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Acer Aspire S3 951


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This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire S3 951 laptop.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire S3 951 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire S3 951
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7-2637M processor (4 MB L3 cache, 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.80 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 17 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache
Intel® Core™ i5-2467M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.30 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 17 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache
Intel® Core™ i3-2367M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.40 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, 17 W), supporting Intel® 64 architecture, Intel® Smart Cache
Screen13.3“ (1366×768) Widescreen
HDD320GB + 20ssd
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000
NetworkNo Ethernet
Atheros AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter

Linux Compatibility

BluetoothNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks

**Acer Aspire S3 on Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin"**

Basic Installation Instructions

make usb with and boot
press F2 while booting and change boot order
(make sure that the USB stick is at the top of the boot order)

Guide for usb installation of ubuntu is here

I make partitions like those !

sda1 100MB /boot
sda2 310GB /home
sda3 9GB swap

sdb1 20GB /

boot loader on sda

do not mark install update while install if you have problems with wifi speed !
explained down how to fix wifi

Brightness control

The brightness adjustment (FN+ left/right arrow)
open a terminal window and type :
you can use your favorite editor

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

This will open the grub configuration file.
You've got to modify the line:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash pcie_aspm=force i915.semaphores=1 acpi_backlight=vendor elevator=noop"

Save and close

sudo update-grub

AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter

If you are connected on wireless and its slow then:

$sudo -s
#echo "options ath9k nohwcrypt=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/ath9k.conf

Or in live mode:

#ifconfig wlan0 down 
#rmmod -f ath9k
#modprobe ath9k nohwcrypt=1

if wlan is not up then

#ifconfig wlan1 up

if you get random freezes try in the BIOS configuration to put Network boot on top of the boot priority list


Adam, 2012/03/01 10:13

everything worked straight out of the box with Ubuntu 11.10, but Im having the same problem with the touchpad (over sensitivity).

Austin OBrein, 2011/12/20 20:28

TouchPad does not work properly. It is super sensitive, tap to click cannot be turned off, and its always on (while typing). Working through the standard elantech touchpad solutions has not yielded a solution yet.

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