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Acer Aspire One D250

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire One D250 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire One D250. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire One D250 page on LapWik Dieta website.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire One D250 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire One D250
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ processor N270/N280 (1.60/1.68 GHz, 533/667 MHz FSB, 512 KB L2 cache)
Screen10.1” WSVGA
RAMUp to 2GB
HDD160GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet
Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks
HDDWorks
GraphicsWorks
SoundWorks
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorks
BluetoothWorks
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
Card ReaderWorks
WebcamWorks

Notes

This laptop was tested with OpenSUSE 11.2 and KDE SC 4.3.5
Installed Ubuntu 10.04 on this netbook and everything worked out of the box, including suspend/resume.

Former problems with the fan seems to be solved by now.

Summary

The Acer Aspire One D250 is running fast and stable under Linux even with only 1 GB ram.


Discussion

Frank, 2013/12/21 05:06

Got my little Acer Aspire One running great on Lubuntu.Everything works! Next it's getting a 120 gb ssd. Even without the new drive this thing doesn't run like a dog anymore. There is also a new mobile app from Firefox that will make sites think you are an iphone or android and sends you to their mobile site. Speeds up browsing!

dloniah, 2013/06/18 23:15

Acer Aspire One D250 with linux mint 14 not detect invilink 802.11 b/g, so i cannot find my hotspot. I hope solution.thank you

bulletfreak, 2012/04/04 01:32

Can any one get the internet in Mint to work with it?

Lazaro, 2012/06/02 15:21

yes, works perfectly on linux mint 12 everything works indeed

Johnny, 2013/01/17 13:00

I'm new to the world of Linux Mint but I love it. I got Linux Mint 14 to installed, wifi is working fine but however not my display - 800×600. Still learning.

Săndel, 2013/01/17 16:16

Check your KMS settings in kernel command line and make sure you have i915 module in initrd and it's loaded at boot. Perhaps you'll need to depmod && mkinitrd again.
I'd try to init 3 and insmod i915 then give a go to Xorg.

Carly clough, 2012/02/06 23:36

Recently my internet have stoped working, its because my wireless capability switch or function key is turned of. Where is the switch or function key to turn on my internet?

Jacob Cunningham, 2011/11/29 04:29

Hi,

I have recently loaded Linux mint 11 32bit onto my D250 and I am having troubles with my mouse not working (touch) and wifi (wireless detects wifi networks however will not connect to them)

I have a faulty keyboard that needs replacing, but how can I troubleshoot the mother board to test to see if my touch mousepad and keyboard is still functioning? (without buying the replacement keyboard yet)

How can I do a complete system test to see if there are any other possible problems with my motherboard?

My cat had spilled milk on this, hence the problems with my original xp image on the HDD and keyboard breaking.

Any help would be appreciated.

Regards,

Jacob Cunningham

John, 2011/04/21 14:34

Just set my mom's D250 up with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

Worked great, as far as I can tell. Didn't test microphone or card reader.

The wifi needed a driver installed. I did this over ethernet after installation.

Aelx, 2011/04/04 07:13

As an update, I just switched to Suse 11.4, and everything works as it should except two things that are, one annoying and second… a big bug.
The first is that it comes with Pulse Audio enabled by default and that renders the internal microphone unusable.
Just disable from Yast/Hardware/Sound (click the “Other” menu button/Pulse Configuration.)
And second is the power button. Whatever it is configured… it won't work. Sometimes freezing kwin, shut-down menu or other strange behavior.
My workaround is to never touch the button. Use a right-click/Leave on the desktop or the Logout/Poweroff menu.
The power button behaves the same on (all) three computers I installed 11.4. The AAO D250, a custom Celeron Desktop and a HP old laptop.

Something else I noticed is that the WiFi card is a lot slower to enable and disable with the modules this kernel comes + downloaded firmwares, than the (compilable) drivers found from Broadcom site. But, otherwise, works just the same.

Marcus Areilius, 2011/04/04 03:02

Since when does suspend and resume “Just Work” on ubuntu 10.04 desktop or netbook remix, It sure didn't for me and still doesn't, It also doesn't work in linux mint 9 either. I have the exact same Netbook the d250 (KAV60) granted if I push the sleep button it works without a flaw but it has never worked by closing the lid. Also If I unplug the power cable it goes to sleep every time no matter what settings I use, whether in the GUI by command line or through gconf. But other than those two issues It does “Just Work” sorta.

