Acer Aspire 1410

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This page will eventually hold information to install Arch Linux on the Acer Aspire 1410. Here is the (albeit empty) forum post for discussion:

This laptop is almost perfect for Linux. It has Intel chipset on motherboard (includes OpenGL 2.0-compatible video) and well-known Atheros network devices (on some models). Even special keyboard and suspend work fine.



Hardware Details Driver/Status
Graphics Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD Install xf86-video-intel
Wireless [8804] Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N Wireless

or Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter

Install iwlwifi-5000-ucode

Out-of-box (kernel module ath9k)

Ethernet Attansic Technology Gigabit Ethernet

or Atheros Communications Device 1063

Works out-of-box
Audio Built-in speakers

Headphone Jack
Integrated Microphone
Microphone Jack



Card Reader 5-in-1 card reader:

Secure Digital
Memory Stick®
Memory Stick PRO™
xD-Picture Card™


Webcam Chicony Electronics Co. Ltd Works out-of-box
Touchpad Install xf86-input-evdev, xf86-input-synaptics

Installing Arch


If you are receiving errors booting or during the install, try setting the SATA mode to "IDE" in the BIOS. This is not necessary for all users.

During the Installation

Be sure to install the necessary wireless driver (see above), "wireless_tools", and optionally "netcfg" if you would like wireless to work post-install.

Note for beginners: connect to wifi-router directly by ethernet cable, or completely switch-off authentication. After that install Arch from network mirrors, reload and install network-manager with your preferred Desktop Environment.


Kernel Issues

Kernel 2.6.36 and 2.6.37 often freeze the system. Make sure to upgrade to newest kernel. This also fixes issues with the touchpad.

Setup the Touchpad

Make sure to install xf86-input-synaptics. Don't forget to enable the touchpad with <Fn>-F7. The following threads might also be interesting: [1] [2]

Kernel 2.6.36 has an annoying bug makeing the touchpad finicky. A temporary workaround [3] is:

xinput --set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Two-Finger Pressure" 280

Please note that since kernel 2.6.38 the touchpad works well and no such fix is necessary.

Fan Issues

If the noise is running too often or making too much noise, try installing the latest version of acerhdf.

Panel aspect ratio

Default mode for this laptop is 1366x768 (widescreen). Different resolutions may look ugly because of whole-screen-stretching. To overcome this do the command from regular user:

xrandr --output LVDS1 --set "scaling mode" "Full aspect"

Extra resources