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April 9th, 2008, 03:01 PM
Many of the Dell links here are decommissioned now. Thread unstuck.

Dell Linux Wiki (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Wiki_Main_Page) offers information about their systems and Linux. It lists issues users have experienced, reported and also lists workarounds/fixes for said issues.

Also available are new custom images of latest Ubuntu releases including additional drivers/packages needed to help your specific model work better w/ Ubuntu. Please check it out, you may be able to solve your problem w/o having to post. Below I've provided some specific links to pages I believe will be more often requested than others and will update this post as the wiki updates.

Dell Linux/Hardware Support (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Products/Client#Hardware_Support) - Please ensure you have a supported system and are still covered by your warranty.
Canonical Support (http://www.canonical.com/support/register/dell) - Information regarding support packages available to consumers who have purchased Dell machines pre-loaded w/ Ubuntu.

N Series:
Jaunty: (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_9.04)
Custom Jaunty Image for all supported Dell Models (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_9.04#Dell_OS_Factory_Recovery_9.04_DVD_ISO)
Known Issues on Specified N Series models w/ Jaunty (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_9.04#Known_Issues)

Intrepid (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_8.10):
Custom Intrepid Image for all supported Dell Models (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_8.10#Dell_OS_Factory_Recovery_8.10_DVD_ISO)
Known issues on specified N Series models w/ Intrepid (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_8.10#Known_Issues)

Hardy (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_8.04):
Custom Hardy Image for all supported Dell Models (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_8.04#Dell_OS_Factory_Recovery_8.04.1_DVD_IS O)
Known issues on specified N Series models w/ Hardy (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_8.04#Known_Issues)

Gutsy (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.10):
N Series models offered by Dell (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.10#Desktops_and_Notebooks_with_Ubuntu_Des ktop_Edition_7.10)
Custom Gutsy images for specified N series models (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.10#Dell_OS_Reinstallation_7.10_DVD_ISO)
Known Issues on specified N Series models w/ Gutsy (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.10#Known_Issues)

Feisty (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.04):
N Series models offered by Dell (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.04#Desktops_and_Notebooks_with_Ubuntu_Des ktop_Edition_7.04)
Custom Feisty images for specified N series models (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.04#Dell_Remastered_Ubuntu_7.04_ISO)
Known Issues on specified N Series models w/ Feisty (http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.04#Known_Issues)

You may also browse Dell's Linux Forum (http://www.dellcommunity.com/supportforums/board?board.id=sw_linux) for other issues/possible resolutions.

Feel free to post if you can think of any other sites/pages that deal directly w/ Dell and Ubuntu related issues. Thanks

ubuntu1501 (http://www.ubuntu1501.com/) - Web Blog for Inspiron 1501 users.
MyDellMini (http://mydellmini.com/) - Site dedicated to Dell's Mini 9 and Mini 12 Netbooks.

April 23rd, 2008, 01:34 PM
Thread unstuck. Requested by OP.

April 27th, 2008, 05:47 PM
thanks i'm getting a laptop w/ ubuntu soon so this really helped :D

June 8th, 2008, 02:50 PM
I have the 1525n model with Ubuntu and Hardy. I don't have sound on video from the web. I can play CD's and DVD's fine. The effectual and startup sound work fine as well. I have searched and searched but couldn't find anyone else with the same problem. Thank you

June 11th, 2008, 12:01 AM
I have the 1525n model with Ubuntu and Hardy. I don't have sound on video from the web. I can play CD's and DVD's fine. The effectual and startup sound work fine as well. I have searched and searched but couldn't find anyone else with the same problem. Thank you

there is a list of issues with your notebook. please read everything there as you might mess it up. make sure that problem is a problem with your notebook.

June 12th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Will the appropriate DELL person please forward to me via e-mail a listing of the computers pre-loaded with LINUX and their costs?



June 14th, 2008, 08:12 AM
I've got an issue with my wifi not working on a 1525 Dell(NOT a 1525n). Just installed 8.04 on it and can't get wifi to work. I'm a newb when it comes to installing drivers to ubuntu so I don't know what to check for or how to check for it.

Will the wireless adapter in the regular 1525 that came with Vista work on 8.04? If not, what can I do to get wireless to work with this laptop. I just got it from Dell this week.

I've gotten the wireless adapter to work. Apparently, I needed to install drivers so I needed a wired connection for it to d/l the updates and install the driver. This thread, http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=776626, and the little bit of info I know of using the terminal got me up and running. Hope this helps someone else.

July 6th, 2008, 04:56 AM

July 6th, 2008, 06:37 PM
The Wiki has to be updated....All patches and work arounds no longer work with the latest 8.04.1 version....

July 6th, 2008, 10:40 PM

No worries. Thank you for the heads up though..

July 23rd, 2008, 07:13 AM
I think a very helpful page to be posted here is ubuntu1501.com. This page is all about getting certain apps, such as wifi, to work with the dell inspiron 1501.

