[sclug] Acer Aspire One and Ubuntu Flavours

Jason Rivers jason at jasonrivers.co.uk
Tue Dec 23 00:10:13 UTC 2008


I recently did an install of Ubuntu 8.10 on an Acer Aspire One laptop, and
everything worked out of the box, appart from the Wifi adaptor.

This was actually very easy to solve, You'll need a wired connection and you
need to blacklist the "ath_pci" module (/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist) and then
install the right driver:

sudo  apt-get install linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic

add "ath5k" to /etc/modules

from here, you have 2 choices, you can reboot, or you can run the following
2 commands to have it working in the current session (I don't like the
Reboot theory too much)

sudo rmmod ath_pci
sudo modprobe ath5k

from here you have working wifi.

The device I installed on was also a 120GB disk version, with 512MB memory,
and the Atom CPU, all works very well on this device, and hopefully the wifi
issue won't be in the modules for too long.

I was once a fan of Ubuntu, and I still use it on my Eee, 8.10 also works
VERY well with Mobile broadband - which is great, as I just bought one.

Hope this helps.


On Mon, Dec 22, 2008 at 11:44 PM, Matthew Cox <spudgun79 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I will be acquiring an Aspire One on Christmas morning, and one of the
> first
> things I would like to do is put Ubuntu on it.  I've yet to decide which
> version, but have narrowed it down to Ubuntu, Xubuntu, or something I have
> only come across recently, the Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR).  The model is
> the
> version with 1GB RAM and the 120GB HD for which I have also picked up the
> optional 6 cell battery.
> Does anyone have any experience with any of the above with the Aspire One?
> I've been through the Ubuntu Community Help for getting everything up and
> running with Hardy Heron and there's a lot to tweak, but thats half the
> fun.  However the UNR seems to dispense with most of that so I'm wondering
> whether that is the way to go along with the screen size considerations.
> The only thing that concerns me really is making sure the fan control works
> properly so it doesn't get cooked!
> Regards,
> Matt.

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