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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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|Name||Acer Aspire E1-531|
|Processor||Intel 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)
|Screen||15.6” HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD|
|RAM||Up to 8 GB|
|HDD||320/500/640/750 GB or larger hard disk drive(depending on the model)|
|Optical Drive||8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics|
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n
|Screen||Works||No brightness control|
|VGA Out||Not Tested|
|HDMI Out||Not Tested|
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”
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,
Save and close the file and digit in the terminal window :
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.