Acer Aspire E11 Series

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Intel graphics Yes
Network Yes
Broadcom wireless Manual
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Webcam Yes
Card Reader Yes
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Aspire E11 Series


  • Should you wish to return to Windows 8.1 with Bing, it is imperative to #Create a recovery drive. The correct installation medium is only available to system manufacturers, and you will have to either use this recovery drive, or send the device back for repair to return to the original state.
  • The BIOS firmware in Legacy mode (including latest versions) has several bugs (inability to turn off or suspend the computer, kernel panics, etc). Use UEFI instead.

Prior to installation, download and install the latest firmware update from Acer under Windows. Older versions of the firmware can only boot from the (black) USB 2.0 port.

To recover the Windows key at a later stage, run:

$ hexdump -C /sys/firmware/acpi/tables/MSDM

Note that this key is tied to the particular laptop model and unusable elsewhere. See also [1].

Create a recovery drive

A recovery drive can made with the preinstalled Acer eRecovery Management application. This requires a USB-attached flash drive or hard disk with at least 16 GB free space available, and presence of the C:/OEM directory. All present data on the target drive will be lost.

Choose the option Create Factory Default Backup, select the partition Windows is installed on, and click start. Remove the drive afterwards - booting from the device will now start the recovery software. See [2] for more information.


The Acer E3-111 does not have an optical drive.

Both UEFI and Legacy (BIOS) boot are supported. To switch modes, press F2 at the boot splash screen to enter the EFI setup, then select the Boot tab. Alternatively, access the EFI setup by rebooting in Windows.

Disable Secure Boot, then follow the installation guide. An Ethernet connection is recommended, as the needed wireless drivers are not included in the installation medium.

  • eMMC device names start with /dev/mmcblk instead of the typical /dev/sda.
  • Use the rootwait kernel parameter since the integrated flash storage is not available instantly after kernel startup.
  • Due to limited RAM, it is recommended to create a swap partition of at least 2 GB in size.
  • A UEFI boot entry may not appear upon booting the device. The solution is to copy the .efi file to the location Windows uses. See UEFI#UEFI boot loader does not show up in firmware menu for details.



To use the Broadcom BCM43142 chipset is, install broadcom-wl, and load the module:

# modprobe wl

The system will now recognize the interface as wlp2s0. See Broadcom wireless and Wireless for details.


The E11 series include a Precision Touchpad, which supports a variety of touch gestures. To enable the touchpad, append the i8042.nopnp kernel parameter. See Touchpad Synaptics for configuration details.

Power Management

You may need to use the linux-lst kernel for full support.

Suspend and Hibernate

Suspend and Hibernate should work after following Power management/Suspend and hibernate.



See Intel graphics#AccelMethod.

Start up and shutdown freeze

If you have an issue where the computer freezes during start up and shutdown, requiring multiple reboots, try adding the following to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

blacklist dw_dmac
blacklist dw_dmac_core

See also [3] [4]

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