Acer Aspire E5-575

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Booting from Arch Linux ISO

In order to boot from the Arch Linux ISO, hit F2 to enter UEFI settings (InsydeH20 Setup Utility rev. 5.0). Then set the supervisor password. From there you can disable Secure Boot and boot from any media.


Add entries to UEFI menu

UEFI will not boot from menu entries created by efibootmgr. Instead, use bcfg in the UEFI Shell (v.2) to add an entry.

Tip: To get a UEFI Shell (v.2), boot from the Arch Linux ISO and select it from the menu.

Use Secure Boot with trusted EFI executables

You can use Secure Boot and mark EFI executables as trusted through the UEFI settings. The executables must end with .efi. For example, if you use EFISTUB to boot the Linux kernel directly, you must copy vmlinuz-linux to vmlinuz-linux.efi and then mark that file as trusted in the UEFI settings.

Whenever the executable is updated, it might have to be removed from the trusted list and then re-added as trusted in the UEFI settings. It is only possible to remove all trusted entries at once, not individually.

See Secure Boot for other options.

Function keys

Many function keys work without any need for changing settings. Suspend (Fn+F4), blanking the screen (Fn+F6), touchpad disable/enable (Fn-F7), and keyboard backlight disable/enable (Fn+F9) all work. Additionally Fn+Del is mapped to Ins correctly, as well as Fn+12 to Scroll Lock.

To add functionality for brightness keys, Fn+Left and Fn+Right, append the following parameters to your kernel boot line:

acpi_osi=Linux acpi_backlight=vendor

Other function keys are exposed as media keys and can be added as keyboard shortcuts for the desired operation.

Function Key (Fn+) Media Key
F8 XF86AudioMute
Up XF86AudioRaiseVolume
Down XF86AudioLowerVolume
Home XF86AudioPlay
Page Up XF86AudioStop
Page Down XF86AudioPrev
End XF86AudioNext

Hardware video acceleration

The laptop contains a 9th generation Intel GPU (Intel HD 620) codenamed "Kaby Lake". To enable hardware video acceleration install the following packages: xf86-video-intel, libva-intel-driver, and libvdpau-va-gl. Follow the instructions on Intel graphics and Hardware video acceleration. You may need additional packages or configuration to utilize hardware acceleration for your particular application.

When enabled you will see something like the following when running vainfo:

libva info: VA-API version 1.1.0
libva info: va_getDriverName() returns 0
libva info: Trying to open /usr/lib/dri/
libva info: Found init function __vaDriverInit_1_1
libva info: va_openDriver() returns 0
vainfo: VA-API version: 1.1 (libva 2.1.0)
vainfo: Driver version: Intel i965 driver for Intel(R) Kaby Lake - 2.1.0
vainfo: Supported profile and entrypoints
      VAProfileMPEG2Simple            : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileMPEG2Simple            : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileMPEG2Main              : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileMPEG2Main              : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline: VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline: VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264ConstrainedBaseline: VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileH264Main               : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264Main               : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264Main               : VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileH264High               : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264High               : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264High               : VAEntrypointEncSliceLP
      VAProfileH264MultiviewHigh      : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264MultiviewHigh      : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileH264StereoHigh         : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileH264StereoHigh         : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileVC1Simple              : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVC1Main                : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVC1Advanced            : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileNone                   : VAEntrypointVideoProc
      VAProfileJPEGBaseline           : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileJPEGBaseline           : VAEntrypointEncPicture
      VAProfileVP8Version0_3          : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVP8Version0_3          : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileHEVCMain               : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileHEVCMain               : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileHEVCMain10             : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileHEVCMain10             : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileVP9Profile0            : VAEntrypointVLD
      VAProfileVP9Profile0            : VAEntrypointEncSlice
      VAProfileVP9Profile2            : VAEntrypointVLD

Additionally you should see that i965 is used for the DRI driver and va_gl is used for the VDPAU driver:

grep -iE 'vdpau | dri driver' ~/.local/share/xorg/Xorg.0.log
[    16.124] (II) intel(0): [DRI2]   DRI driver: i965
[    16.124] (II) intel(0): [DRI2]   VDPAU driver: va_gl

For Vulkan support install the vulkan-intel package.

Hardware identification

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0408:a030 Quanta Computer, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04ca:3015 Lite-On Technology Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v6/7th Gen Core Processor Host Bridge/DRAM Registers (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation HD Graphics 620 (rev 02)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP USB 3.0 xHCI Controller (rev 21)
00:14.2 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP Thermal subsystem (rev 21)
00:15.0 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP Serial IO I2C Controller #0 (rev 21)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP CSME HECI #1 (rev 21)
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 21)
00:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP PCI Express Root Port #9 (rev f1)
00:1d.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d1a (rev f1)
00:1d.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d1b (rev f1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d4e (rev 21)
00:1f.2 Memory controller: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP PMC (rev 21)
00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio (rev 21)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation Sunrise Point-LP SMBus (rev 21)
02:00.0 Network controller: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 31)
03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8411B PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
03:00.1 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 12)
Architecture:        x86_64
CPU op-mode(s):      32-bit, 64-bit
Byte Order:          Little Endian
CPU(s):              4
On-line CPU(s) list: 0-3
Thread(s) per core:  2
Core(s) per socket:  2
Socket(s):           1
NUMA node(s):        1
Vendor ID:           GenuineIntel
CPU family:          6
Model:               142
Model name:          Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-7100U CPU @ 2.40GHz
Stepping:            9
CPU MHz:             700.122
CPU max MHz:         2400.0000
CPU min MHz:         400.0000
BogoMIPS:            4800.00
Virtualization:      VT-x
L1d cache:           32K
L1i cache:           32K
L2 cache:            256K
L3 cache:            3072K
NUMA node0 CPU(s):   0-3
Flags:               fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc art arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf tsc_known_freq pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg fma cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm abm 3dnowprefetch cpuid_fault epb invpcid_single pti tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase tsc_adjust bmi1 avx2 smep bmi2 erms invpcid mpx rdseed adx smap clflushopt intel_pt xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1 xsaves dtherm arat pln pts hwp hwp_notify hwp_act_window hwp_epp

Known issues

Trusted Platform Module

You may have the following entries in your journal:

Feb 17 09:58:29 kernel: platform MSFT0101:00: failed to claim resource 1: [mem 0xfed40000-0xfed40fff]
Feb 17 09:58:29 kernel: acpi MSFT0101:00: platform device creation failed: -16

These are related to the Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which can be safely disabled in the UEFI settings if you do not use TPM.

Not a Dell system error

You may get the following error in your journal:

dell_smbios: Unable to run on non-Dell system

To remove this error, blacklist the dell_smbios kernel module.