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Dell Vostro 1520


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Vostro 1520 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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell Vostro 1520. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Vostro 1520 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Dell Vostro 1520 specifications page.

NameDell Vostro 1520
ProcessorUp to Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
Screen15.4“ WXGA or WXGA+ Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 250GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsMobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500MHD9
NVIDIA® GeForce 9300M GS Graphic Card
Network10/100 Ethernet

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes3D acceleration works
WirelessYesUsing the broadcom-wl firmware
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamYesUsing the UVC Linux driver


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Everything worked out-of-the-box using ArchLinux 2008.02, except for the wireless network and the webcam.
I have the Dell Wireless 1510 (802.11n) wireless card (BCM4322 chipset), and the Intel 4500MHD graphic card.


mehdi neutron, 2012/10/09 10:59

In debian 6 bluetooth also works properly.
I search synaptic package management it shows this packages are installed for Bluetooth:

mehdi neutron, 2012/10/09 11:04

they have already installed by default installation on my vostro 1520.
They must be helpfull for backtrack since debian/ubuntu base of that.

for wireless:

mehdi neutron, 2012/10/01 19:17

Hi.in ubuntu11.04 bluetooth work properly its fine to connect using bluetooth and mobile internet i used it many times i had not tested 12.04 yet but im sure bluetooth works in ubuntu easily.

abelardo, 2012/05/06 08:10

I worked on ubuntu 10, ubuntu 11 and ubuntu 12 without problems with vostro 1520 laptop, all drivers are working ok, please tell me where can I submit my hardware reports to help update this old information

hosein, 2010/10/05 06:08

i install ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 and everything works except fingerprint.could you help me?

ali naseri, 2010/07/18 05:20

I have installed obuntu on this laptop.
I have a problem about wierlee connection. It doesn't work.
What should I do ?

hosein, 2010/05/22 22:55

I work with its bluetooth in ubuntu 9.10 and debian and opensuse it work.just install bluetooth pack in its dvd and remember that bluetooth is a usb device and update your laptop bios to A08 version.

igo, 2010/02/11 10:46

just bought this laptop. display i have is `WXGA+ (1440×900) Wide Screen with TrueLife` + 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS.

dunno why, but on all linuxes i tried (ubuntu, debian, arch, fedora) displays refresh rate is really bad. i can see that 3d acceleration works perfect, but display cant draw it all.

nvidia detects vertrefresh 60, horizsync: 30-75.

@gnome Display Prefs it says i have 50Hz display!!!
tried a lot in xorg.conf, but no success.

has anyone have similar problem?

Cagatay, 2009/12/22 22:29

I solved the problem guys;
Once boot Pardus, open the console,
be root, then type “modprobe wl” to console.
Of course wireless device must be powered before.

Pardus has the driver but not loaded carefully. (Check PISI)
Maybe somebody knows how to put “modprobe wl” command to the start up.
Good luck.

ercan, 2009/12/21 14:26

I ordered a new vostro 1720 last saturday. I am planning to install the latest ubuntu release on top of this notebook. I'll let you know if I see any problems at all.

Cagatay, I think you need to ask Pardus guys for the device driver updates. Maybe they have already sorted that issue in their patches,etc.


V H, 2009/12/07 11:51

Everything works fine out of the box with Ubuntu 9.10 but the bluetooth.

A L, 2009/10/24 14:06

If the network manager does not let you enable wireless. You need to get the latest bios from dell - theres a bug in the older bios. Versions A03 and up have this issue resolved.

Check out this link http://ajtaylor.wordpress.com/2009/10/17/dell-vostro-1520-ubuntu-9-10fedora-11/

Cagatay, 2009/10/04 20:35

I have installed pardus 2009 on this laptop.
I have a problem about wi-fi. It doesn't work.
Once I activate the wi-fi card, there writes a notice “Broadcom undefined activated”
I was have Dell inspiron 6000 and older pardus versions have no problem with it.
What should I do ?

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