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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


You can enter a summary of how well the Acer Aspire One D255 works with Linux here.


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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