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Acer Aspire E1-531


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire E1-531 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire E1-531 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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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire E1-531 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire E1-531
ProcessorIntel Pentium processor B950/B960/B970 (2 MB L3 cache, 2.10/2.20/2.30 GHz)
Intel Celeron processor B820/B815 (2 MB L3 cache, 1.70/1.6 GHz)
Screen15.6“ HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
RAMUp to 8 GB
HDD320/500/640/750 GB or larger hard disk drive(depending on the model)
Optical Drive8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
NetworkRJ-45 port
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ScreenWorksNo brightness control
Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks
Headphone PortWorks
Microphone-In PortWorks
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks

Legacy mode

As you may know, you have to pass the computer in legacy mode to install some distributions of Linux. Here's how :

Boot the computer on Windows, insert your password and as you arrive on the so called “metro” screen with all the tiles just go with the mouse on the upper right corner of the screen until a small window appears on the right side of the screen and select “Settings” go to the bottom of the new window that appears and select “Change the settings of the PC”.
Then select “General” and then “Advanced boot” and click on “Reboot now”. Check “Problem solving” in the new menu and then “advanced options”. Go to the “UEFI firmware options” tile and click on the “reboot” button
In the nez screen select the top menu “Boot” and switch to “Legacy mode”

Initial adjustment for Brightness

The brightness adjustment (FN+ left/right arrow) is apparently increased/decreased in two steps for one key press and has no effect on the screen brightness.

First open a terminal window (digit Alt+Ctrl+T) and type :

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

This will open the grub configuration file. (Grub is the initial boot selection software)
To be able to set the brightness, You've got to modify the line:



GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor"

For your information,

  • “acpi_osi=Linux” indicates that you are running Linux so the hardware behaves acordingly if it has been programed to.
  • “acpi_backlight=vendor” gives the priority to the acer_acpi module over the stock acpi. The stock acpi doesn't know how to manage brightness

Save and close the file and digit in the terminal window :

sudo update-grub

This will tell grub to reconfigure with the modified configuration file. Restart your laptop and you should be able to adjust the brightness with the hotkeys. (Thanks Florian)


The Acer Aspire E1-531 work very well with Linux, no major issues at all.


vsevolodBopak, 2017/09/25 15:17

В этом что-то есть. Раньше я думал иначе, благодарю за помощь в этом вопросе.

DesaBopak, 2017/07/03 12:40

Поздравляю, мне кажется это замечательная мысль

JosephPat, 2017/05/23 13:09

Смотрел, прикольно…
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Hasan , 2014/11/23 18:29

I'd like to inform that VGA Out is working perfectly with no issue at all. Update the list above for that.

Hasan, 2014/11/23 18:26

Thank you so much for the wiki, the first time i get my Acer to work for Brightness. I have been looking for that for a year or so, and all method didn't work. this was straight forward for your method and it finally worked. Thanks again :)

José Antonio Meira da Rocha, 2014/10/16 12:46

The bright control was resolved in my Ubuntu 14.04/Acer E1-572-6_BR648 with this setup:

Create the file:


Put the content:

Section “Device”
Identifier “card0”
Driver “intel”
Option “Backlight” “intel_backlight”
BusID “PCI:0:2:0”

No need to hack grub file.

vinay, 2013/11/14 09:38

Thanks…. its working fine for me.

anand pandya, 2013/08/25 12:55

please help me..
when i install linux redhat over windows 7 like windows 7 already in the laptop.
steps by me:-
1. insert DVD
2. restart laptop.
then show me no driver found.

MrxTReem, 2013/08/21 07:17

I am using Ubuntu 13.4 and after disabling secure boot in bios everything worked perfect. Except screen brightness, function.

Processor ok
Screen ok
HDD ok
Graphics Chip ok - but only generic driver
VGA ok
HDMI Out ok
Optical Drive ok
Sound ok
Microphone ok
Headphone Port ok
Microphone-In Port ok
Ethernet ok
Wireless ok
Bluetooth ok
Modem Not Tested
USB ok
Firewire Not Tested
Card Reader ok
Webcam ok
Keyboard ok - has separate numeric keyboard
TouchPad ok
Suspend/Resume ok

V, 2012/12/17 10:35

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Aspire E1-531.
It's working very fine. I didn't have time to check the
compatibility of my camera and bluetooth. Except that
the system is very fine.

