Acer Aspire One Drivers and instructions for 2008.11

1. Grab the AA1 drivers

  -  Intel Driver - here

  -  Atheros Driver - here

  -  SDcard driver - here

2. gtar xvfj the files

3. pkgadd -d SUNWatheros

4. update_drv -a -i '"pci168c,1c"' ath

5. cd atom-binaries/32

6. cp i915, agpgart and agptarget into /kernel/drv

7. cp  drm and agpmaster into /kernel/misc

8.  update_drv -a -i '"pci8086,27a6"' i915

9.  update_drv -a -i '"pci8086,27ac"'  agptarget

10. Create the xorg.conf from my other blog in /etc/xorg.conf

11. add the audio into the system update_drv -a -i '"pci8086,27d8"' audiohd

12. Remove the sdcard driver from the install it's broken, pkgrm SUNWsdcard, add the new one into system pkgadd -d . SUNWsdcard

13. turn on power management, chamge /etc/power.conf to look like this:

device-dependency-property removable-media /dev/fb
autopm            default
autoS3            default
cpu-threshold        1s
S3-support enable
cpupm  enable
# Auto-Shutdown        Idle(min)    Start/Finish(hh:mm)    Behavior
autoshutdown        30        9:00 9:00        noshutdown

14. shutdown the cde if running SXDE svcadm disable cde-login

15. start up gnome desktop if on SXDE and reboot

16. svcadm enable gdm: init 6


Nice work. (Are all the driver fixes destined for ON someday soon?)

Posted by Stephen on February 05, 2009 at 01:59 AM PST #


Thanks, SXCE B107 has all the drivers and /etc/driver_aliases fixes and works first time after install, you still need to modify /etc/power.conf to turn on suspend / resume support.

You also need to set you preferences in gnome power manager to suspend on lid close.

I'm assuming that by the time we release the next version of Indiana (2009.05) I think the base build will be above B107, it's at B101a currently.

I don't use the IPS system on my machines, I just like to challenge of building the packages, so I don't install Indiana accept on my Asus Eee PC that only has an 8Gb SSD and Indiana does install in about 2.5Gb, SXCE is about 8Gb.


Posted by David Clack on February 05, 2009 at 02:11 AM PST #

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the series of excellent reports.

Just wonder: Have you had a chance to install os0905_106b into a USB stick? If you already have a CD, the installation process should be pretty much hands-free. I am sure you are aware of this.

Also, installing into a USB stick sort of circumvents the inability to do multiple boot b/t various OpenSolaris versions.

I am interested in knowing whether--and if so, to what extent--there will be noticeable difference in performances between running an external USB stick and from the built-in HD.

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on February 05, 2009 at 07:05 AM PST #

Hi Wayne,

I have not tested os0905_106b, I've been working on SXDE.

If I can find the location to download I'll test.

I'm pretty sure USB will be slower than HD, also you may have a problem with the USB burning out from the writes to it for swap.

I still cannot get a good answer from anyone in the memory business about what the real lifetime of a memory device is.


Posted by David Clack on February 05, 2009 at 07:18 AM PST #

So I have os0906_106b, I'll test it tomorrow.

I'll test the AA1 from USB, and use the ISO in VirtualBox.

Actually I think I'll reinstall my AA1 with the ISO, clean install


Posted by David Clack on February 05, 2009 at 08:50 AM PST #

I was able to install os0906_106b into a 16 GB USB stick on an HP notebook. Everything seems to be working all right. But I am interested in knowing how it does, a la USB stick, on a netbook.

Posted by W. Wayne Liauh on February 06, 2009 at 03:07 AM PST #

I need the full driver softwere for my acer aspire one laptop with intel atom processor.

Posted by BHASKAR CHATTOPADHYAY on March 10, 2009 at 07:37 PM PDT #

You can download SXCE B108 or 0906.B108 they both have all the drivers for the Acer One for download.


Posted by David Clack on March 11, 2009 at 12:05 AM PDT #

Acer is in the top 5, and I thought about that when writing the statement, what I am really talking about is known to consumers, and I was thinking about those people who generally go to buy a computer at a physical store/aren’t too involved in technology. Also I’m talking more about the US where people recognize Sony, HP, Dell, and others before Acer. I might edit the statement in my review if I have a chance so it better reflects that.

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For some reason it was easier for me to just install jolicloud on my AAO 150. It seems that this amazing OS has all the driver my netbook needed. I was amazed how easy was for me to install the 3g card driver. I recommend

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