Acer Aspire AS1410

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The Acer Aspire AS1410 is an inexpensive but full-featured small laptop. It's distinguished from Acer's netbooks by having a larger screen (11.6", 1366 x 768 pixels) and Windows Vista Home Premium, and from Acer/Gateway's other 11.6" laptops by having somewhat beefier compute specs (Intel Core Solo SU3500 CPU, Intel 4500MHD GPU).

There is a similar but more expensive model with a Core Duo processor. Aside from the price, the Duo has a TDP of about 10W instead of 5W, and some other small spec differences -- as well as two cores.

Debian GNU/Linux / Ubuntu on the Acer Aspire AS1410

Works Great

I installed Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 Desktop 64-bit in a dual-boot configuration. It works great, after the Hitachi SATA / kernel workaround described below.

Working flawlessly:

  • suspend to RAM
  • hibernate to disk
  • sound
  • Fn-key volume and brightness controls
  • WiFi
  • battery indicator
  • VirtualBox

UPDATE (2012-03-01): I've also installed Ubuntu 11.10, which works great too. The Hitachi SATA / kernel workaround is still required.

Hitachi SATA / Kernel Workaround

Using the live version on a USB stick worked flawlessly. There was a SATA problem booting with the hard disk after I installed to the hard disk; it turned out to be a compatibility issue between the kernel and the Hitachi HTS543225L9A300 hard drive. The workaround is to add "libata.force=noncq" to the kernel options.

For Grub 1, in /boot/grub/menu.lst, change the defoptions line to:

# defoptions=quiet libata.force=noncq

and make sure "libata.force=noncq" is added to the ends of the existing kernel lines.

For Grub 2, you want to add these to either GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX or GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT in /etc/default/grub. The easiest way to do this may be to follow the prompts after executing "sudo dpkg-reconfigure grub-pc", adding "libata.force=noncq" to the appropriate variable.

References for the SATA error fix:

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