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Acer Aspire E1-522


Barry Coughlan


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire E1-522 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire E1-522 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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Tested with Ubuntu 13.10.

NameAcer Aspire E1-522
ProcessorAMD Quad-Core Processor A6-5200 (2.0 GHz)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsRadeon HD 8400
NetworkEthernet: Qualcomm Atheros QCA8171
Wireless: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565/AR9565
No Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYesSee note 2
Graphics ChipYesOnly proprietary driver. See note 1.
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI PortNot Tested
SoundPartialWorks but acts a little quirky. No devices shown in alsamixer.
Bulti-in MicrophoneYes
Headphone JackYes
EthernetNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
Docking StationNot Tested
Touch PadYes


1. The open source Radeon drivers are not compatible with the HD-8400 chipset. You need to install the proprietary AMD catalyst driver. This may stop you booting into your distro installation (I got a white screen with Ubuntu 13.10). To work around this you need to use the “nomodeset” option when booting and remove the “quiet” and “splash” options. Alternatively use the text-based installer.

–>The radeon driver needs the linux headers for your kernel installed first. find your kernel with uname -r. Get your linux header name with apt-cache search linux-header. Download the radeon driver, unpack it and run in unpacked directory ./amd <tab> as super user.

2. The backlight does not work until “acpi_osi=Linux” is added to the GRUB configuration. See here for how to do this:

3. Alsa shows the HDMI card by default, hence alsamixer appears empty. In /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf add the line: options snd_hda_intel index=1 to set card 1 default (check card id with aplay -l) (works with Debian, 3.16.0 kernel)

4. No audio after resume from suspend. Follow the Ubuntu help here (scroll up to “Getting Alsa to work after suspend”)


There are a few quirks but they can all be solved quite easily. Overall this laptop is compatible but may cause some headaches during setup because of the driver support. The sound/ALSA quirks can probably be fixed.

acer_aspire_e1-522.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/19 20:51 by don