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Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16GW (Laptop, Convertible, Touchscreen, 64GB)

Laptop 10.1 Inch, Acer, Aspire, Convertible, Laptop, Touchscreen

Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16GW (Laptop, Convertible, Touchscreen, 64GB)
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Updated: 05/03/2016 01:54

Review of Linux Compatibility

The Acer Aspire Switch 10 is a convertible laptop with detachable display. The Linux support for this device is currently very limited.

For installing linux a 32-bit UEFI bootloader is needed. The corresponding file must be named bootia32.efi in order for the firmware to recognize it.
If a Linux distribution should be booted which does not have bootloader and kernel which is digitally signed with Microsoft’s secure boot key the Secure Boot in the EFI needs to be disabled.

It is not possible to boot off the SD slot, however, one can boot off the keyboard dock’s USB port and the micro USB port of the tablet itself using a USB OTG adapter.
Currently the keyboard and WiFi don’t work under Linux.

A modified Ubuntu kernel 4.8.6 is available for the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 at https://github.com/AndyLavr/Aspire-SW5-012_Kernel_4.8. With this kernel the following hardware components are working:

  • Keyboard
  • Keyboard’s Hotkeys
  • Trackpad
  • Touchscreen (multitouch works)
  • Screen rotation
  • Sound
  • HDMI output
  • Switch to External Screen (HDMI)
  • Light sensor
  • Micro SD reader (Read & Write)
  • Wireless/Wifi
  • Bluetooth
  • Battery status information is available
  • Shutdown correctly works
  • Reboot correctly works
  • Screen power management works

What doesn’t work:

  • Sreen backlight (always at full brightness)
  • Built-in camera

More information regarding the usage of this Linux kernel under the Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012 can be found at https://github.com/AndyLavr/Aspire-SW5-012_Kernel_4.8/wiki.


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2 Responses to “Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012-16GW (Laptop, Convertible, Touchscreen, 64GB)”

  • AndyLavr says:

    Ubuntu kernel 4.8.6 for Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012
    https://github.com/AndyLavr/Aspire-SW5-012_Kernel_4.8/wiki

    • CptPike says:

      Hello Andy,
      I updated the article according to your link and its contents. Thanks a lot for your efforts creating such adapted kernel version.

      Could you please perform a hardware scan on a Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5-012? (see http://www.linux-hardware-guide.com/add-hardware)
      This would allow us to add the full hardware profile to this article.

      If you create an user account at the Linux-Hardware-Guide you could edit this hardware article directly in case there are any news regarding your project. Otherwise, feel always free to inform us via the comment section about any updates.

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