Laptop Name

Acer Aspire E1-522

Author

Barry Coughlan

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire E1-522 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire E1-522 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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Specifications

Tested with Ubuntu 13.10.

NameAcer Aspire E1-522
ProcessorAMD Quad-Core Processor A6-5200 (2.0 GHz)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768
RAM6GB
HDD500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsRadeon HD 8400
NetworkEthernet: Qualcomm Atheros QCA8171
Wireless: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565/AR9565
No Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYesSee note 2
HDDYes
Graphics ChipYesOnly proprietary driver. See note 1.
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI PortNot Tested
SoundPartialWorks but acts a little quirky. No devices shown in alsamixer.
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessYes
USBYes
Card ReaderYes
WebcamYes
Docking StationNot Tested
Touch PadYes
Suspend/ResumeYes

Notes

1. The open source Radeon drivers are not compatible with the HD-8400 chipset. You need to install the proprietary AMD catalyst driver. This may stop you booting into your distro installation (I got a white screen with Ubuntu 13.10). To work around this you need to use the “nomodeset” option when booting and remove the “quiet” and “splash” options. Alternatively use the text-based installer.

2. The backlight does not work until “acpi_osi=Linux” is added to the GRUB configuration. See here for how to do this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1613132

Summary

There are a few quirks but they can all be solved quite easily. Overall this laptop is compatible but may cause some headaches during setup because of the driver support. The sound/ALSA quirks can probably be fixed.


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acer_aspire_e1-522.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/27 09:18 by bcoughlan
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