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Dell Vostro V131


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Vostro V131 laptop.

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For full specifications see the Dell Vostro V131 specifications page.

NameDell Vostro V131
ProcessorIntel® Celeron® Dual Core (847) or Intel® CORE i5 or Intel® CORE i7
Screen13.3“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 2GB
HDDup to 320GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD 2000 Graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Fingerprint readerNo driverBuilt in
ProcessorTestedIntel® CORE i5
HDDTested120GB SDD
ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderTested
Built in UMTS ModemNot Tested


Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10, Linux Mint Debian Edition, Debian 6.0, ArchBang 2011.11, ROSA Desktop.Fresh 2012 work out of the box.
Battery life is about 7 hours using the 6 cell version.
Suspend / resume is working.



Jane, 2016/09/11 22:36

I've just installed Linux Mint 18 Sarah - Cinnamon on my Vostro V131 i5 edition

I have never used the fingerprint reader, so haven't tested that. But everything else, including function keys, wifi, bluetooth, webcam, microphone, speakers etc worked “straight out of the box” :)

LyX, 2012/12/30 10:35

I'm using it with “ROSA 2012 desktop.fresh” linux (it's my second laptop, first is with ROSA linux to). Everything works fine.

Aravind Sadaiappan, 2012/03/07 18:51


Bluetooth works fine for me, but does not work on resuming from suspend. Other than that, everything is as described above - 5.5 hour battery life with the i5 spec.

Any thoughts on how to fix the bluetooth problem on resuming from suspend?


Esteban, 2013/03/18 16:42

I have solved this restarting the bluetooth deamon:

/etc/init.d/bluetooth restart

Fraser McCrossan, 2012/01/18 03:31

Another note: my touchpad was very jumpy with multitouch scrolling. The defaults turned out to be too sensitive and the pad was reporting touch when my finger was close but not touching. Check your settings with:

synclient | grep -i finger

My FingerLow/FingerHigh were set to 25/30, but setting both to 50 gave better results:

synclient fingerhigh=50 fingerlow=50

To make those settings permanent in Wheezy, create the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/synaptics.conf with the contents:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier      "Touchpad"                      # required
        MatchIsTouchpad "yes"                           # required
        Driver          "synaptics"                     # required
	Option          "SHMConfig"			"true"
	Option		"FingerHigh"			"50"
	Option		"FingerLow"			"50"

…and reboot or otherwise restart the X server.

The SHMConfig entry also allows you to test your settings with:

synclient -m 100

…to find the optimum pressure settings for your specific pad.

Fraser McCrossan, 2012/01/13 23:58

Works with Debian Wheezy too. Everything works as stated above on Core i3 version. The HD 3000 graphics driver works with Gnome 3 out of the box and gives smooth desktop effects. Also plays 1080p Youtube videos fullscreen without stuttering, and works well with Google Earth. Built-in microphones and webcam work well in Skype and Google Talk.

Volume, screen brightness, keyboard backlight and wireless enable function keys work.

Wireless doesn't work out of the box. Install the firmware-iwlwifi package from the non-free repository (via ethernet) then reboot.

7-hour battery life with the 6-cell is unrealistic IMHO. I'm seeing closer to 4. Installing laptop-mode-tools and some aggressive settings (30-minute write cache, 60-second HD spindown) eek it out to 5.

Boris, 2012/01/01 04:28

Vostro 131 works pretty well with Xubuntu 11.10. Two major issues:

1) The network manager is losing WPA key all the time. Replaced with WICD, pretty stable connection so far.

1) Blueman does not see built-in bluetooth adapter though Ubuntu 11.04 works fine with bluetooth. No solution yet. Upgraded Blueman to the latest version (1.23), no changes.

BTW, Fedora 16 (USB startup disk) can see bluetooth, pairing with headset is OK but the network manager is losing WPA key all the time (like in Xubuntu 11.10).

Esteban, 2011/12/18 15:01

Vostro 131 works fine with Debian Squeeze. The leds, the Webcam,the microphone, the touchpad,the bluetooth and the function-keys are working fine too.

I have not tested the modem UMTS and the fingerprint

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