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ACER Aspire One A150 running dual boot Linux and WIN XP now

Posted 06-19-2012 at 11:47 AM by error_401
Updated 10-11-2015 at 06:22 AM by error_401 (New Information)

Updated: see at end of article

Had some time to fiddle with my netbook lately.

As I use it only for work abroad to connect to the internet and listen to music it was not a priority to change the OS on that one too. And sometimes it comes in handy to have a native Windows System running somewhere.

So I decided on setting up LINUX Debian 6.0 Squeeze to dual boot with Windows XP SP3.

First I had to generate a bootable USB stick following the instructions given in the tutorial. With the stick I could boot the installer and formatted the main partition of the hard drive into two equal partitions. About 70 GB each that should work.

Then I had to reinstall Windows which proved to be a bit more tricky as I had to figure the way to boot from the recovery partition. After several retrys I finally had it running and re-installed Windows into the second partition.

Finally I had to update the GRUB bootloader to reflect all the OS's now on the system.
A treat - now I can boot into Linux or choose to boot Windows at startup.

Have such an ACER Aspire and want it to run Linux as well? Here is the info provided in the LQ HCL.

Have fun

Had to do some maintenance on it. The Acer Aspire One is notorious for being unable to charge batteries once discharged below a certain point. Flashing the BIOS with v3010 helped. This was a problem I could not solve with Linux as it's a flaw in the BIOS.

Been updating this one.

After backing up all the data on it I simply went on with: (no risk - no fun)

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade

This is the preparation, to have all the latest on the machine before stepping it up to the next distro.
I choose to manually step up to the distro I want and therefore use the distro nickname in the sources.list file.

Go to /etc/apt/ and edit the sources.list file by replacing your current distro name with the one you want - in my case "jessie".

Then re-run the above:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
apt-get dist-upgrade

Updated 7 laptops and 3 desktops that way without so much of a snitch.
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