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Fix Acer AL1916W Monitor

I have a LCD monitor, Acer AL1916W. I can remember when I bought it. But I do believe it is more than six years. I have two more monitor. One is Acer 1716B in early 2006, and Acer X223W in April 2009. So I got  Acer AL1916W between 2006 and 2009. These three monitors are working well for so many years.

Until last month, AL1916W has a problem. when press the power button of it, it shows ACER logo and display the Windows screen if PC is on. Just a few seconds, less than 20 seconds, it is black. The power button is green. I know the display signal is received by monitor, otherwise the button should be orange.

And at the same time I check the problem on Google. A lot of results go to backlit issue. Some are very clearly pointing to the failed capacitors.

If I replace it by a new one, I may need to pay about $150 to get a 19 inch LED backlit monitor from different brands. To repair it by myself, it may cost me less than 10 dollors.

OK, let me start it.

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Windows XP: End of the life

Microsoft announced that Windows XP will not be supported any more until April 8, 2014.

There are certain terms of Microsoft support lifecycle.

Mainstream support: Microsoft will offer mainstream support for a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability, or for 2 years after the successor product is released, whichever is longer. For example, if you buy a new version of Windows and five years later another version is released, you will still have two years of support left for the previous version.

Extended support: Microsoft will offer extended support for either a minimum of 5 years from the date of a product’s general availability, or for 2 years after the second successor product (two versions later) is released, whichever is longer.

Regarding Windows XP

  • Mainstream support ended on April 14, 2009
  • Extended support will be ended on April 8, 2014

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How to make WPA work on Acer Aspire One ZG5 or AOA110

It has problem when I first install Windows XP with SP2 on this tiny netbook, Acer Aspire One ZG5 or AOA110. I can connect it to AP with WEP security setting. But WPA is not working.

The wireless card driver is the official release which I download from the Acer support site.
The driver version is Atheros_7.6.0.224.

I am still want to use WPA protection. I am sure the hardware support the WPA security. Because I use Ubuntu, a Linux distribution, on this netbook with WPA more than one year.

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Replace SSD on Acer Aspire One ZG5

Acer Aspire One ZG5 has 8GB SSD. This SSD has poor performance as indicated on Wiki.

Intel Z-P230, model SSDPAMM0008G1. This SSD has been criticized for its slow read and write speed. Intel lists the drive’s maximum speeds as 38 MB/s read and 10 MB/s write.

The even worse issue is that the SSD on my netbook has a lot of errors.

So I was considering to replace it by a new SSD.

This is the one I took out from the netbook.

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Clean the fan of Acer Aspire One

I used Acer Aspire One very often these days. Just feel the fan is too noisy. I think it is time to clean it now.
But, it is not a PC. It is a Netbook. Very compact. How to disassemble it?
I googled it and found a very good guide here.
I follow the steps and disassembled it and took the fan off. Clean the fan and installed it again.
Everything is fine, except the SSD is not found by Bios. I have to redo it to make sure the cable of SSD is perfectly installed.
Now it is very quiet when the system is on.

Install Lubuntu on Acer Aspire One

I have a Acer Aspire One, which is 8GB SSD version with XP home. It is very slow, because of the SSD is MLC.
I have been installed Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04 on it. Now I feel it is time to give it a new face.
I am still like to use Ubuntu as desktop. At same time, I always use Centos on my Linux Server.
Lighter, Faster are the most important concerns when I choose the Ubuntu distribution.
OK, this post is more related to installation how-to, focus on it. I picked Lubuntu at the last.

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Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04

Ubuntu Netbook Edition is designed for Netbook. Such as what I have, Acer Aspire One with 8GB only.
First of all. Download the UNE from the official site.
The ISO file is about 700MB. It took me 40 minutes to complete download.
The second step is Create my own UNE flash drive
It is bootable flash drive, on usb disk.
Here is the link show you how to make a UNE installation USB disk.
The last step is to install it.

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Flash Bios without command

Acer Aspire One A110 has new bios released. I want to update it.
1) Download bios package from the official site.
2) I use the windows flash tool to update it.
3) Restart the netbook.
It is failed to boot up. When I press power button. It start to boot. I can go into CMOS setting by F2. But the fan is running so noise and after 10 to 20 seconds it power off automatically.
I can not even get into command promote.
I google it and find the solution.

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