Chad Serrant, 2010/07/30 23:11

Further update: With 2.6.34 the ethernet and wireless cards work well. You should have no trouble with the laptop at this point.

Alex, 2010/02/15 17:19

Just got it all working on my new notebook. :D

Even if I use openSuSE, it's still Linux. So:
If everything else worked in the first two hours after I booted the openSuSE 11.1 install dvd (via external usb-dvd) the built-in microphone got the better of me.
All mixers, including alsamixer detected only Front Mic. and gave no switch.
But the /Input/Digital control acted funny.
Using a program like Krecord it seamed to work but on skype only a weird and loud noise would came out. the noise level could be controlled by sliding the Digital control.
A bit more lurking on forums I found something about a “mixer issue” rather driver/module or alsa problem.

kmix offers only one slide for every source but alsamixer and gnome-volume-control can control left/right channels individually. So,I went to the Input/Digital control, and using Q/Z for left and E/C for right channel, I tried several configurations while streaming voice to another nearby computer.
It seems that alsa confounds the two mono controls, internal microphone and digital input, to be one big stereo input.
But the left channel is the actual microphone while the right channel is a digital source.
So just simply adjust the Capture level to a normal level and slide to zero the right Digital channel while the left one is to be adjusted to a comfortable level.
That's only for recording and streaming (with skype/kopete or other IMs). I have no idea for playback control on that mike yet.

I hope this helps. Cheers!

Harish Pillay, 2009/12/03 13:03

I have the machine which came with Andriod dual booted. I have not actually done anything with the internal drive for I am booting the machine from my USB drive running Fedora 12. All the components work off the bat including suspend, wifi, camera, card reader, etc.

Noted that when I did a dmesg, it shows CPU0 and CPU1 - so I am not sure if it a dual core Atom processor.

Michael, 2009/11/29 22:27

I bought mine yesterday and setting up Ubuntu netbook remix was a dream. I chose to install ubuntu server first, then used the ethernet to install ubuntu-netbook-remix. I had to run “dhclient eth0” initially to get the network going. After installing UNR ethernet and wireless was easy using the UNR network config tools.

Suspend works great. Battery life seems like 7 hours (6 cell battery). Video works.

Only problem: the mic works for some apps, not with others. I can't get it working with Skype.

Michael, 2009/12/05 18:15

Some more data: I've had it for a week now. Still can't get the mic to work with skype or even arecord, though it works well with the gnome audio recoding app.

Suspend/resume appears to work, but the networking goes bad a few minutes after a resume. Ultimately applications start hanging. A reboot fixes it. This is causing much pain for me as my wife is very unhappy that it doesn't “just work”.

Michael

Michael, 2009/12/07 21:23

More data:
After reading ubuntu bug reports, I grabbed ubuntu's backported kernel modules and installed those. This appears to have solved the networking issue–at least to the extent that the network stayed up over night. In the past it would go down. Also, the “number of bars” I see on the various networks in my neighborhood is more rational. Some very distant networks showed up as 4 bars and mine was 1 bar, now mine is 3 and the distant network 0.

Also, if plug in an external mic skype works well. It just doesn't seem to know to use the external mic.

Michael

jake, 2010/08/29 16:35

there's some trick, i can't remember exactly, but you have to disable stereo. reduce the volume on one of the channels all the way to zero, leaving the other at 100%. I had this problem while I was in chile and trying to call my girlfriend on skype. after trying lots of other things (different drivers, etc), that was all it took.

Fred Werther, 2009/11/28 03:45

I have the latest D 250 only 1GB but 250GB HDD
Kuki 2.8 Linux did work getting internet through the Ethernet out of the box.

http://www.aspireoneuser.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=15913

http://www.kuki.me/about/

But

I failed with several distros to get the Ethernet and internet going.
Puppy, Crunchbang and Slitaz and Flux flux linux.

Have not tested linux4one or Easypeasy. Do they work?

Patrick Lee, 2009/12/30 04:44

I tried with puppy 4.31 and the wireless lan works. The only problem for pupyy 4.31 is:
1 - you need to rename PUP_431.SFS to PUP-431.SFS to make it load.
2 - when exit, you cannot save the session and need to do some trick.

Chad Serrant, 2009/11/22 03:04

I just installed gentoo on this laptop. You can get the on baord microphone working by adding “hda-intel.model=acer-aspire” to your boot options (or alsa options if you loaded a module.)

I was unable to get the ethernet card working, but the wireless works just fine.

I did not observe any problems with the fan.

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