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Acer Aspire One 722


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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire One 722 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire One 722
ProcessorAMD C-50 1GHz or C-60 1/1.33GHz
Screen11.6” WXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsATI Radeon™ HD 6250
Network10/100 Ethernet
Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

WirelessWorksRequires tinkering in Ubuntu 11.10
ModemNot Tested
USBWorksThree USB 2.0
Card ReaderSD card works other are not tested


There are several revisions of the Aspire One 722. Variations include Bluetooth and differing networking chips (Atheros vs Broadcom).


Problems with suspend/resume, few powersave, screen lock and laptop lid options (under Ubuntu 11.10). Loud/annoying beep when going on/off AC which cannot currently be deactivated without Windows.


Ivan Levashew, 2013/11/15 06:18

I've put second HDD into USB HDD box, booted to Windows on original HDD, upgraded BIOS, launched VirtualBox, used direct HDD access in VirtualBox, installed CentOS 6.4, shut down both guest and host OSes, replaced internal HDD with this second HDD. CentOS 6.4 boots fine. Network is working, 8GB are detected by Xen. I didn't tested other features since I only need low-consumption server.

Ivan Levashew, 2013/11/22 07:05

One problem appeared that I think you should be aware of (in case you are going to run Xen). I usually try no to do anything with Windows until I install all the updates, but installing updates without GPLPV takes very much time so I preferred to install GPLPV, then continued to install updates. I thought it was a property of Windows Updates implementation to search for updates for a literally several hours every time (2-3 hours) and I was getting 0x80072ee2 errors often which I failed to solve no matter how I tried. Finally, I have found the reason:

Chances are even though your nice network card claims to have TCP Checksum Offloading, it isn't working right or isn't supported by the network driver.

I've proceeded the instruction and now Windows on Xen got a turbo boost compared to initial experience. (Xen VNC console is always slow, but RDP became fast.) In the pure end: there is something wrong with CentOS Linux network driver for this network card (Atheros in my model), but there is a workaround that makes everything OK.

Velerad, 2013/02/22 11:34

Hello guys, problems I meet and solved by myself or searching internet (I have Fedora 18 x86_64):
1. Problem with installation. It does not go to next step after selecting language - solved by removing 3G modem for installation time.
2. Freezing cause net. First solution was as described - moving ethernet boot to pos 1 in BIOS. But later I installed broadcom-wl, (a)kmod-wl from rpmfusion, did modeprob wl, and system stoped freezing even if ethernet boot is not et first pos.
3. Problem with screen after wakeup - solved by installation of ATI drivers. Doesn't matter if it is driver from ATI page or (a)kmod-calatyst from rpmfusion.
4. Laud beep … alsamixer or solution given here above.

One think I'm still waiting/searching for is clean solution for hardware video decoding by VxBA.

Velerad, 2013/02/22 11:37

By the way I see that modem is set as not tested - so mine if working fine with two different operators. Also 8GB memory works correct.

Ka Mi, 2013/01/30 15:21

Sounds is not propper working on Linux Mint, because the internal microphone is not working at all.

A rvind Derhgawen, 2014/03/29 09:42

Try this solution if you still have a non working internal mic on a Acer Laptop (Mine is Acer Aspire 4810TZ) with Linux:
Problem resolved in five minutes. In my case the problem appeared only when I used Skype. I could record with Audacity without trouble. But now everything works :)

mercutio22, 2012/12/04 02:40

Great news, bios update 1.11 solves the problem of having to put network boot first in the boot order.

Just create a freedos usb stick with unetbootin, unzip the contents over, reboot, f12, choose usb stick, C:, cd into the DOS folder, execute F.BAT

By the way, despite the arguments to the contrary, debian wheezy runs great with the radeon driver and gnome3.

Rey, 2012/12/07 18:32

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I installed 8 GB dim to it, I noticed it has suspend/wakeup issue on Ubuntu 12.04.
What is the fix on 1.11 BIOS, any idea?

mercutio22, 2012/12/07 20:30

I spoke too soon. I experienced some glitches eventually. So just leave the network boot as the first boot choice.

