[ubuntu-uk] Buying a Acer Notebook.....

Daniel Lamb daniel.lamb at openyourwindows.com
Tue Feb 3 12:40:15 GMT 2009


Dave Morley wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-02-02 at 17:04 +0000, Robert Longstaff wrote:
>   
>>> I wondered if that was a good deal, also I wondered how easy it would be 
>>> to install Ubuntu on it. As it doesnt have a dvd/cd player, would Ubuntu 
>>> work on it, and how would I install it?
>>>       
>> I have an Aspire One 150 and I'm very satisfied with it. I immediately
>> wiped out Linpus and put generic Ubuntu Intrepid on it. After only
>> a small amount of tweaking (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne
>> is invaluable), nearly everything works perfectly.
>>
>> The only bit that doesn't are the card slots for certain types of
>> HD card, though I consider that minor. Otherwise the screen, wifi
>> and webcam are all fine.
>>
>> It's not brilliantly fast but not bad for a netbook. Admittedly, an
>> extra 512Mb would be good but I gather it's something of a nightmare
>> to install it - apparently you have to essentially dismantle the
>> entire machine to do so!
>>
>> The default battery only gives about 2h time, so I've ordered a larger
>> one which should give up to 6h.
>>
>> Finally, to install ubuntu, use the UNetbootin utlity
>> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UNetbootin) to transfer the ISO onto a
>> pen drive and boot from USB. Worked fine for me.
>>
>> Anything else, just ask!
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Robert.
>>
>>     
>
> You do have to dismantle it but it's not that hard as long as you take
> your time and are methodical.  It's a really nice machine to dismantle
> see the youtube videos
>   
My cousin has an Acer Aspire One and it worked fine with Ubuntu 
8.10(standard not one built for web books), picked up the wireless card 
with a little bit of playing about but 3g connection works fine out of 
the box. Very impressed by it.

Regards,
Daniel
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