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Acer Aspire S3-391


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Linux Mint 14 (64 bit) with kernel: 3.5.0-17-generic was used for testing.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire S3-391 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire S3-391
ProcessorIntel Core i7-3517U processor (4 MB L3 cache, 1.90 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz)
Intel Core i5-2467M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.60 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.30 GHz)
Intel Core i3-2367M processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.40 GHz, DDR3 1333 MHz)
Screen13.3“ HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
RAMUp to 4 GB
HDD320/500 GB
Optical DriveNo
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorkingModerate heat
ScreenWorkingFull resolution, no brightness controls
HDDWorkingInstalled on HDD, not SSD.
Graphics ChipWorking
VGA OutWorking
HDMI OutWorking
Headphone PortWorking
Microphone-In PortWorking
USBWorkingFull 3.0 support
Card ReaderWorkingTested in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, kernel 3.16.0.-37
TouchPadWorking2 finger tap/scroll works
FanWorkingFan stays on 100% at all times (may depend on BIOS version)


This model has an SSD and an HDD. If you wish to install Linux alongside Windows, you must use the UEFI/EFI setting that your windows partition is using. For example, if Windows is installed with EFI, install Linux under EFI and just use the same EFI partition for both operating systems.

Do not forget to turn off Secure Boot in Windows UEFI settings before installing Linux or GRUB will fail to boot windows. If you have already installed Linux having not done so, you will still be able to boot Windows from the Windows boot loader by putting it above GRUB in the boot menu (assuming you have such a menu in your BIOS settings).

Linux Mint 14 is the best release, earlier versions had issues. Ubuntu 12.10 had severe wireless issues with this laptop, these do not present in LM 14.

Ubuntu 14.04LTS works almost entirely out of the box. You will have to use the brightness workaround below to use the brightness hotkeys.

Be sure to set the power settings, by default the laptop will not hibernate when the lid is closed, this kills the battery. Turn off bluetooth if you do not use it to increase battery life.

Brightness workaround

To get the brightness function keys working correctly, a small change to GRUB is required. Follow these instructions:

First open a terminal window (digit Alt+Ctrl+T) and type :

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

This will open the grub configuration file. (Grub is the initial boot selection software)
To be able to set the brightness, You've got to modify the line:



GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor"


Overall this is a great laptop for Linux. Looks great, fast, does not overheat and battery life is decent to good.


Massimo, 2015/04/06 18:22

Card reader not working!
I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and also Deepin 2014.2..Both with Kernel 3.19.3!

Acer-s3 fail, 2015/01/02 22:07

Installing ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-amd64 fails with “'grub-install /dev/sda' failed” , no specific error given

Acer-s3 fail, 2014/12/30 02:38

Does not work with Debian . The installer fails miserably apparently unable to deal with SSD. Just about everything fails. The only option that works is plain , no encryption install on the HDD. Debian installer is atrocious. Please advice if there is any way to manually install debian based systems. Thanx in advance.

Massimo, 2014/07/22 12:13

Acers3fand is an interesting script.
I have Acer S3-391 updated to firmware 2.17 (but I set the bios as Legacy, and not UEFI). Maybe I can try this script, but I'm not able to implement it.
Is there any guide?

Massimo, 2014/07/22 08:25

I can say that my Acer S3-391 works well with Deepin Linux 2014 and Kubuntu 14.04.
No issue, maybe It could be profitable to improve battery life.

VladaS, 2014/06/09 16:06

I just added my bios version 1.31 to script, and it works fine :-)

Nick, 2014/05/28 14:43

Has anyone managed to get fan control working with acers3fand? I managed to appropriately extract the files and load the script on startup, but syslog says loading of the script is aborted on startup due to an incompatible bios version. However, as I have the UEFI version of the laptop, Acer state I should not update my bios, any ideas? Would it be safe to use a workaround to avoid checking bios version number?

Oscar Diaz, 2014/02/25 20:13

hi I have problems wiht my TouchPad the 2 finger tap/scroll doesn't works i need help

andy, 2013/03/20 20:24

dont seem to be able to get hardware acceleration working in fedora 18.

cpu is doing all the work and causing poor graphics performance.

ben, 2013/02/26 17:41

follow instructions
for brightness controls

rafael, 2013/01/09 18:07

bluetooth not working with mint

n3ur00t, 2012/12/22 22:27

I've tested in archlinux. Works relatively fine with kernel 2.6+. It have several problems with X server, but can be fixed. Wireless only works correctly with the latest version of compat-wireless, but I don't recommend to install debian in this laptop, because I had to solve dependences manually.

Works with:
- Ubuntu
- Archlinux (Unstable)
- Debian
- Other distributions based on debian


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