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    Dell Vostro V131

    I open this post to discuss about the new Vostro 131 and Ubuntu installation.
    Somebody is planning to install Ubuntu in this laptop?
    Would be nice to make a review about:
    - Overall performance
    - Peripherals (wifi, vga)
    - suspend/hibernate
    - Battery life with ubuntu
    - Fan noise
    - media buttons and fingerprint
    etc.
    Vote for: Focus more on stability and bugfixing in the LTS releases.!!
    http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/7862/

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    I was thinking about buying this laptop, so it would be nice with some updates. According to the Ubuntu Certification it seems to only work with the preinstalled Ubuntu.
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Same question. I want to buy this laptop but I am not sure because some sites say that the screen is bad, isn't it?

    And I am interested to install Ubuntu too.

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Bump
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    seems that nobody wants to take the risk being the first in buying it and test it with ubuntu...
    Vote for: Focus more on stability and bugfixing in the LTS releases.!!
    http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/7862/

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    I was just waiting for delivery
    Installed xubuntu natty on my i5 vostro v131.

    - Boot, networking, touchpad seem fine
    - Performance good, not stellar (expected an i5 to feel much snappier than my Studio 1537, but actually feel similar)
    - xorg-edgers drivers seem to boost graphics measurably (extreme tux racer up 50% in fps)
    - matte display cuts down reflections, but has a narrow field of view. Outside this FOV the screen looks weak. Within the FOV it's ok, but not great.
    - Cool, quiet
    - Happy with 3.0 liquorix kernels
    - Love the keyboard

    Under investigation:
    - resume after suspend: sometimes cannot login after wakeup (keyboard seems to 'jabber' on xscreensaver re-login)
    - keyboard autorepeat lost after resume

    Summary:
    Good performance, generally good linux compatibility, except for keyboard resume from suspend.

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Just installing on a new V131....

    My V131 has no CD/DVD so I attached a USB DBD drive, but was unable to boot from this at first. The process would dump me into BusyBox (initramfs) saying "No media found" (or similar).

    Eventually I read somewhere that the live CDs cannot boot in a USB3 socket, and when I switched to the single USB2 socket it all worked perfectly.

    Right now, I'm obliterating the Windows 7 installation that came pre-installed, and replacing with 11.04. The Unity desktop has correctly identified the 3D graphics environment, sound seems to work, and the wifi has connected happily.

    So far, so good!

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Hi,

    could someone post the lsusb and lspci output? I'm interested in the hardware details.

    Nevermind, I found the information here.

    Thanks in advance,
    Whoopie
    Last edited by Whoopie; September 20th, 2011 at 01:09 PM.

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Some good news. With the latest 2.6.38 generic kernel for natty pushed out a day or two ago, I now get perfect sleep and resume with gnome-power-saver. That addresses the only hardware compatibility issue I've noticed.

    Please be aware that I have not tested HDMI output yet though.

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Hi,

    I also bought the V131. The following components are not yet working:

    - fingerprint reader (Validity VFS5011, no driver for fprint available)
    - 3 function keys in the up right corner
    - accelerometer (I haven't found out which STMicrosystems chip it is, it's shown as ACPI SMO8800 device)

    Best regards,
    Whoopie

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