Acer Aspire One Netbook


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Acer Aspire ONE NetbookFirst computer (2008), 

Technical specifications (short list from ACER site 28-07-2008)	
Operating System
		Linpus¿ Linux® Lite version
		Intel® Atom¿ processor N270 (1.60 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache)
		Mobile Intel® 945GSE Express Chipset (DDR2 400/533 MHz)
		Mobile Intel® 82801GBM Chipset
		Acer InviLink¿ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, supporting Acer SignalUp¿ wireless technology
System memory
		Single channel with onboard SDRAM and one soDIMM slot
		DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM memory interface design
		Onboard SDRAM: 512 MB
		soDIMM slot: Supports 512 MB/1 GB soDIMMs for total system memory of up to 1.5 GB
		8.9" WSVGA high-brightness (typical 180-nit) Acer CrystalBrite¿ TFT LCD, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution
		LED backlight
		262,000 colors supported
		NAND flash module or hard disk drive for internal storage
		NAND flash module: 8GB
		Hard disk drive: 2.5" 9.5 mm 120 GB
		Storage expansion: SD¿ Card reader
		Multi-in-1 card reader
		High-definition audio support
		Two built-in stereo speakers
		MS-Sound compatible
		Built-in digital microphone
		Integrated Acer Crystal Eye webcam, supporting 0.3 megapixel resolution
		WLAN: Acer InviLink¿ 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection, 
		supporting Acer SignalUp¿ wireless technology
		LAN: 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet
		WWAN: UMTS/HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) at 850/1900/2100 MHz and 
		quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), upgradeable to 7.2 Mb/s HSDPA 
		and 2 Mb/s HSUPA (for 3G models)
		Supports receiver diversity and equalizes at 2100 MHz

Dimensions and weight
		249 (W) x 170 (D) x 29 (H) mm (9.8 x 6.7 x 1.14 inches) for SKUs with NAND flash module and 3-cell battery pack
		249 (W) x 195 (D) x 36 (H) mm (9.8 x 6.7 x 1.42 inches) for SKUs with hard disk drive and 6-cell battery pack
		995 g (2.19 lbs.) for SKUs with NAND flash module and 3-cell battery pack
		1.26 kg (2.78 lbs.) for SKUs with hard disk drive and 6-cell battery pack
		30 W adapter with power cord
		24 W 2200 mAh 3-cell Li-ion battery pack
		57 W 2600 mAh 6-cell Li-ion battery pack
		Up to 3-hour battery life for SKUS with 3-cell battery pack
		Up to 7-hour battery life for SKUS with 6-cell battery pack
Special keys and controls
		84-key keyboard with 1.6 mm (minimum) key travel
		Touchpad pointing device with two buttons
		12 function keys, four cursor keys, one Home key for Linpus¿ Linux® Lite version, 
		hotkey controls, embedded numeric keypad, international language support
		Power button with LED
		Easy-access switches with LED: WLAN, WWAN
I/O ports
		Multi-in-1 card reader
		SD¿ Card reader for storage expansion
		Three USB 2.0 ports
		External display (VGA) port
		Headphone/speaker/line-out jack
		Microphone-in jack
		Ethernet (RJ-45) port
		DC-in jack for AC adapter
		Linpus¿ Linux® Lite version:
		- OpenOffice 2.3
		- Aspire one Mail
		- Messenger

		Sort of fedora, use yum for installation of packages.

Linpus (default installed on delivered system)

26-07-2008 Changes menu (Linpus)

-Go to Files -> My Documents to open the File Manager. Then go to File -> Terminal.

The Linpus Linus is using Xfce, so use
to get the Xfce Settings Manager.

Click on Desktop to get to the Desktop Preferencs and choose the Behavior tab.

Now mark under Menus the Show desktop menu on right click option and close the window.

This setting will allow you to bring up the normal desktop menu when you right click 
somewhere on the desktop. The Desktop Menu contains much more options than the limited user interface
on the Aspire One.

Under System you will find Add/Remove Software which is the Red Hat/Fedora Packet Manager. 
You will need your password (the one you set up during installation) to access it. 
Now you can go nuts and install programs. It's a pretty big selection and the files will 
be downloaded (you need internet access) and installed for you. If it¿s an application 
you usually find it later in the Desktop Menu.

That should be enough for the average user. The advanced ones will just use the Terminal to access what they want.

keyboard setting (Linpus)

From keyboard setup
Under /etc/X11/ you find the xorg.conf file, if your default keyboard setting is wrong add some lines to set
to your choice (root/administrator permissions needed)
Section "ServerFlags"
Option "DontZap" "yes"
Option "DontVTSwitch" "yes"
# these (2) are added :

Option "XkbDisable" "yes"
Option "DisableModInDev" "yes"


Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "CoreKeyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"           <-- your keyboard type
Option "XkbVariant" "euro"

01-08-2008	Software update, new menu's, Linpus, Fedora package mix up
		Problem after software update Wlan disabled, no wlan icon in taskbar, no fix found.
		For using recovery cd data, usb stick > 1G is needed.


03-08-2008	Installed Debian Etch
		Updated to Debian Lenny (testing) 
		apt-get upgrade so more new hardware gets supported
		Kernel 2.6.25-2-686.
04-08-2008	Issues to solve:
		-Reading of SD cards
		-xserver for Intel chipset (now using vesa xserver)
		-Lan patch needed?
		-wlan update needed
04-08-2008	Updated to Debian Lenny (tesing)
		apt-get dist-upgrade for further package update
		Issues still to solve:
		-Reading of SD cards
		-Lan seems to be connected at boot time or will not work???
		-For wlan, blacklist ath5k because otherwise ath_pci module will not work, also led is not switched on.
		 In future, expectation is that ath5k or ath9? will replace ath_pci, see madwiffi site.

		lsusb -v output
		lspci -v output

20-08-2008	From https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne
		To get your awesome wireless led to blink for you based on traffic, 
		put these lines in /etc/rc.local

		sysctl -w dev.wifi0.ledpin=3			(use -3 for solid light?)
		sysctl -w dev.wifi0.softled=1

		The wifi kill switch uses these keycodes:
		/usr/bin/setkeycodes e055 159
		/usr/bin/setkeycodes e056 158

		The card reader is hidden for some reason, so you have to add "setpci -d 197b:2381 AE=47" 
		to your rc.local script to unhide it on boot. A script to poll the card reader for card and
		power events (AC unplugged etc) is included on the recovery DVD shipped with the machine 
		within the "hdc1._.tar.bz2" archive as /usr/sbin/jmb38x_d3e.sh.
		Storage expansion slot is working now (but must be removed at boot time otherwise 61s time out kernel),
		the Multi-in-1 card reader slot not working yet.

		In Debian testing now the atl2-module is present (2.6.25-2 kernel).

21-08-2008	To Do
		Multi-in-1 card reader not working yet
		Storage expansion slot with SD card inside present at boot time.
		Testing Microfoon.
		Some patches to speed up SSD access (GNOME window manager is used)
24-08-2008	At this moment using ext3
		/boot/grub/menu.lst: added after line with kernel
		fstab file add noatime to line (was defaults)
		/dev/sda1    /  ext3   noatime,errors=remount-ro   0       1

                CPU temperature sensor

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