There is no suspend issues on debian testing. Make the switch, besides, :-O

Rey, 2012/12/10 02:31

4GB DIMM works fine, not 8GB DIMM though.
Not sure why suspend / wakeup SOMETIMES fails, similar issue on entering BIOS mode.
Could be grub have issue with 8GB memory?

Mohamed, 2012/10/17 20:16

I use lubuntu 11.10 ( lubuntu not ubuntu ), for the first time there was no sound, i installed drivers from package manager…. lubuntu 11.10 is stabl, i have been using it for more that a year

Rob Landley, 2012/06/19 04:03

To get the darn beep to shut up (or at least be much much quieter), “amixer -c 1 sset Beep 0”

juceki, 2012/06/19 22:30

can you type procedure step by step please….

Kamil, 2012/10/22 16:52

go to terminal and just type: amixer -c 1 sset Beep 0

dflt, 2012/04/11 08:22

Paweł, przecież ten gość Ci odpisał, że musisz ustawić pierwsze urządzenie bootujące jako network bo inaczej Ci się komputer zawiesi. To jest jakiś dziwny błąd w biosie, ponoć najnowszy bios to wyleczył.

Więc: ustaw jako pierwsze network, a potem usb.

juceki, 2012/04/11 11:46

tak jest to tylko pawdopodobnie jest problem na acer reszte kompoterow jakos dziala….. i tez zalezy jaki linux chcesz zamontowac, zazwyczaj linux mint, ubuntu, zorin, pinguy trzeba network pierwszy zalaczyc ale joli, puppy, macpup dziala bez….
pozdrowienia i milego linuxowania :)

Paweł, 2012/04/11 17:21

Dzięki za feedback, network boot już ustawiony jako pierwszy…ale wydaje się że pomimo tego mój AO722 nadal ma problemy z Linux. Podczas instalacji Ubuntu 11.10 instalator zawieszał się zaraz po starcie z USB…pierwszy screen “zainstaluj Ubuntu”, raz się zawiesza a raz nie! Po update bios (up to V1.08) instalator ruszył, Ubuntu 11.10 zainstalowane, ale niestety nadal mam liczne problemy z ATI Catalyst (still no support for Xorg) plus liczne problemy z ACPI.
Czy komuś udało się zainstalować Linux na Aspire One 722? (oczywiście w 100%, wszystkie sterowniki, ACPI, etc)

Velerad, 2013/02/22 11:41

U mnie fedora 18 działa ok … nawet bez zmiany porządku bootowania (bios 1.08). Jedyny nierozwiązany problem to brak wsparcia sprzętowego dla dekodowania video ale nie chce mi się z tym babrać i poczekam aż się paczki pojawią bo tylko 1080p rwie.

Paweł, 2012/04/11 17:27

Bios update już zrobiony - V1.08 (najnowsza wersja dostępna na, niestety nadal mam ten sam problem…AO722 raz się zawiesza a raz nie (dziwne ale prawdziwe…przetestowane na Ubuntu, Fedora, Suse).
Z przykrością stwierdzam ale, Acer AO722 (C60) chyba jest skazany na Windows 7.

juceki, 2012/04/12 11:35

jako pierwszy linux proponuje jolicloud os bardzo szybki jest i dziala na moim acer jak lza, a prosty do zainstalowania zapisz sie na cloud server i zobacz jzk bedzie ci pasowal , ten os dziala bardzo dobrze nie powinnienes miec zadnych problemow…….pozniej jak bedziesz juz zadowolony zainstaluj zorin os side by side joli na HD .zorin jest zrobiony od ubuntu 11 , ja dalem spokuj sobie z czystego ubuntu albo linux mint zaduzo problemow mialem na acer, jakies buggs byly i do dzisiaj sa…..gwarantuje za te dwa nie beda robic ci zadnych problemow ja juz uzywam te od prawie 2 lata i zadowolony jestem……sprobuj pozdrawiam Robert.LOL

oscar, 2012/02/06 05:34

yo he ejecutado linux mint 12 desde la usb y funciona todo perfecto cero bloqueos y nada de configurar la el arraqnue por red en el bios, les sugiero que prueben y comenten como les fue :-D


Paweł (Acer 722-C62bb), 2012/02/06 19:03

How do you installed it? via USB or external DVD drive?

