Errr, Owning a ZG5 myself. Is the Wireless enabled/turned on in Bios?
Because my Acer Aspire One works out of the box on all Linux distros with a current Kernel.
Is yours a Acer Aspire One 432 model?
Broadcom BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller driver: bcma-pci-bridge
I wish Acer would be consistent on what wireless chips they put in Acer Aspire Ones. For example, mine
Atheros AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
Menu>Gedit>open Gedit. (or Geany, Mousepad, Leafpad, what ever text editor shows in Menu)
Type in terminal
Hit return/Enter key on keyboard. Let it spit out a readout.
Move mouse pointer into terminal.
Left click bottom of readout to highlight the readout in terminal.
When highlighted. Right click and select Copy.
Now Maximise Gedit or Mousepad or Leafpad or Geany (not sure what text editor is used)
Move mouse to middle of blank window.
Right click and select paste.
Now move mouse to top of toolbar and pick File>Save as
Name it mintwifi
Save in Documents folder. Repeat above steps for inxi except save as inxi -Fxx
because in terminal you will run
When both documents are saved in Documents folder. Plug in a pendrive. It should automount in Mint.
Open Documents first. Use the Ctrl+Left click to highlight both files.
Right click next on one of them.
Now go back into the pendrive.
Right click in empty window and select paste.
Power down when done.
Post back using the operating system of your choice the contents inside those two files using copy and paste between code tags located in the advanced reply bar (looks like This--->#)
Hope that is detailed enough. Happy Trails, Rok
Edit: Just noticed Mint12 as the operating system.
12 Lisa Ubuntu Oneiric Obsolete since April 2013.
So all this is moot any ways.