This page contains instructions, tips, pointers, and links for installing and configuring Arch Linux on the Acer Aspire S7-392 Laptop.
This page only applies to the 392 model (4th Gen Intel CPU), and may not be entirely correct for the 391 or 191 models (3rd Gen Intel CPU).
The laptop works surprisingly well with Arch Linux, requiring minimal or no configuration hacking, depending on your desired setup.
- Screen Brightness Adjustment
- Keyboard Backlight (And adjustment)
- Most Keyboard Hotkeys
- Wireless Toggle may not work. acpid may work with it (Not tested)
- Wireless Networking
What does not work, or is weird?
- Touchpad Multitouch Gestures
- Touchscreen stops working after waking up from suspend
The BIOS Setup utility is accessed by pressing Fn+2 at the Acer Logo screen during startup.
Disable Secure Boot
In order to install Arch on the S7 you need to disable Secure Boot from the BIOS Setup. You need to do
Security > Set Supervisor Password to set a supervisor password. Without it the option to disable Secure boot will be grayed out. Then go to
Boot > Secure Boot and set it to
Disabled and remove the supervisor password (by setting an empty one).
The information in Boot loaders applies here. GRUB is confirmed to work.
Change Boot from UEFI to BIOS
If desired, you can optionally select whether to use BIOS or UEFI when booting. This is an option in the BIOS Setup utility.
Boot from USB
Booting from USB is possible by reordering boot devices in the BIOS setup, or by accessing the Boot Menu by pressing the "Fn" key and "=" key simultaneously (Translates to F12).
Main > F12 Boot Menuto
Enabledin BIOS Setup
UEFI Boot Arch
One some dual-SSD machines the disk that BIOS boots from by default is identified as
/dev/sdb rather than
/dev/sda. If you are running a RAID it is recommended to leave a GPT partition on both disks. If you get an error after booting that BIOS cannot find a bootable media, but drops you in the boot menu where you can select HDD and it boots from there - you have installed grub on the wrong disk.
With the default setup, there will be graphics tearing on the S7-392. You can check the "Tear-free video" section of the Intel graphics page for information on fixing tearing.
The touchpad works well with, and with for advanced multitouch gestures.
Since some of these come with HiDPI displays the default console font is barely readable - refer to Linux console#Fonts on how to change them.
This laptop uses Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 WiFi chipset. With the current firmware it might have issues connecting when signal is suboptimal. Disabling power save mode on the chip improves the connection times and connection speed. See Wireless network configuration#Power saving on how to disable it and make it permanent.