Axel, 2012/04/24 20:20

Hola Oscar,
no tienes ningun bloque del sistema con Mint. Si yo prendo WLAN y saquo el cable del LAN el sistema para.

Tu no has tenido este problema?


Axel, 2012/04/24 20:31

Phillipe's link solved my problem.



Axel, 2012/04/24 20:31

Phillipe's link solved my problem.



juceki, 2012/01/31 12:46

Dear Linuxers

I am proud owner of ao-722 ate the beginning I was frustruated with it because I could not install any new linux distros on it ( with gnome2 or gnome3) because it would freeze up on me most of the time, but with little research and testing I found out I had to set my bios in different way,
a. internet connection first (do not plug the cable)
b. all usb hd etc second
c. cd rom third
d. actuall boot from Hrad drive last then save and exit
after I did that I install ZORIN OS with unetbootn help on 4 gb flash drive, this distro is out of the box iso about 1.1 gb in size, It runs flawlessly with out any problems (on live cd or usb you will get some minor errors which will not effect your comp but all is sort out after installing it on comp partition under EXT4. It runs verry fast no errors so far ( 8 months using it) it is based on ubuntu/debian it uses compiz and simple compiz for 3D support as well I installed AMD/ATI Graphic card driver from restricted drivers and use the operation I mention above to eliminate ADM watermark…….works wonders then I installed VDESK (again it comes with instructions please read carfully) and even animated wallpapers work with out any, I mean any trouble…..My computer currently have 2 partitions SDA1 is ZORIN (EXT4) and SDA7 is Jolicloud OS (EXT4) and then I also have Flash drive with Puppy linux just so if I have any problems this stick is my boot help for fixing SDA1 and SDA7
just so you guys know it too Joli OS installes perfectly on oa-722, it is exrtemly fast and eyecandy as well I hope that answers some questions.
I have been using Linux ( 10 diff distros) for past 3 years If you have any questions I am one of the linuxers who love to help. You can ask anything here or just email me at or juceki I will be glad to help…. for the next 1 week I will open facebook page for ZORIN OS but if you like joli os the help page is already there. I wish all of you LINUXERS out there good luck do not give up Linux is fun (more than WINdowns LOL)
Yours Trully; Juceki

Paweł, 2012/02/01 18:26

I've just tried to run the Debian 6.0.4 on my Acer AO722 but unfortunately my Acer freezes in every time when I try to boot linux distro. Can anybody help me with this issue?

Philippe, 2012/02/03 10:49


I found the trick on this page it has to do with the wi-fi connection. You have to enter set up (F2 at beginning) and allow network boot, and palce it first.

It works fine for me

Paweł (Acer 722-C62bb), 2012/02/06 19:00

No no, you don't understand me! I can't boot from usb. For example, I've downloaded iso with Debian 6.0.4 and installed via universal multiboot installer! After that I've set the usb as the first device in bios, next I've restarted my Acer 722-C62bb (with latest bios). After booting from external drive after few seconds my Acer freezes on the first linux boot screen - and that's it! it happens every time when the installer is on the external drive USB.

How about that? is there anybody that had such problem?

juceki, 2012/01/31 03:17

hi guys get rid off watermark
I ran it on a Ubuntu 11.04 - it works great! This is how to get rid off AMD watermark frrom Desktop…..

