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Acer Aspire One D255


Overall, the Aspire One D255 works well on GNU/Linux.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire One D255 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire One D255
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ Processor N550 (1MB L2 cache, 1.5GHz)
Intel® Atom™ Processor N450 (512KB L2 cache, 1.66GHz)
Screen10.1“ WSVGA
RAMUp to 2GB
HDDup to 250GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3150
Network10/100 Ethernet
Acer® InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorYes N450 Tested
WirelessYes Proprietary Broadcom driver
Card ReaderNot Tested


Was tested with Debian Squeeze. There are a few issues with the wireless card upon resume.
This can be worked around by reloading the driver:

modprobe -r brcm80211 ; modprobe brcm80211

You can set that command to run whenever you resume, however it is done on your distro, on Debian Squeeze:

$ cat /usr/lib/pm-utils/sleep.d/53brcm8021 
# reloads the bc43xx driver upon resuming


	return 0

	`/sbin/modprobe -r brcm80211 ; /sbin/modprobe brcm80211` > /dev/null

case "$1" in
	*) exit $NA


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Brian, 2016/06/20 22:11

I've recently transferred the hard drive from a Toshiba NB520 complete with (very) recently installed Linux Mint 17.3 32-bit KDE. Everything worked with no modifications so I expect the same from a clean install (yes, the correct way).

This is the Acer Aspire One D255E. I've included some system details below so you can compare with the models referenced on this page. It originally came with 1GB RAM, 250GB HDD and Windows 7 Starter; I fitted a 2GB DDR3 module and it's had various hard drives in it (up to 750GB) with Windows 7 Ultimate (retail) installed. Now has 320GB with partitions for /boot, /, /home and swap.

Mint 17.3 KDE 32-bit works like a charm on this machine and seriously outperforms Windows 7 (even a fresh installation). It's a breeze under Linux and it keeps on working.

System Info:

System: Host: BG-ACER-D255E Kernel: 3.19.0-32-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 4.8.2)

         Desktop: N/A info: plasma-desktop dm: mdm
         Distro: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa

Machine: Mobo: Acer model: JE02_PT_E v: V3.15(DDR3)

         Bios: Acer v: V3.15(DDR3) date: 02/15/2011

CPU: Dual core Intel Atom N570 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 512 KB bmips: 6650

         clock speeds: min/max: 1000/1666 MHz 1: 1333 MHz 2: 1333 MHz
         3: 1000 MHz 4: 1000 MHz
         CPU Flags: acpi aperfmperf apic arch_perfmon bts clflush cmov
         constant_tsc cx16 cx8 de ds_cpl dtes64 dtherm dts est flexpriority
         fpu fxsr ht lahf_lm lm mca mce mmx monitor movbe msr mtrr nx pae
         pat pbe pdcm pebs pge pni pse pse36 sep ss sse sse2 ssse3 tm tm2
         tpr_shadow tsc vme vmx vnmi xtpr

Memory: Array-1 capacity: 4 GB devices: 2 EC: None max module size: 4 GB

         Device-1: DIMM0 size: 2 GB (Single-bank) speed: 667 MHz
         type: DDR3 (Synchronous) bus width: 65506 bits
         manufacturer: N/A part: N/A serial: N/A
         Device-2: N/A
         manufacturer: N/A part: N/A serial: N/A

Audio: Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller

         driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:27d8
         Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k3.19.0-32-generic

Network: Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR8152 v1.1 Fast Ethernet

         driver: atl1c v: port: 5000
         bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1969:2060
         IF: eth1 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: half
         mac: ( -SNIP- )
         Card-2: Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
         driver: ath9k bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 168c:002b
         IF: wlan1 state: down mac: ( -SNIP- )

Drives: HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (21.8% used)

         ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MK3259GS size: 320.1GB serial: ( -SNIP- )

Partition: ID-1: / size: 15G used: 6.4G (46%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2

         label: N/A
         ID-2: /home size: 275G used: 56G (22%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4
         label: N/A
         ID-3: /boot size: 472M used: 46M (11%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda1
         label: N/A
         ID-4: swap-1 size: 3.07GB used: 0.27GB (9%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
         label: N/A

Unmounted: No unmounted partitions detected
Info: Processes: 186 Uptime: 1 day Memory: 1018.9/2004.6MB

         Init: Upstart v: 1.12.1 runlevel: 2 default: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
         Client: Shell (sudo running in bash) inxi: 2.2.28
Brian, 2016/06/21 03:06

The formatting was unintentional but I like the result even though it's not quite right; would like to know correct syntax, still makes it a bit easier to read. Preview not working on my setup probably due to scripts being blocked.

SD card interface does not work out of the box and am currently looking for a solution.

Would you like me to add the full specs for this machine plus the Toshiba NB305 and NB510?

Brian, 2016/06/21 03:09

Meant NB520 sorry no way to edit

turbokitty, 2012/03/04 14:37

Everything except for the video works on ubunto. I'm trying to find drivers. Though I'm not sure where they are or how to install them.

cnxsoft, 2011/08/20 06:57

I have an Aspire One D255 netbook and the wireless card is Broadcom Corporation Device 4727

Albert De, 2011/04/11 02:26

The card reader is a peripheral designed to read from and write to, SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) and similar cards that may be used in cameras for storage or can be used as an alternative to a USB flash drives. It has nothing to do with wireless. (I suggest that if you don't understand English you might want to get a good translation into your own language before replying. If you need help and your first language is French or Dutch, just ask me.)

Andy, 2011/04/11 01:21

I tried Ubuntu and Mint. But found that battery drained much faster and it run a bit hotter also. Waiting for better new update.

Albert De, 2011/03/03 20:18

You know when I saw the card reader not tested I knew your review was worthless. The card reader is the issue with installing GNU/Linux. It is a deal breaker.

The only distribution I have found so far that was works “out of the box” is Fluppy 13, a derivative of Puppy Linux.

Albert De, 2011/03/09 21:43

After much experimenting with distributions, the resolution of the ENE Technologies card reader is possible in two ways: either
(1) Choose a distribution with a kernel that is more recent than (e.g., Fluppy 13, a Puppy Linux derivative or Sabayon 5.5 - go to Distrowatch, where you can get a list of distributions by Linux [kernel] release no.)
(2) Get the driver source (, view all comments), there is also a .deb available for both 64 bit or 32 bit Ubuntu's - but you have to match the kernel release no. to use it).

I have used the deb in Lubuntu 10.10 and it works and have downloaded the Sabayon distribution and it also works fine.

Penumbral, 2011/02/12 07:17

That is the wrong wireless card. The Aspire one D255 has a Intel WIFI Link 1000 wireless card. Tto get it working in debian or ubuntu just install iwlwifi.

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