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Acer Aspire V5-171


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire V5-171 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire V5-171 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 V5-171 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire V5-171
ProcessorIntel Core i5-3317U processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz)
Intel Core i3-2367M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.40 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz)
Screen11.6“ 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 DriveNo
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 3000
NetworkRJ-45 port,Gigabit Ethernet
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYESbrightness adjustment works with Kernel 3.14.8-200
Graphics ChipYES
VGA OutLimitedResolution is limited
HDMI OutYESWith auto detection
Headphone PortYES
Microphone-In PortYES
BluetoothPARTIALAble to send files to Android/Windows Phone devices, failed to receive
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNO


You need to enter acpi_backlight=vendor in /etc/default/grub boot options for the brightness keys to work. On Fedora 18 64 bit, hotkeys for brightness adjustment are mapped but brightness level stays the same. Brightness can be adjusted with command “echo (level) > /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness” as super user(su, not sudo). Maximum brightness can be found with “cat /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/max_brightness”.

Card reader does not work out of the box on Fedora 18 64 bit.
Battery life with moderate screen brightness with wifi on is between 4 to 5 hours.


This small laptop works very well with Linux getting a GeekBench (32 bit) score of 3600 with the little Core i3 cpu. It roughly has the same performance of an older Dell E6400 with a Core2Duo P8600 2.4 GHz.


Socrates Piña, 2014/03/25 16:36

I install Linux Mint 16 - Petra, so the wifi disconnet a few times, I thing is a problem with driver Atheros AR9462.-

Toan, 2014/02/14 18:53

The SD card reader works if you do(as root)

rmmod tg3
modprobe tg3

after inserting a SD card. You have to retype this every time you insert the card. I think it's a bug with the kernel. (The SD card reader and ethernet card driver modules somehow don't work together nicely).

Seb, 2017/07/29 23:21

Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Jim, 2013/10/31 04:06

I used Linux Mint 15 installer to complete install to disk, after which it would not boot. After running boot-repair, it works perfectly, but point is I do not have the old simple /etc/default/grub file since it's efi. How do I make the brightness work on efi?

Rajit Datta, 2013/07/23 04:44

wireless is not detecting what driver to use?

I am running ubuntu 13.04

Luc, 2013/07/03 13:45

What worked for me OOTB:
- Video (no contrast changes)
- Ethernet 100
- keyboard
- trackpad (with all tapping features)
- USB2
- All Fn function keys except brightness adjustments

With updated driver:
- Wifi (but is apparently still jamming up some wifis, best is to both install the latest driver, and disable wifi-n if you can)

- Bluetooth (which seems to have issues)
- SD card reader (2-in-one removable media reader), which is apparently not working.
- USB3

What doesn't work:
- Fn function key for brightness adjustments

Sven, 2013/07/27 18:45

Fn keys for display brightness work well after the suggested change in grub using Ubuntu 1304. Thanks a lot!

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