I've had so many issues with the Acer tm 8204 laptop, that I regret buying it. This post is for people like me who endlessly search the net for an impossible fix to the 8204-LinuxMint is the best fix so far.
Everything works outofthebox except for the 34express card slot. I don't even know where to begin to look to try and fix that.
Linux Mint is beautiful on the notebook. The ati driver for the x1600 is much better when installed via Envy rather than applied through the OS. Google Earth and other intense Visualization apps flashed prior to the driver provided through Envy. Compiz runs smooth full blast.
The install was done safely through the Software Manager from the mintMenu.
I hope this helps someone, because it sure feels good actually having a smooth and fast OS on the once so called beefy notebook.