Ubuntu on the Acer Aspire One AOA150

After receiving the Acer Aspire One¬†with ‘Linpus Lite’ installed by default, I decided I wanted to do more with it than just surf the web so installed Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).

Most things worked straight out of the box but there are a few ‘tweaks’ needed for it to perform to its full potential.

1. Hard Drive clicking noise

Unfortunately when the netbook is running on battery power the hard drive makes a constant clicking noise when idle. This is actually the hard drive heads being parked to minimise damage if the netbook was to be dropped, however it is too aggressive which can be an annoyance and damaging to the drive.

This can be solved by installing laptop-mode-tools from the software centre or the synaptics package manager.

Once this is installed the laptop-mode.conf file needs to be edited so;

From the terminal;

gksudo gedit /etc/laptop-mode/laptop-mode.conf

Then scroll down and change the following lines;

CONTROL_HD_POWERMGMT=1

BATT_HD_POWERMGMT=254
LM_AC_HD_POWERMGMT=254
NOLM_AC_HD_POWERMGMT=254

After a restart of the system this should eliminate the issue.

2. Streaming Issues

It seems the intel graphics controller has some issues with streaming flash video (youtube etc) which causes choppy
playback.

There seem to be a couple of tweaks that will tidy up most of the issues. HD videos may still cause a problem though.

Install ‘Flash-aid’- http://www.webgapps.org/add-ons/flash-aid/download-firefox.

This contains a wizard to find the appropriate flash plugin and will make some tweaks for smooth playback.

The next step is to add a line to the /etc/csh.cshrc file.

sudo gedit /etc/csh.cshrc

add the line

setenv LIBGL_DRIVERS_PATH ‘/usr/lib64/dri:/usr/lib32/dri’

Save and restart.

This will load the driver for the ‘Live CD’ which seems to run smoother than the¬†installed version?

Also installing Compiz settings manager from the software setting and disabling ‘Unredirect Fullscreen Windows’
under the general options setting seems to eliminate fullscreen issues.

Enjoy your porn educational streaming!!!

3. Internal Mic with Skype

The internal mic will not work out of the box with Skype. To fix this you need to change a setting in Skype;

Options>Sound Devices> uncheck the box that states ‘Let Skype adjust my settings for me’.

Then install pulseaudio settings manager (software centre)

Then from this program select the ‘Input’ tab and unlock the left/right channels. Set the left channel to 0 and the right channel to 100%. You should now get the response bar moving after making some noise.

I will be continuing to add tweaks to this post as and when I find them, but thought I would get these crucial ones live.

Cheers


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