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Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 Diamond Black AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1.00GHz) 10.1
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs ACER AO522 Linux Compatibility (and memory upgrade procedure) 02/24/2011

This review is from: Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ897 Diamond Black AMD Dual-Core Processor C-50 (1.00GHz) 10.1" 1GB Memory 250GB HDD Netbook

Pros: Overall I like it – assuming the suspend issue gets resolved shortly. The high-resolution screen is a very welcome improvement over every other netbook out there. CPU-wise it is moderately faster than my Lenovo S10 (Intel Atom) at “open all in tabs” (17) from Google Chrome. GPU-wise it blows it out of the water. Battery did last in the range of 6h last night and this morning w/ heavy usage. (installing packages and updates mostly)

linux compatibility (using Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64):
- installer uses the wrong screen resolution, but otherwise completes fine
- broadcom wireless worked fine after restricted driver install; note: I had to push the Fn-{wireless} key to turn it on on first boot (although it stays on through power cycles)
- ATI graphics worked fine after restricted driver install
- sound works fine
- ethernet works fine
- webcam works fine

Cons: linux compatibility (using Ubuntu 10.10 AMD64):
- suspend does NOT work
- the “unsupported hardware” overlay in the lower-right corner (probably will go away when Ubuntu updates catalyst driver); OpenGL works well (tested w/ WebGL in Google Chrome

Other Thoughts: Upgrading the memory: There are posts elsewhere on the internet saying to take a screwdriver to the top-right corner of the laptop and pry off the keyboard. DO NOT DO THIS. The keyboard is fit very tightly and i do not see a way to do it without marring up your laptop. You do have to remove the keyboard to get to the memory though. Here’s how:

- remove the battery
- open the notbook; turn it over
- look into the battery cavity; towards the right there in a square hole in the plastic with metal flush behind it – this is the bottom of your keyboard
- push on the metal with something dull (I used the bottom end of a pen) until the kayboard releases; note: don’t use the jewelers screwdriver you have in your hand! the metal is thin (almost a foil)
- flip laptop over; finish prying out keyboard
- remove the 4 screws under the keyboard w/ a (1) next to them
- push in the (2) hole w/ something blunt to pop off the bottom panel
- install memory
- reassemble (johnny 5?)

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Rosewill RX35-AT-SU BLK Aluminum 3.5
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: nice looking, sturdy feeling, if it worked

Cons: was DOA. drive spins up, but led stays off. tried with 2 hard drives. oddly, if you power it up, and then hotplug the drive in, it works. but unplug and re-plug it and it will refuse to init again. but considering it takes 6 screws to get to where you can use the hot-plugging trick again, i consider this DOA. and since newegg's return shipping cost is 1/2 the purchase price, and who knows if the next one will work, i don't feel it's worth the risk. VERY UNSATISFIED.

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SCEPTRE X24WG-1080P Black 24
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: clear, bright. makes my dell 2001wfp look like a waste of cash. (even if the vertical viewing angle isn't as good)

Cons: no vertical height adjust. wouldn't be so much of a con if it didn't sit so low to the ground by default. but easily fixed with one of my many obsolete ~1,200 page programming books. :)

Other Thoughts: one bad pixel has no green sub-channel. don't notice it unless you hunt for it.

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Display Name: Derek A.

Date Joined: 11/29/03

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  • First Review: 07/22/06
  • Last Review: 02/24/11
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