Acer Aspire E 15 - E5-571-35LV

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Specifications

NameAcer Aspire E 15: E5-571-35LV
ProcessorIntel i3-4030U
Screen15.6“, 1366×768 resolution, glossy
RAM4GB
HDD500GB SATA
Optical DriveDVD+/-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400
NetworkEthernet, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYesPrior to Kernel 3.16, backlight brightness had to be set manually (see below)
HDDYes
Optical DriveYesBoth reading and writing DVDs works
Graphics ChipYes3D Graphics Acceleration works
VGA OutYes
HDMI PortYes
SoundYes
Built-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetYes
WiFiYes
BluetoothNoDoesn't appear to work out-of-the box, maybe a guru could get it working.
USBYesFull USB3 speed works
Card ReaderYesSD and SDHC both work
WebcamYesAs of kernel 3.16, works fine. Was laggy and glitchy back in 3.14.
Touch PadYes
Suspend/ResumeYes

Notes

Tested with Debian Testing (v8), Linux Kernel 3.14-2-amd64 and 3.16-3-amd64

How to disable Secure Boot

Enter BIOS (really UEFI) settings by pressing F2 when the “Acer” splash screen appears. (Also, note that the boot menu can be accessed by pressing F12 at the “Acer” splash screen.)

Initially, the option to disable secure boot will be greyed out and unchangeable. However, if you setup a BIOS password, *then* it will let you disable secure boot. (Don't worry, you won't have to enter the BIOS password just to boot, only to get back into BIOS setup.) There's no need to switch to Legacy boot.

If you want to install Linux (even if you still want to dual-boot Windows), you'll probably also want to adjust the boot order and move “Windows” all the way to the last. Linux's bootloader can boot the pre-packaged Windows 8.1 just fine, so this is ok.

Screen Brightness

In kernel 3.16 (available in Debian testing/unstable), the screen brightness controls work fine, including the built-in keyboard's brightness controls.

On the older kernel 2.14, the screen brightness controls have no effect (they adjust ”/sys/class/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness“ which does nothing). However, the screen brightness can be changed manually on the command line by reading/writing ”/sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness“. To do this, log in as root (doing it with sudo doesn't appear to work even when sudo is properly set up and working, you need to “su root” for this):

$ su root
# cd /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight
# cat max_brightness
937
# cat brightness
937
# echo 400 > brightness
# exit

Summary

Debian v7.6 could install ok, but upon boot the GUI would fail to run (it gets to a blank screen with a blinking cursor and stops). Upgrading to Debian testing (via command-line on Ctrl-Alt-F1) which, at the time, came with kernel 3.14 fixed the issue. Later, when Debian testing updated to kernel 3.16, hardware compatability for screen brightness and webcam was improved.

Bluetooth doesn't work, not even in kernel 3.16. Everything else seems to work fine.


Discussion

Antonioshoft, 2017/06/02 12:04

Привет!

Срочно! Где заказать телефон из Китая в Омске или в России с платной доставкой почтой? Помогите умаляю не могу самому найти интернет магазин…
Не знаю как подобрать магазин что бы не киданули выручайте!

C. Holland, 2015/12/28 10:01

Bluetooth works fine with Mint 17.3 which is based on Ubuntu 14.04.3

Librematica, 2014/12/17 03:31

I think I'll try Debian wheezy (now it's on 7.7) and test results.

http://librematica.es/

Al, 2014/11/20 01:16

Bluetooth works out of the box with Fedora 21. You can try updating your kernel, or using a distro from this decade.

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