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Petr, 2015/09/10 07:22

Hello, i installed Ubuntu 14.04 x64 on my Acer S3 931, and had i problem with load:

“COMRESET failed (errno=-16)”
“COMRESET failed (errno=-16)”

If i change from ACHI to IDE in BIOS – all is ok, but it's bad solution.

Also i had been updated my BIOS to last version. 1.18. What shall i do?

Liquid Jade, 2015/03/10 14:31

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Acer-s3 fail, 2014/12/30 02:29

Does not work with Debian . The installer fails miserably apparently unable to deal with SSD. Just about everything fails. The only option that works is plain , no encryption install on the HDD. Debian installer is atrocious. Please advice if there is any way to manually install debian based systems. Thanx in advance.

emialonzo, 2014/05/10 16:52

Hi! i have s3-391-6046 with i3 cpu. On linux mint 16 (cinnamon without efects) and ubuntu 14.04 (Live usb Unity) the fan work a lot and the temperatur is high. the bios version is 2.09.
I should upgrade to official 2.17 bios version?
It's posible update without windows 8? In freedos i cant

Rodrigo, 2014/05/12 08:12

Hi ,

With freeedos you ll not be able to update the BIOS.
I'm using the 1.X BIOS , so no feedback on 2.X.

I read somewhere that 2.X was not working properly , but can't confirm.

Mine is working ok , you can try the script on the comments to try to manage you fan speed.

Nick, 2014/05/30 12:35

Can't be done without windows sadly.

Chris, 2014/06/17 00:53

I got the fan issue resolved by creating a script to run at startup

Sudo gedit /home/USERNAME (your username)


#make fan not run constantly
pkexec /usr/local/bin/ := 0x93 0x15

Save it as whatever you want I named it

Give it root permissions sudo chown root:root /home/USERNAME/

Next add it to startup and when you log on it will ask for your password and launch the script to turn the fan down.

Nicolas Danelon, 2014/04/07 13:29

hi, is there anybody using this laptop with the 3.18 kernel ?
or does anybody have an update?

Znaps, 2013/12/21 16:32

I'm running Mint 16 and can't seem to get my Fn keys working. I've tried all possible solutions posted above. I did finally manage to get a persistent lower brightness at startup (by adding a Program in Startup Applications) and also made Redshift start up after booting, but manually changing brightness using the Fn keys is still a no go…

Any thoughts on this?

Bernard Rouch, 2014/01/14 16:29

Just installed Linux Mint 16 and it works very well. I have no problems with the Fn keys.

David Mercenary, 2013/09/25 08:37

I want to do diagnostic test on my Acer Aspire s3, however I cannot find diagnostic test on the bios settings whenever I press F2. I am using insydelH20 Setup Utility Rev 3.7. I just get Main, Security, Power, System Configuration, Exit as options while I dont have Advanced or Diagnostic as options. How can I get it? I want to check any hardware problems in my laptop. Please help me!

Sercan UZUN, 2013/09/02 21:17

Dude, that is awesome page. I have solved most of my acer problems under Ubuntu OS. huge thanks to all of you contributing to this page.

Jean, 2013/07/31 12:37

Very comprehensive guide.. thank you!

Just a quick question - I read a review that the SSD / 5400rpm combo is slower than regular all-SSD variants because certain files need to be passed from the non-SSD drive.. would it improve performance if I did not mount the non-SSD drive to /home, and soft linked needed folders into the /home directory? My thinking is that this will keep all the settings files and folders in the /home directory on the SSD drive.

Or will this not make a significant difference?


rlgod, 2013/06/11 03:01

If anybody is interested/having issues with graphics acceleration in ubuntu 13.04 or equivalent; when I first installed I had to set the nomodeset boot paramater so as to not get a black screen when X started. Unfortunately this seemed to have dire consequences for my desktop performance. I spent a good few days searching for a solution to re-enable graphics acceleration and eventually found [ Intel Linux Graphics]. While performance isn't nearly as good as it is on Windows, at least it's usable for the moment. I hope this helps some of you in the same situation as I was.

imrand, 2013/04/27 04:00

I've tried all the ways, but have not been successful as well.

grub in linux is not running, which runs only windows boot loader..

helpme please… :(

meow, 2013/04/09 04:49

HELP! Every time im using the internet and scroll with my finger to the right it switches to a different page (to the menu, take a picture etc.) can someone tell me what I can do?

Rodrigo Lopez Guerra, 2013/01/31 18:29

I can't read my fan speed with sensors

Trying family `National Semiconductor/ITE'… Yes
Found unknown chip with ID 0xfc11

Found unknown SMBus adapter 8086:1e22 at 0000:00:1f.3.
Sorry, no supported PCI bus adapters found.

I've the s3-391 model , hm77.


Nick, 2014/05/30 12:44

The s391 doesn't appear to support fan speed monitoring using lm-sensors. You can read the hex values using however.

Manually changing the fan speed to a lower setting (mine is set to 0x99) works extremely well, but I use my s3 for internet browsing and document writing mainly so do NOT just set it low, see the temp is ok and be done with it. You should regularly keep an eye on the cpu temp and if you are going to be away from your laptop with it left on I highly recommend turning the fan control back to auto temporarily so there are no accidents! Your laptop should shut off if the cpu reaches critical temp anyway but you might damage the cpu or other components in the process.

mima, 2013/01/24 22:38

Hi when connecting USB 1.1 scanner, I'm getting these warnings (and scanner does not work):

[ 18.822518] usb 3-2: new full-speed USB device number 3 using xhci_hcd
[ 18.840210] usb 3-2: New USB device found, idVendor=04a9, idProduct=220d
[ 18.840225] usb 3-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[ 18.840236] usb 3-2: Product: CanoScan
[ 18.840244] usb 3-2: Manufacturer: Canon
[ 46.752886] xhci_hcd 0000:00:14.0: WARN Event TRB for slot 1 ep 14 with no TDs queued?
[ 46.752902] xhci_hcd 0000:00:14.0: WARN Event TRB for slot 1 ep 0 with no TDs queued?
[ 66.874776] xhci_hcd 0000:00:14.0: WARN Event TRB for slot 1 ep 0 with no TDs queued

any ideas for me? ;)
All the Beck

mima, 2013/01/24 22:58

i figured out that disabling usb3 in bios settings avoids this problem – however, this is not a reasonable solution, i guess. Any ideas?
All the best!

bob, 2013/01/22 13:42

Hay i have it but when i start it the screen trun gray and i can still hear it turn on how can i fix this problem.?
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Rodrigo, 2013/01/30 19:55

did you update de BIOS? i had the same problem when update the BIOS to 1.2X , getting the bios BACK to 1.17 fixed the problem for me.



John, 2013/01/18 19:28

hello guys, if I update the bios, I have to reinstall ubuntu?

