Sunday, April 4, 2010

Install of Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04 on Acer Aspire One 532h

I took the plunge and decided to install Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my little Acer Aspire One 532 H. Most everything is working OK, except there are some mouse/touhpad issues that are fairly well documented. It seems that the suspend while typing function on the touchpad is not working properly. The workaround is to use Fn-F7 to disable the touchpad manually if you want to get down to some serious typing. The multi-touch features and the scrollbar is also not working either. Searching around the forums, there seems to be some intricate solutions around, but maybe I will just wait for it to get into a release.

The install went smoothly and only took about 15 minutes. I decided to keep Windows 7 and dual boot into Ubuntu. The only change from the default install that I made was to make the Ubuntu partition a little larger then the Windows 7 partition. Windows 7 is OK, but the pre-installed antivirus software annoyed me when it asked to me to re-boot my computer, right when I was on a roll in getting some real work done. This is just the sort of thing that always irked me when using Windows in the past, when third party software wants to reboot your machine, while you are in the middle of getting some work done. So, now Windows 7 is treading on thin ice and may still yet get wiped off this little netbook.

Everything else seems to be working OK. There is a known SD card issue, and I have not tried out the microphone. That should be an issue too. The sleep works fine while depressing Fn-F4. The wireless works OK out of the box, but it does seem to drop out randomly, then reconnect. The hot-key to turn it on and off does not work. You can turn wireless on and off manually, though.

If I could get these few little annoyances fixed, then it will be hasta-la-vista Windows 7.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you tried using an external monitor with the 532h running Ubuntu? I cannot seem to switch to a higher resolution than 1024x600.

kmcgra said...

Not yet. I did watch a movie on a 42 inch widescreen tv with it hooked up. It worked OK, when I booted with it connected to the monitor. I did not try to change the resolution though. maybe I will give that a try.

Anonymous said...

I've also wondered about the memory card reader. If I stick a SD card into the right hand slot of the netbook then what will it show up as in the OS?

kmcgra said...

I tried an SD card, and can confirm that the reader did not work in Ubuntu 10.04. There is a bug open on it in Launchpad. Here is the link.

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-disk-utility/+bug/530277

Anonymous said...

Ok, so it's not just me then. I have been trying different flavors of Ubuntu based operating systems hoping that one of them would work with the SD card reader. Last night I was playing with Xubuntu to no avail. I got an external card reader to work just fine but I had to manually mount it. I am Linux newbie so it was actually quite the learning experience on how to do this!

Have you ever tried Xubuntu?

kmcgra said...

Yes, I have used xubuntu on some older pc's before, but not recently.

DocBoy said...

iam using ubunto 9.10 remix, with my hp compaq mini 110c. Ive been using this for 5 days now everything works fine except for the microphone. Can you help me fix this problem?

DocBoy said...

i have been using ubuntu 9.10 remix for my hp compaq mini 110c. Can anyone help me to fix the microphone. thanx!

kmcgra said...

The HP microphone issue has a bug report. Try the solution listed on this page...

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/376795/

There also may be something on the Ubuntu Forums page.

Good luck!

Unknown said...

I've been trying to put Ubuntu on a 532h for a while, but it always hangs on boot. Did you have to pass any special kernel parameters to get it to boot the first time?

kmcgra said...

No special flags needed. I created a bootable USB and it installed easily. Perhaps you should check to make sure you have a clean downloaded .iso, or whether your CD or USB stick has a proper burn.

Unknown said...

It turned out that my problem was rooted in creating the separate reserved space for saving data on the thumb drive between boots. I tried 2 laptops, 3 different versions of Ubuntu, and 2 different thumb drives before figuring this out. Once I selected to throw everything away between boots, the thumb drive worked perfectly.

Unknown said...

It turned out that my problem was rooted in creating the separate reserved space for saving data on the thumb drive between boots. I tried 2 laptops, 3 different versions of Ubuntu, and 2 different thumb drives before figuring this out. Once I selected to throw everything away between boots, the thumb drive worked perfectly.