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Thread: Iconia Tab W500

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2013

    Iconia Tab W500

    Hi Ubuntu Community, this is my first post with this username. Had to make a new one; its been years since my last login and I have no idea what my old username is. Anyways, I am attempting to install Ubuntu 13.04 on my Acer Iconia Tab W500. I've seen some threads about getting Ubuntu to work on the W500, but they were all from a couple years ago and don't seem to be valid on 13.04. I decided to go with Ubuntu over the Win7 install because of my familiarity with Ubuntu, all of my servers run Ubuntu server, and I just got tired of using Win7.

    Anyways, I have 13.04 already installed, but there are a few issues as I expected.

    Touchscreen - It works, kinda. I can select things, but I can't click anything? All the windows/buttons/etc react like my "mouse pointer" aka finger is over it, but I just can't tap. Also there is no right click.

    Auto-Rotate - I havn't read anything about anyone actually getting this to work.

    Honestly everything else seems to be cooperating, but I'm sure I'll encounter more issues once I can really use this thing. I'm glad I got the keyboard dock with it. Thank you for your help and suggestions.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012

    Re: Iconia Tab W500

    Have you had any luck getting the touchscreen to work better? I was considering installing Ubuntu on my Tab, but maybe now I shouldn't bother...

  3. #3
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    Jun 2013

    Re: Iconia Tab W500

    Sorry to get back to you so late. No I havn't been able to get everything working. I'm considering going back to Win7 with it. It made a nice head unit in my car with the dash mount, and I havn't been able to get the same level of functionality yet.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Elgin, IL USA
    Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak

    Re: Iconia Tab W500

    I have a W500P (Win7 Pro instead of Home). I have been running 64-bit Lubuntu and Ubuntu 12.04 from 32 GB SD on it (3 partitions total w/common /home). And I was able to use it without the keyboard once I enabled some Universal Access things like icon for on screen keyboard, etc. I was using an older Verizon mobile data dongle on it (which worked in Linux), but now have smart phone WiFi hotspot.

    Tapping the screen has always worked for left mouse button. I usually use it with a keyboard and often with wireless mouse, so I have not used the panel alone much and have not looked into auto-rotate.

    I still need Win7 on it for company software to program electronic valve controls in the field.

    PS: If you enable it in Universal Access, if you hold right click (or hold a finger on touch screen), that should bring up a right click menu if there is one for whatever you are pointing at
    Last edited by efflandt; July 18th, 2013 at 11:43 PM.
    i5 650 3.2 GHz upgraded to i7 870, 16 GB 1333 RAM, nvidia GTX 1060, 32" 1080p & assorted older computers

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Re: Iconia Tab W500

    I have good experiance of acer iconia with debian wheezy with xfce

    for touch function install drivers from‎; it wil start logh-press=right-click
    do tell me if you fail to install driver

    for easy to grab window title bar and window borders modify pixmap of your theme from /usr/share/themes folder using GIMP

    for login screen install xvkbd
    write following in a file "light", and chmod +x
    /usr/bin/xvkbd -display $DISPLAY&

    edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf to add following line to given section



    to widen scrollbar make .gtkrc-2.0 in home folder

    style "scrollbar"
    GtkScrollbar::slider-width = 30
    class "Gtk*Scrollbar" style "scrollbar"

    style "resize-grip"
    GtkWindow::resize-grip-height = 35
    GtkWindow::resize-grip-width = 35
    class "GtkWindow*" style "resize-grip"

    install xtile; to tile and see keyboard while typing.
    set "xtile -v" command as panel launcher, to quickly tile horizontal (and other ways you want)


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