Sunday, December 6, 2009

Acer Aspire 5517-5136

These little gems are on sale at Wal-Mart for $348, and I felt so guilty buying them at that price I actually got two.

They have:

AMD Athlon 64 TF-20 / 1.6 GHz
ATI Radeon Xpress 1200, 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
2G RAM, DDR2 SDRAM - 667.0 MHz
160G HD
WiFi (with disable switch)
Mouse Pad (with disable switch)
External VGA
DVD burner
2 USB slots
side mounted mic/headphone jacks
side mounted power jack with right angle plug
memory card reader
decent keyboard.

I have set both up to dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu 9.10 (wireless BroadCom STA drivers were problematic), and things seem to be good.

Fedora 12

Here is the roundup for Fedora 12, RedHat's latest release.

PASS - Asus system board with AMD-64 X2, upgrade from F11.

FAIL - Acer Aspire One AO751h netbook, no video driver for poulsbo chipset yet.

FAIL - Acer Aspire 5517-5136 laptop, went into endless reboots .. so I used Ubuntu 9.10 ... the wireless (Broadcom STA drivers) gave me a bit of a head scratching, but, the solution was easily found on the web. Dual boot with Win7.