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Planning on upgrading to Windows 7 on Acer Aspire One

I found out that all students now get a free copy of Windows 7 Professional. So, I’m planning on upgrading to Windows 7. I’ve done some research on the web (the best I could), and it seems Windows 7 works fine on this low-end netbook.

But, I am wondering if it’s really something I should do…I mean, I don’t really have a reason other than just having the newest OS on my netbook. Plus, I heard it has some neat features and I like Aero. But, I really don’t have any really good reason.

But, none the less I will be clicking ‘upgrade’ at some point today or this week. I will post an update as to how well the upgrade went and some of the reasons I will discover when I boot up Windows 7.

Hopefully I will be happy with my impulsive upgrade decision.

Acer Aspire One w/ Ubuntu 9.10: Day 2

So, if you looked around my blog, you would probably read a lot about Ubuntu and my Dell Mini 9. Well, the other day a very small part of wireing in the power-switch “fried.” Yeah, fried; it’s complicated so you will have to just live with “fried.”

Acer Aspire One

Acer Aspire One (Silver)

So, I had to get a new computer. All-in-all I really loved my Dell Mini 9. The screen was a little small, it had a very small hard-drive (8gb), but otherwise it was a nice little computer to me. So, I opted for another Netbook. Sure beats forking up $999 for some other computer. I had heard about the Acer Aspire One and even Googled it before I went out and bought one. Seemed to work just as well with Ubuntu. (It came with Windows 7, but I gave it away.)

So, I’ve been putting it to the test so far. I installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic with ease, no problems there. In fact, everything worked out of the box: sound, wireless (I remember the days when this was impossible), even video effects, YouTube, Hulu, full screen graphics, etc. There has been a couple of annoyances though: the webcam is out of sync with audio when using Cheese and the touchpad is really picky. Yeah, picky. I like using the tap and the button is very course (I got a blister on my thumb). The tap picks up taps badly. (But, it works!).

The bigger screen is a total plus, 10 inches versus 8 inches with the Dell Mini 9. Same resolution, but just bigger. Also, that means a full-sized keyboard too. The backspace key took a little getting-used-to, but I think I got it down. And, as I mentioned above the video-card seems to be a bit more hefty as it plays YouTube and Hulu just fine. The 160gb hard-drive has probably been the best upgrade. If everything else is mediocre-ly the same, then it was worth it just for the added space. Anyone who has had an 8gb hard-drive will tell you how annoying it is. Oh!, and I almost forgot to mention: the multi-card reader doesn’t work. That was a little lame actually.

So there is my day two review. I think I will get some things settled, like the card-reader, (not too sure about the webcam until I use Skype). I’ve been trying not to get too caught up fixing things right now. I’m on Spring Break and who wants to waste it with headaches caused by Linux (yeah, you know what I mean)? I will just fix and work things out in time.

Sorry, I would have included pictures, but I don’t have a camera with me at the moment; next time! But, I got the silver one!

Ubuntu 9.10 Dell Mini Suspend with SD Card

Ubuntu /usr/sbin/pm-suspend 9.10 SD Card umount

I always keep an SD memory card in my Dell Mini so that I can put whatever on it to save space on my solid-state. So, this morning, I have been installing Ubuntu 9.10 on my Dell Mini 9 and everything went better than ever, installation-wise. But, as soon as I closed the lid, the machine froze. Of course, like all Linux users, I pulled up Google for a fix, and found one:

Ubuntu 9.10 Get SD card path

Ubuntu 9.10 Get SD card path

I edited the /usr/sbin/pm-suspend script and before the script did anything, so right before the “# The rule here? Simplicity. I added,

umount /media/<SD Card Mount-point>

To find out the mount point (or path), just insert your SD card, find the pencil by the location bar in the file browser and copy the path it gives you.