Doug Shelton, 2012/12/02 18:18

The SSD is normally used by Intel Rapid Start Technology, enabled in BiOS, and is formatted as a Windows hibernation partition (type 0x84). Acer formats the entire 20G SSD but according to the Intel Rapid Start User Guide, the partition need only be the same size (or larger) than system memory. This would free more than enough room for most Linux installations. The user guide as instructions for creating the partition from Windows. Find it here:

Doug Shelton, 2012/11/30 06:39

Great article! I just wish I had the same success as everyone else here. I have an Aspire S3-951 with i5 processor and 250G HDD. I am trying to load Xubuntu 12.04.1 from a USB stick that I have successfully used to boot other machines (Lenovo, various desktops).

I select the USB stick from the F12 menu, I see the “SYSLINUX 4.06…” message at the top of the screen, then the process simply stops. I would appreciate any ideas on how to actually get the system booted so I can complete my install.

CSC, 2013/01/18 13:11

Boot disk hasn't been created properly. You need to remake it.

Elva Hadi, 2013/06/08 04:23

I've a same problem when installing linux mint 14 on my Acer S3. Then I try using portable DVD to boot, and it installed perfectly. First thing you should create your boot dvd from iso files. Hope this helps.

MofD, 2012/11/26 10:53

I can't find anywhere for sure if Acer Aspire S3-951-2464G34iss supports hardware virtualization. I see that CPU supports it but can't find anywhere for fact if that isn't disabled on motherboard/bios. Simple question would be is it possible to run Linux KVM/XEN with full hardware virtualization?

Thank you in advance

Pablo, 2012/11/17 15:43

Very well written! Excelent! Thanks a lot. Bye bye, bluetooth!

toudi, 2012/11/07 18:34

i'm surprised to see you had so many probs with your s3s I've installed slackware 14 on mine
and everything works great! :)
wifi is 2times faster than it was under win7 :D
the only thing i had to configure was my clickpad but that was quite easy :)

Gabe, 2012/10/28 16:03

I tried to change the password on the Ultrabook and exited to test. Now neither old or new password will allow me access. I am locked out. Any advice?


j0sh, 2012/10/12 14:22

Ubuntu 12.04 on my aspire s3 is running fine but I have strange issues with an usb apple keyboard. Sometimes when I disconnect the usb and connect it again the keyboard doesn't work anymore. I've to wait 20/30 minutes to have it working again. Sometimes it works when I reboot the pc.
Does somebody have similar problems?

Renato CRON, 2012/08/20 18:46

Hi, i have one with Broadcom 4313 WiFi as you can see here:

02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)

with kernel
Linux renato-Aspire-S3 3.2.0-29-generic-pae #46-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 27 17:25:43 UTC 2012 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

with low noise signal:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 IEEE 802.11 Access Point: Not-Associated

        Link Quality:4  Signal level:198  Noise level:174
        Rx invalid nwid:0  invalid crypt:0  invalid misc:0

I installed the driver from additional drivers of ubuntu. but i can't get speed's over 300kpbs even on local network. Someone know if i can't get more than that? if i disable G of router, the speed down to 100kps..

Thank you all!

renato santos, 2012/08/14 06:09

hi, how to enable sd card again?

Rodrigo Lopez Guerra, 2013/01/31 17:28

modprobe rts5139

Nick, 2012/07/24 20:55

Hi, pretty smart guys here,
I'm just an ordinary accountant, knowning not too much of pc's.
I bought yesterday a Aspire 3S, because it's light, fast and friendly to use.
but my external HP 2311x monitor doesn't work through HDMI cable.
Can anyone help me ? I tried some drivers… but doesn't work.
I need the big screen for work..

xcariba, 2012/07/29 19:07

HDMI worked great with monitor and tv (just plugged it in), i have linux mint 13.

Andrea, 2012/07/31 22:00

Reading what you wrote I suppose you're using Windows. For your information this is a blog for Linux users, but I think your problem is easy to solve. Just try pressing the windows button and 'P' at the same time, a window should appear on your desktop allowing you to swith between your monitors. I've never had problems with HDMI nor with windows neither with Linux.
Hope this help you!

Guillermo, 2012/06/30 03:07

Hi! I need to connect my Acer S3 to a VGA projector. I bought an HDMI to male VGA cable adapter and plugged the cable to the laptop and to the projector. Nothing is detected. I wonder if anyone can help me? Is it possible to use this kind of cable with my Laptop? I probably should try an HDMI cable with an HDMI Monitor / Projector to verify if my Laptop is just not detecting external displays or the problem is just the adapter. Has anyone passed thru this? Thank you!

Josh, 2012/06/30 09:17

Have you tried with an hd TV? Mine is working with no problem. I got a 24 inch external monitor with hd connection.

Gd, 2013/11/07 06:32

hdmi uses digital signal, vga uses analog signal. that cable you bought it's a bullshit. never work.

cyan034, 2012/06/13 21:26

I ended up having a Atheros AR5BW222 wireless card. I couldn't have a direct driver for it, so I couldn't get wireless to work on my ubuntu at all. Can anyone help me with this?

zul3d, 2012/06/07 23:11

Hi guys,

Happy to report bluetooth is working as normal without the need of any patches in ubuntu 12.04 (3.2.0-24-generic)

zul3d, 2012/06/08 14:08

this only lasted until i rebooted s3. now it doesnt detect any device… :(

Lex, 2012/06/07 04:58

I can't seem to get the webcam working in Linux Mint 13 (32 bit).
I have an Acer Aspire S3-951 Core i3.
lsusb shows the webcam to be:
Bus 001 Device 008: ID 1bcf:2c00 Sunplus Innovation Technology Inc.
When I run cheese, skype, luvcview, it seems to run for a few seconds and then freeze or crash.
I tried upgrading the kernel from 3.2.0-24 to 3.3.7 but with no improvement.
Running cheese in a terminal window produces:
libv4l2: error dequeuing buf: No such device
(cheese:3235): WARNING : Failed trying to get video frames from device '/dev/video0'.
(cheese:3235): WARNING : Internal data flow error.
** Message: Error: Stream contains no data.

I can't find any helpful information searching on the device ID “1bcf:2c00”.
I would be very grateful if anyone could help.

Tales, 2012/06/03 21:23

Has anyone found a solution to “Screen tearing”? I'm with the PPA intel driver, always update and this problem still continues to watch movies

xcariba, 2012/06/05 20:15

Since Linux kernel 3.2.9 i don`t see screen tearing… I use vlc and totem…

Tales, 2012/06/09 03:46

I installed this kernel, but not the wifi network driver does not work, says he has no support for it.

geezee, 2012/05/20 11:41

good news for all virtualbox users! the latest version seems to work on 3.2+ kernels.

Tales, 2012/05/19 18:25

Do any of you had this? When I run a video on the TV using HDMI when changing camera the image is chopped, the problem is the HDMI port?

j0sh, 2012/05/11 09:05

I installed bios 1.8 from the acer website. Fan are absolutely quiet now :)

vultur, 2012/05/12 10:03

you update from windows or ?

j0sh, 2012/05/12 10:21

Yes, from window$… I have the dual boot just for this kind of tasks

vultur, 2012/05/12 11:23

just updated to 1.18 via freedos (1.0)
usb + unetbootin and fat16 format ! and it works ;)

(tryed first with 1.1 but get some errors and cant boot )
but i cant find anywhere changelog of bios !?

j0sh, 2012/05/12 14:25

I didn't find anything… But firmware 1.8 rocks! ;-)

Tales, 2012/06/03 21:27

Could do a step by step how did mounts to upgrade the firmare?

