ACER 5517 VIRTUALIZATION ENABLEMENT

How do I enable virtualization for an ACER 5517-5136. I have searched many places and even called ACER, who want $50.00 to assist in enabling VT. Please help.
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  1. Virtualization is only possible if your CPU supports it. What exactly is your CPU?
  2. r_manic said:
    Virtualization is only possible if your CPU supports it. What exactly is your CPU?


    I have an ACER Aspire 5517-5136 w/an Athlon 64 TF-20 1.6GHz Processor. Numerous programs I had run tells me I am capable of Vitualization. Unfortunately I can not turn it on at the bios. I called ACER concerning the matter, and they will tell me how and walk me through it for a fee of $50 - $100. The machine is capable of virtualization. I don't want to spend the money if I do not have to.

    Thank for your reply
    alex66
  3. ^I'm looking at the specs right now: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K8/AMD-Athlon%2064%20TF-20%20-%20AMGTF20HAX4DN.html

    It doesn't seem to be able to do VT as it is missing the AMD V feature...... it seems as if your laptop CPU is NOT able to do VT.

    To be sure, download CPUZ and tell us what it says under "Instructions".
  4. A few days ago I bought an acer aspire 5517 to run Ubuntu 9.10.

    I'm not sure but I believe that the 'svm' entry below indicates that the AMD Athlon TF-20 supports virtualization:

    john@john-laptop:~$ lshw
    WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
    john-laptop
    description: Computer
    width: 32 bits
    *-core
    description: Motherboard
    physical id: 0
    *-memory
    description: System memory
    physical id: 0
    size: 1757MiB
    *-cpu
    product: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor TF-20
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 1
    bus info: cpu@0
    version: 15.12.2
    size: 800MHz
    capacity: 800MHz
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt rdtscp x86-64 3dnowext 3dnow up extd_apicid pni cx16 lahf_lm svm extapic cr8_legacy 3dnowprefetch cpufreq
    *-cache:0
    description: L1 cache
    physical id: 0
    size: 128KiB
    *-cache:1
    description: L2 cache
    physical id: 1
    size: 512KiB
    *-pci:0
    description: Host bridge
    product: RS780 Host Bridge
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 100
    bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    *-pci:0
    description: PCI bridge
    product: RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
    resources: ioport:7000(size=4096) memory:92100000-922fffff ioport:80000000(size=268435456)
    *-display
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: RS780M/RS780MN [Radeon HD 3200 Graphics]
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 5
    bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list rom
    configuration: driver=fglrx_pci latency=0
    resources: irq:29 memory:80000000-8fffffff(prefetchable) ioport:7000(size=256) memory:92200000-9220ffff memory:92100000-921fffff
    *-pci:1
    description: PCI bridge
    product: RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 4
    bus info: pci@0000:00:04.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
    resources: irq:25 ioport:3000(size=16384) memory:91100000-920fffff ioport:90000000(size=16777216)
    *-network
    description: Wireless interface
    product: BCM4312 802.11b/g
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    logical name: eth1
    version: 01
    serial: c4:17:fe:67:f3:d9
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=wl0 driverversion=5.10.91.9 latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
    resources: irq:16 memory:91100000-91103fff
    *-pci:2
    description: PCI bridge
    product: RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 5
    bus info: pci@0000:00:05.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pci bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pcieport-driver
    resources: irq:26 ioport:2000(size=4096) memory:91000000-910fffff
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: Atheros AR8132 / L1c Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
    vendor: Attansic Technology Corp.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:08:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: c0
    serial: 70:5a:b6:22:86:b6
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion=1.0.0.1-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=0 multicast=yes
    resources: irq:28 memory:91000000-9103ffff ioport:2000(size=128)
    *-storage
    description: SATA controller
    product: SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [IDE mode]
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 11
    bus info: pci@0000:00:11.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: storage bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ahci latency=64
    resources: irq:27 ioport:8038(size=8) ioport:804c(size=4) ioport:8030(size=8) ioport:8048(size=4) ioport:8010(size=16) memory:92306000-923063ff
    *-usb:0
    description: USB Controller
    product: SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 12
    bus info: pci@0000:00:12.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: bus_master
    configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
    resources: irq:16 memory:92305000-92305fff
    *-usb:1
    description: USB Controller
    product: SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 12.1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:12.1
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: bus_master
    configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
    resources: irq:16 memory:92304000-92304fff
    *-usb:2
    description: USB Controller
    product: SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 12.2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:12.2
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=64
    resources: irq:17 memory:92306400-923064ff
    *-serial
    description: SMBus
    product: SBx00 SMBus Controller
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 14
    bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
    version: 3c
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: cap_list
    configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
    resources: irq:0
    *-ide
    description: IDE interface
    product: SB700/SB800 IDE Controller
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 14.1
    bus info: pci@0000:00:14.1
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: ide bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=pata_atiixp latency=64
    resources: irq:16 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:8000(size=16)
    *-multimedia
    description: Audio device
    product: SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 14.2
    bus info: pci@0000:00:14.2
    version: 00
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=HDA Intel latency=64
    resources: irq:16 memory:92300000-92303fff
    *-isa
    description: ISA bridge
    product: SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 14.3
    bus info: pci@0000:00:14.3
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: isa bus_master
    configuration: latency=0
    *-pci:3
    description: PCI bridge
    product: SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
    vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    physical id: 14.4
    bus info: pci@0000:00:14.4
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pci bus_master
    resources: ioport:1000(size=4096)
    *-pci:1
    description: Host bridge
    product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 101
    bus info: pci@0000:00:18.0
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:2
    description: Host bridge
    product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 102
    bus info: pci@0000:00:18.1
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:3
    description: Host bridge
    product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 103
    bus info: pci@0000:00:18.2
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    *-pci:4
    description: Host bridge
    product: K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 104
    bus info: pci@0000:00:18.3
    version: 00
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    configuration: driver=k8temp
    resources: irq:0
    *-network:0
    description: Wireless interface
    physical id: 1
    logical name: wlan1
    serial: 00:02:72:82:9f:b0
    capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes ip=192.168.0.50 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
    *-network:1 DISABLED
    description: Ethernet interface
    physical id: 2
    logical name: vboxnet0
    serial: 0a:00:27:00:00:00
    capabilities: ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes
    john@john-laptop:~$

