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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron 13 laptop. The base hardware for this laptop is based on the Dell XPS M1330 so Linux compatibility will be roughly the same.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell Inspiron 13. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Inspiron 13 page on LapWik.
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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 13 specifications page.
|Name||Dell Inspiron 13|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 2.0GHz|
|Screen||13.3” WXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
There are several options for wireless on the Inspiron 13. The Intel option (what Dell call the Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-card) is by far the best option as most Linux distributions support it as standard. The other options, the Dell 1395 and 1505, are Broadcom based wireless solutions who's drivers for Linux are of poor quality.
You can use the Linux UVC module to get the inbuilt webcam working with the Inspiron 13. Many, but not all, distributions include this module. See the guides section on site for installation instructions.
If you are looking to buy the Dell Inspiron 13 you should get it with the Intel wireless option. With that wireless solution, the Dell Inspiron 13 work very well with Linux.