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Old 05-25-2015, 08:04 AM   #1
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Anyone got a copy of Acer Aspire 1 Linux v1.0.9 recovery disc, please?


We use the Aspire 1 solely for internet use. A few weeks ago something happened and I needed to make a recovery usb from the dvd provided with the machine. I have done this on previous occasions without issue but now find I can't create the usb and on looking at the dvd find it has a couple of marks on it (all the family denies knowledge). Has anyone got a spare copy of the dvd or has the recovery dvd on a usb, please, to assist an OAP? Best wishes.... Neil
 
Old 05-25-2015, 08:42 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Neil Longsden View Post
We use the Aspire 1 solely for internet use. A few weeks ago something happened and I needed to make a recovery usb from the dvd provided with the machine. I have done this on previous occasions without issue but now find I can't create the usb and on looking at the dvd find it has a couple of marks on it (all the family denies knowledge). Has anyone got a spare copy of the dvd or has the recovery dvd on a usb, please, to assist an OAP? Best wishes.... Neil
A simple duckduckgo search found: Acer Aspire One Linux recovery DVD available for download
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Acer has posted a disc image on its FTP site with everything you need to restore an Acer Aspire One mini-laptop with Linpus Linux Lite to its factory default condition. There are three ways to use the 1GB disc image to restore your system. You can download the disc image and burn it to a DVD, then use a USB DVD drive to boot your system from the disc. If you dont have a USB DVD drive, you can burn the image to a disc, and then run the utility on another PC that has a DVD drive to prepare a USB stick that can be used to install the software on your Aspire ONe.

Or you can follow the instructions at macles to use the Acer Aspire One Recovery DVD Installer, which will let you prepare the USB stick without first burning the DVD to disc.
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!

Last edited by onebuck; 05-25-2015 at 08:44 AM. Reason: add a comment
 
Old 05-25-2015, 10:14 AM   #3
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Still struggling

Thank you for the very prompt response. I tried to search the Acer ftp site for the A110 with serial number and snid no but none of them was recognised. I then contacted acer via their contact page, entered the model no and snid no and it was verified as correct!! Perhaps the 110 is not now being supported? I have sent acer an email asking if they could let me have a cd, usb or internet link to restore it to factory settings on Linux.
I'll keep you updated but in the meantime if anyone can assist me I would be very grateful. Thank you.... Neil
 
Old 05-25-2015, 11:07 AM   #4
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Neil,

Download Linpus Linux 9.6.iso from:

http://ftp.twaren.net/Linux/Linpus/

Then burn the .iso image to a bootable USB flash drive, using the following instructions.

How to create a bootable USB drive (Mint):
http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/744

Download the LL9.6.iso file to Desktop.

Type
Code:
cd Desktop
(press Enter)

Type
Code:
ls
(press Enter)

All files on Desktop will be listed including LL9.6.iso

~ represents /home/neil

Replace linuxmint.iso with LinpusLinux9.6.iso (may be lower case).

Replace sdx with sdc or sdc1 or sdd etc

When .iso image has been burned, boot from USB drive into Acer One.

Amend this to suit:

Code:
sudo dd if=~/Desktop/linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdx oflag=direct  bs=1048576

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Old 05-25-2015, 11:11 AM   #5
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Is this linpus-lite?
If so then revovery wouldn't be of much use, you may as well download something that's upto-date.
From this site.
Quote:
The Linpus system contains not only the free and open source operating system, but also Acer-specific "shareware" - users classify this as "nagware," because it asks you to register on Acer's website and purchase a full version.[citation needed] The fact that the Acer distribution contains this software prevents the system from being considered a fully free/open operating system.
Not sure if you have to pay for it, but you can download any of the versions from distrowatch
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=linpus
 
Old 05-25-2015, 11:21 AM   #6
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I use a more up to date distro on my Aspire One 532 called Antix, it is a 'live' distro, maybe you'd like to take a look.
http://antix.mepis.com/index.php?title=Main_Page
 
Old 05-25-2015, 01:09 PM   #7
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Is this linpus-lite?
If so then revovery wouldn't be of much use, you may as well download something that's upto-date.
From this site.

Not sure if you have to pay for it, but you can download any of the versions from distrowatch
http://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=linpus
Don't use any of the latest isos on that ZG5. Mine when I had was a 32 bit atom N270 cpu build.

Quote:
System Requirements :

64 bit CPU: Intel/AMD 1GHz or higher processor
Like fatmac mentioned. I ran AntiX and MX-14 also on mine before I gave it to my in-law relative.

Edit: Older 1.7 Linpus iso links at distrowatch are giving

Quote:
404: File Not Found
But 1.6 seems ok

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07033

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Read the full press release and this Quick Start Guide (in PDF format) for more information. Download the installation DVD image from here: Lite1.6.1.0.019.iso (841MB).
Seems OK?

Quote:
The system requirements to install the Linpus Lite 1.6
desktop edition
are as follows:

CPU: Intel/AMD 1GHz or higher processor

HDD:
Recommended
6GB (SATA/IDE/SSD) and 4GB free contiguous space

Memory:
Recommended
1G
B RAM
or better

VGA: Intel, nVidia or ATI VGA cards

OS version: Microsoft Windows 7(32 bit)/Vista/X
But the Siamese thing with Windows kinda throws me for a loop.

