Review: Acer Aspire One

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Geri Druckman reviews the Acer Aspire One ultra-portable laptop.

For more information, see:

http://us.acer.com/aspireone/

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Battery not charging

Minty's picture

Mine had the same problem it just needs a power reset:

Remove battery
remove power cord
Press and hold power on button for 30 seconds
insert battery and power cord
Power up and you're done.

This worked for me, but if it doesn't trying flashing the BIOS.

help

bethanie's picture

right this keeps happening to me
i type
~/.gconf/system/networking ~/
^ but before all that theres @mcv@ or something but i cant remember the hole terminal
can you help me please?
what is-it?

Installing Skype

Chris H's picture

I've been having problems installing Skype. I downloaded Skype, fedora 10+. At first nothing seemed to happen after the intial download, plus i'm completely new to Linux. But typing xcfe-setting-show in terminal as advised here, enabled me to bring Skype up under network after a right click. However, when i click on the skype, nothing happens. I'm currently living in Japan, so any help here would be greatly appreciated.

acer has a version of skype

Anonymous's picture

acer has a version of skype on their support website that installs and works ok.

skype

Anonymous's picture

you have to look (google) for an older version of skype

installing firefox

Anonymous's picture

Hi
I'm new to this linux stuff and being completly pc dumb i'm looking for and idiots guide on how to instal and where to instal firefox 3.5 on my machine? i've got an acer aspire one A110 please help me?

solution

marvin's picture

hi, try to follow these steps to install firefox 3.6... http://macles.blogspot.com/2008/07/installing-firefox-3-on-acer-aspire-o...

Linux boot up eror on acer aspire 110

ptsclly's picture

Been very pleased so far with my Acer... however today my internet crashed...and with it laptop..

I had to hold down the power key to turn it off (wghich it did not like) and then it refused to boot up...

After several false starts it does eventually bootup.. well sort of..

The Internet does not configure and the taskbar has disappeared and there is a white box with a star giving the 'item not configured' message ... everything else works fine..

I copied the boot disc supplied onto a USB stick and then changed the boot setup as suggested in the bios... however the USB stick is ignored and it just boots as normal from the pc Hard drive...

This is a standard linpus lite OS.. help please!

I do not have an external CDRom.

Thanks

acer are a piece of pooopie

Anonymous's picture

acer are a piece of pooopie and DELL is way better

an' so be ye dickwad

Anonymous's picture

and so are you dickwad

MY WIRELESS CONECTION

Anonymous's picture

Please help me ASAP my acer aspire one is reallly annoying me the wireless connection button at the bottom on the taskbar is grey and you cant click on it therefore i cannot connect to the internet !! Please help as none of my wireless connections will show up :(

Taskbar Dissapeared

Anonymous's picture

Hey I Need Urgent Help I Have An Aspire One Netbook On The Linux Operation System And Now My Taskbar Has Dissapeared And Has Been Replaced With A Pop-up Saying 'New Item; new item has not yet been configured' What Do I Do To Get It Back? Thanks

Hi, did you get this problem

Anonymous's picture

Hi, did you get this problem solved?? The same thing keeps happening to my netbook

This Item has not yet been configured

Anonymous's picture

I have the exact same problem. Any solutions out there?

skype and webcam

Anonymous's picture

how do you make a skype video webcam call on acer one notebook

Dial up modem for Acer Aspire One with Linux

larry b's picture

Is there a way to add dial up capabilities to my Acer Aspire One that has the Linux operating system installed?

Help! Linpus Linux Lite acer aspire one

Anonymous's picture

Hi,
I was given an acer aspire one notebook with linpus linux lite OS, now I cannot find any compatible software in which I can download music e.g. Limewire etc. I tried to download Limewire for Linux but this did not work. Does anyone know of a FREE compatible programme that will provide a decent soloution? :)
Thanks

Im also having trouble with

Anonymous's picture

Im also having trouble with the acer aspire one .I downloaded Limewire for linux and it says LimeWireOther.zip and when I open it , it just shows me alot of files. :S someone please help

New item not yet configured

Anonymous's picture

i have this on my main page with like a star/sun shape in a box it has made the bar across the bottom of my screen dissapear and it will not let me connect to the internet the advise that people have given about deleteing the panel doesnt work and i dont have my boot disk doea anyone have any suggestions please i really depend on my computer

Hi, I have exactly the same

Anonymous's picture

Hi,

I have exactly the same issue. The box with the star shape, and no internet.