September 18th, 2008, 01:42 PM
Been MIA for a month or three, I've updated the post to the best of my ability. Please feel free to post any additional info you think I can add along w/ any links specifically relating to Dell/Ubuntu systems. Thanks. =]

September 22nd, 2008, 06:07 AM
I am new to this discussion.. Can anyone give some details about Ubuntu and Dell?


widecircles (http://www.widecircles.ca)

October 4th, 2008, 11:56 AM
I have looked at lots of the post on this forum and I thought I would through in my comments as I have my machine working...

My System:
* Processor Intel? Core™2 Duo Mobile 2.0GHz 800MHz FSB
* Cache Memory - 2MB at die Level 2
* System Memory - 4GB DDR2
* Display Type Ulrasharp WXGA high-definition widescreen with TrueLife (1280 x 800)
* Graphics - Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
* Networking - Broadcom NetLink BCM5906M
* Wireless - Built-in Dell 1395 mini-card (802.11b/g)
* Bluetooth - 355 Bluetooth module
* Sound - Sigmatel 9228

I used Hardy 64bit 8.04.1. This installed with absolutely no problems and everything worked from the get go except Wireless and Dual monitors.

Wireless I got working fine with using ndiswrapper. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx/Feisty_No-Fluff. A most excellent doc.

Dual monitor support. Dual monitor support worked from the get go but I could not convince my laptop that the external display supported 1440x900 and even the resolution it did pick would not alway stick. That is until I found URandR. See http://albertomilone.com/urandr.html. Another great doc.

The only things bothering me are battery life. But I have not tried the hints on this forum yet. And Cisco VPN. I have the Cisco VPN client installed. When I connect to my vpn server I see that the routes get updated and I have a new ip. However, my DNS setting never get updated like they do under Windows. Since I connect to about 30 different VPN servers (for my clients) I cannot hard code all the domains into my resolv.conf. So if anyone has any ideas on what I am doing wrong let me know please.


October 7th, 2008, 12:44 AM
This is directed to Jo123
What would you like to know? The basic thing is that Dell offers Ubuntu preinstalled on some of their computers. If you need help with one, please start a new post with the problem. If you have a specific question in relation to Dell and Ubuntu, please ask. If you want to check out Dell's website for Ubuntu, here it is (for America)... http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/linux_3x?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs

October 16th, 2008, 05:45 AM
I will be getting a dell laptop from my friend in a couple of days and i know that the laptop is about 2-3 years old max. Will ubuntu work on the laptop. sorry i cant provide the exact model(i tried getting the model).

October 16th, 2008, 11:32 PM
I don't see why not. Typically the computers that run Ubuntu the best are the ones that are a couple years old as all the drivers are made by then.

October 17th, 2008, 04:19 AM
Can I get some help with the Dell D630 Latitude Wireless drivers. It appears that like all the other Dell wireless issues that I have seen mine also will not work with Ubuntu 8.04.1 or whatever the latest stable is, I am a total Linux noob, sorry. I was able to get the soon to be released Ubuntu 8.1.0 beta to work with my wireless card so I expect the smart thing to do would just be patient and wait till the 30th of October rolls around and then grab the latest and greatest released distro.

October 17th, 2008, 04:21 PM
Hi I have posted elsewhere, but given the numbers of people it appears to be causing problems, would it be possible for someone to put up a simple step by step guide to solving the sound card problem with the 1525?

October 17th, 2008, 08:45 PM

Have you tried the workarounds mentioned previously in the thread or have you checked out the 8.10 beta? I have been using a boot cd with the 8.10 beta and the wireless issue is totally resolved for me in that version which comes out on the 30th of this month. Good luck.

October 18th, 2008, 04:07 PM
Maybe the thread title should to be changed to:

information about your N series model

(...from the first line of the thread).

At least include in the title 'exclusivity' of latitude series...

October 29th, 2008, 05:17 AM
thank you , it is very useful

October 29th, 2008, 06:03 PM
Maybe the thread title should to be changed to:

(...from the first line of the thread).

At least include in the title 'exclusivity' of latitude series...

Corrected. Sorry for any confusion. =]

November 8th, 2008, 12:46 PM
This link has died:

November 9th, 2008, 04:06 PM
This link has died:

Am I referencing this somewhere in the thread that I cannot locate? =|

November 10th, 2008, 09:50 AM
Am I referencing this somewhere in the thread that I cannot locate? =|
Sorry notwen, maybe this is the wrong topic, this is the link with the reference. I already tried to contact Dell by the mail found in the Wiki, but it's wrong.

November 17th, 2008, 10:48 AM
Any news about Dell's 8.10 DVD ISO Image

November 24th, 2008, 04:48 PM
When can we expect the Dell Linux wiki to be updated with 8.10 Intrepid information (known issues etc.)?

