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Acer Aspire V3-551

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire V3-551 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire V3-551
ProcessorAMD A-Series quad-core processor A10-4600M (4 MB L2 cache, 2.30 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 3.20 GHz)
A8-4500M (4 MB L2 cache, 1.90 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 2.80 GHz)
A6-4400M (1 MB L2 cache, 3.20 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 2.70 GHz)
AMD A-Series dual-core processor A4-4300M (1 MB L2 cache, 3.00 GHz with Turbo CORE Technology up to 2.50 GHz)
Screen15.6” HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
RAMUp to 8 GB
HDD320/500/640/750 GB or larger(depending on model)
Optical Drive4X Blu-ray Disc / DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 7660G
AMD Radeon HD 7640G
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
NetworkRJ-45 port,Gigabit Ethernet
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n
Acer InviLink 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Graphics ChipYesCatalyst proprietary driver
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Optical DriveYes
SoundYeson Bodhi Linux with Pulseaudio, could not get it to work with ALSA alone
MicrophoneYes
Headphone PortYes
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
BluetoothYes Works since ubuntu 13.04, on Bodhi works after sudo apt-get install blueman
ModemN/A
USBYes
FirewireN/A
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamYes Quality is quite poor
KeyboardYes
TouchPadYes Sometimes gets out of sync 1)
Suspend/ResumeMaybe Screens stays black when the AMD Cataclyst ™ driver enabled

Notes

For me, it only booted after grub install on separate boot partition at the beginning of the disk.
On first boot from HDD, ABSOLUTELY needs nomodeset boot option, otherwise garbled screen.
No need for nomodeset after catalyst driver installed. To make screen brightness adjustable, add
acpi_osi=Linux to /etc/default/grub after quiet splash and run sudo update-grub. On Bodhi 2.3, could only get sound to work after installing pulseaudio AND pavucontrol packages, could not get sound from speakers with ALSA alone (Ubuntu already has pulseaudio).

Summary

Everything works very well now, but installation with Bodhi was moderately tricky, it might be a little easier with Ubuntu or Opensuse, etc

1) Can be fixed by a quick rmmod psmouse; modprobe psmouse

Discussion

CharlieSD, 2014/01/18 02:45

Fedora 17 and 19 worked out of the box. Default graphics were CPU intensive & had issues with multiple displays, fixed by installing the Catalyst driver.

Mouse, ethernet, wireless, webcam all worked without issue.

bernhard, 2013/09/07 18:53

for .deb based systems, sudo-apt-get-install blueman
presto, it works (tested on Bodhi Linux 2.3)

Qasim, 2013/03/03 20:40

bluetooth not working:(( please help me…

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