Friday, May 22, 2020

Acer Aspire V5-122P-0408

Happy birthday to this little guy! The sticker on the bottom says it was manufactured 05/22/2013.

This little laptop came back to me from my daughter last week. It went to her so she had something a little smaller to carry to college.

This little Acer is a 11.6"; the perfect size for portability.

AND, it has a touch screen!

The downside is this is what I call "tweener" technology - it is between different technology hardware eras.

It has 2GB of RAM soldered on the mainboard and a Dimm slot containing 2GB more (can be replaced with a 4GB).

Thankfully, it does NOT have one of those semi-useless EMMc chips, but rather a "real" hard drive... Too bad it's a Seagate...

The processor is an AMD A4 1250, that is a dual-core 1.0GHz. It doesn't draw a lot of power, but it doesn't offer any speed or performance either.

There is a 2.0 USB and a 3.0 USB and an SD card slot, and that's it. No CD/DVD drive.

I'm wondering if pulling the 2GB RAM card and replacing it with a 4GB will offer any noticable performance/speed improvements. Going from 4GB to 6GB?

Then, pulling that "guaranteed to fail" Seagate hard drive and replacing it with an SSD?

Is it worth it to upgrade or should I leave it alone?

For now, it works, slow, but it works; the battery seems to be holding too.

Windows 10 is out (Click HERE!)

Zorin Lite 15.2 works well.

I got this screen during install, which is something I've never seen before

I'm not sure if this is 'buntu's answer to problems I've had in years past with booting on a UEFI laptop, or...?

When the laptop first booted after install, it went straight to Windows 10. I powered off and cold booted into BIOS. In Boot Options I chose the "ubuntu" one and moved it to the first slot so it would "boot" first.

It worked.

I never saw any screen that needed that Secure Boot password that I set during install.

Everything seems to be fine, as long as I'm patient and realize the AMD 1.0GHz processor can't be expected to run any faster than it does.

The touch screen works too. I installed Xubuntu 18.04 and it worked with it too. This has me a little perplexed; my previous experiences with touch screens and Linux were questionable. I'm not sure if this is the superiority of Acer's hardware and design, or if it is general improvements in the world of Linux and it's evolution. What I do know, this touch screen works with Zorin Lite 15.2 and Xubuntu 18.04.4 with no tweaking or adjustments.

I did have a failure with the recent pCloud update. After the update, pCloud failed to start and I got an error message. I immediately downloaded pCloud again, made it executable, double clicked, and all is well.

So, only 2 manual adjustments, one on pCloud, the other in the BIOS Boot order, and it runs.

Maybe I will upgrade the RAM and switch to an SSD...

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