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Acer Aspire V3-771G-53214G50Maii (17,3", Intel Core i5 3210M, 2,5GHz, 4GB, 500GB, NVIDIA GT 630M, DVD)

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Acer Aspire V3-771G-53214G50Maii (17,3", Intel Core i5 3210M, 2,5GHz, 4GB, 500GB, NVIDIA GT 630M, DVD)
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Review of Linux Compatibility

The notebook Acer Aspire V3-771G exists in several models that all are supported by Linux except for the Bluetooth transmitter and missing multitouch capability.

CPU:

The V3-771G is available with the following CPUs:

  • Intel Core i7-2670QM (6 MB L3 Cache, 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-3610QM (6 MB L3 Cache, 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.30 GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-2450M (3 MB L3 Cache, 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-3210M (3 MB L3 Cache, 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.10 GHz)
  • Intel Core i3-2310M (3 MB L3 Cache, 2.10 GHz)
  • Intel Core i3-2350M (3 MB L3 Cache, 2.30 GHz)
  • Intel Core i3-2370M (3 MB L3 Cache, 2.40 GHz)
  • Intel Pentium Prozessor B950 (2 MB L3 cache, 2.10 GHz)
  • Intel Pentium Prozessor B970 (2 MB L3 cache, 2.30 GHz)

and can be equipped with up to 8GB Ram.

Display:

The display is a 17.3” Acer CineCrystal TFT with LED backlight (220-nit). The available displays have the HD+ resolution of 1920 x 1080 or 1600 x 900.

Bios:

The default setting of the Bios is shipped with UEFI activated. To install Linux on the V3-771G UEFI has be de deactivated. Therefore, the shift key has to be pressed together with the restart button. A menu is shown to change the UEFI setting, which allows deactivating UEFI and changing the boot order to to start from CD/DVD or USB first.

Graphic:

The Acer-Aspire V3-771G-53214G50 supports the NVIDIA Optimus technology to save battery power.

Depending on the graphic demand the system can switch between the Intel chipset:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller [8086:0166] (rev 09)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: i915

and the NVIDIA chipset fluently:

 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 0fe1 (rev a1)

This technique is also supported by Linux with the help of the Bumblebee software, which has to be installed by hand (see Bumblebee Ubuntu).

In some cases the screen of the Acer Aspire V3-771G can stay black during the installation of Linux. In this case the additional kernel option “nomodeset” has to be transferred to Grub. After installing Bumblebee this kernel option is not necessary an more.

Ethernet:

The Gigabit Ethernet is realized by a AR8151 chipset

0e:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1083]
	Kernel modules: atl1c

which is supported under Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) by the kernel module atl1c:

atl1c 0000:0e:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
atl1c 0000:0e:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
atl1c 0000:0e:00.0: version 1.0.1.0-NAPI

WiFi:

WiFi uses the AR9462 chipset

0d:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0034]
	Kernel modules: ath9k

and is supported by the ath9k kernel module:

ath9k 0000:0d:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
ath9k 0000:0d:00.0: setting latency timer to 64

If the WiFi connections fails sporadically it can help to update the Bios to version 1.08.

Webcam:

The included webcam is compatible with the standard uvcvideo kernel module:

Linux video capture interface: v2.00
uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device 1.3M HD WebCam (058f:b002)
input: 1.3M HD WebCam as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.0/usb1/1-1/1-1.1/1-1.1:1.0/input/input7
usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
USB Video Class driver (1.1.1)

Sound:

The Acer Aspire V3-771G uses a Intel HDA chipset, which is fully supported by Linux:

00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20]

thanks to the snd_hda_intel kernel module:

snd_hda_intel 0000:00:1b.0: irq 45 for MSI/MSI-X
input: HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3 as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input11
input: HDA Intel PCH Mic as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input12
input: HDA Intel PCH Headphone as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/sound/card0/input13

Touchpad:

Due to a still open bug the touchpad is recognized as a standard PS/2 mouse and hence does not support gestures or multitouch events.

Bluetooth:

Bluetooth is provided by e combination of a WiFi and Bluetooth chipset, i.e. the AR9462. The bluetooth part of this chipsatz is not yet supported by Ubuntu 12.04 (see bug report).

To activate Bluetooth a Firmware file is necessary. The following two files have to be downloaded:
AthrBT_0x11020000.dfu
WifiSyslog.txt
Both files have to be copied to

/lib/firmware/ark3/

Furthermore, the kernel module has to be downloaded as .deb package and needs to be installed:
ar9462-dkms_1.3-3.5_all.deb
Although the installation of the file stops with errors, but the folder

/usr/src/ar9462-1.3-3.5/

will be created in this way, including the needed files.

The compiling and the installation of the driver can now be executed by hand:

cd /usr/src/ar9462-1.3-3.5/
sudo make
sudo cp *.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/updates/dkms/
sudo depmod -a

After a restart of the system the driver will be loaded automatically.

Card Reader:

The notebook includes a card reader that is identified by Linux in the following way:

07:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)

and the kernel module (rts_pstor) will be loaded automatically, but the functionality of the card reader was not tested.

Overview

Overview of components:

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller [8086:0154] (rev 09)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge PCI Express Root Port [8086:0151] (rev 09)
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller [8086:0166] (rev 09)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: i915
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Panther Point MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: mei
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 2 [8086:1e12] (rev c4)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 6 [8086:1e1a] (rev c4)
	Kernel driver in use: pcieport
	Kernel modules: shpchp
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Panther Point LPC Controller [8086:1e57] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Panther Point 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:1e03] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: ahci
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Panther Point SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel modules: i2c-i801
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation Device [10de:0de9] (rev a1)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel modules: nouveau, nvidiafb
07:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5116 PCI Express Card Reader [10ec:5209] (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0685]
	Kernel driver in use: rts_pstor
0d:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0034] (rev 01)
	Subsystem: Lite-On Communications Inc Device [11ad:6621]
	Kernel driver in use: ath9k
0e:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet [1969:1083] (rev c0)
	Subsystem: Acer Incorporated [ALI] Device [1025:0686]
	Kernel driver in use: atl1c

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