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Acer Aspire S7-191


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire S7-191 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire S7-191 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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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire S7-191 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire S7-191
ProcessorIntel Core i5-3317U 1.70 GHz
Screen11.6“ 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDUp to 128GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD 4000
NetworkNo Ethernet
Atheros MD222 IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Touch ScreenWorks kernel v3.8 + Xorg server 7.7, kernel 3.9
BacklightPartial can adjust via hotkey, not via gnome. with acpi_brightness=vendor, contrariwise
HDDWorks dmraid + kpartx
Graphics ChipWorksv3.8 and 3.9. Fails on 3.10-3.12 see notes
HDMI OutWorks kernel v3.8, v3.9
SoundWorks kernel v3.8, v3.9
Bulti-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
BluetoothWorks BT Mouse
Card ReaderWorks
Touch PadWorks kernel v3.8, v3.9


Need a newer kernel to work properly, at least v3.8. If you want to dual boot Windows, you need setup RAID in initrd. Dmraid + kpartx in initrd works.

Kernel 3.9 also works. 3.10-3.12 don't work with the Intel HD 4000 Graphics. The bug-fix is scheduled for 3.13 and should be back-ported not long after that releases (ML)

To get the best battery duration use powertop, powertop2tuned and tuned-adm to adjust the system.
Without tuning I was getting only ~2 hours on the internal battery. Setting all the tunables “good” increased the life to nearly the advertised 4 hours.

The EFI boot seems to come on so fast that alternate media don't have time to power up and initialize. I had to switch to Legacy BIOS to reliably boot from USB CDROM, SD card or memory stick. I can't see any penalty though. (ML)

You really need to tune the power usage with powertop. powertop2tuned doesn't work at the moment so you need to reset them on each reboot until that's fixed and the power profile can be made persistant. (ML)

I normally swap the ctrl and capslock keys first thing on a new laptop. The placement of the small capslock key next to the ~ on the far left makes reaching the capslock(ctrl) key a pain. (ML)


Almost everything except RAID SSD works out of box.

I don't have any problem with the RAID (0) SSD, but I'm not dual booting. (ML)

ML = markllama


PG, 2014/07/17 02:31

Keyboard layout is unconventional where there is no right control key or altgr key; under Windows I could use ctrl+alt as a means of replacing the altgr key, but not so under Linux. To get special characters, I must then use ctrl+shift+u and the appropriate code found under character table.

Ralf, 2014/04/03 17:24

Was thinking about the Bios update. But than I havent done it before. And I dont want to get stuck with a computer thats not working. Would be interested though too.

I installed Powertop and after that (but I cant say 100%) my fn+brightness keys worked. Though not the wifi key.

Luiz Eduardo Piá de Andrade, 2014/01/15 17:21

I'm trying to dual-boot Windows 8 and OpenSuse 13.1, but I can't even boot the installation USB. When I try booting with the flash drive in place, the Acer logo just flickers continuously until I remove the flash drive (then it boots Windows). Even simply trying to open the boot menu or BIOS causes the same behaviour.

Of course I disabled Secure Boot and tried changing boot order and even different distros, but it didn't work. I did manage to install OpenSuse on Legacy (BIOS) mode, but I couldn't boot it afterwards (maybe because of RAID0).

Unfortunately, nobody on OpenSuse forums or Acer was able to provide help.

triviadave, 2014/03/30 17:03


there is a utility called Easy2Boot, you can use it to load ISO files onto a USB drive and boot from them. I have managed to get OpenSUSE to boot as a live distribution but haven't had the guts to install yet. I've tried a few distros, most with good success, but there have been a few problems too.

Hope that helps a little.

Mark Lamourine, 2013/10/31 18:16

I've installed Fedora 19 both x86_64 and x86 PAE I can't see any real reason to use 64bit Linux as the memory is soldered in and can't be increased beyond 4GB.

The screen brightness controls and display issues are being addressed in BZ 903136.

Kernels 3.10 - 3.12 still have issues with the Intel HD 4000 graphics. Stick with 3.9 until the upstream patches in 3.13 are backported.

It's important for battery life to use powertop and powertop2tuned. With tuning I'm getting nearly 4 hours from the internal battery and almost 9 hours with both.

lamontine, 2014/08/26 09:52

Mark Lamourine, Hi! Can U help me with the manual of tuning battery perfomance. Ive installed powertop,but it only statics. What I need to do with the other soft? Please, give more info about it. Thanks.

ralf, 2013/08/16 19:32


most things work for me. Using Kubuntu 13.04. Only some FN-Keys (wifi on off, brightness lower higher) dont work. Needed to add acpi_osi=Linux und acpi_backlight=vendor to grub. Then I could at least make shortcuts in kde to other keys to adust brightness.

Has anybody updated the Bios? on ist says 2.13 is available. I am thinking on doing it. With the instructions provided here for the acer s3

Feedback would be great.


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