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Acer Aspire V3-771

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Acer Aspire V3-771 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire V3-771
ProcessorIntel Core i5-2450M/i5-3210M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
Intel Core i3-2310M/i3-2350M/i3-2370M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 2.10/2.30/2.40 GHz)
Intel Pentium processor B950/B970 (2 MB L3 cache, 2.10/2.30 GHz)
Screen17.3“ HD+ 1600 x 900 resolution, high-brightness (220-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 writer / DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
4X Blu-ray Disc / DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 3000
NetworkRJ-45 port,Gigabit Ethernet
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n
Acer InviLink 802.11b/g

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
KeyboardNot Tested
TouchPadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested

Notes

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Summary

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Discussion

David Milton, 2013/02/07 01:16

Neil, Thanks for tip about the Intel 4000 graphics chip, Since Losing embedded Win8 about 30 mins after receiving this computer, I have been trying to install a linux system, distro after distro a few were actually nearly workable but most went to black screens 16 days later I read your post, and wonder of wonders, when I used the function key to increase monitor brightness the systems were installed all the time.
For any other unfortunate out there follow Neil's tip and turn the brightness up.
The other item giving difficulty was the Atheros Wireless chip, I had older usb Atheros based wifi dongles and found that the encouragement of being able to find a signal made the operating systems recognise the internal chip and once initiated this chip will work after usb dongle removed and from then onwards.

Neil, 2013/01/04 12:11

i5 17” 1600×900 version of the v3-771, no alternate graphics card, just the default HD4000. Stuck in a second hard drive (yup, two slots!) for linux installation without touching the Windows 8 drive.

As with Keith's experience, the Mint 14.1 (from a USB boot, legacy BIOS, secure boot OFF) boots in compatibility mode but locks up on hardware configuration. However, it turns out it boots quite happily in UEFI mode… it's just that the screen fires up with minimum backlight. Use the func-right cursor key, and all is wonderful.

Mint installs fine from this boot, though it doesn't offer dual booting to Windows 8 (which is probably no bad thing…) - might need rEFInd or similar.

Like Keith, I tried many distributions with similar black screen results. I haven't tested further, but it seems that the screen brightness is likely the issue with e.g. Ubutu - it certainly fired up; I could hear the default sounds. I had some difficulty with Gentoo - building was fine but although it saw the network cards (atheros) on the live boot disk, it didn't want to fire them up on a locally built kernel. Not investigated further since I discovered the Mint backlight problem about then and that was my preferred distribution. It also worked with Fedora 18 Beta and Cinnamon, without the backlight problems, but wasn't wonderful and had graphics issues e.g. mouse disappearing when stationary which aren't present in Mint. But that's probably just Beta code…

Keith, 2012/12/14 22:31

I have the i3 version of the Aspire v3-771. In general I like it but some of the plastic can feel a bit cheep. Regarding linux major problems with the graphics even getting live CD installer to run in compatibility mode. Older versions seem to be ok running without full graphics support but this is driving me nuts, I have a little stack of distros I've tried and didn't work. The closest was Mint running in comparability mode but the installer kept freezing on the hard config stage. Wait until intel 4000 graphics has better support. Pity.

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