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    Thumbs up Acer D250-1150 Netbook worked right out of the box

    I am new to Linux and BackTrack and in the few months preceding have been learning a lot. I just bought a new Acer D-250 and it worked right out of the box. I still have yet to test but as far as I can tell at this point everything seems to be recognized and working as far as the video, wireless and ethernet. I haven't tested the webcam, mic, and all the smaller stuff but the important ones ie: wireless and vga, work! I have the Atheros 9285 wireless card and have had no issues.
    Here is the lspci on it:

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    01:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Attansic Technology Corp. Atheros AR8132 / L1c Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev c0)


    (This is the side panel of the box)
    Acer D-250-1151
    P/N LU.S670B.034
    Model: KAV60
    OS (Factory) Windows XP Home for ultra low cost pc's (not installed anymore)
    LCD - 10.1'' LED LCD (1024x600)
    Memory 1GB
    Storage 160GB HDD
    Optical Drive- NO
    Card Reader Multi-in one cardreader
    WLAN 802.11 b/g
    WWAN- NO
    Bluetooth- NO
    Webcam Acer Crystal Eye webcam
    Battery Lithium 3 cell Li-ion battery

    Hope this helps anyone struggling with the issue of which netbook to buy for a cheap, simple out of the box experience.

    Endnote:
    I failed to metion that this netbook had no issues with the Live DVD and a full install onto the hd. I tried UNetbootin and it worked on a USB Flash drive, however, there were problems with detecting and setting up the network interfaces, drivers. The ath5k driver worked with little issues on the Atheros 9285(ath9k) card, and I am still researching and testing the others. Hope this clarifies things better.

    5-3-2010
    Well I got around to the webcam. All I did was install Cheese and it worked flawlessly. I also did some tests using the wi-fi. Kismet, Gerix, Wireshark, the entire aircrack suite all seem to be working great. Injection works so it is safe to assume that this little netbook can pretty much handle all of the tools Backtrack 4 has to offer. I reinstalled windoze (for testing purposes) and managed to get it to triple boot Windoze, BT4 and Linux Mint 8 KDE, which I am using to post this/ I am using grub included w/ Mint to select from the 3 operating systems including the hidden partition to restore to factory defaults. If anyone has anything to add, please feel free. I am rather amazed at this little netbook and am happy it does pretty much everything I need it to do..
    Last edited by Mcspook; 05-03-2010 at 07:29 AM. Reason: Update

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