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Acer Aspire One 532h

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire One 532h laptop.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire One 532h specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire One 532h
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ processor N450 (512 KB L2 cache, 1.66 GHz, DDR2 667 MHz)
Screen10.1“ WSVGA
RAMUp to 1GB
HDD160GB to 250GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Network10/100 Ethernet
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibility
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
MicrophoneNot Tested
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorksMany reports (in 2009 and early 2010) of flaky behaviour: sudden disconnections until reboot.
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderFAILSLinux (2.6.32) detects card insertion, but doesn't assign device node so can't use it.
WebcamWorks

Notes

* Tested with Ubuntu 9.10 Remix
* Tested with Debian Live 6.0alpha1

Summary

Nearly everything works out of the box. DSL connection work if set with pppoeconfig (nm-applet does not work properly). Microphone works after one put to zero one of the microphones channels with pavucontrol. The wireless signal was unstable until the update done from the web.


Discussion

Jim Nutt, 2012/07/24 13:11

The SD card support is iffy, it's improving with newer versions of the kernel. The 3.x series at least recognize that the slot exists, however, they don't always allow you to access the card.

Eric, 2010/07/18 02:17

One other thing…

It says here that Bluetooth isn't tested, but from what I've seen, it doesn't work in 10.04. Has anyone successfully got it to work?

d, 2010/11/14 17:11

Mine works fine here with Gentoo and bluez/blueman out of the box.

Eric, 2010/07/17 18:27

Greetings;

I posted this to another Aspire One page accidentally.

I have an Aspire One 532h (NAV50) running Ubuntu 10.04 that I simply love, but it has one major problem: The SD Card slot refuses to work.

I've run the install several times, both with and without a SD card in the slot. It doesn't appear. LSUSB reports this:
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 046d:c52f Logitech, Inc.
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 007: ID 0cf2:6250 ENE Technology, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04f2:b19d Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

…and LSPCI reports this:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Atheros AR8132 / L1c Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev c0)
02:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)

I've tried everthing short of opening the netbook up and verifying a connector is there. Anyone here have ANY suggestions?

New 532h owner., 2010/07/04 03:57

Can't install Ubuntu 10.04, hangs after language selection. Boots from USB stick, but haven't tested what works since I won't be using a linux from a USB stick (I have some pride :). Would like to get it to install! VM player can install 10.04 on top of win 7 (BTW, great improvement on this one MS) but its slow enough to make me try and figure out how to install. Any suggestions on installation parameters? TIA.

Wladimir, 2010/05/19 20:22

Everything works great here (10.04, I've had no issues with WIFI at all), even suspend and sleep mode. And the Webcam works instantly in Cheese. Haven't tried the card reader yet, but I take your word for it that it doesn't work.

Jeff, 2010/05/06 01:48

I've been unable to get my 532h to boot Ubuntu (10.04 or 9.10) from USB, it simply hangs with an error about being unable to mount /dev/loop1. Did you have to pass any special kernel parameters to boot?

Wladimir, 2010/05/19 20:24

No kernel parameters, I installed from an USB stick created from the windows program (http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/).

Mitch Thompson, 2010/04/08 21:34

Running the RC for Ubuntu Lucid Lemur netbook remix on my AO 532h. Right now, everything seems to work EXCEPT the card reader. Webcam works, wireless works (no stability problems as with 9.10, microphone works.

acer aspire one owner, 2010/04/02 06:31

yes your right mostly every thing works I just bought my aspire one 532h for my birthday and I got every thing to work but the things I had problems with is the web cam I mean I can take pictures but that's it the sound is low but there's a work around for that and the wifi sucks out of the box but there's a work around for that but it still acts up every now and again but if your not the type to weight around then its not for you but for the most part it works it just needs some fine tuning but its not worth getting if you want to do more than just getting on the Internet or downloading songs or watching movie's bloging ect over all its a decent “baby” laptop and I do put on “baby”

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