Samuel Kipfer, 2012/05/11 09:04

I installed Xubuntu (/home + Swap on sda and / on sdb, both disks were reformatted) on acer S3, all fine so far. Then I had to install Win7. I resized the sda partition, installed Win7 and reinstalled&updated grub with the boot-usbstick (as I always did). But now, after a reboot, the grub decision-screen does not appear and it directly boots into Win7… In BIOS all the USB disks should boot before internal hard disk.

Someone any idea why grub does not show up?

Samuel Kipfer, 2012/05/20 11:05

I finally installed grub2 on sda, now it works.

j0sh, 2012/05/07 07:17

Hi guys
it is recommended to put the swap on the ssd hdd?
I read that someone lost his ssd after few weeks.

vultur, 2012/05/07 16:51

my settings are :

                sda1 /boot   
                sda2 /home   
                sda2 swap    
                sdb1 /     

sda=320GB hdd
sdb=20GB ssd

j0sh, 2012/05/07 16:59

Finally i went for /home on sda and / + swap on sdb
I read that swap on ssd is ok for the hard disk and obviously faster… I use hibernation a lot…

geezee, 2012/05/07 21:04

i run this config for almost half a year now. no problems so far, i can only recommend it.
in bios i deactivated the hibernate option for windoze (i don't remember how they call it exactly). no problems in windoze neither. well… i booted it only twice since then, i am not a big windoze fan :-)

j0sh, 2012/05/07 21:54

which config are you running? :-)

geezee, 2012/05/07 22:04

/ and swap on ssd and home on hdd. my system boots in < 10 sec.

j0sh, 2012/05/07 22:14

I did the same and my pc booted in < 10 seconds the first time (yesterday). Now I don't know why it take 20 seconds. And I can't hibernate pc. I click on hibernate (I reactivated it) but when I reboot my session is lost. This is very strange.

john, 2012/05/20 13:17

I lost my ssd after installing ubuntu when i first bought my ultrabook, i had my OS installed on the ssd and it just stopped working. I have been unable to reactivate my ssd (or even find it). seeing as i deleted the original contents of the ssd and deleted the original windows would that have voided my warranty?

kingstah, 2012/05/03 22:15

Excellent collection of help for the S3!
I am trying to set up a dual boot system, keeping the stock WIndows 7. Has anybody tried how Windows reacts when deleting its partitions on the SSD? I assume suspend won't work anymore unless you change some settings…

kingstah, 2012/05/03 22:13


excellent collection of hints for the S3!

I am planning to set up a dual boot system and have a question: How does the stock Windows 7 react when deleting its partitions on the SSD? I assume suspend won't work unless you change settings. Has anybody tried it?



shaun, 2012/05/02 23:09

I installed the newest ubuntu on my S3 and everything “works”. I am assuming i have the newest kernel (since i just downloaded it and installed it?). The sudo code from above for fixing the right clicking/click and drag worked great. I am new to Linux (taking a class right now on it, hence me installing Ubuntu), I wanted to play minecraft on it, i installed the java runtime and it runs but doesnt show anything… I looked and it has only generic VGA drivers installed not the intel drivers. I went to intels site to get drivers and they link me to an opensource site, but they want me to compile my own drivers (i dont know how to do this YET!) so does someone know how i can do this (simply) or know of a way to install them automatically (the site talked about depositories that might have them). if you can help please email me!

Thiago Rafael Silva, 2012/05/03 04:04

Why do you think you have generic drivers?

You should have the packages “xserver-xorg-video-intel” and “intel-gpu-tools” installed:

dpkg -l | grep intel

For a nice gpu top with graphics:

sudo intel_gpu_top


lspci | grep VGA

you should get something like:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)

But Ubuntu updates are not always uber-fresh, if you want real fresh stuff, try the xorg crack pushers ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

By the way, we will always answer in this thread, not by e-mail, so other people with the same problem can use the information.

Good luck.

Nerdfest, 2012/04/27 04:51

I have a couple of questions, if someone can take the time to help me out a bit. My S3 seems to run a bit hotter than seems to be the norm here. I go from about a low of 60 to about 85, at which point I seem to have stability problems. It seems to jump from 60 to 80+ quickly and with very little processor in use. Is this normal?

I've also just loaded Precise, so I'll see if there are any improvements with that, however, I wanted to ask about the kernel. The release version only seems to use 3.2.0, where I'm using 3.2.1 (about to try 3.2.13 by geezee to see if that helps with the temp, etc). When Ubuntu updates the kernel, will we pick up the newer kernels automatically when they surpass the version we use?

I wanted to mention that I use a LUKS encrypted LVM based disk system as well. Would this contribute to the heating problems significantly, and would the AES bug cause problems with this?

enyone, 2012/04/27 17:24

Nerdfest, is your fan spinning like in hell? if is, it is probably a bad connection between CPU and it's heat sink… should be repaired to prevent further damage…

and no, the LVM is not the reason, neither is the kernel…
unless one of them is preventing fan from spinning at desired rate…

Nerdfest, 2012/04/30 23:58

Thanks, the latest kernel (Geezee's 3.2.13) seems to help a bit. I'll try the ath9k tweak from below as well, as I do seem to get a lot of disconnects on wifi.

Also, I generally run Virtuabox, but the headers in the kernel seem to cause problems. Is there a quick fix, or should I switch to a different 'stock' kernel. I have no need for BlueTooth if that's the only thing that's added.

Nerdfest, 2012/05/01 00:01

… and yes, the fan runs a lot, although it may go hours before getting into the 55+ sort of temps with the latest kernel. There seems to e something software based that causes the temp to spike. Nothing running that's very CPU intensive though.

vultur, 2012/05/01 10:22

i think those probs are from ath9k strange i get disconnect with fix after kernel update on xubuntu !

Nerdfest, 2012/05/01 10:47

I think you're correct. Temperatures are better after disabling hardware encryption on the wireless. I did get a disconnect as well though, and it wouldn't re-connect. Dmesg output said something about “Chip would not wake up after 500 uS, Error 22”. Needed a reboot, although there may be a quicker way of restarting the wireless hardware that I don't know about.

vultur, 2012/05/01 21:27

it is . and , i change atheros (ar5B225) with intel Intel Corporation WiFi Link 5100 [8086:4232] , some problems with this wifi too , i changed network manager to WICD and it works !
you can try to use wicd !

