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 +====== Acer Aspire One 522 ======
 +===== Introduction =====
 +First, if you are here looking for a solution to the "Linux hangs on boot" problem with this netbook, read the details below.
  
 +There have been quite a few different models and configurations of this netbook, so make sure that you know exactly which one you are getting. ​ The originals had AMD E-50 cpu and Radeon 6250 gpu.  The newer models have an E-60 cpu and 6290 gpu.  But that is only one difference. ​ Most models have 1280x720 resolution, but some have 1024x600. ​ Some have Broadcom WiFi adapters, while others have Atheros and still others have Acer Invilink. ​ Be careful, pay attention, and make sure you know what you are getting (or what you have).
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 +This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire One 522. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the [[http://​www.lapwik.com/​acer_aspire_one_522|Acer Aspire One 522 page on LapWik]].
 +===== Specifications =====
 +For full specifications see the [[http://​www.lapspecs.com/​wiki/​acer+aspire+one+522|Acer Aspire One 522 specifications page]].
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 +|Name|Acer Aspire One 522|
 +|Processor|AMD C-50 OR C-60 1GHz|
 +|Screen|10.1"​ 1280x720 (WXGA) OR 1024x600 (WSVGA)|
 +|RAM|Up to 2GB|
 +|HDD|up to 250GB|
 +|Optical Drive|None|
 +|Graphics|ATI Radeon™ HD 6250 OR 6290|
 +|Network|10/​100 Ethernet \\ Acer InviLink™ Nplify™ 802.11b/g/n \\ Atheros AR9285 802.11b/​g/​n|
 +===== Linux Compatibility =====
 +^Device^Compatibility^Comments^
 +|Processor|Yes| |
 +|Screen|Yes| |
 +|HDD|Yes| |
 +|Graphics|Yes|FOSS Radeon driver ok, see below for fglrx|
 +|Sound|Yes| |
 +|Ethernet|Yes| |
 +|Wireless|Yes| |
 +|Bluetooth|N/​A| |
 +|Modem|N/A| |
 +|USB|Yes| |
 +|Card Reader|Yes|SD/​xD/​MMC/​MS/​MS Pro|
 +|Webcam|Yes| |
 +===== Notes =====
 +Some of the best points: external VGA display goes up to 1920x1200 resolution, HDMI display goes up to 1920x1080. ​ Media card slot that takes SD and Memory Stick is unusual in this class. ​ Fn-control keys work for sound up/​down/​mute,​ brightness up/​down/​blank,​ WiFi on/off, touchpad on/off.
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 +When running openSuSE, wireless networking often doesn'​t connect automatically on boot (and doesn'​t even show the default network SSID in the network list). ​ When this happens, go into the Network Manager icon on the panel, disable Wireless Networking, and then enable it again.
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 +The FOSS ATI Radeon driver works well in most distributions (i.e. Fedora, openSuSE, Ubuntu and derivatives),​ but with a few distributions (i.e. Debian Stable and SimplyMEPIS) the 62xx graphic chip is not supported, so it comes up using the VESA driver at 800x600 resolution. ​ Oddly, at this time the fglrx package included in the first group of distributions above does not recognize the 62xx chip, so it displays "​Unsupported Hardware"​ on the screen and graphic updates are unreliable and often corrupt; the fglrx package in Debian and MEPIS doesn'​t even recognize the 62xx adapter so they still come up with VESA.  However, the fglrx installer available directly from AMD/ATI works very well on both Debian and SimplyMEPIS,​ and once that is installed the display appears to work very well.
 +===== Summary =====
 +The most common problem with Linux on this netbook is that it hangs shortly after booting. ​ There seems to be a problem with the wired and wireless nework adapters/​drivers not getting initialized properly. ​ There are a number of work-arounds:​
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 +- Go into the BIOS setup, Boot options, and move Network Boot to the top of the list.  This may not seem like it makes much sense, but I have tested it and it works. ​ Apparently it causes the network interfaces to be properly initialized before Linux boots.
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 +- Boot with a wired network cable connected. ​ This is not likely to be a convenient option in most cases - why would you have a netbook and then use a wired connection? ​ Also, you don't want to do both of these things together, because it will take a long time trying to actually boot from the wired connection before moving on to boot from the hard drive.
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 +- If you know that you are only going to use wireless networking, blacklist the wired network driver (in /​etc/​modprobe.d)
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 +- Boot Windows first, then immediately reboot to Linux. ​ Yeah, I know, who really wants to do this?  That's why it is last in the list...
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 +Once you get around this problem, it works extremely well with every Linux distribution I have tried so far: Linux Mint 11, 12 and Debian, Ubuntu 11.10, openSuSE 11.4 and 12.1, Fedora 16, PCLinuxOS 2011.09 and 2012.02, Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.3 and 6.0.4 and SimplyMEPIS 11.0.12.
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