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Acer Aspire 5250


This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire 5250 laptop.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire 5250 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire 5250
ProcessorAMD Dual-Core Processor E-300 (1.30GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
AMD Dual-Core Processor E-450 (2 x 512KB L2 cache, 1.65GHz)
AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1.0GHz, 1MB L2 cache, 1000MHz FSB)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Radeon HD 6250
ATI Radeon HD 6310
ATI Radeon HD 6320
Network10/100 Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
Graphics works problems when wi-fi is used Flash fullscreen works with no problems at all! (gnash)
Sound works Not that good with default setting
Ethernetworks Small issues as the Eternet can make flaws in the graphics
Wireless Problems! works, order boot network, hdd
Card Reader works
Webcam works with cheese


The linux distros tested on the Acer Aspire 5250 were the 64bit versions of Ubuntu 10.x, Ubuntu 11.x and Linux Mint 11. The least clunky version was Ubuntu 10.4 as in behavior was fluid and the eyecandy all worked flawlessly. Least favorite was the Ubuntu 11.x, it attempted to resolve hardware and was constantly pecking around for “something”, although the Unity interface was VERY nice on the laptop. Linux Mint, is, well Linux Mint. Mint works well if you are a Windows user switching over to Linux.

Overall, skipping the newer distros will help the performance. Selecting a linux distro from the summer of 2011 is key because linux distribution makers tend to focus on the hardware set that is available at that time. The C-50 takes a beating like a champ, not though to give it that beating, you'll need 4 Gigs of memory. I attempted to remove a Simm just to see what would happen and it became ugly fast.

The ATI 6250 is a decent enough video card as well. This laptop will run World of Warcraft under Wine without any problems with full eye candy on. The usual gnome tweaks are required along with the vendor drivers for the video card to make this happen.

Wireless is a little flaky as is the case with every linux distro out there. The 6250 has a BIOS update, however it is one of those live updates that requires windows 7 to patch. So before wiping Windows 7 off the disk, apply the BIOS update, THEN wipe the disk then Wireless won't act all crazy.

Otherwise, I have settled on Ubuntu 10.x



In6048, 2013/11/05 14:47

“Linux is and will always be a unfriendly programmers environment.”

It's not try ubuntu

It may be that you are lazy to learn or you don't know how to use a search engine.

tricky, 2013/10/31 17:16

Don't use linux.

for more than 22 years i try and retry linux.

Its free yes but you have only problems

my advice pay for a easy and good working windows product.

Linux is and will always be a unfriendly programmers environment.

javier, 2013/06/17 13:31

All ok on Debian Wheezy amd64. Graphics need apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree on install. Linux kernel is 3.0.2. Aspire 5250 AMD Dual-Core Processor E-300.

Steve Ramage, 2013/05/18 02:57

The thing that has worked for me is to simply move the network to the first entry in the bios for booting, as per this source:

Steve Ramage

Steve Ramage, 2013/05/18 02:57

With respect to system locks up related to wireless/ethernet.

Shane, 2013/04/26 02:09

i have one with ubuntu 12 and it is a little sluggish world of warcraft runs slow but it is hard to tell if it is the system or the game, the game has been buggy to say the least with current patches but all the systems seem to be a go skype is buggy and the audio leaves some thing to be desired but no real tweeks yet just install and go kind of thing

Daemx, 2012/10/13 09:33

I had several problems using this laptop under ubuntu 10-11-12, and finally I'm using Fedora17 and there is no problem!!

valere, 2012/08/24 09:35

i have many problems when i boot my machine with ubuntu 11.10 64bits. sometimes i can't put event my password because the machine freezes Also if i success to put the password, sometime it is the mouse that is not fonctionning. please help me!

Jim, 2012/06/22 22:32

I spent a month trying to get the ath9k wifi drivers to work. Eventually I removed the wifi half mini pci card and installed a Bipac 3011w usb wifi 150Mbps. Everything works fabulously now on 12.04.
Next step is to fit an Intel WiFi Link 5100 (12euro from amazon) to replace the Atheros.

luisfciencias, 2012/07/28 21:11

In my case, the post number 63 of this page gave the solution about the wireless.

just modify the wget line with: (because the link exposed in the post seems to be out of date):


Gabriel Alf. , 2012/05/29 19:32

All ok on Debian Wheezy amd64. Graphics need apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree on install. Linux kernel is 3.0.2. Aspire 5250 AMD Dual-Core Processor E-300.

Peetra, 2012/04/17 10:18

I tested Lubuntu 11.10 briefly and Kubuntu 11.10 32 bit and 64 bit. The 32 bit seem to give me less gray hairs. Lubuntu isn't in my taste so the fact that I was loosing my wireless many times in just one day made me give Kubuntu a new try. Now I have Kubuntu 11.10 32 but(I can live with not using all potientonal RAM for a few weeks, gonna reinstall with LTS soon =) ) and the graphics seems to be bundled to the networking somehow. When I try to log into my WPA2 secured network at home the graphics freeze. When I use the open unsecured city network in our town, the graphics do not crash (crashed only two times of like 21-28 times used). The graphics becomes a bit flickery/crusty when I share the wi-fi Internet connection to Ethernet.

The DVD/CD player is a big joke on my computer, but that is not Linux' fault.

AMD Dual-Core Processor E450 AMD Radeon HD 6320

photoao, 2012/04/10 12:30

The user above said Ubuntu 10.04 was fluid and Ubuntu 11.x was constantly pecking around for something. Here it was exactly the opposite with an Aspire 5250 and an AMD Dual-Core Processor E-300 (1.30GHz).

Ubuntu 10.04 could not recognize eth0, thus no internet connection and it did set the wrong screen resolution.
Ubuntu 11.10 installed flawlessly, found eth0 and set up the correct screen resolution.
In my opinion, the hardware was probably newer than 10.04, thus the unrecognized eth0.

But there are two unresolved problems:
1. After the screen shuts off because of inactivity, moving the mouse brings it back as expected, but the screen then flickers horribly for at least 5 to 10 minutes or even more.
2. When the ethernet cable is not connected, the laptop crashes soon afterwards.
I have other PCs with Ubuntu 10.04 and 11.10, that are not connected to the ethernet cable most of the time (once a month for updates) and never crash because of missing ethernet.

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