This is a nice little notebook I picked up recently at a Singapore Expo (NB: Prices in Singapore aren’t nearly as cheap as the location would suggest : I should have stayed in the USA to get better prices…)

### Basic Specs

• Intel Celeron CPU N2840 @ 2.16GHz
• 2Gb RAM
• 11inch display
• 320Gb HD
• Fanless

The last feature was actually somewhat attractive, since it speaks to good heat dissapation, which is an important factor in Singapore (where the heat/humidity seems to destroy electronics at an alarming rate).

### Aim : Never boot Windows, and install Linux

Getting into the BIOS initially :

• Power switch
• First display of “Acer” logo
• Mash F2 repeatedly

• BIOS-Boot

• Boot:Boot-Bode = UEFI Legacy
• Boot:Boot-Priority-Order = 1. USB HDD : Generic Flash Disk (use F6 to move it, as prompted)
• Main:F12-Boot-Menu = Enabled (Display F12 on boot up)

### Booting into Fedora Live (USB stick)

Fedora installer should then boot with USB stick in one of the back slots.

However, Fedora Linux didn’t boot simply :

• Needed to go into Troubleshooter and chose “Boot in simple display mode”

Then installation was as standard :

• Rebooting into Linux brings up non-graphical boot screen (with the blue text-bar along the bottom of the screen.
* Something must be off with the initial mode-setting.

• Opted to liberate space in the Windows DATA partition (over 140Gb available there)

### First few boots

Just make sure one can cycle the machine reliably.

Then update while connected to hard-wire eth0 :

And some more ‘personal taste’ items :

And power cycle again…

### Update the kernel parameters

Either test the new parameters by editing the kernel bootline at boot time, or make the changes ‘permanent’ (i.e. survive reboots and upgrades) by editing the /etc/default/grub file :

• i8042.nopnp
• acpi_osi="Linux"
• this is helpful with suspend (maybe)
• the " need to be quoted properly in the grub config file

Quoting-wise the end of the line in the /etc/default/grub file should read : i8042.nopnp acpi_osi=\"Linux\"" (where the last " closes the opening double-quote near the start of the long GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=" definition.

Things to remove :

• nomodeset
• this makes both the Disk-encryption box, and lightdm look much better
• And (suddenly) the brightness stuff seemed to work !!

Final, overall command line (seen near the start of dmesg | more):

### Installing WiFi

Once the latest kernel is installed, follow these excellent instructions, which essentially require :

This works!!

• If the touchpad has ‘gone away’ again : Try the Fn-F7 is ‘touchpad on/off’ key

• Sometimes the touchpad goes ‘berzerk’, this can sometimes be cured (best method so far) by doing Fn-F7 twice.

* If anyone has any clues about how to fix this properly, then please leave a comment below


Potentially check out :

• (http://chakraos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=83718)
• (http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=184092&p=956784)

NOTES:

From the discussion below, it seems that the ‘berzerk’ thing may well not be Linux-related at all. There are quite a few complaints from Windows users too in the Acer forums, with many returning their laptops to Acer for a hardware fix. I didn’t notice this initially, since my web searches were always “Linux Acer touchpad …”, which effectively filtered out the overarching hardware aspect.

Actually, I’ve just (2015-05-31) dismantled, fiddled around and reassembled the machine, and will post shortly about the results - once they’re more conclusive (I only know that the machine still works at this point, and need longer to watch for the intermittent ‘berzerk’ behaviour).

### Skype notes

There’s no 64-bit version of Skype available, so one has to resort to the i686 (32-bit) verison.

Installing the Skype repo, and then the rpm will attempt to pull in a whole heap of 32-bit rpms too.

So, as a precheck, list out the {i586,i686} rpms already installed, so that if you want to remove Skype later (or Microsoft decides to offer an actual 64-bit version), one can get rid of all the dependencies in one move.

Fortunately, Fedora 64-bit has (at this point) not installed a single 32-bit rpm, so they’ll be easy to clear out later.

We’ve also had complaints about echo from the other end of a Skype-to-Skype call. Strangely, the audio sounds fine on the laptop itself. However, other Skype machines in the same location (same login) don’t have the issue (same version of Fedora. etc).

### Extra : Mount shared drive

• Added line to /etc/fstab
• Added credentials file to /home/<username>/.cifs/<servername>
• Added hostname to /etc/hosts
• Added mountpoint to /mnt/<point>
• Added soft-link in /home/<username>/<mountfolder> to correct folder within the mounted drive

### Getting Suspend to work (nomodeset removal fixes all this)

Works : Get suspend working properly

• add kernel opt : acpi_osi=Linux
• Ahah : The modesetting seems to be a major factor (NOW WORKS!)
• Sleeping appears to put the network to sleep appropriately
• And pressing key brings back ‘extra blue light’.
• And the SSH session is available again - but screen not showing anything
• Install acpid to see whether that should be playing a role

### Works : Screen brightness controls

Needs : acpi_osi="Linux"

Not required : acpi_backlight=vendor

• http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=165133&start=20
• Have a look in : /sys/class/backlight/ to see whether there’s something there…

NOT REQUIRED :