#apt-get download network-manager network-manager-gnome
#apt-get install wicd wicd-gtk
#apt-get purge network-manager network-manager-gnome

if something goes wrong do (thats why you download packages above)
#apt-get purge wicd wicd-gtk
#dpkg -i network-manager*.deb

vultur, 2012/05/01 22:57

its definitely “ath”or network manager if someone try to control wifi with WICD pls post i now dont have bluetooth :-|!

more then 3 hours with changed wifi (intel5100) and wicd and no chrash ;)

vultur, 2012/04/29 13:06

i just put lubuntu on S3 and runs well.
edited grub with : i915.semaphores=1 , acpi_backlight=vendor
and for wifi ath9k bug : echo “options nohwcrypt=1” > /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf

no probs with cpu heat !

enyone, 2012/04/19 13:21

Just solved, how to change S3's fan speed writing to embedded controllers' (EC) registers using Here you are…

93 is the fan state (auto/manual), 94 is the input for fan speed, 95 is the read only output for current fan speed.

Remember, using fan other than in AUTO mode WILL PROBABLY VOID YOUR WARRANTY!! So be damn sure what you are doing!

# Set S3 fan to AUTO
sudo perl := 0x93 0x04

# Set S3 fan to MANUAL
sudo perl := 0x93 0x04

# When manual, set the speed in value 0x00-0xFF (0xFF min vs. 0x00 max)
sudo perl := 0x94 0x00

enyone, 2012/04/19 13:22

DAMN, SORRY, made a mistake myself, but nothing serious ;)

# Set S3 fan to MANUAL
sudo perl := 0x93 0x14

enyone, 2012/04/19 15:52

Modified version of acerfand for your S3 ultrabook:

geezee, 2012/04/19 17:02

Works perfectly for me so far, I am pretty amazed…

Thank you!

vultur, 2012/04/19 19:28

and it works only with 1.15 bios , :(
i just update bios to 1.17 :( i think i will downgrade or should i test with 1.17 !?

enyone, 2012/04/19 20:20

vultur, change line 85 from acers3fand to:

if it works, please let me know so I can update that, thanks!

vultur, 2012/04/20 08:51

i tryed this with 1.17 bios , and something strange sensors shows
temp1:55(up to 62 , but not under 55)
temp2:43(not over)
and fan rotate in waves strange , i dont know is it bios or something else couses that

*(it shows in /var/log/syslog state manual)

enyone, 2012/04/20 09:11

please send me the complete syslog file to address (see 0)

also provide output of command: perl regs

I'm unable to update my bios to 1.17 because acer provides update tool to windows/dos only..

vultur, 2012/04/25 16:13

did you try freedos to update bios ?

enyone, 2012/04/26 19:54

vultur, no, I have not tried freedos
do you know is it worth of making the update?
what is changed between .15 and .17 ?

vultur, 2012/04/20 10:15

i send it ! hope you get it !
i did update and fan goes creazy , after update and reboot everything works fine .
hope info ic orrect if not send here and i resend it !

enyone, 2012/04/20 10:18

vultur, pleas resend the form because you forgot to add “regs” to end of acer_ec command!

–> sudo perl regs

vultur, 2012/04/20 10:19

i send only regs :)

enyone, 2012/04/20 10:32

vultur, and then please start acers3fand first and after that send syslog again, thanks..

kill acers3fand after that if you feel uncomfortable with it..

vultur, 2012/04/20 13:31

i started it 2. ;) you can see it il syslog .
hope it helps !

ps. i did change line 85 to “1.17”

vultur, 2012/04/20 17:26

did you get right info this time ? hope it helps !

enyone, 2012/04/20 18:18

acers3fand: acers3fand 0.01 starting
acers3fand: Detected bios version 1.17
acers3fand: Starting to govern acer fan speed. Interval: 5, start-temp: 50, max-temp: 65, start-rpm: 99, max-rpm: 0, ramp-up: 5

acers3fand: Set fan Manual
acers3fand: temp: 42
acers3fand: Set fan Manual
acers3fand: read fan state Manual
acers3fand: Raw fan state: 0x14, fan state: Manual, temp: 42
acers3fand: Set speed 0xFF

last part repeated many times, except temperature changes…

correct me if I'm wrong, but you fan seems not to spin at all because your cpu's temperature is always bellow 50C (varies from 42C to 47C)

the low limit is now set to 50C, you should change it (STARTTEMP) to 40C or 42C and upper limit (MAXTEMP) to 55C or similar…

let me know if this helps you..

vultur, 2012/04/20 22:33

i did change starttemp to 42 and maxtemp to 55
when idle temp is 42-47 max and fan runs (litle bit faster then it should )
and if i play some flash videos temp jump to 57 and fan start to run like crazy ?! it never runs that fast , and slows down in 3-4 sec. then jumps up in split sec. and runs on max in 4-5 sec and again down etc.etc…..
is it bios 1.17 or what ?!

enyone, 2012/04/21 07:40

vultur, no, it is not the bios…
you just need to find correct settings for you…

try these next:

# INTERVAL= temperature poll interval in seconds
# STARTTEMP= temperature in C to start fan
# MAXTEMP= temperature in C to spin fan at max. speed
# STARTRPM= value (0-99) as lowest RPM you like (0 max. vs. 99 min.)
# MAXRPM= value (0-99) as highest RPM you like (0 max. vs. 99 min.)
# RAMPUP= increase this much RPM per. one degree C increase

vultur, 2012/04/21 08:17

ok i will play with this and post results here ! thx for guidance !

vultur, 2012/04/21 16:19

this my best settings :


“MAXRPM=50 ”
i get max temp 72c and holds with this rpm
with .mkv (vlc) ,avi (mplayer) , in browser 2 flash clips and install , all at once .
and is not to loud ,

have no time until monday .i vil try more options then .

enyone, 2012/04/22 11:13

“Our recommendation is to keep Intel Core i7 CPUs under 80C. That gives you a healthy margin in case you’re running a heavy load on your CPU on a particularly hot summer day. Due to the manufacturing process of Intel Core i7, and the improved power management features, we’re comfortable at up to 80C, even though this would be considered a very hot temperature with an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU.”

vultur, 2012/04/23 10:55

have idea at set separat “rampup” to (bt dont know how :( )
temperatures rampup
40-48 1
48-55 3
56-65 2

ad my new settings are

vultur, 2012/04/20 06:13

it can be used in all distros fex Archlinux ?
I just have in plan to put arch distro on mymachine next week ! mint dont work well and im not big fan of it , thats why arch !

sry for eng.langua. its not m native !:)

enyone, 2012/04/20 07:51

as far as I know, it is not depend on any specific distro.. kernel 3.x or newer is recommended.. and of course you need init, bash, and perl..

teraq, 2012/04/20 18:00

if this comes with tool (gui) like enable disable it will be perfect solution for many users ,
if you put fan problemaspire s3 in “google” you get kilos forums with those !
thanks for people they use time on Linux and opensource !

enyone, 2012/04/21 07:43

teraq, maybe some day, I find time to write one ;)

enyone, 2012/08/20 18:19

acers3fand project moved to
Also added support for 1.16 and 1.18 bioses.

vultur, 2012/04/12 08:07

where to find changelog for bios ?

enyone, 2012/04/14 18:56

maybe one should use time for searching that line of code from kernel's sources…

bablu, 2012/04/10 23:09

I recently bought Acer S3 ultraslim notebook with i5.
Installed Ubuntu 12.04, wifi & bluetooth worked fine, except the mouse & screen brightness and I could not install Oracle 10gR2 on 12.04 - failed to build . So reverted back to 11.04
With 11.04, I faced the following issues
(1) wifi not recognised, so to make wifi work I had to install compat driver for 2.6 kernel and then I had to add “blacklist acer-wmi” in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and
create /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf containing “options ath9k nohwcrypt=1”

(2) I tried above solutions (by updating the grub) for adjusting the screen brightness, but it did not work. I also noticed it does not have the file /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon/gsd-backlight-helper. Don't know why it is missing.

