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DebianOn is an effort to document how to install, configure and use Debian on some specific hardware. Therefore potential buyers would know if that hardware is supported and owners would know how get the best out of that hardware.

The purpose is not to duplicate the Debian Official Documentation, but to document how to install Debian on some specific hardware.

Acer Aspire V3-371-58GA

Overall Status

Core Components

[ATTACH]

Boot Standard Kernel:

{OK}

LAN network card:

{OK}

Detect CD/DVD:

[-]

Detect hard drives:

{OK}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

{OK}

Hibernation

{OK}

Sleep / Suspend

{OK}

Xorg

{OK} (requires post jessie Xorg and Kernel!)

- OpenGL

{OK}

- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)

[?]

Switch to External Screen

[?]

Mouse

- Built-in (Clickpad)

{i} (jumps wildly from time to time, middle mouse button requires config)

Wireless/Wifi

{OK}

Keyboard's Hotkeys

{i} (might depend on your desktop environment, keycodes are reported correctly)

SD-Cardreader

[?]

Webcam + microphone

[?]

Legend :
{OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable
{i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a non-free driver and or firmware

Important Note

Before you can start the installation you've to disable secure boot in the UEFI(BIOS replacement thingy). To be allowed to disable secure boot you've to configure a supervisor password.

It seems to be possible that the jumping cursor is an hardware issue https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=185946

Configuration

Display

13.3" FHD display (none glare) powered by Intel Haswell ULT, should be Intel HD 4400. HDMI (fullsize) is available as a connector for an external display. The Xorg packages released with jessie worked but the Clickpad was still unsupported. Post jessie packages from unstable work fine. Backlight adjustment does not work out of the box, the keycodes are correctly reported, but you've to create a helper script to echo the change values into /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.0/drm/card0/card0-eDP-1/intel_backlight/brightness. Sample script "brightness" is attached, to be used with fluxbox for example like this:

~/.fluxbox/keys ...
XF86MonBrightnessUp :ExecCommand sudo /usr/local/sbin/brightness up
XF86MonBrightnessDown :ExecCommand sudo /usr/local/sbin/brightness down

Audio

Intel HD. Default settings activate HDMI audio as primariy output. To change that create a module configuration for the snd_hda_intel kernel module.

echo "options snd_hda_intel index=1" > /etc/modprobe.d/alsa.conf

A configuration for fluxbox to adjust the speaker level you can use something like this

~/.fluxbox/keys ...
XF86AudioMute :ExecCommand amixer set Master toggle
XF86AudioLowerVolume :ExecCommand amixer set Master 2dB- unmute
XF86AudioRaiseVolume :ExecCommand amixer set Master 2dB+ unmute

Mouse

The Clickpad is a pain in the ass. First of all it requires post jessie xorg synaptics drivers. Currently, running on Debian/unstable, it hangs from time to time or the cursor goes wild. To simulate a middle mouse button for proper cut&paste within X you can use the following configuration in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad"
        Driver "synaptics"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
                Option "ClickPad" "true"
                Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "0"
                Option "SoftButtonAreas"  "60% 0 82% 0 40% 59% 82% 0"
EndSection

See also Arch Linux Wiki

I tried to work around the jumping cursor issue with increasing values for ?VirtHysteresis and ?HorizHysteresis but it does not bring down the issue to an acceptable level.

Enabling/disabling of the Clickpad via the special Fn-keycombination works.

Power Management

Closing the display automatically sends the device to sleep, hitting a key wakes it up again without issues (so far).

WiFi

Qualcomm Atheros AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01) - works without any issues with the free driver. Activation/deactivation via FN-keycombination works.


System Summary

lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT DRAM Controller [8086:0a04] (rev 0b)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:0a16] (rev 0b)
00:03.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Haswell-ULT HD Audio Controller [8086:0a0c] (rev 0b)
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 8 Series USB xHCI HC [8086:9c31] (rev 04)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 8 Series HECI #0 [8086:9c3a] (rev 04)
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 8 Series HD Audio Controller [8086:9c20] (rev 04)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 8 Series PCI Express Root Port 3 [8086:9c14] (rev e4)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 8 Series PCI Express Root Port 4 [8086:9c16] (rev e4)
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 8 Series USB EHCI #1 [8086:9c26] (rev 04)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 8 Series LPC Controller [8086:9c43] (rev 04)
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 8 Series SATA Controller 1 [AHCI mode] [8086:9c03] (rev 04)
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 8 Series SMBus Controller [8086:9c22] (rev 04)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller [10ec:8168] (rev 0c)
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0034] (rev 01)

lsusb

Bus 003 Device 002: ID 8087:8000 Intel Corp. 
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                0 
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         0 Full speed (or root) hub
  iProduct                2 
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         3 
  iProduct                2 
Couldn't open device, some information will be missing
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller
  bDeviceClass          255 Vendor Specific Class
  bDeviceProtocol       255 Vendor Specific Protocol
  iProduct                2 
      (Bus Powered)
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04f2:b469 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd 
  bDeviceClass          239 Miscellaneous Device
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Interface Association
  iProduct                2 
      (Bus Powered)
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04ca:300d Lite-On Technology Corp. Atheros AR3012 Bluetooth
  bDeviceClass          224 Wireless
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Bluetooth
  iProduct                0 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
  bDeviceClass            9 Hub
  bDeviceProtocol         1 Single TT
  iProduct                2

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