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This is an initial attempt at a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron 17 laptop. If you have the Dell Inspiron 17 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.
The tests carried out used Debian Lenny amd64.
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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 17 specifications page.
|Name||Dell Inspiron 17|
|Processor||Intel® Celeron Dual Core
Intel® Core™2 Duo
Intel® Pentium Dual Core
|Screen||17“ 1600×900 or 1920×1080 Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||160GB to 500GB|
|Graphics||Intel® GMA X4500HD
ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD4330
Dell 1397 Wireless G Mini-Card
Dell 1515 Wireless Draft-N Mini-Card
Intel WiFi Link 5100 (802.11 a/g/n) Mini card
|Processor||Working||Tested system has Celeron T3000|
|Screen||Working||See notes on Graphics|
|HDD||Working||160GB tried with custom Debian installer. LVM unsuccessful but regular partitioning OK. Diagnostic partition undisturbed.|
|Optical Drive||Working||DVD+-RW - Reads - not yet tested for writing|
|Graphics||Working||Intel - Further testing needed|
|Ethernet||Working||Had to use it during installation as wireless did not work even with custom installer.|
|Wireless||Working||Intel 5100 - not working when installing from custom installer but works fine once installed. Needs backported kernel if using Debian Lenny.|
|Bluetooth||Working||Did not work out of box. Needed a patch to bluez-utils packages, [http://www.natisbad.org/E4300/] has it. Kernel patch not needed if using 2.6.30. Should work with unpatched bluez-utils 4. Test included accessing 3G connection on N95.|
|USB||Working||Used pendrives successfully, and internal Bluetooth is on the USB.|
|Card Reader||Working||Internal card reader is on the USB.|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Working||Picture seen in xawtv. Not tested further as yet.|
You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Dell Inspiron 17 here.
Appears fully functional in the “all Intel” configuration I chose, under Debian Lenny, once bluez-utils patched.