(3) Fan is always running at slower speed (even in Windows 7), perhaps it is designed that way.

enyone, 2012/04/11 10:14

“Fan is always running at slower speed” ??
Can it be possible, that Acer have corrected this in BIOS level, but not published the update (yet)?

enyone, 2012/04/09 21:28

Obviously the fan rpm can be controlled somehow in kernel-level (as we seen in 3.2.x kernels). How can I change the speed of the fan manually??

The fan still makes too much noice trying to keep the temperature bellow 50C.
Yes, the fan is just too small to make job well done, but at least the limit could be raised to 60C before higher rpms.

vultur, 2012/04/10 07:56

i found this wiki (arch)

enyone, 2012/04/10 17:37

thanks vultur, but lm_sensors can't find any pwm-controllers on s3, so it is useless thow..

geezee, 2012/03/25 16:05

I spend the whole weekend trying to build a kernel which includes the bluetooth patch. Finally I got it done! It's build from the 3.2.13 sources and so far everything works (webcam, wireless, SD-card reader, touchpad with 2-finger-scroll, AND bluetooth).

Feel free to download the the kernel image and headers:

# sudo dpkg -i linux-image-3.2.13_1_amd64.deb linux-headers-3.2.13_1_amd64.deb



vultur, 2012/03/26 14:52

is it for debian ? or for all deb derivates ?

geezee, 2012/03/26 15:16

it worked on mint 12 for me.

as it has been build from the official sources from it should work on every debian derivate.

if it doesn't work for you, you can always boot into your old kernel and remove this one with:

# dpkg –purge linux-headers-3.2.13 linux-image-3.2.13

i followed this guide, by the way:

when it comes to the actual build process, replace –revision=amd64 with –revision=1

# fakeroot make-kpkg –initrd –revision=1 kernel_image kernel_headers modules_image

otherwise the deb package creation will fail after hours of compiling.

vultur, 2012/03/26 16:50

may i ak about battery ? how long it holds ? what is showing in hours ?

geezee, 2012/03/27 12:56

it says 3 hours and 58 minutes fully charged.

Mike, 2012/04/01 16:45

I wonder if “modprobe btusb && echo “X Y” » /sys/bus/usb/drivers/btusb/new_id” (where X/Y are vendor/product ids from lsusb) works instead. Can someone check it out?

Thiago, 2012/04/06 20:08

Works for me, thank you!

Tales Mendonça, 2012/05/05 18:21

Hello! I installed the kernel, but is without the wireless module loaded, wifi does not work. I'm using Ubuntu 4.12.

stefan, 2012/03/21 08:36

Has anyone already tried out the recently published 3.3 Kernel with the Aspire S3? Is it compatible with oneiric? Does it solve some of the issues? Thanks in advance!

Val, 2012/03/20 09:54

Just switched from Win7 to Linux Mint and the brightness of my Acer screen was blinding! I've read several other tutorials on this same fix, but they did not explain in full detail how to do this. The step by step directions are very helpful for a noob like myself. Thank you.

xcariba, 2012/03/14 11:45

After 3.2.9 kernel there is no kernel panics.

xcariba@xcariba-Aspire-S3 ~ $ uptime 
 15:44:04 up 7 days, 20:29,  2 users,  load average: 0.08, 0.19, 0.22
vultur, 2012/03/14 12:09

you run ubuntu or another distro ?
im testing with arch but battery leak is there :( have not much time to play with it )

xcariba, 2012/03/15 15:21

I use Linux Mint 12 based on Ubuntu 11.10. Don`t know about battery problms, not tested yet…

vultur, 2012/03/15 17:11

How did you partition for it ?

xcariba, 2012/03/16 19:21

/home and / on hdd `cos ssd is dead(

vultur, 2012/03/14 12:24

and how is fan speed i it slowdown and battery is it leaking ?

yoetama, 2012/03/08 16:20

Acer acer s3 in Indonesia is called Ultrabook Notebook Tipis Harga Murah Terbaik but I have not tried to run linux

Thiago Rafael Silva, 2012/03/08 05:16

I have a problem with external monitor. If I boot up with the monitor plugged in the laptop LCD turn and stay off (until grub menu the image is mirrored to both screens). I have to get past grub then plug in the external monitor to the HDMI port. It happens with kernel 3.2.1. With stock Ubuntu kernel it works just fine.

Running Ubuntu 11.10 with all updates.

pancho, 2012/03/06 11:11

should i install ubuntu 11.10 to ssd or hhd?

freak0, 2012/03/06 15:05

On the ssd obviously :)

Jens, 2012/03/04 10:41

The announcement for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on the main homepage shows the Acer Aspire S3 running Ubuntu. :-)

vultur, 2012/03/04 11:26

nice ! some of admins or developers hae aspire s3 ! ;)

gggccc, 2012/03/03 17:40

i experienced a skype freeze on debian with kernel 3.2.0

this may be different from the previous kernel panics since the system did not return to console mode, it just froze.

vultur, 2012/03/03 11:44

next week i will try archbang and will post here how is dooing ! hope for the best :) and hope to not burn ssd ! and put swap on hhd . just fan speed and battery leak is important to me those probs with toushpad are not so .

anyone tryed any distros beside ubuntu based ?

freak0, 2012/03/05 09:03

I run mine with a Linux Mint Debian Edition. Works fine but the card reader won't work, the fan is a bit noisy and the battery is around 2-3 hours.

vultur, 2012/03/01 15:33

i just tested Backtrack 5R1 updated to 3.2.6 kernel and touchpad work perfect ! drag drop , two finger tap “right button” , twofinger scroll , 3:50 battery on slow down like should ! nice , we are close to perfect machine ! ;)

cgc, 2012/02/27 01:24

i have consistently been experiencing kernel panics with my new acer s3 on both ubuntu and debian. the system reverts to text console and crashes. among other things it mentions fatal exception in interrupt. many lines refer to ath9k. i am not sure how to extract this information in order to copy paste. has anyone else had similar problems?

gggccc, 2012/02/27 01:25

i forgot to mention, this is after upgrading the kernel as described above. the system is stable with 3.0 but of course then i have the touchpad issues etc.

gggccc, 2012/02/27 16:30

this is more or less what it looks like.

