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Acer Aspire S3-391

Introduction

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Linux Mint 14 (64 bit) with kernel: 3.5.0-17-generic was used for testing.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire S3-391 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire S3-391
ProcessorIntel Core i7-3517U processor (4 MB L3 cache, 1.90 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz)
Intel Core i5-2467M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.30 GHz)
Intel Core i3-2367M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.40 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz)
Screen13.3” HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
RAMUp to 4 GB
HDD320/500 GB
Optical DriveNo
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 3000
NetworkNo
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorkingModerate heat
ScreenWorkingFull resolution, no brightness controls
HDDWorkingInstalled on HDD, not SSD.
Graphics ChipWorking
VGA OutWorking
HDMI OutWorking
SoundWorking
MicrophoneWorking
Headphone PortWorking
Microphone-In PortWorking
WirelessWorking
BluetoothWorking
USBWorkingFull 3.0 support
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamWorking
KeyboardWorking
TouchPadWorking2 finger tap/scroll works
Suspend/ResumeWorking

Notes

This model has an SSD and an HDD. You must disable UEFI mode in the bios and enable legacy bios for this to work properly. This test was performed on a dual boot machine with Windows 8 on the SSD and Linux Mint on the HDD. Boot loader is installed to the SSD. Windows 8 must be reinstalled after setting bios to legacy, original installs done in UEFI mode do not work due to bootloader issues.

Linux Mint 14 is the best release, earlier versions had issues. Ubuntu 12.10 had severe wireless issues with this laptop, these do not present in LM 14.

Be sure to set the power settings, by default the laptop will not hibernate when the lid is closed, this kills the battery. Turn off bluetooth if you do not use it to increase battery life.

Screen brightness controls do not work properly. There is a work around available online.

Summary

Overall this is a great laptop for Linux. Looks great, fast, does not overheat and battery life is decent to good.


Discussion

Oscar Diaz, 2014/02/25 20:13

hi I have problems wiht my TouchPad the 2 finger tap/scroll doesn't works i need help

andy, 2013/03/20 20:24

dont seem to be able to get hardware acceleration working in fedora 18.

cpu is doing all the work and causing poor graphics performance.

ben, 2013/02/26 17:41

follow instructions http://www.linlap.com/acer_aspire_s3
for brightness controls

rafael, 2013/01/09 18:07

bluetooth not working with mint

n3ur00t, 2012/12/22 22:27

I've tested in archlinux. Works relatively fine with kernel 2.6+. It have several problems with X server, but can be fixed. Wireless only works correctly with the latest version of compat-wireless, but I don't recommend to install debian in this laptop, because I had to solve dependences manually.

Works with:
- Ubuntu
- Archlinux (Unstable)
- Debian
- Other distributions based on debian

Regards!

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