[SATLUG] Acer ASpire
dubose at texas.net
Sun Nov 25 13:05:51 CST 2007
> On Sat, 2007-11-24 at 19:57 -0600, Walt DuBose wrote:
>>Has anyone ever loaded Linux on a Acer Aspire laptop?
> Yep. I bought a 5920-6470 (a gemstone model) at Circuit City
> (http://tinyurl.com/27e8fn) at the beginning of the month and it has
> been nothing but perfect with Ubuntu/Kubuntu. Two things to watch out
> 1) The top left extra button that looks like a thumbtack will turn the
> wireless on and off. I spent an awful lot of time trying to figure out
> why my wireless wasn't working only to find out I turned it off on the
> 2) There is a bluetooth button, 3 buttons under the wireless button for
> bluetooth, but there is no bluetooth card installed. The card and
> antenna can be found online though, and you can install it yourself.
> The "Web" button launches firefox, the "Mail" button launches Evolution
> in Gnome and starts a new email in Kmail (in Kubuntu). The volume knob
> works perfectly in Gnome, but there is a documented bug in Kmilo that
> prevents it from working by default in KDE.
> Overall, I would rate my experience as a good solid 9. The industrial
> design is not quite as slick as Apple, but I don't think I would rate
> them a 10 either. I was expecting many weeks of troubleshooting hardware
> and other than my dumb move turning off my wireless I have had none. I
> strongly recommend the new Acer Aspire line for use with Linux.
> Some hw high points:
> Santa Rosa chipset, including X3100 integrated graphics,
> Intel wireless 4965,
> Dolby sound including subwoofer,
> 15.4" screen at 1280x800,
> 2Gb of Ram, accepts up to 4Gb,
> 200Gb hd,
> low price; it is listed at $829 at Circuit City, I bought mine for $680.
Super...I am very releaved.
>>My wife and I just got a really good deal on them. We will keep M$ on
>>one and want to load Ubuntu on the the other one.
> I would ask why in the world you would keep Windows (Vista) on it? I
> tried Vista, but really could not work with it. IMHO, Linux is much
> better suited to the laptop than Windows is. I hope you enjoy your Acer,
> I am.
Because that is what they use at her work and the work will load the
notebook with the applications that she uses at work so she can do some
things that she needs to do at home and not have to worry about staying
late at work.
When she retires, she will convert it to Linux and we will get a big
MAC for her to use at the house.
> Sent from my Acer Asprire. ;^)
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