stefan, 2012/02/27 23:04

I have experienced similar problems after installing certain programs. My system (kubuntu oneiric) ran well with the 3.2.5 kernel but after installing “cdemu”( it crashed and showed similar error messages and the system afterwards could only be started in console mode. This occured again after a complete new Kubuntu installation. I could not solve this problem and only did a workaround by newly setting up the system without installing cdemu. Also the installation of virtualbox caused a similar crash. Could it be that these programs are not compatible with the kernel version in this configuration (oneiric with 3.2.x kernel)? Do you have any of these apps installed?

gggccc, 2012/02/28 05:29

hi stefan, thanks for replying, i do not use any of those programs. in both the debian and the ubuntu the only program i installed was google chrome and dropbox. it is a good question whether one of these two might be causing the crash. i did get kernel panic without running them, and running firefox instead. i think the panic is more likely to happen when there is a lot of downloading or in general heavy internet use.

xcariba, 2012/02/28 17:34

Usually crashes on linux mint 12 with kernels 3.1.X-3.2.6 when Transmission and Pidgin running (espcially on heavy downloads, >4Gb). Also my SSD is dead)

vultur, 2012/02/28 17:50

SSD ? 20 od 256 gb ? how did you set partitisons ? can you say why is dead o just happens !?

xcariba, 2012/03/01 15:13

20Gb mySSD. It heppend while regular working(inkscape, firefox, vlc, audacious) with external monitor, keyboard and mouse. Firefox said “can`t write to /tmp”. There was ext4 partition for / and 4Gb swap. GRUB was on HDD ('cos bios can`t see ssd before death). Now I can`t format it, it says “Input/Output error”, but SMART sai that everything was ok.

vultur, 2012/03/01 15:28

that can be swap !? is it possible to remove (change) ssd 20 gb in S3 ?

xcariba, 2012/03/02 17:31

It is build in part of motherboard, so i think you can`t change it to normal ssd, but you can find and change this part of motherboard to similar or make your own)

Mike, 2012/04/01 16:42

At least for me, there is a highly-reproducible issue with stuff, using AES-NI encryption instructions. Try unloading aesni-intel module (which is used in wireless drivers and dm-crypt).

4walters, 2012/02/28 17:51

I just did the same new kernel install except that I used 3.2.8 and am experiencing no panics or crashes. multi touch scrolling is working, battery discharge rate is 6.36 W, I do not have bluetooth patch applied yet. So far very pleased with the setup, Linlap really helped me out. Thanks also to the Microsoft store, they saved me an extra $150 ;-) then I promptly removed windows and install Mint12 64bit.

vultur, 2012/02/28 22:52

how i get money for win licence ?

gggccc, 2012/02/29 06:46

i installed kernel 3.2.8 and experienced the same kernel panic.

Bernard, 2012/02/29 18:40

Reverting to Kernel 3.2.1 I don't have kernel panic with Linux Mint 12.

To make it work, It seems you don't have to download and install the headers, just the linux image. Do I am not sure of this.

Hope this helps

gggccc, 2012/02/29 20:14

Kernel 3.2.1 was causing problems but you gave me the idea to try 3.2.0

so far i haven't experienced a panic (~15 minutes after installing)

will report back if a panic occurs.

vultur, 2012/02/24 23:52

im looking for 6 cell battery for aspire s3 , if some have some links about size of batt. in diferent models of S3 ?

i think this ultrabook with 8 h batt. time willbe perfect for me !
need space (HHD) thats why i like those 20GB ssd .( system boots in notime on it ! and i did upgrade of HHD to 500 !

vultur, 2012/02/24 23:52

im looking for 6 cell battery for aspire s3 , if some have some links about size of batt. in diferent models of S3 ?

i think this ultrabook with 8 h batt. time willbe perfect for me !
need space (HHD) thats why i like those 20GB ssd .( system boots in notime on it ! and i did upgrade of HHD to 500 !

Roberto, 2012/02/17 22:45

For those having trouble with tap & drag, I found the solution here:]

Run, in a terminal:

synclient FastTaps=1 SingleTapTimeout=320 TapAndDragGesture=1

Hope it helps.

Rodrigo Lopez Guerra, 2013/01/31 18:25

In my case i created a script an put it at the start

#!/bin/sh -e
# .synclientUser
# Este script debe ser ejecutado al inicio de la sesión
# agregando soporte para los ClickPad (Ej: S3-391)
synclient ClickPad=1

stefan, 2012/02/14 17:07

Thanks for this great article! It convinced me to buy an acer ultrabook with the i7 processor and the 250 gb ssd. Im running Kubuntu 11.10 with the 3.2.5 Kernel. With the tipps suggested here i got it down to an average power consumption of 5-8 Watts in battery mode and it lasts for 5-6 hours. The only issue is the touchpad. I need to drag/drop and right-click and so i have to go without multitouch or scrolling via touchpad. Any suggestions to at least get the possibility to scroll vertically via touchpad?
thx in advance

alex, 2012/02/15 08:56

I haven't used Kubuntu, but another KDE distro I do use suggests that you should be able to do the same as the Gnome/Unity Ubuntu, which is use drag/drop AND scrolling via the touchpad. I assume you know that the touchpad “clicks” down a bit when you press it, you can use this for drag/drop (although it's not ideal, it only really works on the lower half of the touchpad). In Gnome at least it works fine to use this in combination with two-finger scrolling, both horizontal and vertical, and two-finger tap for right click and three-finger tap for middle click. In KDE 4.6 you can set this in System Settings (aka Configure Desktop) → Input Devices → Touchpad → Touchpad configuration. There you can set two-finger scrolling under “Scrolling”, under “Tapping” you can bind the right and middle mousebutton event to two- and three-finger taps. I think you will have KDE 4.7 or 4.8, good chance that it's the same.
About your power use : does powertop actually show you a use of less than 8 Watts, or is that the average over a period including the screen going blank etc? With my i5 I never got it under 9 Watts when actually using it…

stefan, 2012/02/15 10:41

Thanks for the response. I will try your suggestions.
On the poweruse: It is the powerconsumption shown by powertop when I use the device without going into standby or shutting off the screen. It depends on what I do, but with some usual tasks (webbrowsing/textediting with libreoffice ecc.) and about 40% Brightness it uses between 5 and 8 Watts. It even goes under 5 Watts if i just do nothing but looking at the powertop stats. When I perform tasks that need more hardware power like complex 3d operations (e.g. rendering with blender) it needs between 12 and 20 Watts. After all I am very satisfied with this stats. Are you using the 3.2.5 kernel too? Maybe the i7 and the ssd are responsible for this low usage.

alex, 2012/02/21 21:35

I was running the 3.3.0rc3 kernel, I have now tried 3.2.7 which seems to be a tiny bit more efficient, about 0.1 - 0.2 Watt. I also found that if I have the “Disable touchpad while typing” option active (system settings → mouse and touchpad) that starts a daemon that polls 20-25 times per second. So unchecking that feature also saves a small scrap of power. But still, 8.9 Watts is as far as I can bring it down (with WIFI on, that is). Oh well.

