Review of Linux Compatibility
The Acer Aspire E1-531 is available in several versions. It can be equipped with the Intel Pentium Prozessor B950, B960, or B970 (2 MB L3 Cache, with 2.10, 2.20, or 2.30 GHz) or with the Intel Celeron Prozessor B820 or B815 (2 MB L3 Cache, with 1.70 or 1.6 GHz), respectively.
The 15,6 inch HD LCD TFT display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 Pixel and is equipped with a LED backlight. The Notebook can be equipped with up to 8 GB RAM and different types of harddisks (e.g. 320 GB, 500 GB, 640 GB, and 750 GB). The graphic chipset can be a Intel HD but also versions with NVidia GT 620M are available (be aware that there are currently no infomation about the Linux compatibility of the NVidia version).
The notebook is fully supported by Linux since at least kernel version 3.2.0-29 (e.g. since Ubuntu 10.04).
The Intel HD graphic chipset is automatically supported:
Linux agpgart interface v0.103 agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: Intel Sandybridge Chipset agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: detected gtt size: 2097152K total, 262144K mappable agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: detected 131072K stolen memory agpgart-intel 0000:00:00.0: AGP aperture is 256M @ 0xb0000000
The notebook has a Gigabit Ethernet port which is automatically recognized by the kernel:
02:00.0 Ethernet controller : Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57785 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe [14e4:16b5] (rev 10) Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0647] Kernel driver in use: tg3
As driver the kernel module tg3 is used
tg3.c:v3.121 (November 2, 2011) tg3 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16 tg3 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64 tg3 0000:02:00.0: eth0: Tigon3 [partno(BCM57785) rev 57785100] (PCI Express) MAC address aa:bb:cc:dd:ee:ff tg3 0000:02:00.0: eth0: attached PHY is 57765 (10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet) (WireSpeed, EEE) tg3 0000:02:00.0: eth0: RXcsums LinkChgREG MIirq ASF TSOcap tg3 0000:02:00.0: eth0: dma_rwctrl dma_mask[64-bit]
The 802.11n WiFi chipset bases on the Broadcom BCM4313 and is accessed by the kernel module brcmsmac under Linux kernel 3.2 while Linux kernel 3.6 uses the module bcma for this chipset:
03:00.0 Network controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4727] (rev 01) Subsystem: Foxconn International, Inc. Device [105b:e042] Kernel driver in use: brcmsmac
The activity LED does only blink if the non-free firmware is used.
The integrated DVD drive has following properties:
scsi 0:0:1:0: CD-ROM HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT51N 1.01 PQ: 0 ANSI: 5 sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 24x/24x writer dvd-ram cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
The webcam is automatically recognized and supported by the uvcvideo Kernel module:
uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device HD WebCam (1bcf:2c18) [...] input: HD WebCam as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.3/1-1.3:1.0/input/input7 usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo USB Video Class driver (1.1.1)
The notebook is equipped with a Intel HDA sound chip. All in- and outputs are supported under Linux:
snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22 snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: irq 42 for MSI/MSI-X snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: setting latency timer to 64 [...] input: HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input10 input: HDA Intel PCH Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input11 input: HDA Intel PCH Headphone as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input12
Also the integrated Bluetooth chipset is supported:
Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized Bluetooth: SCO socket layer initialized Bluetooth: BNEP (Ethernet Emulation) ver 1.3 Bluetooth: BNEP filters: protocol multicast Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.11
The integrated card reader is automatically recognized and fully supported by the kernel:
02:00.1 SD Host controller : Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM57765 Memory Card Reader [14e4:16bc] (rev 10) Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0647] Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
The touchpad recognizes the 2-finger guestures for horizontal and vertical scrolling:
input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input9