i use the same laptop with mandriva free 2008.0 64 bit. i use ndiswrapper with xp64 driver for atheros wifi card (i cant use madwifi, dont know why). vga card (gforce 7000m) updated with nvidia 169.kernel patch from mdv repos so i can run compiz (3d desktop). i also need to upgrade kernel with kernel 22.214.171.124-laptop from MDE (www.mde.djura.org
) because kernel 126.96.36.199 or 188.8.131.52 from mdv gave random hangs when booting. sound works by simply type ¨options snd_hda_intel model=acer¨ (without ¨¨) in /etc/modprobe.conf. lan card works straight away, it list in on top of /etc/modprobe.conf as ¨alias eth0 forcedeth¨ (again without ¨¨ :-)). the only problem so far i found is with suspends (Fn+F4 or from powersave menu), it sleeps but will not wake up; closing the lid will bring to suspend and wakes up when reopen it. same problems found with (K)Ubuntu 7.10 x64 and Suse 10.3 x64 for kernel, sound and suspend. i only tested the x64 version of the distros. never tested Fedora, sorry. havent check the modem and connection to external monitor. hope this info helps you.