text edit

for x in $(objdump -d $DRIVER|awk '/call/&&/EnableLogo/{print “\\x”$2”\\x”$3”\\x”$4”\\x”$5”\\x”$6}'); do
sed -i “s/$x/\x90\x90\x90\x90\x90/g” $DRIVER

save as

then open terminal and

cd directory where file is saved

then type

chmod +x


sudo ./

close terminal and reboot

juceki, 2012/01/31 03:22

what i ment….open text edit and then type all the text;

for x in $(objdump -d $DRIVER|awk '/call/&&/EnableLogo/{print “\\x”$2”\\x”$3”\\x”$4”\\x”$5”\\x”$6}'); do
sed -i “s/$x/\x90\x90\x90\x90\x90/g” $DRIVER

and then follow rest of the instruction

happy linuxing

nicolas, 2012/01/22 22:41

If you want to setup this laptop with Ubuntu 11.04 (or maybe later), you can follow this guide :

Two Acer One 722 laptop have been running everyday with Ubuntu 10.04 under office use conditions for the last 3 months whitout any trouble.

Hope it helps.


George Missonis, 2012/01/09 15:42



Results so far:
Debian. Kernel panic after running a while. DSL (“Device not managed.”)
Mint. Icon to turn off power doesn't work.
Ubuntu. Won't recognize DSL (“Device not managed.”)
Lubuntu. Won't install.
Bodhi. Won't install.

I like the machine, especially for the $200.00 we paid at Target (weekend special), but wish the hardware was better supported.

Hugo A M Torres, 2012/01/09 16:59

Dear George, It works perfectly in debian-testing (a.k.a. Wheezy) and therefore it will work perfectly well in the next generation of ubuntu(which is debian based). If you wanna skip the waiting and the ubuntu-associated bugs, go grab a Wheezy image and you will have a fine netbook in notime.

George, 2012/01/12 14:37

Thanks for the quick response. Previous installs all from ISOs; I'll try the upgrade from Stable route. Not a technical person, just prefer Gnome 2 to the alternatives and clinging to it as long as possible.

mercutio22, 2012/01/12 15:00

gnome2 is available in Wheezy as a fallback X session. You can just choose it at the login screen.

boki, 2012/01/12 23:05

Where can I download debian for acer 722? I look on debian site. There is no cd or dvd image of Wheezy.
Can yuo provide download link please?

George, 2012/01/18 17:01

I haven't found an .iso, but haven't had much time to look. It's apparently possible to install an earlier version of Debian and upgrade to testing/Wheezy, but there are kernel panics on the initial install so I'm not sure how reliable the process is.

In the meantime, Dreamlinux 5 (32-bit only) seems to work properly so far.

If you find the .iso, please let us know.

Hugo Torres, 2012/01/18 18:01

Either fetch the stable netinstall images from and change your apt sources.list to say “testing” in place of “squeeze” and upgrade or go for wheezy here:

mercutio22, 2012/01/18 18:04

Scratch that last link. That refers to Squeeze. What you want is Wheezy.

mercutio22, 2012/01/18 18:08

Just in case you have trouble following links. Here's a direct link to the iso:

boki99, 2012/01/18 20:21

Thanks for link. Im downloading wright now. Is it possible to boot it from usb stick?

George, 2012/01/18 21:39

I've used unetbootin (in Windows) to burn the iso to a memory stick successfully. The Ubuntu site also has an explanation of how to burn an .iso.

(go down the page to “Creating a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive”

For a CD:

Should work the same for any .iso.

Good luck.

Boki99, 2012/01/20 14:05

thanks for help.
I cant install debian on my acer 722. This ISO is not live version, and when boot from usb tryin to install and my screen freezes. Dreamlinux works fine.

mercutio22, 2012/01/18 18:09

It works perfectly with Wheezy.

Randy, 2012/01/02 06:49

Kubuntu 11.10 works out of the box. Wireless without downloading drivers, Power profiles, Fn + F and arrows key shortcuts, Screen resolution 1366 X 768 without downloading any drivers all work by default. Elantech touchpad configs from system settings. I have not tried bluetooth. Well pleased with the Acer Aspire One 722 with the AMD C-60 processor.

mercutio22, 2012/01/03 18:06

The ao722 has no bluettoth module.

mercutio22, 2011/12/29 03:44

It does work flawlessly on debian wheezy.

david, 2011/12/26 20:42

I have what I think are Kernel Panics on both LMDE Gnome and XFCE. Total freeze ups and not even access to the terminal. Not looking good.


