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10% (5)
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Acer Aspire E1-571

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire E1-571 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire E1-571 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

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire E1-571 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire E1-571
Processor
Screen15.6“ HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
RAM4 GB
HDD500 GB hard disk drive(Hitachi)
Optical Drive8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 3000
NetworkRJ-45 port,Gigabit Ethernet
Broadcom 802.11 wireless Broadcom's BCM4311- 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorCompatibleGood
ScreenNot
HDDCompatible
Graphics ChipCompatible i915
VGA OutCompatible
HDMI OutCompatible
Optical DriveCompatible
SoundCompatible Alsa
MicrophoneCompatibleAlsa
Headphone PortCompatible Alsa
Microphone-In PortCompatible Alsa
EthernetCompatibleBdcom GB ethernet
WirelessnotBDcom Wirless Driver wl
BluetoothNot TestedNo
USBCompatible
Card ReaderCompatible
WebcamCompatible
KeyboardCompatible
TouchPadNot psmouse
Suspend/ResumeCompatibleacpi

Notes

Kubuntu 12.04

Summary

You can enter a summary of how well the Acer Aspire E1-571 works with Linux here.


Discussion

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Yuri Ribeiro Sucupira, 2014/05/12 00:30

I discovered an easier and safer way to adjust brightness (only brightness: not gamma) using the shell command line. You can run this command:

sudo intel_backlight X

…where X is a number between 0 and 100. It represents a brightness range between 0% (blank screen) and 100% (full brightness).

The nice thing about this command is that if (for example) you run:

sudo intel_backlight 200

…the command will not set brightness to 200% but instead it will set brightness to the value 100%. This is good because it avoids that the user accidentaly sets brightness so high that the screen becomes 100% white.

However, if you run:

sudo intel_backlight 0

…the screen *will* become blank, i.e., it will become 100% BLACK (0% brightness). Thereafter, I recommend NOT using 0 as a parameter!

Yuri Ribeiro Sucupira, 2014/05/12 00:02

If you just want to adjust brightness manually, you can run this command into the shell terminal (no need to use sudo, because becoming root is NOT necessary):

xrandr –output LVDS1 –brightness 0.5

Where:

1) “LVDS1” is the name of the output device. If the command doesn't work with you, you need to run the command below to find out the name of your output device:

xrandr -q

…which will return a lot of information. In my case, it returns:

Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1366 x 768, maximum 32767 x 32767

LVDS1 connected primary 1366×768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 344mm x 194mm

…where “LVDS1” is the name of the “output” device serving your “Screen 0” (which is your primary/default display/monitor).

2) “0.5” means 50% brightness.

If you want 100% brightness, use ”–brightness 1”. If you want 70% brightness, use ”–brightness 0.7”. And so on…

CAUTION: use only numbers between 0.1 and 1. Do NOT use values below 0.1 or above 1, otherwise your screen might become 100% black (values below 0.1) or 100% white (values above 1) and hence you'll go blind and unable to undo your misbehave! You have been warned!

If you adjust brightness but your screen is still “weird”, try this command to adjust both gamma and brightness:

xrandr –output LVDS1 –gamma 0.4:0.4:0.4 –brightness 0.6

The command above changes both gamma and brightness, where:

i) LVDS1 is the name of your output device (see item 1 above).

ii) 0.4 means 40% gamma in the RGB profile (RGB = red, green, blue). E.g.: 0.4:0.5:0.6 means “red gamma = 40%, green gamma = 50% and blue gamma = 60%”. Again: use only values between 0.1 and 1!

I recommend using ”–gamma 0.4:0.4:0.4 –brightness 0.6” in the first time you run the command above, because it's the “safest” combination of parameters.

Yuri R. Sucupira

São Paulo city (Brazil)

larbi, 2014/04/25 14:49

i have installed mint 16 on Aspire E1-571, it is working perfeclty (except the brightness)

Akanksha, 2014/04/16 16:30

Hello I recently purchased Aspire E1-510. The brightness level is TOO HIGH for me. I've kept it at the lowest but still it's a trouble. Is there any other way I can control this problem?
Thank you

Jan, 2014/05/28 08:29

Hi Akanksha,

I had the same problem and found this solution in “http://www.askubuntu.com”:

Try editing /etc/default/grub with the following values:

Open a terminal and type sudo gedit /etc/default/grub.

First try changing the line that reads : GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash” to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor”

Then save, close gedit and type sudo update-grub and reboot the computer.

I hope this will solve the problem for you!!!

Best

arentschu, 2014/02/02 09:31

Booting in uefi from CD-rom works when using a usb-cdrom drive.
Select the usb-cdrom drive in bios, make sure secure-boot is off.
(fill in a supervisor password, then edit, then type in old password, type in new but leave blank)
I have a 8 and Fedora 20 setup, and I use rEFInd as boot-tool.
Problems: Brightness, sometimes freeze after suspend.
Otherwise everything works out of the box.

Christoffer, 2014/01/23 06:50

I installed ubuntu without problem here. I scrapped dualboot so there's just ubuntu now and not windows as well.

It all works as it should mostly, BUT, the internet is a mess. It works on and off back and forth, and i'mguessing drivers. But online on the acer-website, there are only drivers for windows.

What shuld i do? Thanks in advance.

Suri, 2013/12/26 17:11

use keys [fn]+ Left arrow ( to decrease brightness) & [fn]+Right arrow (to increase brightness)…

ITS WORKS perfectly…

Brightness problems are there with linux ( tried ubuntu 12.0,13.01) it does not work…

Mike, 2013/12/12 21:36

You need to switch to Legacy BIOS. I had the same issue. Once you do that and put ATAPI CD ROM as #1 in boot order menu it will boot from DVD.

