Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Installing VLC Player on the Acer Aspire One

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Monday, 29 December 2008

First Problem: Messenger cannot connect to MSN Network on Acer Aspire One

Here are the details of the first problem that I have found with the Acer Aspire One Netbook.

Problem: Out of the box the provided Messenger application will not connect to the MSN Network, returning an error about the MSN network not supporting the Messenger protocol.

This problem is caused by Microsoft changing it's MSN protocols after the Goldbuild for the Acer Aspire One was completed.

Solution: A quick fix. Acer have released a fix and performing a live update will solve the problem. After the update is completed the messenger application will run very well.

It's worth performing a live update as soon as you can on the Aspire One after purchase, there are several updates to be downloaded and performed and may take a while to complete.

Initial Thoughts on the Acer Aspire One and specifications

I've now had the Acer One for just over 24 hours and here are my initial thoughts.

Firstly here are the official specs:
  • Processor: Intel Atom N270 (1.6 GHz)
  • Chipset: Intel 82945GMS + Intel 82801GBM
  • OS: Highly modified Acer Linux (Acer smartfile manager, home page navigator)
  • Memory: 512 MB
  • Mass storage: 8 GB SSD
  • Screen size: 8.9" Acer CrystalBrite (1024x600), LED backlight
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g, Acer SignalUp technology
  • Ports: 5-in-1 cardreader, SD slot, 3xUSB, VGA, RJ-45, headphone/lineout, microphone, Acer CrystalEye webcam
  • Keyboard: 95% full size keyboard, touchpad with scroll zone
  • Dimensions: 249 (w) x 170 (d) x 29 (h) mm, 2.17 lbs
  • Power: 3 cell, 2200 mAh, 30 W AC adapter

Now here are my thoughts:

The Aspire One looks fantastic, I decided on the blue model, and it really looks the business. The finish is smooth and is professional looking.
The screen is in wide screen format and is nice and bright making all the text is easily readable. Images look glorious possibly down to the slightly smaller size of the screen.
The System boots in around 15 seconds, which is certainly much better then my old Vista Laptop.

So far I've tried 2 applications, the Internet browser and the Messenger application. The browser supplied is Firefox 2 and obviously is more then fine for Internet browsing, the pages are well rendered and look great on the wide screen. BBC Iplayer and Youtube seem to work well so far.
I was pleasantly surprised with the Messenger application, (after I was able to get it working - more to follow) it connects to the MSN network fine, and even supports video and audio calling with the built in camera and Microphone.

One issue that I have found is that the system is locked down tight, which means that you can't install further applications, there are easy ways to resolve this and I'll look into these further as I'll need to install a few apps later on.

So far on initial usage I am very impressed with the Aspire One

Unboxing of the Acer Aspire One

These are the pictures of the unboxing of th Acer Aspire One

The Picture below shows the rather neat packaging, certainly better then some of the previous Acer boxes.

When you lift open the lid on the box you are presented with well centered and shielded Netbook on the top layer.

After you lift out the Netbook you can see the power cables, restore Cd and manuals.

The contents of the box removed from the packaging.
The important bits ;-)
The Netbook and power cable.

Why the need for a new Laptop.

Hi all.

Here's a brief introduction, and history of why I'm now using a Netbook.

About 2 month's ago my trusty laptop died, meaning that I had limited access to Internet, email and no access to my Itunes library. As a keen blogger I was also had no access to blogger.

I've still got access to my old SATA hard drive, so there is a possibility to rescue my old files.
I've been looking at the new range of Netbooks for a while and the really appealed due to their small size and quick loading times.

I've purchased an Acer Aspire One and this blog will track my progress with it.
My goals are to review the Aspire One to see if it can be used as a true windows desktop replacement and to try and meet the following requirements:
  • Full Access to Internet & email & Blogger
  • Access to BBC IPlayer
  • The ability to play video and music files
  • To Rescue my Itunes Library
  • To Provide access to my Slingbox
  • To provide access to my work SSL connection.
If I can achieve most of the above points then I will be very happy.