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Dell Vostro 1710

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Vostro 1710 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 1710. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Vostro 1710 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Dell Vostro 1710 specifications page.

NameDell Vostro 1710
ProcessorIntel Celeron-M 540 1.86GHz
Screen17” WXGA+ Widescreen
RAM1GB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 802.11abg

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYes
EthernetYes
WirelessYes
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested

Notes

Graphics

The NVIDIA Geforce 8600M is also available for this laptop. This hasn't been tested but will likely work with the proprietary nvidia modules.

Wireless

Some variants of the Vostro 1710 include the Dell Wireless 1395 and 1505 controllers. These are Broadcom based controller which are not as well supported under Linux. If you are ordering this laptop it is recommended you select the Intel wireless option as used here.

Keyboard

In Ubuntu some users are reporting keyboard issues when installed from the installation DVD. It seems that installing from in installation CD doesn't cause this problem.

Summary

The Dell Vostro 1710 works well with Linux. If you stay away from the Broadcom based wireless controllers you shouldn't have too many problems here.


Discussion

Chris Dew, 2009/03/21 18:23

Successfully used with Ubuntu 8.10 :-) http://www.finalcog.com/dell-vostro-1710-linux-ubuntu-x86-64-review

Chris Dew, 2009/03/15 13:11

Some more info re: wireless and Ubuntu 8.10 x86_64 - http://www.finalcog.com/dell-vostro-1710-linux-ubuntu-x86-64-review

Anonymous, 2008/11/25 13:19

ethernet has problem with Gigabits networks (work with 100Mb

Kyle Janz, 2008/10/22 17:46

thanks

Thanks for this info. I've already tried the Dell Studio 1735 and had trouble with a number of hardware issues, so your post helped me decide to order the Vostro. I'll be getting it with the Intel wifi, so that should solve my biggest concern.

Kamil Kwiatkowski, 2008/07/27 12:31

Another review of Vostro 1710

http://blog.ptpbs.com/?p=37 ← another good review of that laptop

Arnold Willemer, 2008/07/23 13:55

Trouble with the network

On my Vostro 1710 there is built in a Realtek RTL8111/8168B (reported by lspci). In the beginning there was not even a eth0 device. I learned that you can workaround it by activating Wake up by LAN in the BIOS. Then you find a device eth0, it is up, looks like working, but you can't get any connection.

The Dell-WLAN-Card is a Broadcom BCM4310. Not supported by Linux.

The good news: The Express Card Slot is working.
The display with the high resolution works fine!

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