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Dell Vostro 3550


The Dell Vostro 3550 is supported by current Linux distributions out of the Box. It's running smooth. Video, OpenGL and Compositing work very well. Power consumption with Linux is round about the same as with Windows.

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For full specifications see the Dell Vostro 3550 specifications page.

NameDell Vostro 3550
ProcessorIntel® CoreTM i5 (2410M)
Intel® CoreTM i3 (2310M)
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 6GB
HDD to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
AMD Radeon™ HD 6630M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorking
GraphicsIntel Working
ModemNot Included
Card ReaderWorking
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Working


The Intel GPU supports C6 sleep states wich is currently disabled (3.0 and some before). To save energy put i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 to the boot options of your Kernel.
The Touchpad currently isn't working with Kernel ⇐3.1. Patch is already avaible Somewhere in there is a link to Ubuntu launchpad where a package for Ubuntu is avaible.


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phanikrishna, 2015/03/27 04:44

I am using Red hat linux 7 in dell vostro 3550, I need display driver because screen is blinking frequently.

Is there any driver to download and how to install it.

Martin, 2013/09/08 17:18

The laptop runs excellent with 16 GB RAM. I used so far:

Corsair DDR3 ValueSelect, 2x8GB, CMSO16GX3M2A1333C9
(unfortunately one of the DIMMs failed after a year)

Kingston KVR13S9K2/16 kit of effectively same memories: 8GB each, PC3-10600 CL9 204-pin SODIMM.

Finally, Crucial website claims it supports but I am not sure if it can take 1.325V DIMMs:
CT2294560 DDR3 PC3-12800 CL11 1.35V 1600MHz
CT3320156 PC3-10600 CL9 1.35V 1333MHz

Claudio, 2013/02/03 22:29

Hello, A close firend of mine installed for my Dell Vostro 3550, linux debian OS, and I think is a very seepdy, stable and good OS and I am migrating to it. Unfortunately not all things work well but essentianls for me, yes, and I still searching programs I had before to linux versions. I miss from the other OS, the finger print reader, the programed funtions keys and for skype the 1mwm9 integarted camara that works only to take pictures but never again as video, and Van Basco karaoke that have no equivalent in linux.
The other hardware is working perfect.
Can someone guide me to find some help for make the machine completely usefull?
Thanking in advance

Inga, 2013/01/21 10:58

My Dell Vostro 3550 has a big issue with Ubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint 14 Mate and Cinnamon, Feodora 18. I attached an external monitor to it and unfortunately because of the internal and the dedicated graphics card - the OS is almost unusable! It can not decide which graphics card to use and thus it keeps switching from one graphics card to the other, resetting main displays, messing up the resolution or switching off completely one of the screens. This seems to be a known bug for many distributions so far and I really hope for a fix!
As a workaround I tried to disable in BIOS one of the graphics cards, but there seems to be no option for that under Dell Vostro 3550, which is disappointing.
Overall I think that dual monitors is a big headache for some Linux Distributions.

Estadore Germany, 2012/03/13 18:34

Hello friends,
i'm also using the Dell Vostro 3550, with i3 and Intel-Graphics. Most works fine, the battery can live about 5 1/2 hours. My Vostro runs Debian wheezy/sid with the 3.2.0-1-amd64 Kernel. Touchpad works, can scroll with two-fingers, but cannot click by pressing the touchpad. The FN-Keys doesn't work for me out-of-the-box, because i'm using a special desktop-environment/window manager. But with gnome, some FN-Keys worked out-of-the-box.
With a little bit effort, you can program the FN-Keys with acpid.

Best regards,

Arjun Pakrashi, 2012/01/28 17:48

I have a Dell Vostro 3550 laptop, and i am running Fedora 15 on it. Everything is working fine, HD videos, OpenGL, desktop effects are smooth, wireless works fine etc. The only thing which does not work is the fingerprint reader. The touchpad started working properly after the update. Before this update, the touchpad was detected as a PS/2 mouse.

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