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Acer Aspire One 751


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire One 751 laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire One 751. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire One 751 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire One 751 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire One 751
ProcessorIntel® Atom™ processor Z520 supporting Intel® 32 Architecture
Screen11.6“ 1366 x 768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 2GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 500
Network10/100 Ethernet
Acer InviLink™ 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

GraphicsPartialNeeds some tweeking, see notes below
SoundPartialMicrophone does not work
EthernetNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested


This netbook was tested with Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04.


The Intel GMA 500 is not supported as standard by Ubuntu NBR so you will need to install the drivers manually, here is how with Ubuntu 9.04:

1. Go to and follow the instructions on adding their repository.

2. Install the psb packages needed with:

sudo apt-get install libdrm-poulsbo1 xserver-xorg-video-psb

3. Restart the netbook.

That should be it but this is just a basic 2D driver, the special visual effect wont work.

I plan to write a few guides on installing this driver on other Linux distributions but for now this will only work with Ubuntu 9.04.


The is some configuration work required to get the most out of the Acer Aspire One 751. This is not the best netbook to use with Linux but still runs reasonably well.


daniel, 2012/02/09 18:02


is there a solution for this problem under natty? (11.04)? using this howto leads to the missing sources:
404 not found

thx for any advice :)

Ivan, 2012/01/16 00:07

This laptop works really well with JoliOS out of the box. There is some funkiness with the wireless when coming out of sleep, the wireless has to be manually reconnected.

Daniel, 2009/11/24 15:14

I 'm having the same problems with my AO 751 and ubuntu 9.10

Power Managment
Wirless light
No compiz

I use this for the video resolution and it works fine.

If anyone can solve these problems we can make a complete guide of “How to Ubuntu 9.10 works fine in AO 751” :P

Bye !

Shady, 2009/11/16 22:30

I had all kinds of problems with GMA500 driver and Ubuntu 9.10. UNR is too slow. Desktop after fix is 2D only. Ubuntu Desktop also doesnt seem to recognize battery options (meter, power manager options)

doctoras, 2009/11/15 13:12

I have installed ubuntu 9.10 in my aspireone 751. I have fixed graphics problem.8-) Compiz and Screenlets run as they should be, but sometimes video playing it's a little bit slow. The major problem that I face these days is fixing the “no sound” effect. When I open my netbook everything looks working fine(You know I hear the Ubuntu drums when I log in my netbook). Then nothing comes to my ear!!! If any body knows anything about this please let me know.=)

Alan Woodland, 2010/01/07 20:43

To fix the sound:

1) Open the file /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
2) Change the line that begins “options snd-hda-intel … ” to read:
options snd-hda-intel model=acer enable_msi=1


Pete, 2010/02/15 20:48

Awesome - works brilliantly for my audio on an Acer Aspire 751 with Ubuntu 9.10!

Thanks for the tip…

Nick, 2010/04/03 23:32

awsome sound tip - thanks, works like a charm

tora, 2010/06/07 14:21

worked great here too…. funny, it was working before I upgraded the kernel…
cheers man!

pyriander, 2009/11/09 21:00

hi there,
just one little question. I have the aao 751 and tried to install ubuntu nr 9.10 on it… live-usb-system worked but the installed system can only be started with b43-pci-bridge.blacklist=yes
can you confirm this or is this a problem with my installation??


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