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This is an initial attempt at a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron 17R laptop. If you have the Dell Inspiron 17R 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 Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and OpenSUSE 11.3 DVD x86-64 Gnome.
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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 17R specifications page.
|Name||Dell Inspiron 17R|
|Processor||Intel® Pentium Dual Core
Intel® Core™ i3
Intel® Core™ i5
|Screen||17.3“ HD+ (1600 x 900) WLED Display with TrueLife™|
|RAM||2GB to 6GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz|
|HDD||250GB to 640GB|
|Graphics||Intel® Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller|
|Bluetooth||Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Internal (2.1) mini-card|
|Webcam||1.3MP Integrated Webcam|
|Processor||Working||Tested systems had Intel® Core™ i3 and i5|
|Screen||Working||Can't change back-light in Ubuntu 10.04|
|Optical Drive||Working||DVD+-RW - Reads - not yet tested for writing, CD-R writing works|
|Graphics||Working||Maximum resolution of 1024×768 in Ubuntu 10.04.3. Works in Ubuntu 11.04.|
|Ethernet||Working||Had to use it during installation as wireless did not work|
|Wireless||Working||Tested system has Dell Wireless 1501 – Used proprietary broadcom-wl and broadcom-wl-kmp-default from Packman repo. Open-source Broadcom drivers being released with target of kernel 2.6.37 under brcm80211. There have been problems with the wireless card not working after awaking from hibernation or suspension. See Notes for workaround.\\Intel Centrino N-1030 needs package apt:linux-backports-modules-wireless-2.6.38-lucid-generic in Ubuntu 10.04 to work. Works out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 11.04.|
|Webcam||Working||Video displayed in both Cheese and Skype|
|HDMI™ Port||Not Tested|
|combo E-SATA/USB 2.0 Port||Not Tested|
|Touchpad||Working||Not detected as a touchpad but as a mouse. On Ubuntu 10.10, it causes pastes. After many rants and lots of randomly tapping, I determined it was middle clicking. The top right corner causes a middle click with specific tap. You can disable it using xinput.|
You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Dell Inspiron 17R here.
There have been problems with the wireless card not working after awaking from hibernation or suspension. Typically, the symptom is that WPA encryption negotiation always fails. Manually removing then adding the wl kernel module after awakening the system fixes the problem with no other network changes required.
If booting or waking up from suspend causes trouble, appending
pci=noacpi in /etc/default/grub to the line beginning with ”
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=“ may help.
Appears fully functional in OpenSUSE 11.3 once Broadcom-WL driver packages are installed.