Linux on the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-571G-51TH)

Having failed the 3rd repair attempt at the Thinkpad E540 [1] I gave up and bought the next best laptop from the nearby store that somehow is usable for programming. Behold: the Acter Inspire E15. 8GB RAM, i5, matte screen (1920×1080). It worked out of the box with the SSD transplant from the old Lenovo, so the Aspire gets a check for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS compatibility.

[update 2015-07-01] There is a serious problem with rendering text [2], I’m currently looking into it. Fixing requires creating the file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf:

Section "Device"
        Identifier "Intel Graphics"
        Driver "intel"
        Option "AccelMethod" "uxa"
        Option "DRI" "true"
        Option "TearFree" "true"
EndSection

The E15 is another laptop with a hybrid Intel/nvidia graphics system. The bad news is that I couldn’t get bumblebee running so far, so I can’t use the nvidia card. The good news is that the default Intel graphics system is fast enough to play Civilization V at the maximum resolution and the laptop stays pleasantly cool. So, in a weird way, that’s quite an improvement over my previous laptops.

Things that work:

WLAN
Graphics
Camera
Bluetooth
Speaker
USB
Line in
Line out

Not verified:

Ethernet

[update 2015-07-05] Useful boot parameters in /etc/default/grub:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=”i915.semaphores=0 drm.vblankoffdelay=1 intel_pstate=1 i915.lvds_downclock=1″

Resources

[1] http://georgovassilis.blogspot.de/2015/02/ubuntu-1404-on-lenovo-thinkpad-e540.html

[2] http://askubuntu.com/questions/584922/how-do-i-fix-fonts-not-rendering-and-missing-letters

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