Tests Performed

audio/playback_auto	PASSED	
audio/alsa_record_playback_internal	PASSED	
audio/alsa_record_playback_external	PASSED	
audio/alsa_record_playback_usb	skipped	
bluetooth/detect-output	not required on this system	Job requirement not met: 'device.category == 'BLUETOOTH''
camera/detect	not required on this system	Job requirements not met: ' == 'xawtv'' 'device.category == 'CAPTURE''
camera/display	not required on this system	Job requirement not met: 'device.category == 'CAPTURE''
camera/still	not required on this system	Job requirements not met: ' == 'xawtv'' 'device.category == 'CAPTURE''
cpu/clocktest	PASSED	Testing for clock jitter on 2 cpus PASSED, largest jitter seen was 0.005350 clock direction test: start time 1355662275, stop time 1355662335, sleeptime 60, delta 0 PASSED
cpu/offlining_test	PASSED	Beginning CPU Offlining Test Offlining cpu1 Onlining cpu1
cpu/topology	PASSED	cpu0: Physical ID: 0 Core ID: 0 cpu1: Physical ID: 0 Core ID: 1
disk/detect	PASSED	DataTraveler 2.0 DataTraveler 2.0 Hitachi HTS545050A7E380
graphics/resolution	PASSED	
graphics/minimum_resolution	PASSED	
graphics/display	PASSED	
graphics/VESA_drivers_not_in_use	PASSED	
graphics/compiz_check	PASSED	OpenGL vendor string: Tungsten Graphics, Inc OpenGL renderer string: Mesa DRI Intel(R) Sandybridge Mobile x86/MMX/SSE2 OpenGL version string: 3.0 Mesa 8.0.4 Not software rendered: yes Not blacklisted: yes GLX fbconfig: yes GLX texture from pixmap: yes GL npot or rect textures: yes Compiz supported: yes
input/mouse	PASSED	
input/keyboard	PASSED	
keys/brightness	PASSED	
keys/volume	PASSED	
keys/mute	PASSED	
keys/battery-info	PASSED	
keys/wireless	PASSED	
keys/media-control	skipped	
mediacard/mmc-insert	PASSED	
mediacard/mmc-storage	PASSED
memory/info	PASSED	Meminfo total: 1869316 kB DMI total: 2048000 kB Accuracy: 91.00
miscellanea/is_laptop	PASSED	Type: Notebook Battery: YES
monitor/vga	skipped	
monitor/hdmi	skipped	
monitor/powersaving	PASSED	
networking/detect	PASSED	Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57785 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10) Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
networking/internet	PASSED	Internet connection fully established
optical/detect	PASSED	Slimtype DVD A DS8A8SH
optical/read	skipped	
pcmcia-pcix/detect	skipped	
power-management/rtc	PASSED	
suspend/network_before_suspend	PASSED	Internet connection fully established
suspend/resolution_before_suspend	PASSED	
suspend/audio_before_suspend	PASSED	
suspend/memory_before_suspend	PASSED
z), 2012/12/04 12:50

Debian 7 (testing) GNU/Linux with Gnome 3.4.2

3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.32-1 x86_64

B960 2.2GHz x2


Mass storage:

Processor: ok
Screen: partly (no brightness adjustment!)
SSD: ok
VGA Out: Not Tested
HDMI Out: Not Tested
Optical DVD+-RW Multi-Drive: ok (Tested reading a CD)
Internal Speakers: ok
Internal microphone: ok
Headphone-out Port: ok
Microphone-In Port: ok
Ethernet: ok
Wireless: ok, except for activity LED (works only with non-free firmware)
Bluetooth: MISSING (not installed)
Modem: MISSING (not installed)
USB: ok
Firewire: MISSING (not installed)
Card Reader: ok (tested sd 8GB)
Webcam: ok
Keyboard: partly (missing CAPS/num lock LEDs)
TouchPad: ok (two-finger scrolling horizontal & vertical)
Suspend/Resume: ok
Battery: ok

Sri, 2012/12/02 04:54

Using Linux Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit.
Processor: B960 / 4GB RAM / 500GB HDD.

Processor ok
Screen ok
HDD ok
Graphics Chip ok - but only generic driver
VGA Out Not Tested
HDMI Out Not Tested
Optical Drive ok
Sound ok
Microphone Not Tested
Headphone Port Not Tested
Microphone-In Port Not Tested
Ethernet ok
Wireless ok
Bluetooth ok
Modem Not Tested
USB ok
Firewire Not Tested
Card Reader Not Tested
Webcam ok
Keyboard ok - has separate numeric keyboard
TouchPad ok
Suspend/Resume Not Tested
Battery ok - discharge to 5%: 3 hours 30 minutes; full charge from 5%: 1 hour

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