modprobe -r acer_wmiOnce that was done and proved that it worked, I edited the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf file to include a line that said "blacklist acer_wmi" so it'll avoid loading in the future.
I also discovered (with some embarrassment) the reason for a serious problem I was having with trying live distros. Almost all of them (including Gujin, which is more of a boot manager) would boot up to a point, then crash in some manner. Turns out that even though there's nothing suggesting it on the little sticker, my netbook's processor is 64-bit!
So I'm downloading Mint Debian Edition 64 right now... I wouldn't do it, but Fedora refusing to let me install Open Office instead of what they want me to use (and their devs' recent Ubuntu-team-like attitude) really annoys me, and