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Old 02-07-2009, 10:50 AM   #1
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Acer Aspire One


I've just got an Acer Aspire One for my birthday coming up next week, Mrs. Saptech bought it for me. It has the 160gb hd, 1gb mem & Winxp.

I've read about the DebianAcerOne installation and would like to hear others' experience installing & using it or any other distro.

Are people using the normal distro ISO to install or a special netbook version? Did everything work out the box as expected? Do tell.

Thnx.
 
Old 02-07-2009, 04:20 PM   #2
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I think people must be using a special netbook version. Some of the Ubuntu variants are available in linuxtracker.org
 
Old 02-07-2009, 07:15 PM   #3
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I use the normal, Ubuntu 8.10 on my Aspire One... It works great. I left the restore partition there... "just in case". Using 8.10 though.. Almost everything works out of the box. Only things I'm aware of that don't, are Wireless and The mic... I don't use the mic, so I can't verify that, I've just read it elsewhere.

Install Cheese, and your webcam should run video w/ no problems.

If your device has the Atheros device (lspci shows it as AR242x), it is very easy to get working.... Post #3 should get your wireless going if you have that device... Its easiest to do if you can hook up to a wired connection for a couple of minutes, but if you can't, I believe the file is on the install disk.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=967654

Everything else, 3D graphics(compiz), sound, etc, all works w/o issue.

IGF
 
Old 02-09-2009, 02:59 PM   #4
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Hey, thnx for the info guys. Another question. The AAO came with AT&T 3g wifi deal and if I install linux, would I still be able to use the 3g wifi? It has the builtin 3g wifi nic or whatever it's called.
 
Old 02-10-2009, 09:32 AM   #5
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I have Debian on my AAO and it works great.. Loving it.

Check the links in my sig. for install guides for other OS's and tweaks for the AAO.

I dont' see any reason the internal 3G wouldn't work with Linux..
I'm sure if you searched for the model of 3G card and Linux you would find a how-to guide..
 
Old 02-11-2009, 02:43 AM   #6
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Wrong topic.

Last edited by FredGSanford; 02-11-2009 at 02:44 AM.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 07:43 AM   #7
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One more that will be working: Dreamlinux 3.5 (Debian Lenny based); just testing the RC6, all hardware is supported. The final release will be around the 28.02.
cheers, @nno
 
Old 02-14-2009, 08:28 AM   #8
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Yes, Ubuntu works perfectly in the AAO. I got it up and running in less than one hour. The fan control is worse than the windows one , but it will get better, and you need to carry the ath_pci source always , because after every kernel update , you will lose your wireless. Boot up in nearly 45 seconds and shutdown in 11 , thought in my netbook it takes around 20 , because tty1 doesnt listen to the KILL signal, and the "acpid" deamon takes long to exit. (any solutions for that?) And one question: Do both wireless network lights work? Because only the right one works for me, (Even on linpus) or is it the left for the wired connection?

Last edited by andrew22; 02-14-2009 at 08:29 AM. Reason: Made more "understandable"!
 
Old 02-15-2009, 05:50 PM   #9
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This is for Debian, not sure if it works for Ubuntu.

The wireless LED can be activated (in conjunction with madwifi modules) by adding to /etc/sysctl.conf the lines

dev.wifi0.ledpin=3
dev.wifi0.softled=1

and restarting sysctl (or rebooting). This fix doesn't work with the ath5k module, but a similar fix is anticipated for the ath5k module included in
the 2.6.29 kernel version.
 
Old 02-15-2009, 05:55 PM   #10
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I've finally got debian installed and wireless working. Now need to work on getting the 3g wireless working.
 
Old 02-16-2009, 08:39 AM   #11
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Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by Saptech View Post
This is for Debian, not sure if it works for Ubuntu.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne

Quote:
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dev.wifi0.ledpin=3
dev.wifi0.softled=1
I did that, but it isnt working, nor was it working on linpus (pre-installed).for So , I will send it for service. (I got one dead , and one semi-dead pixel in the center area, and the left wifi led is broken)
 
Old 02-16-2009, 09:06 AM   #12
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I've only ever noticed one wifi LED on the front edge of the AspireOne next to the switch that enables/disables the wifi.
 
Old 02-16-2009, 11:19 AM   #13
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My AAO came with the AT&T 3G wifi and has a LED on the left hand side and regular wifi LED on the right had side, with the switch below them. I haven't started on getting the 3G working yet.

Adding those commands did bring activity lights to the LED on my Debian Sid.

Sorry I can't be more help, but thanks to all the others that offered me help.
 
Old 02-16-2009, 12:41 PM   #14
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I will upload a pic from the wifi kill switch and the leds above it later.
 
Old 02-16-2009, 04:18 PM   #15
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http://img19.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc00184sd7.jpg and http://img19.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc00185du7.jpg are some pics of my wifi leds. In one of them , I caught the one led blinking, the other led is therefore , dead. Warning, I took the photo upside down and forgot to spin it to normal. Sorry for the bad quality, it is a phone picture.

Last edited by andrew22; 02-16-2009 at 04:22 PM. Reason: Duplicate link and apologies for res.
 
  


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