Friday, 31 July 2009

Trying A new Operating system EEEBuntu on my Acer Aspire one

I recently saw EEEBuntu running on a friends EEEPC, and I was impressed, it looked a bit like Ubuntu but looked to run a bit quicker.

It also has a Apple style dock which provides quick access to your applications.

Although EEEBuntu is designed to run on the EEEPC after a bit of research I found that it can run on the Acer Aspire One, so I thought I would give it ago and report back here how it goes.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

How to install Command and Conquer on the Acer Aspire One

Command and Conquer is a great game that should run really well on the Acer Aspire One, and it's now available as a legal and free download.

It is however quite difficult to install on the Acer Aspire one but it can be done. Here's how I did the install on my AA1 running Windows XP:

1) A little preparation.
I'm running a streamlined version of WindowsXP so there were a couple of files that I needed to copy to my machine first.

From another Windows XP PC I copied the following files from the System32 directory into my c:\windows\system32 directory.
Required files: autoexec.nt, cmd.exe,, config.nt, dosx.exe

2) Download the game:
The full game can be downloaded by clicking here. You will need to join GameSpot but that is free to join.

The download is a zip file which contains 2 iso files. Each ISO file is an image of the a game CD, depending on which campaign you want to play, extract which ISO file you require, or both if you want.

3) Install MagicDisc
MagicDisc is an application which emulates a CD\DVD drive and will allow Windows to treat an ISO file like a physical CD.
Click here to download MagicDisc, and install it.

4) Set Windows95 Compatibility.
For the install files to work on the virtual CD, there is a need to set Windows 98 compatibility modes.
MagicDisc should be running in the system try on the bottom right side of the screen, right click on the Magicdisc icon.
Choose Virtual CD/DVD-ROM and then choose Mount and select the ISO file on your AA1.
The virtual disc will now autorun.
Choose the explore the CD option.
Right click on Setup.exe and choose properties, then in the compatibility tab tick the top box and then click ok and finally run the setup.exe file.
Command and Conquer will now install.
5) Apply a patch.Google CCGOLDXPPATCH.ZIP and download the file, extract the thipx32.dll file into your command and conquer directory (normally c:\WESTWOOD\C&C95)

6 ) Preparing to Run the Game

Go to the install directory of the game (normally c:\WESTWOOD\C&C95)

Right click on the C&C95.exe icon. Select PROPERTIES & Select the COMPATIBILITY tab

Check the check box for “Run this program in compatibility mode for” & Select Windows 95 from the drop down menu.

Check the check box for “Disable visual themes”

Check the check box for “Turn off advanced text services for the program”.

Command And Conquer is now installed on your Acer Aspire One.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Can you install mobile Internet on the Acer Aspire One running Linux

In this post I described how I installed a Mobile Internet Dongle on my Acer Aspire One running Windows XP.
Following this post Marlot asked a good question, is it possible to use the dongle on an Acer Aspire One running Linux.

I've currently got Windows XP installed so I'm not in a position to test it, but I've search through the Aspire One User Forums and it looks like it is possible.

This post is a good starting point. I hope it helps.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Installing Mobile Internet on the Acer Aspire One

I've read a lot about mobile Internet recently with network providers offering superb deals for customers so I thought I would go one a go and add the net to my Acer Aspire One Netbook.

Before signing up for a contract it's important that you check which network offers the best coverage where you need to use it. Often your home address isn't where you need to use the dongle as you will have traditional broadband there. So make sure that you do the research first.

I choose the package from 3 as the network offers good, fast coverage and they offer a great deal where you can get 15 GB of bandwidth for only 20 pounds per month.

The dongle it's self is quite nifty it plugs strait into the USB port of the AA1 and sits nice and securely, there is a LED on the Dongle which indicates signal strength and network speed.

The Modem Dongle contains all the drivers and software needed to install the dongle and connect you to the Internet.

When you plug in the Dongle into the AA1 running Windows XP, the 3 Connect software auto runs and all you have to do is to click on connect and you are away.

The modem speed is great for Browsing and can provide access to secure networks however it may be too slow for live video streaming.
These dongles are great value and can provide connectivity for when wifi isn't an option.

Monday, 13 July 2009

How to install FreeCiv on the Acer Aspre One running Windows XP

In this post I described how to install FreeCiv on the Linux version of the AA1.

Now that I've installed Windows XP on my Acer Aspire One I thought I would see how easy it is to Install FreeCiv on the Acer now.

To install FreeCiv on Windows XP:
1) Click on This Link
2) Save the install file and run it.
3) Run through the installer and choose which disc drive to install the application too. ( I installed to my extra memory card so to save space on the main drive)
4) Make sure that no other applications are running.
5) Launch the application.

It looks to play well on the AA1 and so far so good, it's good to have FreeCiv back and up and running.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

How to watch TV on the Acer Aspire One.

I've just discovered a new way to watch TV and Films on my Acer Aspire One. has launched the FilmOn HDi Player, which provides live access to a number of live TV stations including BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Eurosport, Film4 and many more. It also provides access to film channels and also Downloadable film rentals.

The software is really easy to use, and the video quality is suprisingly good on the Acer Aspire One's Screen.

The FilmOn HDI player can be downloaded from
by clicking on the Red Download button.

You will need to create a few user account - but this is easy to do through the application.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Some opinions on Windows XP running on the Acer Aspire One

I've been running Windows XP on my Acer Aspire One for a while now so I though I would post some of my thoughts so far.

Windows XP allows me to access some of my favourite software easily, eg Sling player, Itunes etc. without having to worry about using Wine or emulation.
Iplayer runs extremly well on Windows XP on the AA1 better then on Linpus and much better then on Ubuntu and getting ITV player working is easier.

There is one major drawback to using Windows XP on the Acer Aspire One is that Windows doesn't handle writning to the expansion memory card very well and this slows down reading and writing to it, so if like me you intstall applications onto the expansion card they take a while to load, becasue of this issue I am thinking of switching back to Linpus.

But Iplayer does run so well......