I successfully installed Ubuntu to my laptop and after all weekend finally got wireless and sound working.
Wireless was the hard part – for anyone looking how to set this up I followed the instructions
the above link is to the end of the post – the directions are at the beginning: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=512828&page=1
Worked awesome once I ran the scripts and restarted – had a hard time however connecting to a WEP encrypted network even though I had all three different passkeys.Sound wasn’t working and I was worried I would have to hunt down obscure drivers that might not exist. The Aspire boasts HD surround audio and sounds great so I was disappointed when it didn’t come up right away.
Of course it was a super simple fix. Double click the volume icon in the tray. Under Preferences check Surround and then increase the volume on the new Surround slider and unmute it. Worked perfectly and no installation or searching for drivers.
I’m working on setting up gedit so I can work on my Rails projects like I do here in the office.