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Dell Inspiron 17


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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell Inspiron 17. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Inspiron 17 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 17 specifications page.

NameDell Inspiron 17
ProcessorIntel® Celeron Dual Core
Intel® Core™2 Duo
Intel® Pentium Dual Core
Screen17“ 1600×900 or 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® GMA X4500HD
ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD4330
Network10/100 Ethernet
Dell 1397 Wireless G Mini-Card
Dell 1515 Wireless Draft-N Mini-Card
Intel WiFi Link 5100 (802.11 a/g/n) Mini card

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorkingTested system has Celeron T3000
ScreenWorkingSee notes on Graphics
HDDWorking160GB tried with custom Debian installer. LVM unsuccessful but regular partitioning OK. Diagnostic partition undisturbed.
Optical DriveWorkingDVD+-RW - Reads - not yet tested for writing
GraphicsWorkingIntel - Further testing needed
EthernetWorkingHad to use it during installation as wireless did not work even with custom installer.
WirelessWorkingIntel 5100 - not working when installing from custom installer but works fine once installed. Needs backported kernel if using Debian Lenny.
BluetoothWorkingDid not work out of box. Needed a patch to bluez-utils packages, [] 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.
USBWorkingUsed pendrives successfully, and internal Bluetooth is on the USB.
Card ReaderWorkingInternal card reader is on the USB.
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamWorkingPicture 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.


Frommel, 2010/01/20 21:43

I installed Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit.
Took me a few hours to get wifi working (bug) and the screen is set to maximum brightness after every reboot. But these are the only issues, everything else works 'out of the box'

Ubuntu runs much faster on this machine than Vista !!

saafirosz, 2010/01/17 11:24

Well…Hibernate and Suspend…doesn't seems to work on my box…Any of you got it work ?


saafirosz, 2009/12/15 08:35

ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD4330 working with the latest catalyst driver 9.11 with no problems.Glxgears shows ~3000 fps which is OK …Compiz works fine. Fn keys works. Need to pach the bluetooth.Good laptop for linux fans.

Emil, 2009/12/06 20:18


Anyone test the laptop with ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD4330 ?

is there 3D..compiz working?

Thanks :)

Phil Reynolds, 2009/10/22 14:48

The function key binding is set in the BIOS setup. Agree that the touchpad is a bit sensitive.

Carl Schneider, 2009/09/27 18:40

My sound works, but is very quiet.

1) the F-keys are default bound to their (traditionally) alternate function eg. contrast up/down

2) the touchpad is extraordinarily sensitive and I am forever bumping it with my palm.

Eileen Meyer, 2009/08/30 03:30

I have successfully installed Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty) 64 bit on this machine. Only issues are with the sound card, which seems to work randomly or not at all.

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