Installing Ubuntu on Acer Aspire One

24 Mar

Installing Linux on the Acer Aspire one is a hit and miss proposition as you don’t know how much work you will to do to make it work smoothly and without a hitch.

Until now I had fedora 10 installed without any problems and while I had not tested everything on it the wifi was working out of the box which was fantastic and saved me a lot of trouble of going through the internet and mucking about the system until it worked. The only problem I had was that the font size was on the large side and even though I made adjustments to the font size to make it smaller it kept bugging me. Also note that the fedora software repositories are vast and installing things is a breeze and usually involves just finding the RPM -> download and let the package manager install it.

I gave Ubuntu another try last night and despite my earlier grief I managed to get the wifi working, and now its still working almost 24 hours later although I haven’t updated the system in fear of the wifi failing again.

Installing Fedora or Ubuntu.

Part A
Getting the OS on a USB:

  1. Download the OS from the Ubuntu website
  2. Download Unetbootin
  3. Plug in a formatted USB which is 1GB or more
  4. Open Unebootin and look for Disk Image and select it and where the ‘…’ are press and go to where you downloaded Ubuntu and select it. *
  5. By default it chooses the USB, so all you need to do now is press ok and wait while it creates a bootable USB.
  6. After it is done reboot and press F12 when you see the ACER startup screen.
  7. Choose the USB option.
  8. Select default and wait for the Ubuntu Live CD to load.
  9. * Alternatively you can skip step 1 and use Unebootin to download the Ubuntu distribution you want to use.

    Part 2 coming tommorow.

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2 Responses to “Installing Ubuntu on Acer Aspire One”

  1. x tream April 13, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    acer aspire one aoa150-1126
    I’ve spent 30 some years traveling for a living and also just for fun! Always took a laptop along for biz, and occasionally took a small Winbook on personal trips. I found the Acer Aspire One while looking for something else. My unit has the 3 cell battery which will only go approx 2 hours at best. But for travel it’s great! It’s light, sturdy and the XP software is faster than Vista. Startup time is just about a minute! I can’t say enough good things about this unit. Be prepared to buy a portable cd/dvd for down loadning movies, programs etc… I recently found a very compact Sony drive for $100. In this case my total expenditure was $450 for both.
    If your looking for a unit to take along on trips – this is it! No need to spend $800 to $1000 for HP or others – this one fills the bill!

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