I just downloaded Ubuntu 12.10, and I want to install it on my Acer Aspire laptop.

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor @ 1.86 GHz
  • 2,5GB of RAM
  • 500GB HDD
  • Mobile Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

My question is: can I install Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop with those specs?

  • ii would recommend running a dual boot option so you can do a back to back comparison
    – user123324
    Jan 15 '13 at 1:21
  • Please include the model name of your laptop (it should be on the bottom of your laptop or on the receipt). This will help other users find this question.
    – Flimm
    Jan 15 '13 at 12:53
  • Maybe you would like to try Xubuntu instead, your 2.5 GB ram will work better. Mar 11 '13 at 10:21
  • I have downloaded Ubuntu 12.10 to my laptop Acer Aspire one. Its impossible for me to install it. The download dont open for installing. Any proposals?
    – user266729
    Apr 15 '14 at 10:50

I would suggest booting the laptop with the Ubuntu 12.10 CD and selecting the: Try Ubuntu Before You Install option.

That way your laptop will boot into Ubuntu without making any changes to your laptop and will give you a good indication of the compatibility of your laptop hardware with Ubuntu.

Judging from your laptop specs though I do not see a problem with Ubuntu 12.10 working on your laptop.


I think, it should work. Ubuntu 12.04.01 works quite well. I have seen it working on one of my cousin sister's laptop and she has had no problems using it. I would suggest you replacing the default Sata hard disk with a SSD and upgrade the RAM if you can for better response.

You may also find that battery life is a little lesser as compared to Windows. On a Windows 7, laptop battery will last for about 4 hours. With a Ubuntu, it will last you a 20 to 30 minutes lesser. Quite weird, but I have seen it in action

Also keep in mind, it is not a performance laptop, so things you could do with this laptop are not heavy duty stuff - with Windows or with Ubuntu.

Hope this helps.


I have 12.10 running on an unmodified Asus eee 701. It's sluggish but it works. So chances are it'll run on your system. Testing with a live cd/USB is probably a good idea!

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