Getting Debian to work on the Acer Aspire E1

Setting up an Acer Aspire E1 on Debian is simple, the installation goes fine via USB loaded up with Unetbootin, you can't wait to enjoy your new system. After booting up your new installation you're generally disappointed, the touchpad doesn't work correctly and neither does the Wifi. Maybe Internet can help ? No, no-one else seems to have the same laptop, or they're all on the shitty default Windows and don't feel like exploring the great world of Debian.

The solution is simple. Upgrade to the latest linux kernel version with the following simple operations.

Pop open a terminal and : sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following line to the end of the file : deb wheezy-backports main

Save the file and exit with :x. Now it's time to update the package lists : sudo apt-get update

Now to install the latest kernel version : sudo apt-get install linux-image-3.16.0-0.bpo.4-amd64

If that version doesn't seem to exist for you then probe around by typing sudo apt-get install linux-image-3 and tap tab repeatedly until something 3.16 or more appears and install it !

Now reboot the system : sudo reboot

And enjoy.