Recovering the system on the Acer Aspire One
September 28, 2008
Most Popular | Acer Aspire One | Hardware
Helpful tip to new Linux Acer Aspire One owners:

Before you even open the box, be sure to buy a 2Gb USB stick to use for system recovery. Follow the instructions in the recovery DVD manual to create a recovery image on it. Take it with you wherever you take the Acer.

My Linpus-based Acer Aspire One worked well for about three days, until I allowed Live Update to update the system. After the update, the Network Manager disappeared, along with all wireless AND wired networking capabilities and the ability to recognize USB drives.

The recovery DVD instructions explain that if you don't have a USB DVD drive, you can create a recovery drive from a USB memory stick. However it has to have a usable capacity of 1GB or greater. My only USB stick is just 1GB which I of course tried, but found that the end result was not bootable. Although it was late Sunday night, I found a 2GB drive at the local Walgreens for $19.00, which helped immensely with the feelings of frustration.

The recovery CD booted up just fine on an Intel iMac (insert the DVD, restart the iMac, and hold down the "C" key until the DVD boots), and it recognized the USB memory stick. It takes about 6 or 7 minutes to create the recovery image, but it booted up perfectly and restored the Linpus system without any problems. My networking is back, and I'm going to be very careful about allowing updates from now on. And, I'll keep the USB stick handy, just in case.

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Posted by ellen at September 28, 2008 11:50 PM


I've got to the point where i have a USB stick ready to reboot w/, but as the pc starts the recovery process, it shuts down. I have no idea what to do.

i am find it difficult to get antivirus for my acer aspire one.already the notebook is messing up.please help.

how merecovering acer aspire one?

first commenter: plug it to the wall.
second commenter: antivirus for linux? WHY?
third commenter: ????

I spilled a glass of water in the Aspire One and it shut down with a 5 second power button but its dead now. Any resets that will give me an angle on getting it going? Bone head stumble may have cost me the machine. It was working great too!

Your help will be deeply appreciated

I had a problem with my aspire acer one, a problem to initialize HAL. I am worried because I have important documents in it but no USB ports or even the SD card port are recognized. What can I do to save my data?

Any help would give me some rest.

Thanks in advance.

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