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I am not ignoring all of you very helpful people! Just busy at work, and so find it difficult to get at this. Should have time this weekend. Thank you, I am looking forward to resolving this issue as the local store has Acer windows netbooks for $200, and I have been tempted to buy one. But . . . if I can get my barely used netbook up and running . . . well I will save myself the $200.
I have an Aspire One (model D150) and have successfully loaded Fedora 14 LiveCD (from USB stick).
In order to get it to work for you, you'll need access to another computer with internet access.
1. Download the Fedora 14 LiveCD .iso file to your computer. You can find it here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora
2. Then download and install the LiveCD Creator from Fedora's site: http://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator.
3. Run the LiveCD Creator program and have it install to your usb stick from the .iso image. (You'll need a stick no larger than 4GB formatted FAT to allow the Aspire One to recognize it in boot.)
4. Once you've created your Fedora 14 USB stick, plug it into your Aspire One and hit F12 when you see the Acer splash screen and select the USB stick as your boot device.
Fedora will then load. Once it has started and you're on the Fedora desktop, you will see an icon to allow you to install Fedora to your computer. Follow the instructions and you'll be fine.
This info is great but if your bios is buggered there will be no booting from any usb device and you will have to use the bios recovery option I pointed to in order to get anything other than a black screen.
Darn I lost my reply. Thank you Radasil. You had the easiest almost solution, and believe me I was very hopeful. I got an error message when I tried to install the program. I saved it, but have no clue where the error message is saved. I debugged it, and actually when I just tried to install I didn't get an error message. I can open Firefox booting from the thumb drive, but after I opened it I couldn't go anywhere. Clicking on x's won't close anything. Seems I can open some stuff but not close it, and a lot of stuff won't load. I hooked up hard wired to see if I could configure the wireless, or at least get on the net, and perhaps trouble shoot the problems, but that didn't work. I am not going to hold my breath, but hopefully something I have said about what is happening will give you an epiphany.
So I think the bios must be ok since it did boot from the USB thumb drive. I guess I would have to go and collect all of the drivers? I.e the cam etc.
Now I am at the bug part and when I tried to get the details it did disappear. I did get past the point above and then got a message that there was an error and it was probably a bug.
An unhandled exception has occurred. This is most likely a bug. Please save a copy of the detailed exception and file a bug report.
I tried using tab and shift tab to get back to the detail button to read the report, and I end up being taken back to the desktop where I could start all over. I am going to wait for further instructions as the same thing keeps happening, and I am not sure there is anything else I can do to change it.
I will check my data disk and see if by some chance it did save on there.
Oh and I checked the data disk and couldn't find the error details, it probably saved on the internal card. It was so close. To move around and open things I had to click on what I wanted to open and then use enter. In some instances I had to use tab and then enter. It was soooo close to working! One more thing . . . after reading over what I wrote, I was actually hard wired to the Internet, I couldn't manage the setup for wireless.