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Old 05-25-2015, 03:25 PM   #8
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Neil,

If the choice can be wider than just Linpus, then definitely go for MX-14 as others have recommended.
 
Old 05-26-2015, 02:50 AM   #9
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neil longsden,

does it really have to be linpus? if so, searching "acer aspire linux recovery disc" gave loads of relevant looking results.
most of the links are probably dead; you can try the wayback machine.

apart from that, i am running a current linux distro on an acer aspire one zg5, so re-installing wouldn't be a problem.
 
Old 05-26-2015, 04:07 AM   #10
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Neil,

For more info on MX-14, look at post #3 here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...or-4175543393/

Personally I would not use Linpus.

If you use Google, you will see that Linpus has attracted a fair amount of negative comment from users.
 
Old 05-26-2015, 03:29 PM   #11
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Wow

To all who have taken the time and trouble to respond a huge THANK YOU.

I have not replied sooner because I am out of my depth with the technical expressions used. I am a techno thicky and getting on in years.

As mentioned above we bought this A101 ZG5 a couple of years ago for my wife to just search the internet without having a heavy weight on her knees as is with a laptop.

A couple of months ago she switched on and the screen eventually said to insert a boot cd. This had happened in a couple of occasions in the past and I have created a recovery disc on usb using the cd provided with the machine - however the cd now runs for about 5 mins and then stops so I can not transfer the files over to the usb.

I have been onto Acer - as much as a chocolate fireguard. They tell me the Linux OS is available on their website (give us a clue please) I'm damned if I can find it.

To the kind people who have suggested alternative OS may I mention I want to be able to connect to the internet, send emails and search internet. I also would like a siomple basic word processing programme (just in case)

Which of the 'alternatives' mentioned above would fit that criteria, please? Would it be a case of simply downloading from the internet onto a cd or usb and then using usb to transfer onto the ZG5? Would I then have to download other programmes to give internet email and word processing progs please?

Sorry to be a pain. I must seem very ungrateful but I am not. I am lost with Linux and am looking for a cheap easy way to connect wife to internet as an alternative to Britain's Got Talent (joke)

I look forward to receiving your fulsome advice. Best wishes.... Neil
 
Old 05-26-2015, 04:08 PM   #12
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Neil,

Assuming that you are in the UK, I suggest that your easiest route is to contact the bloke running Depot 52D and ask him if he can do you a Zorin OS 9 LITE USB drive.

Here are some of his Linux items, all with 100% feedback:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?_od...w=usb&_sacat=0
 
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:39 PM   #13
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Would it be a case of simply downloading from the internet onto a cd or usb and then using usb to transfer onto the ZG5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsDHM68jM8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELFmEALnGXM

The above 2 links is to show what we are talking about here.
The 1st link explains how to make a linux bootable usb for the ZG5.
The 2nd one is for members here.So to see how low specs can be that you have not mentioned. Like ram size for one.

Quote:
Would I then have to download other programmes to give internet email and word processing progs please?
No. I know MX-14 comes with LibreOffice, A pretty new kernel for the wireless chip on the ZG5 (which is not the latest and greatest) and also a inbuilt email client. Other suggestions given also have a browser, email client, and office applications.

This note book I am posting from is my ZG5 replacement.
I like it because it has a touchscreen and wireless n.
Cost was 40 bucks.

Quote:
I have been onto Acer - as much as a chocolate fireguard. They tell me the Linux OS is available on their website (give us a clue please) I'm damned if I can find it.
That 2nd video link I posted mentions giving a email address and info
before the iso link will be given. Maybe why you can't find.

Lastly. Before anyone can give any better advice. Acer made a lot of ZG5 net books. In all kinds of configurations. From 160 gig hard drives to 8 gig SSD hard drives. The ram varies from 512MB to 1 gig depending on the model. So you might as well say the specs before anyone goes any further with any suggestions.

Like
cpu= (atom single core N270?)
ram= (512MB or 1GIG?)
HD= (8gig SSD or 160 gig sata?)

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Old 05-27-2015, 12:43 PM   #14
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thank you

ROKY.....thanks for all the info..... I'm wathing the videos and trying to get the grey cels round it.. as mentioned I m a techno thcky.

I have found the CPU is Intel(R) Atom (TM) CPU N270 wih a speed of 1.6GHz.

How do I find ram etc?

I am sure this is the lowest powered/ memory base AO A110 with the cheapest components!!!

Neil

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Old 05-27-2015, 03:39 PM   #15
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Beachboy2

Beachboy2, many thanks for the advice I will get onto it on Thursday - just spent all day with 8yrs granddaughter running rings round me!!!

I am grateful for all the advice you have provided. I am in the UK at Rochdale

Will the os you mentioned fit onto the Acer AO A110 - I think this is very low powered. Someone once mentioned this machine is so low on ram it would not accomodate windows lite programmes which is why they used linux.

Best wishes.... Neil
 
  


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