I have tried "Mint" and a bunch of distros trying to find one light(?) enough or fast enough to make the Acer at least somewhat usable. It's not my main machine, I use it mainly for trying to learn about Linux and I can be more adventurous when it doesn't matter if I crash & burn the system!! Not that I have, yet!
Here's something that will knock your sox off, It wont matter if you run it Live from a disk, or, Install it, Puppy linux 5.7.1 retro.
Download the RETRO precise-5.7.1-retro.iso here or there, size = 201 MB, md5sum = 8c1d7db20a055fe847ed954fc246e078.
NOTE: This has additional drivers, including analog modem drivers, and has Opera as additional browser for PCs with 256 MB or less random-access memory (RAM).
Burn it to CD or USB ( you can install it to USB stick) and try it You will need to set your pc to boot from USB or CD in bios . With puppy you will think that Acer is an i7. And I doubt you will ever use 2Gib Ram. If you like it I can point you to a big puppy that has everything installed on it you will ever need.
Look out I see a pair of sox flying LOL.
Expect software to load as fast on your pc.
Edited by NickAu1, 19 August 2014 - 09:26 PM.