November 24th, 2008, 05:30 PM
Dell normally releases their custom image along w/ additional info regarding Ubuntu on their N-Series models a month or two after the official release of the new version. So I expect we should see something within the next month or two on their end. As soon as I catch it I'll update my post w/ any new info. Or if you see any changes on their Wiki, post and let me know so I can update my first post. =]

February 9th, 2009, 04:36 PM
The 8.10 image is here:


February 10th, 2009, 02:50 PM
The 8.10 image is here:


updated. =]

April 23rd, 2009, 09:22 PM
Hello, We've got our wifi working on my partner's new Dell mini 12 but the browser won't connect (the add/remove does). What is going on, do you think?

April 29th, 2009, 02:21 PM
Updated main thread adding links to the Juanty wiki page.

June 10th, 2009, 03:45 PM
I have read the Dell Linux Wiki but I didn't find the answer to my question. Can post an updated Dell Linux Wiki.

July 11th, 2009, 01:12 AM
Brother MFC Printer issues: Have noticed other people also have problems with printer drivers. Is there any "one solution fits all" cure for this? I haven't been able to fix my own problem by reading other people's answers, and was wondering if there was a short cut out there. Thanks in advance.

October 3rd, 2009, 08:44 AM
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November 1st, 2009, 10:54 PM
hai --

couple things:

Dell wiki seems a bit dead in the water, and I can't think of anything much positive to say about their 'community' after knocking about it all afternoon (1/2 day now!). Largely looks like corporate ad copy targeted at selling new pre-installed systems, rather providing very much content. The 'community' portion of their show appears to be lacking.

Dell generally abandons most of their products fairly rapidly, and I'm not seeing any discussion at all about anything hardware more than about 12-16 months old, and certainly nothing about install or troubleshooting help for new linux on 'old' hardware.

Meaning, I am seriously denied joy in this thread because I'm trying to get an old gx240 going. True P4(R) 1.8 GHz, 512MB DDR (2x256 MB matched) 100 MHz RAM, near-virgin Seagate Barracuda 7200/ATA-133 40 GB drive, 64 MB ATI video. I mean, smokes the 'realistic' minimum specs by at least a factor of three.

It's run wonderfully for nearly five straight years on a single Win2000 install (downgraded from XP in 2005 because win 2K runs about three times faster, etc.). However, the old hard drive gave up its ghost last week, so I went round #3 with linux this weekend (last free one this year, now lost).

1st Impression: Ubuntu 9.10 is a hog. Unbelievably, just idling from a fresh install it chews up ~65-75% system resources. Performance reminds me of the time I put Win NT on a 486 PC, circa 1999.

This is very depressing and distressing.

Given the system specs (and several million press releases of Ubuntu hype), it should run as fast, or faster, than Win 2000. Yet, it runs very notably worse than the XP install I whacked several years ago.

What up with that? Is this a Dell issue or an Ubuntu issue? I grant that there is a user issue here, but the base install is clearly bloated.

How can I identify what is actual bloat and safely disable it ..? Example: three bluetooth processes are running, on a machine built before bluetooth was implemented. Seriously, that is utterly Not Right.

If I wanted an OS that installs software for non-existant hardware, while at the same time cannot find a USB 2.0 PCI card ... I could just drop $2000 on a new system and another $500 on more microsoft garbage.

There are 128 processes running (all but one are 'sleeping') from a freshly patched, clean install, CPU use is at ~70%, and it's taking 180 MB memory to sit idle, with no applications running (that I have anything to do with). Win 2K ran 18-25 processes at ~15% CPU use and ~100 MB memory with WinAmp happily burbling along.

I just want a minimalist, efficient system for music playback (usually flacs or mp3s), office document editing & reading, light web-surfing for news/info/browser-based email, & simple website content management. I had that until last week; I'm rather unhappy that Ubuntu is behaving more like Vista than linux.

Did I choose the wrong distro ..? Seriously, should I be looking at something else that is designed to run lean on old hardware?

My investigations (over the past 2 years) indicated that Ubuntu should rock and shred (for my intended uses) on this machine, but it is mostly fail (so far).

And I haven't even tried to run anything on it, apart from the default MP3 player & web browser.

November 5th, 2009, 11:56 PM
Is this thread dead? I just wasted 2 hours and 1.8GB downloading the Dell package that as far as I can tell is only any good if you need to recover or are reinstalling..

I have a dell system running Win7 and I want it gone.. I tried the normal 9.10 Karmic but it picks up both my 250GB drives as 1 500GB thus not giving me the choice of partition.. I can't lose 400GB of media..

I was hoping the DELL version 9.04 would resolve this issue..

Wat can I do.. I have ubuntu purring on my netbook now and want this on my desktop..

April 6th, 2010, 02:10 PM
just a note to say thanks I got a brand Inspiron dual core with Ubuntu9.10/XP dual boot and this will help a lot, thanks

July 2nd, 2010, 03:57 AM
This thread really should be unstickied, the wiki it points to has been decommissioned and now just points to the Dell site, and there's far less info on the Dell site. Essentially, this thread is a complete waste of time for those looking for general help with a Dell install, and certainly shouldn't be "read first".