Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Acer Laptop and Linux

My old Averatec laptop started producing read errors on the hard drive - not good! I didn't lose anything important thanks to backups. PATA drives seem to be pretty much unavailable these days, so I ended up getting a new Acer 5253-BZ602 laptop. The first part of the fun with any new laptop is getting Linux installed and getting the peripherals working. Had to go with the latest Debian unstable distribution in order to get a working LAN driver. Most of the pieces are working now (graphics, wireless, ethernet, camera, etc). A web page with current status and driver info is at
http://www.sensicomm.com/main/linux/acer_5253/index.shtml .