Any ideas?

Thanks

does anyone have an answer

Anonymous's picture

does anyone have an answer to thiis problem???

yes its a software problem

farker87's picture

yes its a software problem with the aspire one..... u need to contact acer via email and explain to them what the issue is..... unfortunately i had to send mine away to acer to be fixed due to this.

is there any other way of

Anonymous's picture

is there any other way of fixing it apart fro sending it

How do i make DOWNLOADS ????

Ana's picture

Hi there everyone! Can anyone explain me how to make a download on this Acer Aspire Netbook?? It is really frustrating i try to download files like e-mule or lime wire etc... but the same thing appears for every download i try to make it asks me (WHAT SHOULD FIREFOX DO WITH THIS FILE? OPEN WITH FIREFOX WEB BROWSER (DEFAULT) OR SAVE TO DISK) I HAVE TRIED BOTH OPTIONS BUT IF I CHOOSE THE FIRST ONE IT JUST OPENS A NEW FIREFOX WINDOW WITH NOTHING ON IT THE SECOND ONE JUST SAVES IT BUT IT DOESNT ACTUALLY RUN! AND THE SAME THING HAPPENS IF I TRY TO INSTALL A GAME SUCH AS THE SIMS 3! I REALLY LIKE THIS NETBOOK BUT ITS STARTING TO STRESS ME OUT BECAUSE THE ONLY THING THAT I CAN ACTUALLY DO IS THE INTERNET BIT! MAYBE ITS JUST ME WHO'S STUPID LOOL BUT MAYBE BECAUSE I WAS USED TO A VISTA ONE I DONT KNOW!

Save To Disk

Mitch Frazier's picture

Save the file to disk. If Firefox's download list is not open go to the Tools menu in Firefox and select Downloads. Once you have the list of files that you've downloaded, right click on the one you want and select "Open". That should run it if it's a program or open it if it's a Document.

I'm not a SIMS3 user, but I believe that it requires a Windows or a Mac, so it's not gonna work on Linux. Anything that's an .exe file is not likely to work on Linux.

Mitch Frazier is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal.

THANKS but ANOTHER QUESTION

ana rodrigues's picture

so that means i cant download e-mule or limewire to make some music downloads because those files are exe. so what kinds of programs can i download does anyone know any good programs? Thanks that worked out i downloaded VLC MEDIA PLAYER!

There are a few bittorrent

Anonymous's picture

There are a few bittorrent clients that run on the acer.

Linux Programs

Mitch Frazier's picture

You should look for programs designed to run on Linux.

There is a Linux version of LimeWire.

Mitch Frazier is an Associate Editor for Linux Journal.

skype

sheree's picture

guys please please help i got the acer aspire one notebook so that i can get skype and chat with my uncle in the uk but it wint let me open it. it's a linux. please help

Acer has downloads for the

Anonymous's picture

Acer has downloads for the aspire one so go to their site and download a working version of skype.You and your uncle will be chatting up a storm in no time. There is more stuff as well. Check it out it would seen Acer is reading these forums and responding.

skype install

Anonymous's picture

But did you install it already on your aspire?

Aspire One - Taskbar gone

Kilroy_ZA's picture

Taskbar is gone on my Linpus AAO - replaced by a grey pop-up, saying 'New Item; new item has not yet been configured'. Tried the 'xfce-setting-show' solution, but there is only a Panel 1 option visible. Nothing else to delete. What could this be?

Some photo's disappered when being transferred from card

Becky's picture

Hi

Today I was transferring photo's from the datacard to a folder, 4 of the 45 transferred . . .the rest have just disappeared.

