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So you’ve purchased a shiny new Acer Aspire One netbook. Now what? Sure, you could use it for some light web browsing, editing office documents, and playing a few quick games. But that’s what Acer expects you to do. And where’s the fun in that?

LinuxHaxor has put together a list of 30+ hardware and software hacks for the Acer Aspire One, including, but not limited to:

Have any good tips that aren’t on the LinuxHaxor list? Let us know. Or better yet, post your thoughts in Liliputing Forums Acer Aspire One Board.

via NetbookTech

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6 replies on “Hacking the Acer Aspire One”

  1. Has anyone hacked a way to add a firewire port on this thing, I’m a videographer and photographer (photojournalist) and miss my firewire connection! Thanks ….


    1. firewire hack might be impossible or very difficult since this require a firewire chipset that needs to be connected to some i/o channel/bus, which there isn’t any available on the AA1. The new macbook don’t even come with firewire anymore.

      1. Actually, there is a free PCI-E bus on models that don’t use a 3G modem. But this might be very difficult to use.

        JMicron makes a chip that is the exact same as the chip used to drive the SD Card readers, with the exception that, in addition to driving the SD readers, it can drive a 1394a bus. It has the exact same pinout and size and everything as the ones that are on the acer motherboard (the 1394 leads are unused on it). If you could get ahold of one of those chips, and if you don’t mind soldering very tiny connections, you might just be able to accomplish the feat of adding a firewire port to the Aspire One.

        1. Can you tell me more about the procedure Chuck? I really need to put a 1394 port on my Aspire One!!! 🙂

  2. Maximum memory upgrade! That’s on everyone mind. I’ve seen post that the AA1 can potentially have total of 2.5GB of RAM installed, leaving 512MB for video and 2GB for the OS is this correct or just a myth? The chipset only support 2GB, so is there any truth in this? Can you please lead us Tnkgirl?

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