Markus, 2013/11/09 20:59

Since this laptop comes with Windows 8 you are forced with UEFI bios. This leads to you having GPT instead of MBT. This has troubled me a lot coming to use of different filesystem. For example you can't execute fdisk correctly and is forced to use something like Gparted. Since i'm taking classes of networking in Linux this has troubled me a lot. I have also had some problem with GRUB.
Overall it's a really good computer for Linux, besides the points I mentioned earlier, would recommend it.

anon, 2013/10/12 16:59

Sigh, I seem to get hard lock-ups changing the WLAN from monitor to managed mode (the only two modes I seem to have support for, so no ad-hoc nor being an AP). I'm gonna work on it, but any bright ideas?
I've got a:
Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)

Slack 14 64bit, 3.2.45.

TVM internets

Paco, 2013/09/22 10:43

in debian you can activate wifi with apt-get install firmware-brcm80211 and loading the appropriate modules or rebooting, for other distros you can also grab the firmware-brcm80211 from http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/all/firmware-brcm80211/download extract it to a directory and then copy the two *.fw files to /lib/firmware/brcm/

Paco, 2013/09/22 01:41

if you set a password to the bios new options appears, like disable secure boot and adding other secure boot images, you can then remove password

mpt, 2013/09/03 10:22

Just installed Debian 7.1 on Apsire E1-571

Had a hard time booting it, but I found a trick that works for me.

1: burn the debian netinstall image in a USB stick

 (tried with a cd first but it cannot boot the installer from the cd)

2: restart windows 8 (not reboot, it will not work)

3: at startup pres F2 to enter the bios menu

4: disable security, and change boot order to move USB at the top

5: boot from the USB and follow the normal installation process

 a) shrink the windows partition
 b) create the partition structure you feel like
 c install
 ...

6: after rebooting, it couldn't boot grub, it went directly to windows, so I came up with a solution. Do a new minimal installation on a second usb drive (USB2)

7: remove the installer usb and reboot from USB2

8: tested all three options found there, it can boot win8, Debian on the /dev/sda6 (original) and debian on the USB2

9: after booting the original debian (dev/sda6) mkdir /boot/efi

10: mount /dev/sda2 /boot/efi

11: update-grub

12: grub-install

After that grub runs fine and I can dual boot both debian and win8

Still need to find how to activate wi-fi

Hope that helps

mpt, 2013/09/03 22:37

Inserting acpi_osi=Linux in the kernel parameters seems to fix both the wi-fi problem and the screen brightness controll keys.
add:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=“acpi_osi=Linux”
in /etc/default/grub before step 11 above.

Also, enter the bios menu, and select the new item that apears (in my case is named debian) higher than the windows bootloader, otherwise it will boot dirrectly into windows.

ahti, 2013/06/10 05:16

hey,,,,,i am using windows 7 …what about birghtness in it?can anyone tell me?

Paul, 2013/06/09 18:03

My previous post was about the screen brightness issue.
BTW - I am suprised that anyone would say this machine is unusable or even poor as far as Linux goes. It might be a bit 'cheap and cheerful' but it does the job fine in my case using Linux Mint 15.

Paul, 2013/06/09 17:59

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

change GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=”” to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=“acpi_osi=Linux”

save and exit

sudo update-grub

restart computer

(got this from another forum)

ahti, 2013/05/25 05:47

hey…I can't change the brightness of the screen of my e1-571.can any one tell me the reason plzzzz?

David, 2013/02/09 10:09

I have now run Linux Mint 14 on my laptop (no dual boot) for some months and have not really had any problems except of the following: When I activate wireless network and the ethernet cable is inserted (default on my machine) then Mint crashes. It can probably be fixed but I have not found a solution yet.

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Patrick, 2013/01/18 10:52

I had the same problem as Disappointed at Christmas. Bought my wife an Acer Aspire E1-571 W8 laptop to replace her ageing w7 laptop but after using it for a week she hates W8. So I removed the original HD and replaced it with a new 320GB HD in order to install W7. It wouldnt boot from the Atapi CD rom!. The solution is to press F2 at bootup, change the boot order to Atapi rom, enable F12 AND change the UEFI to Legacy BIOS. This allowed me to boot up my W7 CD and install W7. Hope this helps.

Dont Work, 2013/01/05 10:12

I failed to start with CD-ROM, USB or Ubuntu partition. It sais always, Windows ?! could not be startet, while missing something. I would like have a dual boot. Is there a way to install Ubuntu or another Linux?

Andrey, 2013/01/02 05:17

I can't change the britnes of the screen. No drivers.Bold Text

Peter, 2013/01/05 10:13

How did you install it? Please, tell us.

David, 2012/12/30 00:46

I have the same problem.

I have turned off security boot for UEFI (option in BIOS), but still does not boot from DVD.

It works if I disable UEFI, then my Linux Mint installation starts as expected. However, this is probably not the way to go if you like dual boot as I do.

Disappointed at Christmas, 2012/12/25 21:17

The one problem with the Acer Aspire E1-571 is booting from the DVD. The BIOS has a boot from ATAPI CD-ROM choice, but bringing that choice to the top of the boot order menu does not allow booting from the DVD. In other words, swapping the Win8 hard drive for an empty 320Gb hard drive and inserting a LiveCD for Ubuntu into the the DVD will not boot from the DVD. It seems the DVD drivers are on the hard drive and unavailable at boot time. Trying to boot off a USB stick fails as well. Leaving the Win8 hard drive in the Acer and trying to install Ubuntu from wubi.exe off a DVD will result in a failed dual boot installation.

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