alex, 2012/08/16 18:01

(many months later) With the updated BIOS and Ubuntu 12.04LTS my i5 goes down to around 6 Watts too. So note to all whom it may interest : updating the BIOS is highly recommended, it increases battery life by 1-1,5 hours.

alex, 2012/02/11 22:51

Excellent article, this has been a great help! The only thing I have to add is my power saving tips, which overlap largely with the above. I did some tweaking, which brought down the power consumption from 12.5 Watts to about 9.2 Watts (with the screen at about 45% brightness), which gives me a battery life of 3.5 - 4 hours.
The main tricks are :
- set Unity in 2D mode (you can choose this in the login screen), compiz wakes up the CPU far to often. This is a known bug in 11.10.
- disable the SD card reader when on battery power, the rts5139 module polls more than 50 times per second which alone uses about 1 W of power.
With just those two modifications the power use goes down to about 10.2 - 10.5 W. With a bunch of other tweaks suggested by powertop you can save another 1 W. I put it all together in the following /etc/pm/power.d/ script :

case $1 in
      # go into powersave mode
      # NMI watchdog
      echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/watchdog
      # SD card reader
      # TODO test if sdcard mounted
      rmmod rts5139
      #VM writeback timeout
      echo 1500 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs
      # SATA link power management
      for i in 0 1 2 3 4 5 ; do
              echo min_power>/sys/class/scsi_host/host${i}/link_power_management_policy
      # Runtime PM for PCI Device
      for i in /sys/bus/pci/devices/*/power/control ; do
              echo auto > ${i}
      # Runtime PM for USB Device
      for i in /sys/bus/usb/devices/*/power/control ; do
              echo auto > ${i}
      # CPU freq scaling
      for i in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu?/cpufreq/scaling_governor ; do
              echo powersave > ${i}
      # go into AC mode
      echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/watchdog
      modprobe rts5139
      echo 60000 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs
      for i in 0 1 2 3 4 5 ; do
              echo max_performance>/sys/class/scsi_host/host${i}/link_power_management_policy
      for i in /sys/bus/pci/devices/*/power/control ; do
              echo on > ${i}
      for i in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu?/cpufreq/scaling_governor ; do
              echo ondemand > ${i}
exit 0

Note that this bluntly does an rmmod of the SDcard module, which will probably fail when an SD card is mounted. I am planning on making a simple tcl/tk tool to switch the SD reader on and off.
An off-topic note : if you buy an Acer laptop in the Netherlands it seems to be fairly painless to get a Windows license refund. Acer NL has officially removed Win7 and the license sticker from my S3, once I actually receive the 40 euro refund I will post the procedure on
Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this page!

h1, 2012/02/09 18:11

Hi Guys,

I think, let's put an end on it. We've everything up & running. There is nothing left to be improved. Just wait 'till 12.04. I’m sure we'll have an excellent system. Never downgrade to a framing of a house again, some call it Fenster. Bold Text

Andrea, 2012/02/10 19:08

I downloaded the alpha2 version of ubuntu 12.04. It seems to be already very stable, but fan problems still continue affect the system… I tried it in live mode and I hope this is just a live problem. Looking forward to April…
Hi everybody!

Tom, 2012/02/08 17:22

I tried to test “Power Saving Tips” but it didn't appeared that it did not improved any battery power savings. Since I added the power savings tips suggested above, it looks like the “fan” issue came back again. So, I tried undoing the power savings tips related configuration changes but the fan issue didn't go away. I am now running kernal 3.2.2. Any suggestions to resolve the fan issue now with Kernal 3.2.2? Is appears there are later versions than 3.2.2. Is it advisable to try newer versions of kernal? Thanks.

Tom, 2012/02/07 05:04

I upgraded my kernal to V3.2.2 following the instructions above on my Lenovo Ideapad Y570. I was about to abandon Utumbu 11.10 before I discovered this message. I am glad that I found this fix. After installing Kernal 3.2.2, the fan stopped running uncontrollably and it is very quiet now. The battey is not draining as fast as it used to be but it still drains faster than on Windows7. I am very new to Utumbu and Linux to try out the “Power Saving Tips” suggested above. If someone who is more knowledgeable with systems could validate them, it would be a great help. Thank you for posting this fix and it saved me many headaches.

h1, 2012/02/06 13:17

Hi everybody,

still anybody left struggling with bluetooth on their Acer? The link to fix the Zenbook is good but complicated, it doesn't mean to belittle anybody’s efforts and remember we have an Acer, so we need lsusb output: Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04ca:3004 Lite-On Technology Corp.. Here we go. Download Works with any kernel version below 3.3.. Uncompress it.

open compat-wireless-3.3-rc1-2> drivers> bluetooth> ath3k.c
find the line> static struct usb_device_id ath3k_table[] = {
under it find the line
/* Atheros AR3012 with sflash firmware*/
add here right below
{ USB_DEVICE(0x04ca, 0x3004) },
find the line
static struct usb_device_id ath3k_blist_tbl[] = {
under it find the line> /* Atheros AR3012 with sflash firmware*/
add here right below
{ USB_DEVICE(0x04ca, 0x3004), .driver_info = BTUSB_ATH3012 },
save and close the file.
Open in the same folder> btusb.c
find the line
static struct usb_device_id blacklist_table[] = {
under it find the line> /* Atheros 3012 with sflash firmware */
add here right below> { USB_DEVICE(0x04ca, 0x3004), .driver_info = BTUSB_ATH3012 },

save and close the file.
Now cd to the direction of compat-wireless-3.3-rc1-2. For example> h1@h1seins:~$ cd /home/h1/compat-wireless-3.3-rc1-2.

h1@h1seins:~/compat-wireless-3.3-rc1-2$ make. Be patient until finish and the prompt shows up again.
h1@h1seins:~/compat-wireless-3.3-rc1-2$ sudo make install. Be patient until finish and the prompt shows up again.
That's it. Don't bother round with unload, modprobe e.g. just reboot. To be sure it works, you need the appropriate kernel headers and all the stuff to execute make of course.

Didn’t try to execute make bt> sudo make btinstall in order to compile bluetooth only. Maybe a simpler way not to mix up the wireless drivers. Anyway everything works until now.

Jeremie, 2012/01/28 17:20

I follow all instruction and install last stable 3.2 kernel.
But my touchpad is not recognized by the system.
No 2 finger vertical scrolling & drag and drop.
I try to install touchegg without any result.

Thanks for any help

xcariba, 2012/01/27 17:25

I`ve used SSD for / and swap on Linux Mint 12 rc and stable and HDD for /home and /boot. It worke great for some time, but SSD gone dead few weeks ago. Is it `cos of swap or system on SSD?

nandelbosc, 2012/01/27 17:32

I'm using SSD for / and HDD for /home and NO SWAP 3 hours daily the last two months with no problem!

freak0, 2012/01/27 15:51

Everything is working on my Linux Mint Debian 64bit edtion.

Except the Card reader and compiz won't work.

I hope new release will solve these minor problems.

Jens, 2012/01/22 17:23

Hi guys,

Did somebody had success to get a headset microphone working? I tried multiple phone headsets.

