Hey guys !
I bought a Dell Vostro 5460 (Model No: W560303TH - Thailand version) a month back. It is equipped with i5-3230M and nVidia 630M (2 GB).
It came pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 and from what I could gather there were a fair amount of customizations done to the installation. From what I could see, there were some kernel modules and even a Dell repository added as a software source.
BTW, this is the first time that I am using a laptop with a Linux distro pre-installed.
Also, I soon did a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.10 x64 since I am already a fairly old Ubuntu user.
And these are the issues that I am probably facing due to the OS (with the OEM installation as well):
This is the most important issue with the laptop. The sound output is only feeble although from what I could gather, the users of the Windows version are not facing any such issues.
This is a one more crucial issue that I am facing. The ethernet port is not detected by the OS. Though, when I connect the 5460 to my router via a cable, the ethernet LED lights up on the router. However, there is no activiy in my OS. Also, there are apparently no lights on the port on the laptop, so I can not say about that.
Also, the port is enabled in the BIOS.
It shows erratic behaviour and performance is not appreciable. I know that good touchpads are not so common but I think this can be improved. I also saw some scripts in the Dell installation regarding touchpad input.
It was quite poor at first. But then I installed and switched off the nVidia by installing 'bbswitch'. Though, its quite better now, I would love to know of any optimizations in the Wifi chipset or anything else as I saw some scripts regarding that as well in the OEM installation.
Hoping to hear back