Acer Aspire 5930G (Windows 7 64bit)
Acer Aspire 8920 (with patch V12)

List of not working machines:

none reported

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lmpatched

Noticed the pretty icon and the pretty background comparing to this old one (I had to manually make the Arcade Button image which replaces the old internet button image)

lmorg

Some highlight features:

**BEST FEATURES**

-Power Plan Toggling via e button pressed (Similar to Stealth Mode in Alienware)
-The Arcade button can now be reprogrammed
-Bluetooth Key now works with any aftermarket bluetooth dongles if you choose to bind the key during installation

Other features:

-Simple installation
-Pretty icon that fits Vista and 7
-Compatible with XP/Vista/7 both 32 and 64-bit
-Fixed the Acer MediaTouch compatibility with WinAMP (and many other famous media players)
-Fixed the Synaptics touchpad’s scrolling compatibility
-Enable user’s On Screen Display preference

Note: Tested on Windows 7 and Windows XP, software is compatible with both 32 and 64 bit. Any test results or feedback is welcomed!

Patching is simple, download and run the latest exe from here box.net or here mediafire.com it will automatically detect 32 bit or 64 bit, it also closes the program before the installation for you, I have gone through many trouble to finalize the installer to perfection!

Here is the change log, it is also embedded in the installer and saves a copy in the program folder

Morris’ Launch Manager V12.4 – x86+x64bit

FOR Launch Manager v3.0 ONLY!

I do not hold any responsibility for the faulty/unwanted result after installing this customization

V12.4

-Patch the synaptics touchpad scrolling hook, adds compatibility to a generic scrolling for many software that have issue scrolling with the touchpad

-Only framework 2.0 is required now for compatibility

-Fix 5920BT problem by using the new BT.exe which will be able to handle any standard bluetooth devices

-Simply some of the installation steps

V12.2

-Added UAC support, no longer requires user to diable UAC to use the patch!

V12.1

-New version of PowerToggle.exe which detects real current power profile rather than separated registry

-Fixed 5920BT.exe problem where it is “not found”

V12.0

-Rebuilded for Launch manager 3.0 (for Windows 7 specifically)

-Changed the volume back to increments of 6 (for compatibility for other machines)

-New PowerToggle.exe (ground build up program, single exe to toggle the power profiles)

which replaces the power.cmd method

-New 5920BT.exe for bluetooth enable disabling that replaces the bt.cmd method

the device can easily be entered in registry under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Morrisoft\Bluetooth\BTID

-Fixed up the locations of the text in the Windows and removed 5920(Since it has been

reported to work more then just 5920G)

V11.0

-Changed the icon to 5920G (made by me)

-Changed default volume increments to 5% rather then 6% defined by Acer

-Fixed the “e” button unbindable problem

-Added the option for user choice for factory bluetooth or custom bluetooth binding

V10.2

-Fix Volume OSD not configurable

-Changed Back default Font

V10.1

-Changed installing method

-Added new icon for both 32 and 64 bit installer

V10.0

-Auto detection for 32 or 64 bit Operating System

-Full auto installation

-Replaced the application backgound

-Support for Windows 7

-New image to indicate the new key binding

V5.0

-Fully compatible with default 64 bit installation

V4.2

-Automated installation with complete installation message

V4.1

-64bit edition

V4.0

-Fixed Volume wheel problem.

-Added OSD user controls

-Binded Arcade key to the Internet key, making it user defined

V3.0

-Version disgard

V2.0

-Fixed Winamp multimedia key support

-Disable auto launch of Windows Media player upon play/pause key is pressed (both touchpad and keyboard)

-Fixed Disabling Volume control decreases Volume increments

-Reconfigured Internet Browser button to remap-able with OSD “Internet Browser” instead of “WWW”

-**Blue “e” button toggles from “High Power” to “Power Saver” vice versa**

-**Bluetooth button now is automatically binded to toggle bluetooth on or off**

-New window title to “Morris’ Custom Launch Manager V2.0”

-New font for all the OSD to Mistral scale to 24

-Combined installer of previous LMcustomized.exe and USB Bluetooth.exe

Notes:

-Blue “e” button is currently unremap-able in the Launch Manager
Configuration panel(can be done is registry)

