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Dell Inspiron 15 - 3521


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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 15 - 3521 specifications page.

NameDell Inspiron 15 - 3521
Processor3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3217U processor (3M Cache, 1.8 GHz)
3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3337U processor (3M Cache, up to 2.7 GHz)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDUp to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4000
Network10/100 Ethernet
Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
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HDDNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
USBNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Touch PadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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It is the kernel difficulty, up-date kernel for you to 3. 13 next it should do the job, although wifi is an difficulty. Your wifi can be at random set of through equipment switch and also the fn+f2 doesnt do the job. Simply option fpr myself to have wifi again is always to uninstall updated kernel computer put in updated kernel yet again and then computer yet again.

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Alex, 2014/04/10 12:49

Its a kernel issue, update kernel to 3.13 then it should work, though wifi is an issue. The wifi is randomly set of by hardware switch and the fn+f2 doesnt work. Only solution fpr me to get wifi back is to uninstall updated kernel reboot install updated kernel again and then reboot again. Really enoying!!!

viswa teja, 2014/01/25 18:23

every thing works but its just that the wireless icon does not show up .I have tried every possible solution but nothing solved my problem .the same problem apllies for ubuntu ..almost to evry linux based os available.please help me out with this problem .

Geerten, 2013/11/19 00:09

Works perfect with Fedora 19 on it, with one “tweak”: I had to install kmod-staging manually for enabling the SD card reader. After that all just works (including all 'blue' keys).

Jim Wilson, 2013/10/16 22:30

The Ubuntu that ships with these models is a heavily modified version. I will be testing with Debian Squeeze and post results shortly.

Darko, 2013/04/27 08:21

These models even ship with preinstalled Ubuntu distros, so that would suggest everything should work without any problems.

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