Shuji, 2011/12/04 14:08

para solucionar ese problema en la parte de boteo tienes que cambiar el orden de ejecución y poner en primer lugar que botee con el wifi y luego el disco duro, esa opción se cambia desde la bios, yo tenia el mismo problema que tu y lo solucione así.

Daniel Jerónimo, 2011/11/29 10:31

I'm also running Mint 11 with my Acer 722. There's a nice thread in the Ubuntu forums ( that helped me solve most of the problems within half an hour. Still can't get the video acceleration to work, though. If somebody has worked her/his way around this, please, please share!

DavidGlennWhitman, 2011/11/20 06:18

Dual booting with Linux Mint 9. Everything great out of the box. Only problem is the screen resolution make things stretched. I am working on a sloution. Will let you know when I get it solved.


Maha, 2011/11/18 03:21

jejej me pasa exactamente lo mismo pero con cualquier Linux que le ponga le puse linux mint, fedora, opensuse, lubuntu y cuando lo conecto por wifi se bloquea hace un rato me di cuenta de eso pero si lo uso por lan no tengo ningun drama

Maha, 2011/11/18 03:20

jejej me pasa exactamente lo mismo pero con cualquier Linux que le ponga le puse linux mint, fedora, opensuse, lubuntu y cuando lo conecto por wifi se bloquea hace un rato me di cuenta de eso pero si lo uso por lan no tengo ningun drama

gtrott, 2011/11/14 08:20

I just purchased and installed Kubuntu 11.10 and everything works perfect! came from mint 11 because of problems with video and suspend. Very impressed with Kubuntu 11.

lektronx, 2011/10/28 17:14

I've had this model for a week or so now and initially experienced most of the same problems mentioned here so far. Luckily, just before attempting to install another distro I recombobulated my google queries a bit and found the BIOS network-boot work-around and have had no stability issues since.

Still don't have suspend/hibernate and no proper screensaver/lock or laptop lid options in Ubuntu 11.10, though.

Sergio Santos, 2011/10/15 15:49

I cannot work with Linux on my Acer 722. Mandriva is my preferred distro, but it doesn't work. Mageia, Salix, OpenSuse are the same way. Sabayon works, IF you don't update the system; but shows the watermark “Hardware not supported” (Mandriva too). So, I think that I have to give up Linux on Acer Aspire One 722 untill the problems be solved. I wish to give up of Acer and AMD, because I consider Linux more important that the hardware.

Caffeine Borg, 2011/10/15 20:04

I agree it is nice to get support for Linux and it is my preference as well. So, I have been actively developing on this system. I use Linux Mint

Linux cb 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:50 UTC 2011 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

Predominately. I also have a Scientific Linux boot USB drive.

I suggest you try Linux Mint. Note also the point I made about the BIOS boot order.

Best of success!

Sergio Santos, 2011/10/20 11:55

Caffeine, thanks for your answer. Yesterday I've recorded a Mint 11 live dvd and followed your instructions. It worked at live mode, but the display resolution is bad: 1280×768. I don't know how I fixed it by MInt, yet. Next weekend I will try to install the proprietary drivers to fix the problems with radeon and others drivers. I like more of Mandriva with KDE than any other disto, but Mint is Linux too and I hope everything is gonna be allright. xhorder said Mandriva 2011 works great, but I don't know how he did it. Thanks again, folks.

Sergio Santos, 2011/10/29 14:34

Caffeine, today I've tried to do my netbook to work with the Mint. But once I've installed the proprietary video card and make the update that famous watermark “AMD Unsupported hardware” appears at the right bottom. It's bad, because I don't know what to do anymore. I don't like windows and I will try to change my netbook. I refuse a return to that proprietary OS. Thanks.

Sergio Santos, 2011/11/16 15:47

Hi, guys. Good news, finnaly. Yesterday, I've installed the Sabayon 7 KDE and, after the first update of the system, that watermark “Hardware not Supported” is out. And Sabayon works just great, so far. Congratulations to Sabayon and all of us, Linux community.

