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Installing and tweaking linux on an Acer Aspire One ZG5 with an SSD.

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  1. Hi, I wanted to type this in email but this is the best I could contact you. I have the same netbook as you, the ZG5 series, so I want to try to install Arch on there. I use the Arch Wiki guide for the Aspire and it installs correctly, But networking DOES NOT work! I do not know what to do since I can’t do anything since it’s about unusable if I can’t even update, and also I do not know how to install kernel26-one-dev, even when it’s praised so much for the Aspire One. Please help for I really I want to try Arch Linux on a real install, not a crappy slow VM.

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  2. Paul Schrader

    May 19, 2011

    Hi,

    Do you know of anyway to remove “GRUB”? I am looking to restore XP on to my ZG5 but have been told that the recovery disks do not work because I need to first remove “GRUB” and then restore the windows bootloader. Can you help in any fashion?

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    • aspireonezg5

      May 19, 2011

      Do you still have a partition with XP on it?

      If so, you don’t need to “remove grub.” All you need to do is restore the master boot record. There are some instructions for restoring the master boot record here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8950739&postcount=7. Any one of the three options should work.

      If not and you are planning to install XP, you need do nothing but install Windows.

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      • Paul Schrader

        May 19, 2011

        Hi,

        So basically my issue was that I have an 8 gig SSD which only had the one partition on it. As such when I installed Linux on it, the old partition was overwritten I imagine. This all stemmed from a virus on XP where I was using Linux to hold me over till I got recovery CD’s. Now I have no original install CD for XP. It looks like I may try and use a “ghost” imaged version of XP to restore to bootloaders and then try the recovery cds. Does this sound like the right thing to do? I am good with computers but not familiar with a lot of this stuff.


      • aspireonezg5

        May 19, 2011

        A “ghost” image will only work if it is from another Aspire One ZG5.


      • Paul Schrader

        May 19, 2011

        Ok, well thank you for the quick response. Sounds like if I can’t find that then I will just need to purchase an XP install disk. Thank you so much for the quick response.


  3. David Young

    November 10, 2010

    aspireonezg5

    There isn’t any wireless showing up on the netbook when I know that there are at least 3 great wireless routers to connect to. My desktop is connected currently by wireless.

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  4. Acer Aspire One ZG5

    The Acer eRecovery software was a windows tool from Acer that could reinstall your drivers for you Aspire One ZG5 in one click. It also had the ability to restore your system to factory setup. That meant that it erased your NTFS Partition. Then Placed a image of xp from the Hidden partition unto the newly clean NTFS Partition. My Factory image was corrupt which caused the Restore to fail after it had erased my NTFS Partition.

    The Version of Ubuntu I have used on the netbook is 10.10. The wireless worked while Ubuntu was in Live CD Mode, and when XP was fine.

    I’m a collage student and the only provided access to the internet is with wireless. I might be able to share internet from my desktop computer through lan cables to the the netbook. (My desktop has to connect to the school internet with wireless as well.)
    – Dave Young

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    • aspireonezg5

      November 10, 2010

      So what sort of wireless problems did you have with Ubuntu? Were there any wireless networks you could connect to? I’m currently running 10.04 rather than 10.10 but am using the 10.10 kernel image (where all the device drivers are) with no wireless problems at all.

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  5. David Young

    November 10, 2010

    I currently have an Acer Aspire One. Recently I was trying to restore it to factory install with the Acer eRecovery software. The eRecovery failed and left my ntfs partition unusable. I had backed up my valuables so I didn’t lose anything important. I formated and removed both partitions for a new operating system.

    Before the eRecovery incident I had a working Windows XP operating system on the netbook and I was “trying” out Ubuntu(or running the linux operating system from ram) before I installed. While I had the XP NTFS Partition in working order my wireless worked fine on the Ubuntu “Try” mode. After I formatted the Hard drive, removed both partitions and installed Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook edition, the wireless didn’t work. I’m not very knowledgeable with what to do. I don’t know whats up. But from my best guess is that Ubuntu some how pulled drivers from my XP NTFS Partition for the wireless card.

    I’m not new to linux, but my knowledge is very basic. I’m not very good at the know how to be precise with my search’s online to get the proper help or info. I keep leading myself in non progressive circles in trying to solve this problem. Could you help point me in the right direction to start understanding what is happening and how to fix it?

    Wireless is the only internet connection option for the Acer Aspire One. I do have another computer that is internet ready. I can transfer files between the two with usb storage devices. (2gb thumb drive.) In fact, I used a 2bg thumb drive to install the Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook edition Operating system.

    -Dave Young

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    • aspireonezg5

      November 10, 2010

      I’m not particularly familiar with Acer’s eRecovery software so I can’t help you with that. But if you have access to a wired connection, I’m pretty sure I can help you get the wireless working for Ubuntu. To start with, what version of Ubuntu did you try?

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      • Hi, I have long since solved my problem when I bumped into a knowledgeable friend.

        > I’m not particularly familiar with Acer’s
        > eRecovery software so I can’t help you
        > with that. But if you have access to a
        > wired connection, I’m pretty sure I can
        > help you get the wireless working for
        > Ubuntu. To start with, what version of
        > Ubuntu did you try?

        I pretty much answered all your questions in my previous comments. I found this frustrating when I received this response and did not want to repeat my self.

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