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    Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    I got one of the 512mb ram / 160gb hard drive ones and I am not too fond of the restricted Linux OS on there. Is any other distro known to work well? Maybe Ubuntu?

    Also does anyone know if it is possible to connect my WM6 PPC with one of these for syncing and connection sharing?

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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Ahh, found this

    Next question: Is dual boot Linpus/Ubuntu possible?

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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Ahh, found this

    Next question: Is dual boot Linpus/Ubuntu possible?
    yeah, but it'll slow down your boot times as you need to wait for grub to appear & offer you a choice

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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    The only added boot time is waiting for user input. You can change the time delay in /boot/grub/menu.lst.
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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    I got one of the 512mb ram / 160gb hard drive ones and I am not too fond of the restricted Linux OS on there. Is any other distro known to work well? Maybe Ubuntu?

    Also does anyone know if it is possible to connect my WM6 PPC with one of these for syncing and connection sharing?

    I seem to remember Dangel using Windows 7 on one of these but I think he had upgraded the RAM. Worth considering?
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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zadock View Post
    I seem to remember Dangel using Windows 7 on one of these but I think he had upgraded the RAM. Worth considering?
    No, i'm running a completely standard Acer One - 1gb RAM and 120gb HD. Windows 7 runs like an absolute dream on it - and yes, it 'feels' better than XP (i'm dual booting) on it The bundled linux install was crap tbh - it lasted all of ten minutes [note: because the distro chosen is crap]

    Windows 7 adapts very well - i.e. if you ask it to save max. power it'll turn off aero and the new funky boot screen is disabled (presumably to not increase boot time on such a low powered device). Not tried Vista on it but i'm pretty sure it'd suck big time in all honesty by comparison..
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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Standard Acer has 512mb ram... I am going to buy 1gb so I will stick Win 7 on! and maybe ubuntu too

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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Sim - read the guides and install and extra 1Gb, it's worth it. Search the laptops forum for posts I made on the subject.

    There's even a hard drive mod I'm gonna try at some point:

    http://qik.com/video/183950 ...as I have the SSD and it sucks monkey balls.

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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Quote Originally Posted by SiM View Post
    Standard Acer has 512mb ram...
    Only if you think there's just one model

    In the same way you can have a SSD instead of a HD, you can have 512mb or 1gb

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspire_One

    1gb = fine for W7. I chose the 1gb/120gb HD model because I read how bad the SSD was - tbh (having an eee with a SSD) i'm glad i did - lots of space and resume from hibernate is impressively fast (on XP or W7).

    The downsides - they're a **** to dismantle - and you need to do that to replace/add memory (no easy acess flap on the bottom). The atheros wifi card is problematic - i'm replacing mine with an intel one asap. YMMV.
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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Dangel - funny you should say you have problems with the atheros wifi card - seems rock solid in mine. It's given great reception and stabile connectivity everywhere in the house - you sure it's not the router causing the problems?

    Used in conjunction with XP

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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    Quote Originally Posted by cptwhite_uk View Post
    Dangel - funny you should say you have problems with the atheros wifi card - seems rock solid in mine. It's given great reception and stabile connectivity everywhere in the house - you sure it's not the router causing the problems?

    Used in conjunction with XP
    There's lots of people with the problem (see the aspire one forums) but i'm coming to think it's driver related - the newer atheros drivers are utter cack!
    Still, I will replace mine nonetheless - it's cheap and i like taking things to bits

    Just got an extended battery for it - getting 7-8 hours of use out of it now
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    Re: Which OS for the Acer Aspire One?

    If you want to test the driver I'm using just let me know - I have everything backed up.

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