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Dell Venue 11 Pro

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Dell Venue 11 Pro specifications page.

NameDell Venue 11 Pro
ProcessorIntel Atom Z3770 (2 MB Cache, 1.46 GHz, up to 2.39 GHz, 4 cores)
Intel Core i3 4020Y (3 MB Cache, 1.5 GHz, 2 cores with HT)
Intel Core i5 4210Y (3 MB Cache, 1.5 GHz, up to 1.9 GHz, 2 cores with HT)
Screen10.8 inch IPS Display with FHD (1920 x 1080)
RAM2 GB (Atom version)
4 GB (i3 and i5 version)
8 GB (i5 version)
HDD64 GB eMMC (Atom version)
128 GB eMMC (i3 and i5 version)
256 GB eMMC (i5 version)
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics, 311-667 MHz (Atom version)
Intel HD Graphics 4200, 200-850 MHz (i3 and i5 version)
NetworkNo Ethernet
Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi (Atom version)
Dell Wireless 1537 Dual-Band 802.11n WiFi (i3 and i5 version)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processor Works
Screen Works At full resolution (1920 x 1080).
Touchscreen Works (with multitouch)
HDD Works
Graphics Chip Work
HDMI Out Works
Sound Works
Microphone Works
Headphone Port Works
Wifi Works
Bluetooth Nope(Atom) / Partially (i3,i5) Mostly works, but can drop connections easier than it should.
3G module Partially(Atom) / Not tested(i3,i5)
USB Works
Card Reader Works
Webcam Nope(Atom) / Only the back camera(i3,i5) Cannot get the front camera working (with Cheese or VLC).
Keyboard Works
TouchPad Works
Docking Station Partially See previous comments about driving an external screen. Network and USB ok.
Active stylus Works(Atom) / Nope(i3,i5)
Suspend/Resume Nope(Atom) / Partial(i3,i5) When waking from sleep the wifi interface disappears.

Notes

Tested with Fedora 21 booting with UEFI.

Tested with Ubuntu 14.04, and the i3 version (the one I own). Installed from USB Live CD (created with UNetbootin). It is working with UEFI and can dualboot with Windows 8.1.

Tested with Ubuntu 15.10 – i5 vPro – works out of the box. Its not more necessary to use “nomodeset”.

Summary

Since Ubuntu 15.10 all major problems was resolved. Works dual screen, multitouch, full HD video playback without overheating.

On Fedora the hardware is mostly good. I use this as my primary work machine, I'm just limited to the inbuilt display. It would be nice if the touchscreen worked, then I could use it as a tablet too. This machine has a LOT of limitations, so be aware of them before you buy it.

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Linux does work in this tablet, but there are some major issues, like lack of Wifi and touchpad support, or an unsupported graphic chip, which prevent a comfortable use. You have to use a mouse to have a decent pointing, so it forces you to use the only USB port available, and it is just mandatory to use a USB hub to use the Dell Venue 11 Pro. You can use a Wifi USB dongle or Wifi tethering with a smartphone to have an Internet connection, but it is not very practical…

Under Ubuntu 14.04, because of the nomodeset flag, you will experience a poor graphic performance. Animations (dash, window appearing/disappearing, change workspace,…) are extremely slow, and playing movies (YouTube, VLC,…) costs a lot of CPU cycles. Additionnaly, there is an overheating issue with Ubuntu, the cooling fan is almost constantly running. Cpufreq can be used to reduce the CPU frequency, therefore reduce the fan activity.


Discussion

Patrick, 2016/05/20 12:29

I have Fedora 23 running on my Venue 11pro with i5 processor.
Touchscreen is usable since kernel 4.4.
The webcam still doesn't work although I didn't put much effort in it. Also automatic screen rotation doesn't work (it worked with kernel 4.3).
Apart from that, I didn't run into much problems.

Vlad, 2016/03/22 14:18

Hi, Install ubuntu 15.10 on my tablet dell venue 11 pro i5
Touch screen not worked. Wi-fi too not worked(i reed solution with change wi-fi card).
What me do with touch screen?

JeFNDZ, 2016/01/17 22:09

In ubuntu the wifi card (Dell Wireless 1537 Dual-Band 802.11n WiFi) is not recognized(for my).
Apparently is necessary to add information in the sdio.c(driver ath6kl¿? at kernel sources) file about this device.

Somebody knows something about this?
¿What is the information of this card?

qvazzler, 2016/01/19 11:30

Please see my comment below. You are on a dead-end until you buy a new card.

Richard Lussier, 2016/07/31 07:53

I think is 0x18, I add it, but it not work, my kernel version is 4.7.0
Look like it need a different firmware

Alien, 2016/07/31 07:54

I think is 0x18, I added it, but it not work, my kernel version is 4.7.0
Look like it need a different firmware

qvazzler, 2015/12/29 10:04

I'd like to provide some corrections/justifications for buying this laptop.

* Touch screen
Kernel patches that fix this have been applied and reverted due to circumstantial issues. I am running Ubuntu 15.10 with mainline kernel 4.3 now (brand new as of me writing this) and touchscreen support is still broken. This is due to be fixed eventually, there is at least one bug report for it as well.

The wifi card is a dead-end because of the way it is not recognized by the kernel currently (doesn't matter what drivers you use), HOWEVER you can very easily just go out and buy a new wifi card. It HAS to be M.2 interface (not PCIe Half Mini). I bought an Intel AC-7260 Rev.2 card and it is working perfectly for me.

All in all, this laptop works just fine for me, since I have a docking keyboard and replaced the wifi card. No issues with the touchpad at all, so not sure where those complaints are coming from (old versions?)

Alien, 2016/07/31 07:49

Uh, it support bluetooth?
I try to make a kernel patch to support Dell Wireless 1537, but I failed,lol

Larson, 2015/01/03 01:14

I have the i3 edition. Booting of ubuntu without nomodeset can be done after the Intel graphics driver is installed, which can fix poor graphics performance. It might only work for i3 and i5 editions. It can be downloaded for Ubuntu 14.04 and Fedora 20 here https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads/2014/intelr-graphics-installer-linux-1.0.7 follow the instructions on the page and in the application to install the graphics driver. Fedora 20 will boot but since I do my test installs to the sdcard, which Fedora 20 will not install to, I cannot test whether or not it will boot. Fedora 21 Workstation Live will boot with nomodeset and can detect and use the touchpad and keyboard but not the touch screen and will not boot when installed. With or without nomodeset configured. In Ubuntu 14.04 Intel pstate can be enabled which should help control a runaway cpu condition. A guide on enabling Intel pstate can be found here http://www.webupd8.org/2014/04/prevent-your-laptop-from-overheating.html I do not know if the issue with thermald has been fixed for Intel Haswell processor series which the i3 and i5 editions are apart of.

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