I was trying to play around with ALSA Analyzer (, but I hadn't any success. The input device is always the internal microphone, no matter what i selected. Output switch is working.

Any help/hints are welcome.


Marcos Sánchez Provencio, 2015/04/16 09:26

Any success in that field?

Mlorente, 2012/01/10 12:20

Ubuntu 10.4.3 LTS seems work quite fine. Brightness is OK and the others patchs seem work fine, of course we have to upgrade to 3.2 kernel version, and follow instructions to solve touchpad and BT problems. I don't like unity, gnome 3, or Kde 4 and Mate is not as stable I wish, so, gnome 2 on 10.04 LTS is my choice.

Just the same problem that i had with Mate, no battery icon.

Alex, 2012/01/09 07:15

Thank you so much for your help guys.

I follow the steps and my Aspire S3 works perfect.

But there are still tree thinks that are not working correctly yet:

1. The vertical scrolling of the touchpad, is not working.

2. Although the Bluetooth is enabled, I can't fine any device or being visible for others (although the properties allows me to be visible).

3. I try to use “Compizconfig Settings Manager”, but I couldn't obtain any effect. I checked the menu System: Preferences⇒ Appearance ⇒ Visual Effects. And When I selected the Normal or Extra option, the software start looking for drivers and when it finish, there is a message saying “Desktop effects could not be enabled”.

Can someone help me with this tree thinks?

PS: I didn't install the “compat-wireless-3.0-2.tar.bz2”, because I'm new with Ububtu and I didn't know how to compile and run it.
PS2: I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 64bit.



Bernard, 2012/01/07 12:46

Thanks to Andrea for the “Ubuntu Precise Pengolin” kernel. I hope that with this new version expected in april 2012 things will be simpler fr the Acer Aspire S3. Battery life should be increasing with the new version.

Jens solution did not work for me. It doesn't seem compatible with bluetooth. If you want longer battery life try to turn off bluetooth at start up. See how on the main article.

Andrea, 2012/01/07 11:10

I installed the kernel 3.2.0 rc7 for “precise” ( on linux mint 12 and it seems that the fan works better than before. Hope that in the future it'll work perfectly…

Mlorente, 2012/01/09 19:02

Kernel 3.2 has been released, so we can use a stable version. I use it on aspirse S3 running Mint 12.

Jens, 2011/12/20 18:02

To get the Touchpad work smoothly I did:

1.) Install Linux Kernel 3.2-rc4 (
2.) load psmouse with proto=any “echo “options psmouse proto=any” > /etc/modprobe.d/psmouse.conf”
3.) Activate the Touchpad Config in System Settings with
“gconftool-2 –set –type boolean /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled true”
4.) Install touchegg for gestures “sudo apt-get install touchegg” and start it automaticly

xcariba, 2011/12/03 20:05

I`ve just found bluetooth solution. I`ve added my device id from lsusb to btusb.c and ath3k.c and compiled kernel (from git). Solution seems to be similar to Asus UX31 with similar wireless module. They posted patch somewhere.
I don`t know how to make and post this patch.

xcariba@xcariba-Aspire-S3 ~ $ diff gsfee/linux_kernel/linux/drivers/bluetooth/btusb.c Документы/btusb.c
< { USB_DEVICE(0x13d3, 0x3375), .driver_info = BTUSB_ATH3012 },
< { USB_DEVICE(0x04ca, 0x3004), .driver_info = BTUSB_ATH3012 },

xcariba@xcariba-Aspire-S3 ~ $ diff gsfee/linux_kernel/linux/drivers/bluetooth/ath3k.c Документы/ath3k.c
< { USB_DEVICE(0x13d3, 0x3375) },
< { USB_DEVICE(0x04ca, 0x3004) },
< { USB_DEVICE(0x13d3, 0x3375), .driver_info = BTUSB_ATH3012 },
< { USB_DEVICE(0x04ca, 0x3004), .driver_info = BTUSB_ATH3012 },

marc, 2011/11/29 19:51

Andrea said:

I installed the kernel 3.2 and this lets the touchpad to be detected. After that I installed synaptiks from the software center and this allows you to use all the possible features.

I tried that with the last 3.2RC but didnt work… any more info?

Another question… some people (3 persons) voted as unusable… why? with what arguments?

Bernard, 2011/12/03 18:42

I tried to summarize the answers to the questions you have asked here in the page above. Please feel free to comment.

If you don't update the kernel to version 3.2, the computer sometimes freezes after half an hour or so… This is maybe why some people have reported the system is unusable…

Bernard, 2011/11/26 21:23

Due to the lack of ability to click and drag, I've decided to reverse back to the stock kernel.

The best GRUB command line for the battery life and the brightness problem seems to be :

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=“quiet splash pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor”

Thanks to aceraspires3user for that one.I've updated the article with that information.

The problems that are yet to resolve are :

- The fan noise that begins almost when you power up the computer and never ends
- The sleep difficulty. Somehow after about less than an hour the computer goes into sleep and the only way to wake it up is to close the lid to force it into sleep and then to wake it again.The only way around i've found is to ask ubuntu to go to sleep after half an hour idle.
- The bluetooth detection

Hope this helps, Bernard

Guillermo, 2011/11/26 22:08

Add this: I installed the kernel 3.2 and this lets the touchpad to be detected. After that I installed synaptiks from the software center and this allows you to use all the possible features.

nandelbosc, 2011/11/28 09:05

@guillermo or @andrea,

what kernel do you installed? ???

and how, using dpkg?

I intalled the last kernel from the previous link using dpkg and now gnome3 don't start with Video Bus error messages…

Andrea, 2011/11/26 10:12

I installed the kernel 3.2 and this lets the touchpad to be detected. After that I installed synaptiks from the software center and this allows you to use all the possible features.

Guillermo, 2011/11/25 19:21

i will wait till 12.04, i hope all issues can be fixed in new release

xcariba, 2011/11/25 17:39

“Playback HD movies 720p” problem calls “Screen tearing”, it is problem of intel driver

nandelbosc, 2011/11/25 07:28

Here how to two finger scrolling (and right button -clicking with to fingers- working, but I lost the ability to click and drag)…

I solved the problem on my acer on this way, just let me know if works for you too, ubuntu 11.10 Edit your file /etc/default/grub and add this two lines in the end


GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash pcie_aspm=force i915.i915_enable_rc6=1”

Then sudo update-grub

After that install the kernel 3.2 is the one over 35mb the last one.

After this restart your laptop, you can check that the temperature is going down eventually and the battery time going up, aswell you can setup the touchpad under settings/mouse, finally two fingers scrolling.

Answered by timex in Text

nandelbosc, 2011/11/25 07:22

Fantastic article! And thank's for the Brightness control tip!

Now only remains the touchpad, with 3.2 I've got vertical scrolling (only with two fingers), and right button (clicking with to fingers) working, but I lost the ability to click and drag (really impotant), I'm thinking back to previous kernel.

The other components work very well (i don't know bluetooth). A great machine!

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