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This machine was released in late 2013 as revamped version of the older Inspiron 17R.
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|Name||Dell Inspiron 17R (5737)|
|Processor||4th Generation Intel Core i7-4500U processor (4M Cache, up to 3.0 GHz)|
|Screen||17.3 inch LED Backlit Display with Anti Glare and FHD resolution (1920 x 1080)|
|RAM||16GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx2)|
|HDD||1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive|
|Optical Drive||8X DVD+/-RW Drive Tray Load|
|Graphics||Intel(R) HD Graphics 4400|
|Network||Dell Wireless-N 1705 + Bluetooth 4.0
(Qualcomm Atheros QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter [168c:0036] (rev 01))
|Device||Ubuntu 13.10||Debian Jessie 11/9/2013||Comments|
|Processor||Yes||Yes||Support officially added in kernel 3.10|
|Optical Drive||Not Tested||Not Tested|
|Graphics Chip||Yes||Yes||Support officially added in kernel 3.10|
|HDMI Port||Yes||Partial||Ubuntu: Both HDMI display and audio work flawlessly. Debian: HDMI display works. Audio may require 'killall pulseaudio' to work.|
|Sound||Yes||Yes||No subwoofer to worry about (compared to previous 17R SE model)|
|Headphone Jack||Yes||Not Tested||Combo jack|
|Microphone Jack||Yes||Not Tested||Combo jack|
|Ethernet||Not Tested||Not Tested|
|Wireless||Yes||Yes||Debian and Ubuntu: Works OOTB|
|Bluetooth||Not Tested||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Yes||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Yes||Yes||1280×720 max resolution|
|Touch Pad||Yes||Yes||Gestures work, edge scrolling works, everything tested works.
The driver isn't tuned very well, resulting in the cursor jumping when fingers are lifted off the pad.
|Fn-Keys||Partial||Partial||All keys work except brightness keys. Workaround for brightness in the “Notes” section below|
|Suspend/Resume||Yes||Yes||Ubuntu: Works flawlessly. Debian: Lid suspend requires using systemd.|
Installation is very easy and straightforward for this laptop. No ethernet cable is required since even Debian includes support for the wireless card OOTB.
Dual booting: Use the disk management tool included in Windows to shrink the Windows partition to free up space for Linux.
Installation: For Debian and other unsigned distributions, you will first need to disable the secure boot option (these options can be accessed by holding F2 during boot). For Ubuntu and other signed distributions, secure boot should work fine. Either way, EFI can be left enabled. To boot from a USB stick, hold F12 while booting the machine, and select the appropriate USB device.
For installing GRUB, there may be other options, but the simplest method is to just install GRUB to the default location. Windows 8 will be included in the GRUB list by default and boots without any further configuration.
For any questions, please see the reddit thread linked earlier in this wiki article.
All results above are strictly OOTB.
Battery life in Ubuntu 13.10 is roughly 4 hours 15 minutes under normal usage (internet, video, some file conversions, various screen brightness levels).
To manage the display brightness, every boot I run
sudo chmod 777 /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness to make the file readable, then
echo 200 > /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness (where 200 can be any number between 0 and 937 to set the brightness level. Changes take effect immediately, but revert after suspend.
To correct the display colors, download the color profile (“ICC File”) from notebookcheck.com's review and enable it in system settings.
To enable “natural scrolling, simply run
synclient VertScrollDelta=-107 HorizScrollDelta=-107. This will have to be done on each login and may not affect apps until after a delay/the app is reopened.
Overall this machine works well with Ubuntu and Debian OOTB, without need for non-free firmware or drivers. The biggest issues are the noticeable and consistent cursor jumping when fingers are lifted from the touchpad, and the brightness keys not working.