They are no longer on the data card, they are not in the folder and they are not in trash.

Aargh!!!

Can someone please advise what I should do . ..

is it possible to change the

Anonymous's picture

is it possible to change the 8 gb hard drive to 120 gb hard drive so that i can use the win xp OS.. and Also how can i change the os of my acer aspire one 110 from Linux to Windows XP... Any Help is much Appreciated.. Thanks!

installing additional program

Anonymous's picture

Hello, appriciate your review. I am trying to install a scrabble program on aaspire one from a usb store n go, but no success. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Thank you

Acer Aspire One AOA150 - 6 cell battery

Sheri's picture

I bought this mini laptop for portability to use Microsoft Word to type documents to print. I have a wireless printer (HP Deskjet 6988), but realized I do not have a CD-Rom to install the printer software. Is there a resolution to this problem?

Also, I use Microsoft Outlook for my calendar, but noticed the software is not installed. How do I remedy that?

Thank you!
Sheri

I bought a usb cd rom from

Anonymous's picture

I bought a usb cd rom from e-bay. Cost 8 uk pounds. Works ok with aspire one.

You can get an external

Moggy's picture

You can get an external drive cheaply on E-Bay for about £20-£30.

cd rom

Anonymous's picture

i just received my new cdrom from ebay but will not boot up.it only came with a usb cord,do I need a cord that plugs into the wall or does the laptop power it up. I bought two of these units and neither one works.Please help

Network

Sarah's picture

Hi the icon for connecting to the internet has gone from the bottom rigt corner it just seems like it has disappeared. When i click on setting and try to click on network centre it just doesn't load!It is like it has lost it all together!
Please help

Lost network access

larry b's picture

When the battery power on the Aspire One runs out there is a file that gets corrupted with the total power loss.

I found this answer at aspireoneuser.com and it worked.

The Fix is to delete the ~/.gconf/system/networking directory. This resets the networking config files forcing the NetworkManager to recreate them.

It does work and I have these instructions saved on a document on the computer - just in case it happens again.

deleting file doesnt work

Anonymous's picture

deleting the ~/.gconf/system/networking directory doesnt help the problem :( still cant connect
also the battery icon doesnt show in the task bar either

yes it worked thanks

musah's picture

yes it worked thanks

Found this on another site

Anonymous's picture

Found this on another site after trawling through all the same questions. Just done it and it works. Dont know anything about Linux so dont know why it worked but it did. Just in case, rather than deleting the folder I renamed it!

"Follow this then restart and everything should come back to normal. It took me 3 minutes and worked fine.

This is to find and delete the networking folder (which is causing the problem):

1. From the regular Aspire One options page, go to the Files panel
2. Click on the triangle to see more icons
3. Click on MyFiles, which opens a file manager window.
4. In the menu bar, select View->Hidden files, to show a tick in the box. You should be in the "My Disk:///" directory.
5. Scroll down until you find folder "gconf" and then click on that
6. Find folder "system" and click on that
7. You should now see folder "networking" listed as one of the folders.
8. DELETE IT! (Right click on the networking folder, and select option delete.)

I just restarted from here and the icon re appeared in bottom right the menu bar, I just clicked on it to set it up with my wifi signal and it did the rest itself."

Good luck and don't panic.

networking

 ness's picture

this really does works, thanks so much!!

Thank You !!!!!!

hugh jass's picture

Worked like a charm.

I am so grateful you took the time to post this message.

delete network

Anonymous's picture

thank you it worked great !!!

OMG!!! that was such a

Mark Mac's picture

OMG!!! that was such a simple fix. I can't believe how such an annoyance could be fixed so easily.

Thankyou ever so much.

I am having the exact same

Anonymous's picture

I am having the exact same problem with mine, and this remedy didn't work. :( Any other suggestions?

root password acer one linux

Anonymous's picture

to get root password use alt+f2 key
then type xterm
then type sudo passwd
and insert a root password for 2 or three times.

Good luck

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