-Bluetooth requires user to enter their own hardware ID’s in
C:\BT\current\bt.cmd, C:\BT\enable\bt.cmd, C:\BT\disable\bt.cmd

V0.01Changes:

-Improved taskbar icon

-Remapped Bluetooth button to browser button in LM

-Disabled green OSD for touchpad on/off, Fn Mute on/off, and volume wheel +/-

-New background to acknowledge user this version is customized

Notes:

-Default browser button should still work correctly, but not remap-able by LM

-This is work-in-progress version

By Morris Lee 9/18/2010

Enjoy!
Morris Lee

Aspire 5920 GPU Swap/upgrade

This is a DIY guide to replace the graphics card in the Aspire 5920 model.

Warning! Do this in your own risk, please observe other similar modifications and understand your own skills on these tiny operations, unplug the computer and eject the battery for safer working enviroment. REQUIRES A STEADY HAND for the physical part. I am not able to hold responsible for any damages to your own systems.

PB071377

Table of Contents:

1a. Suggested Tools
1b. Materials
2a. Open the back plate
2b. Replacing the card
2c. Close the case
3a. Install the driver (ATi)
3b. Install the driver (NVIDIA)
4a. Remarks
5a. Reference
6a. Contact

1a. Suggested tools:

philips screw driver

1b. Materials

Aspire 5920 (With 8600m GS or GT, intel x3100 does NOT have the MXM slot)
Thermal Paste/Pad
MXM Type II card with Acer bios preloaded.

2a. Opening the back plate

First make sure you unplugged the laptop, pulled out the battery. There are 9 screws needs to be unscrewed to open the back plate they are indicated by the small red circled locations as follows:
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Once all the screws are removed, you should be able to easily remove the back plate revealing the heat sink, graphics card, RAM, etc.

2b. Replacing the card

The card’s compatibility can be tricky, but if you chose the ones with Acer vBios preloaded, it shouldn’t be a problem. Which one is the graphics card? yes, the laptop graphics cards are very different then the desktop editions, you can be amazed by how small the card is compared to a desktop edition. The graphics card is shown in the image below:
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Locate the 4 screws that holds the graphics card in place, while holding down the graphics card(avoiding the graphics card from poping out when you are unscrewing it) unscrew all 4 screws.
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Remove the 4 screws and slowly let the graphics rise like shown:
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Pull out the card
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Here is a picture of the old and the new card
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Looking at the heatsink, there is the old thermal pad, you can still use this one if you are swaping with a 8XXX series, they have the same thickness to the core, but if you have something with thinner core(usually smaller nm technology such as the ATi Radeon HD3650) you need to either use ALOT of thermal paste or a thicker version of the thermal pads, thermal pads are harder to locate in a local store.
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Here is a picture of the Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste
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If you have metal frame with your new card, you can remove it simply by pushing it out
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Insert the new card in the angle you have pulled out your old one
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Noticed that i kept the thermal paste from the shape ai squeezed it out
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Push the card down
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Screw the card in place
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2c. Close the case

Close the case as you opened it, check all the 9 screws are screwed back in.

3a. Install the driver (ATi)

You will be able to retrieve the driver from here(this is the ATi Vista driver provided directly for Acer laptops from Acer)
you can also find drivers from here but these have touble playing HD-DVD or Bluray, but if you just care about games this will be better.

3b. Install the driver (NVIDIA)

You will be able to retrieve the driver from here(this is the NVIDIA Vista driver provided directly for Acer laptops from Acer)
you can also find drivers from here but these have touble playing HD-DVD or Bluray, but if you just care about games this will be better.

4a. Remarks:

– I got my card off ebay

– My card had Acer bios preloaded, a blind flash may be required if you have another brand

– I am actually using ATi Mobility Radeon HD3650, since the 8600m GT had issues.

– This DIY guide is written by me.

– The primary opjective for this guide is to share my findings to worldwide. so others can follow, and no need to waste time for trial and error like I had to.

Link to the picture gallery

5a. References:
http://www.laptopvideo2go.com MXM upgrade info can be found here

6a. Contact

If you have other questions, please reply on the bottom here,www.theacerguy.com or Email me at morrismurphy@gmail.com