    Last night I installed VirtualBox 3.1.6 r59338 to check out the current Ubuntu 10.04 daily build .iso.

    The Hardware Virtualization options in VB were enabled by default.
  5. Shadow703793 said:
    ^I'm looking at the specs right now: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K8/AMD-Athlon%2064%20TF-20%20-%20AMGTF20HAX4DN.html

    It doesn't seem to be able to do VT as it is missing the AMD V feature...... it seems as if your laptop CPU is NOT able to do VT.

    To be sure, download CPUZ and tell us what it says under "Instructions".



    I went to the line and read the overview of the cpu and it does sup[port virtualization. Iam still looking for a way to turn it on. ACER BIOS will will allow turn on, but acer technicians will for a fee assist me in turning it on.
  6. alex66 said:
    I went to the line and read the overview of the cpu and it does sup[port virtualization. Iam still looking for a way to turn it on. ACER BIOS will will allow turn on, but acer technicians will for a fee assist me in turning it on.


    Hi alex66.

    The 5517 (which as I noted above, appears to support hardware virtualization under *Ubuntu 9.10) I bought last month uses BIOS ver. 1.09 (2009/12/14)

    Which BIOS version (and for that matter which wi-fi card: Atheros or Broadcom?) does your 5517-5136 have?

    *I installed Ubuntu 10.04 last night and here is the cpu portion of the lshw Terminal output:

    *-cpu
    description: CPU
    product: AMD Athlon(tm) Processor TF-20
    vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
    physical id: 20
    bus info: cpu@0
    version: 15.12.2
    serial: NotSupport
    slot: Socket S1G1
    size: 800MHz
    capacity: 1600MHz
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 200MHz
    capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt rdtscp x86-64 3dnowext 3dnow up extd_apicid pni cx16 lahf_lm svm extapic cr8_legacy 3dnowprefetch cpufreq
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