Acer Switch Alpha 12

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Device Status Modules
Display Working xf86-video-intel
Touchscreen Working
Wireless Working
Audio Working
Touchpad Working
Battery Status Working
Camera Partially
Bluetooth Working
MicroSD Reader Working
Power Management Working
Accelerometer Not tested yet
Luxsensor Partially
Gyroscope Partially
Hardware Buttons Working

The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a two 2 in 1 Tablet PC device, equipped with a 12 inch display that supports for 2160 x 1440 pixels. This installation was done on the version SA5-271-38U0 which is a version with an i3-6100 CPU and 4GB of RAM. Please note I was not using Arch-Linux directly, but used the derivate Antergos for the installation.


You need to disable Secure Boot in BIOS first, which requires you to set a Supervisor Password. I also recommend to enable "F12 Boot Menue". To go into the BIOS, press "Volume Up" while powering up the device.

The remaining part of the installation should be the same as on every other x86 System.


Front Camera is detected properly and working fine. Camera on the back is not detected as of May 2018.

Power Management

tlp is working fine. You may want to exclude the detachable keyboard from USB auto-suspend, otherwise it misbehaves.


Luxsensor and Gyroscope are working well under GNOME with iio-sensor-proxy installed.