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Dell Vostro 1200

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Vostro 1200 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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Specifications

NameDell Vostro 1200 (Compal JFT00/Intelbrás I62 plus many others)
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
RAM1GB to 4GB
HDDUp to 160GB
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945ABG 802.11abg or Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
Processor works out of the box
Screen works out of the box
HDD works out of the box (250GB Intelbrás model)
Optical Drive works out of the box
Graphics works out of the box
Sound works out of the box low volume overall
Ethernet works out of the box gigabit connection not tested
Wireless works out of the box iwl3945 version tested
BluetoothNot Tested mine doesn't have it
56K ModemNot Tested
USB works out of the box
Card Reader works out of the box even mounts MS correctly
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint Reader works partially with workaround http://knowledge76.com/index.php/Fingerprint_Reader_Installation
Camera works out of the box

Notes

All the tests were ran in an Intelbrás I62, that is the same computer as Dell Vostro 1200 (and their generic, Compal JFT00), in Ubuntu 8.10.

Summary

Overall it works completely well without any hassle in x86.
I could make it boot x64 install CD.


Discussion

ionligue, 2014/12/16 01:22

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Marcel, 2009/11/02 09:47

Experiencing the same overheating problem with Ubuntu 9.10 and the latest Compal BIOS (A106, released march/09).

The difference to me is that even without sleeping I have that issue…

Even if my computer is not branded by anyone, can I use a BIOS from Dell? Does that BIOS work any better?

Thanks!

Jorge Costa, 2009/08/27 21:54

My friends, I totally had freaked out about this fan problem. I updated BIOS to 1.05 and will try 1.06A. The same problem ocurrs on Mac OSx86 (aka Hackintosh).

On Ubuntu 9.04, it sleeps ok! When power button is pressed, display, wifi and sound wakes up normally, but battery status becomes unknown and fan doesn´t change speed according to CPU load, remaining always almost unaudible. And that causes a suddenly shutdown due to overheating.

Anyone has solved that?

Thanks,
Jorge Costa (Brazil)

tantri, 2009/08/03 06:28

I had installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my Vostro 1200. It runs quite well unless the Bluetooth cannot be activated.

faqing, 2009/05/29 15:58

The fan still cannot wake up from suspend. Maybe it is the problem of hard disk (Toshiba). http://swinky-linuxblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/ubuntu-904-on-toshiba-satellite-l305.html

faqing, 2009/05/29 15:10

Dell Vostro 1200 can run Ubuntu 8.10, but it has a little problem when it runs on Ubuntu 9.04. The fan can not wake up from suspending. The result will be its temperature is very high, and it will shut down.

Now, I am trying to update bios, hope this problem will be solved.
http://supportapj.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=th&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R214259&SystemID=VOS_N_1200&servicetag=&os=WLH&osl=en&deviceid=18029&devlib=0&typecnt=0&vercnt=4&catid=1&impid=-1&formatcnt=1&libid=1&fileid=303311

Rohan, 2009/04/29 11:25

Dear sir,

How I can install windows Vista on my Dell Vostro 1200 linux laptop
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