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Acer Aspire S5-391


Linux runs fine on the Acer Aspire S5… Provided you set the SATA controller to AHCI in the BIOS.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is a display corruption issue with this laptop (specifically, the Intel HD 4000 graphics) in versions of the Linux kernel prior to 3.7. The workaround for this problem (if you can't upgrade your kernel just yet) is to put the laptop to sleep (close the lid) and then wake it back up.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Acer Aspire S5-391. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Acer Aspire S5-391 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Acer Aspire S5-391 specifications page.

NameAcer Aspire S5-391
ProcessorIntel Core i7-3517U/i7-3667U processor (4 MB L3 cache, 1.90/2.0 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.0/3.10 GHz)
Intel Core i5-3317U/i5-3427U processor (3 MB L3 cache, 1.70/1.80 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60/2.80)
Screen13.3“ HD 1366 x 768 resolution, high-brightness (200-nit) Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
RAMUp to 4 GB
HDD128 / 256 GB SSD
Optical DriveNo
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ScreenOKMay need to add 'acpi_backlight=vendor' to kernel boot line for backlight control depending on distro
HDDOKSet SATA controller to AHCI in BIOS
Graphics ChipOKSee notes about display corruption workaround
VGA OutOKWorks fine with included HDMI-to-VGA adapter
Headphone PortOK
WirelessOKath9k driver
BluetoothNot WorkingNeeds firmware (apparently)
Card ReaderOK
TouchPadOKInstall touchegg for complete four-finger gesture support
ThunderboltOKOnly works if a Thunderbolt device was plugged in at boot (coldplug). Hotplug support should be fixed (eventually) in a newer kernel. Patches are available for the adventurous.


Press F2 at boot to enter the BIOS For Linux to properly detect the dual mSATA SSD hard drives you need to set the SATA controller to AHCI mode in the BIOS. It is also recommended that you enable the boot menu (F12) while you're there.

DISPLAY CORRUPTION WORKAROUND: Some versions of the Linux kernel prior to 3.7 experience display corruption after booting up. This can be worked around by putting the laptop to sleep and then waking it back up. This workaround will only be necessary until distros get upgraded kernels (or backported fixes). Note that you only need to do the sleep/wake thing *once* after boot. The display will work properly from there on out.


A few quirky things but overall the laptop works well.

acer_aspire_s5-391.txt · Last modified: 2017/09/22 10:53 by don