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Acer Aspire E1-531


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Acer Aspire E1-531 laptop. If you have the Acer Aspire E1-531 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire E1-531. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire E1-531 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire E1-531 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire E1-531
ProcessorIntel Pentium processor B950/B960/B970 (2 MB L3 cache, 2.10/2.20/2.30 GHz)
Intel Celeron processor B820/B815 (2 MB L3 cache, 1.70/1.6 GHz)
Screen15.6“ 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 hard disk drive(depending on the model)
Optical Drive8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
NetworkRJ-45 port
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ScreenWorksNo brightness control
Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Optical DriveWorks
Headphone PortWorks
Microphone-In PortWorks
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks

Legacy mode

As you may know, you have to pass the computer in legacy mode to install some distributions of Linux. Here's how :

Boot the computer on Windows, insert your password and as you arrive on the so called “metro” screen with all the tiles just go with the mouse on the upper right corner of the screen until a small window appears on the right side of the screen and select “Settings” go to the bottom of the new window that appears and select “Change the settings of the PC”. Then select “General” and then “Advanced boot” and click on “Reboot now”. Check “Problem solving” in the new menu and then “advanced options”. Go to the “UEFI firmware options” tile and click on the “reboot” button In the nez screen select the top menu “Boot” and switch to “Legacy mode”

Initial adjustment for Brightness

The brightness adjustment (FN+ left/right arrow) is apparently increased/decreased in two steps for one key press and has no effect on the screen brightness.

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"

For your information,

  • “acpi_osi=Linux” indicates that you are running Linux so the hardware behaves acordingly if it has been programed to.
  • “acpi_backlight=vendor” gives the priority to the acer_acpi module over the stock acpi. The stock acpi doesn't know how to manage brightness

Save and close the file and digit in the terminal window :

sudo update-grub

This will tell grub to reconfigure with the modified configuration file. Restart your laptop and you should be able to adjust the brightness with the hotkeys. (Thanks Florian)


The Acer Aspire E1-531 work very well with Linux, no major issues at all.

acer_aspire_e1-531.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/19 20:51 by don