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Acer Aspire One 722-0828

Introduction

The Acer Aspire One 722-0828 is a categorized as a netbook, but it is a beautiful little machine, inexpensive and with fairly good processing power. Installation of GNU/Linux (OpenSuse 11.4) on this little machine was fairly easy. The main sticking point was to get the wireless card to work without “freezing” the system.

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Specifications

NameAspire One 722 (AO722-0828)
ProcessorAMD Dual-Core C-60 1.0GHz
Screen11.6“ HD Widescreen LCD display (1366 x 768)
RAM4GB
HDD500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsATI Radeon HD 6290
Network802.11b/g/n - 10/100 LAN

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYesComments
ScreenYesComments
HDDYesComments
Optical DriveN/AComments
GraphicsYesComments
SoundYesComments
EthernetYesComments
WirelessYesComments
BluetoothN/AComments
56K ModemN/AComments
USBYesComments
FirewireN/AComments
Card ReaderYes/No/Partial/Not TestedComments
ExpressCard SlotN/AComments
CameraYesComments

Installing openSUSE 11.4 x86-64 on Acer Aspire 722-0828:

Based on my experience with Acer Aspire 1551, I decided to go directly to
installing from external optical drive.

DVD install from external DVD drive:

Download DVD install image (openSUSE-11.4-DVD-x86_64.iso) from the
openSUSE download site. Boot onto DVD
and choose install, write acpi=off in the kernel option line. Follow
installation menu as per instructions in
Installation Help. After
installing all packages and writing some configuration files, the system will
ask to reboot.
I usually install the system with root password and without
automatic login. After rebooting and logging in I found that the wireless card
had not been detected, this was not a problem because I was connected via a
wired connection.
I brought the system up to date using yast and rebooted again.
Then I added extra repositories including:
- ATI
- Packman
- VideoLan
A new update installed a somewhat old proprietary ATI graphic driver.

… To Be Continued …
Update January 19th 2014
I am back after a short while :)

Installation of Linux Mint 16 “Petra” KDE version works out of the box with no hardware issues

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Summary

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Discussion

spookywolf, 2013/11/09 17:49

Adding:

- Wifi is BCM4313(Broacomm). The OS drivers (brcmsmac) works fine.

- The Radeon OS drivers seem to work just fine (Brightness and such)

- The laptop runs hot so don't panic (Bad design in the air vents)

- Sleep seems to work (ArchBang) but when you wake it up the wifi led stops working. Everything else is good enough!

- The Wifi, trackpad block and volume fn keys seem to work. Haven't tested the others but I think It's safe to assume they also work.

- Fn brightness/volume keys work, also home and end.

- Installing debian 7 (or plainly distros with Kernel 3.2) should be done with an ethernet cable close or have a usb with some newer kernel packages since the 3.2 Kernel doesn't detect the wifi module. (Might be wrong, didn't try to turn it on with modprobe but it didn't work out of the box like the rest of the distros i've tested.)

- Battery life seems to be the same as in windows.

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