Sergio Santos, 2012/01/23 18:36

Hi, guys! Finally, I've installed the Mandriva 2011 in my Acer Aspire One 722. And it's very good! I appreciate Sabayon and Mint; but my heart belongs to Mandriva, my favourite distro. The AO722 is a good machine and with Linux is terrific, specially Mandriva 2011, Mint and Sabayon.

Caffeine Borg, 2011/08/23 03:56

I have a new, acquired last (4) days, Acer Aspire One 722, and am very pleased.

- Bohdi Linux: I could not get to boot cleanly. –> fuzzy screen as well

NOTE: that disc did boot on another machine …

- gparted: boot and was functional (used to resize windoze in prep for dual boot)

- linux mint 11: booted cd and installed and booted from install; had initial issues with the wireless (all over the map sometimes boot, sometimes freeze, sometimes get wireless, was able to use ethernet). –>

Solution that worked for my (noted in other places) was to move the option for network boot in BIOS to be the first option.

My thought is that this loads some resources up on the machine or into the networking hardware so it is activated ……

Now am happily working away.

- right weight for me

- good screen size

- really like the keyboard (love the Pg Up/Pg Dn keys – great!)

- little flicker on the screen (have not tried the propitiatory drivers but may)

- need to put a cover (? black nail polish) over the lights for the Harddrive/Battery/Wiereless ⇒ too bright

- want to stop the power alert beep ⇒ too loud

I do like this machine (good price). I am thinking I will add more RAM. I want to test other OS boots via a SD card. I am building out my alpha/dev environment here (apache, php, ruby, java, mysql, postgres … not sure about eclipse).

Summary – really good box for me. Am pleased with Acer, will recommend to others. Look for any tips on performance or improvements next.

A-han, 2011/12/04 10:59

I was wondering how you boot an OS from SD card. Am planning to do the same but I have not tried it so far yet. Can you boot it nativly from BIOS or do you intend to do it though a boot loader like GRUB?

david, 2011/12/26 20:40

I use unetbootin. It is available in the repositories. Easy to use. Or you can make up lots of distros using pendrive linux or a linux client that does the same thing.

Lisa, 2011/08/02 19:49

Ubuntu 11.04 is unbearably slow.

Linux Mint 11 64-bit, I had trouble with gnome keyring. Computer froze when attempting to connect to gnome-keyring-daemon for passwords.

Bodhi Linux, installation wasn't possible– got a fuzzy screen. Graphics driver issues, maybe?

Kuki Linux (Live only), Wi-Fi wasn't working immediately at least, and screen resolution was wrong. I didn't really like it so I didn't spend any time trying to fix these issues.

Linux Mint 11 32-bit seems to work so far. I installed this from USB, using the 32-bit DVD .iso. Maybe the 64-bit will work with the DVD image; the 32-bit CD image didn't. I won't try this though since I had problems using some software I wanted with the 64-bit version.

xhorder, 2011/07/31 16:47

Mandriva 2011 RC2 works great, just don't use proprietary ATI drivers. They mess up suspend/resume

I couldn't even get suse or kubuntu to install, much less run…

bob, 2011/07/17 07:23

I noticed that I am able to use it after having first booted on W7 then rebooted on kubuntu but disabling wifi (ctrl+F4) well before the logging prompt. Once logged, I turn the wifi on and connect to the internet.

Anders, 2011/07/09 15:06

ubuntu 11.04. Freeze when starting up
Pinguy 11.04. Freeze when starting up
Suse 11.4. Freeze when starting up
Debian 6. Bad drivers to graphic and hard to get wireless to work

Anders, 2011/07/17 20:19

Well when I put the netboot first in line in bios bootorder, pinguy 11.04 started to work like a charm. Think it would be better to have a less demanding distribution like mint thou.

JOrdan, 2011/06/06 03:23

lo he probado con ubuntu 11.04 y todo muy bien pero si se conecta a una red wifi se bloquea y no funciona mas.

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