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Old 08-06-2009, 02:07 PM   #1
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What Distro to run on Acer Aspire 3050


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Old 08-07-2009, 06:50 AM   #2
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Please provide us the machine configuration, Like processor , processor speed , memory , display card and also if possible the error that you got while installing other distros
Old 08-07-2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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Hello there, I had a most perplexing problem installing any distro of i386 linux on an older Acer Aspire laptop that had a 64 bit AMD processor, in theory, i386 distros should work on 64 bit processors, but this time it refused to install. Either I would get a system lockup during the install boot process or I would get some kind of ACPI or other kernel error. Then I tried the 64-bit version of OpenSUSE 9.0 and it installed and ran with no problem. Have you tried 64-bit distros? If not, give it a shot.
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Originally Posted by jogl_z_8 View Post
My son has an Acer Aspire 3050. I want to load it with a Linux distro but haven't found one that loads quick and easy. I have tried Debian (my favourite at this time), Puppy and Ubuntu without any luck. They seem to hang before really getting started with the install.

I want one that is a pretty easy install because I know he will be doing it again. He seems to get Windows Vista all bunged up on it pretty quick.

I have 3050 and I installed SUSE 10.2 on it fine.. I never tried anything above that but I am sure OpenSUSE would work great as well.
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if an old man's memory didn't fail, I think Aspire 3050 has 1.8G engine 512Mb Ram 80GHd, equally acceptable videocard onboard...?

You have multitude of choices in Linux to fit your NEED and PREFERENCE. Try to visit this site, here you shall be fully appraised of the choices:

If you wanted a rock solid stability, easy to install now, try Slackware 12.2.
Easy install and manage on line try Mint 7 KDE download an image here:

Hope this helps.
Old 08-07-2009, 10:47 AM   #6
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as a sanity check when you install the OS make sure you reformat the HD so there isn't anything lingering from a corrupted OS install... i know its elementary but it does help sometimes
Old 08-07-2009, 06:39 PM   #7
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Thanks guys,

All suggestions appreciated.

I'll dig in and let you know how it goes.


Went as well as could be expected.


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