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ACER 5517 VIRTUALIZATION ENABLEMENT

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April 2, 2010 2:35:30 PM

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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April 7, 2010 6:08:05 AM

Virtualization is only possible if your CPU supports it. What exactly is your CPU?
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April 14, 2010 12:29:25 AM

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
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April 17, 2010 10:08:42 AM

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:D 9
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.
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May 1, 2010 1:02:43 AM

Shadow703793 said:
^I'm looking at the specs right now: http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/K8/AMD-Athlon%2064%20TF-2...

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.
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May 1, 2010 4:58:08 AM

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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