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Acer eMachines E525


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer eMachines E525 laptop.

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For full specifications see the Acer eMachines E525 specifications page.

NameAcer eMachines E525
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® mobile processor
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
Network10/100 Ethernet
802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED® network connection

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
GraphicsWorks (read notes)
EthernetWorks (driver needed)Follow this howto:
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested


Brightness changing does not work correctly. Linux ACPI bug.
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub
Change bottomline to this:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“quiet splash acpi_osi=Linux”

Reboot, then it works with Fn keys.


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Max, 2014/04/12 15:56

Webcam doen't work with Linux, any suggestion?

Bogdan Stefan, 2012/02/18 13:14

I have the exact same problem as rain. Also an emachines E525 with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M.
There is a problem with the acpi controller. If you start the xubuntu 11.10 setup with the noacpi=off option, the backlight is turned of at the beginning of setup but you can turn it on by pressing Fn+right arrow. It will display everything correctly until you restart after finishing install. Then it's off again and there's nothing you can do about that.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 64bit works perfectly in HD (cam, card reader, additional drivers for wlan) but you can't adjust the backlight.

I'll be sticking around 10.04 lts until there will be a fix for this… it suck because I can't install “the cool stuff”. Anything newer than 10.04 just won't work.

This situation reminds me of the software modems that would only work with linux ages ago… :)

rain, 2012/01/24 17:35

Help with Acer eMachines E525. When I start ubuntu linux turn off the light of the laptop and nothing is visible only with a focus

J-F lucas, 2012/01/24 18:49

What do you mean by : linux turn off the light. Do you mean the screen ?

I cant understand what you do “with a focus”, to get something visible on your laptop.

Rain, 2012/01/24 21:24

I try to install ubuntu but it turns out the light from the laptop to start installation

J-F lucas, 2012/01/25 05:20

If i guess what you do :
- you insert an ubuntu install CD.
- the CD is recognized.
- At a moment the video screen is turned off, but can you tell me when ?

  • do you first get a menu screen from ubuntu, and choose a command and then the screen is switch off ?
  • Do you immediately get the screen off ?

A second general question : does your laptop work properly under windows Vista ?
A third question : have-you tried with an other ubuntu install CD or install version ?
An advice : please, make an effort to explain clearly what happens.

Rain, 2012/01/25 15:47

I had windows 7 ran perfectly Now I try to install Ubuntu 11.04 * Insert the DVD runs perfectly * Displays a Rose With Two Figures * turns off screen brightness and light When all the letters of ubuntu * You see the picture But it has Help me light

rain, 2012/01/25 16:00

just turn off the light, the image does not turn off .. It starts when installed, and the Ubuntu logo

J-F Lucas, 2012/01/26 04:41

If windows 7 is functioning well on your laptop, this means that its hardware is (could be) operating well. It can be a install software problem. You must check the DVD media quality and the Ubuntu version, that is try with an other DVD (for example an internet installation), and/or with an other oldest Ubuntu version.
Go and see if others people around you have the same analysis of the situation than me. Anyway, to try and test all theses possibilities will be very time consuming to you, so I wish you a good luck.

Viktor Kannisto, 2012/08/08 10:18

Hey. I had the same problem on my E525, but I solved it with a couple of acpi codes in grub. Here's the how-to:

(at least) If you have multiple OS's, there should be a point in the boot where you can choose what OS to run (grub). Place the marker over the Ubuntu-loader and press E. Now you are able to run this boot with custom programming. Where it says 'quiet splash', (instead of or after) enter 'acpi_backlight=vendor acpi_osi=Linux'. Then press F10. (the 'quiet splash' code tells the computer not to print the booting-procedure, witch is quite unnecessary to remove, but it will make you look more like a computer pro)

If the screen is still black, try Fn+←.

Now to make it last:

Open a terminal (default Ctrl+Alt+F2).
enter 'sudo nano /etc/default/grub' (your password will be required).
'GRUB_TIMEOUT=' changes how long it will take until grub chooses the marked OS for you. write seconds by numbers.
in 'GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=' write 'acpi_backlight=vendor' (again, instead of or after 'quiet splash')
in 'GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=' write 'acpi_osi=Linux'

<!! Don't change anything else! You might be unable to boot if grub is messed up!>

exit (Ctrl+x), and save (y and then enter)

you are now back in terminal.
type 'sudo update-grub' (your password might be required)

Now Ubuntu will boot with backlight control. Still working on fixing absolute control (to set levels of brightness, and use commands of choice to set it)

Screen still black? Try Fn+←

Brian, 2013/01/30 15:56

This worked for me. the only issue is that the backlight FN keys are backwards. not a big deal though, at least it works!

manuel, 2011/05/13 04:02

tengo problemas con la camara web en ubuntu 10.10 y nose como hacerla funcionar en esete notbokk emachine acer e525 si pueden ayudar porfa

Jean-françois Lucas, 2011/05/13 04:57

I can't help you, but I cans translate your question in english :
I have got problems with the web camera on ubuntu 10.10 and I ignore how get it functioning on this notebook emachine acer e525. If you can help, please.

Je ne peux pas vous aider, mais je peux traduire votre question en français :
J'ai des problèmes avec la caméra web sur ubuntu 10.10 et ne sais pas comment la faire fonctionner sur ce portable emachine avec e525. Si vous pouvez m'aider SVP.

Chris, 2010/07/30 00:54

Everything works like a charm om my e525 with Ubuntu 10.04 .

Bob Herrmann, 2010/03/29 12:53

I bought a Emachines E525 on a lark at bestbuy for $275. It's one of the best laptops I've ever used for running Ubuntu. I initially loaded Ubuntu 9.04 and then upgraded to 9.10 (starting with 9.10 was problematic.) Everything seems to work great!. 3D acceleration (for compvis), external monitor at 1900×1200, Wifi… My 525 has no web cam. Overall I've been thrilled with it.

tricia, 2010/01/29 22:55

how do you use the webcam?? i supposedly have one, and the guy at best buy told me i had one…………but………………….

J-F Lucas, 2010/01/30 04:40

Sorry but the webcam is not my concern. I am not interested in it. In fact I have not tested it.

Greg, 2010/02/12 01:41

Did you ever figure this out? i just got myself one and I cant figure out the darn webcam either

Jean-Francois Lucas, 2009/10/17 08:12

Yes, in fact i bought ACER eMachine e525, one week ago, everithing is OK under Windows Vista, but i prefer Linux. So, first i tried with SUSE 10.0 but the DVD is not recognized when installing, Then i succeded to install Kubuntu 9.04 but i came across this ethernet connexion pb, and tried with ubuntu 8.10, which is ok too, without this same connexion pb.
By searching on the net i finally understood that it was a driver pb. I found different web sites explaining the same method, and first i tried yours, which appeared shorter. I followed your link
and everything worked propely, and i got my wired internet connection. Thank you very much.

To you who make it under eMachine e525 be carefull of not confusing :
sudo modprobe atl1e with a 1, which is correct
sudo modprobe atlle
with a double ll, which is wrong.

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