Will a Linux distro work perfectly on the Dell inspiron 15r 5520?

Indronil Mondal June 12, 2013
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These are the specifications:
Intel 4000HD +Amd 7670M (DUAL GRAPHICS)
INTEL CENTRINO N2230 + BLUETOOTH 3.0
4gb ram 500 gb hdd
Usb 3.0
Intel i5 processor
Context audio
Elan touchpad

While running from a live cd of ubuntu the graphics, touchpad was not working properly and i did not check the network adapters
so just want to know what problems i might face after installing Ubuntu.
Are proper drivers available for my device?

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  1. dragonmouth
    October 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Rather than installing various distros willy-nilly, hoping that one of them will have the correct WiFi driver, find out what chipset the adapter is using (Broadcom, Ralink, Intel, etc.) Then check you distro's repositories for a driver for that chipset. Install the driver from the repository. Probably will have to reboot for the adapter to be recognized by the new driver. If not, use Network Manager to set up your adapter.

  2. Chirag S
    July 12, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Purpose of Installing Linux Just for fun Use Mageia or Opnesuse Education or Mint
    for testing or trying different server Use Opensuse education or Debian

  3. Rajaa Chowdhury
    June 14, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Why don't you give Bodhi Linux a go. It is light, fast, stable and minimalist. http://www.bodhilinux.com/

  4. DalSan M
    June 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Running from the Live CD is great for a test drive, but the main issue is not having all of the latest drivers built in. Once installed, there should be a list of drivers that can be updated so that your system would work better/properly. There should be several versions of graphics drivers that you can choose from, just pick the most stable version. The other drivers should not be an issue since your computer is Ubuntu-certified.

  5. Adithya Sairam
    June 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Ubuntu or Debian.

  6. ha14
    June 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

    your processor support linux
    http://tuxmobil.org/centrino.html

  7. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 13, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Your specs are better than mine still i was able to run Fedora from a live cd.

    You should also check out this MakeUseOf page about the Best Linux Distros
    http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/best-linux-distributions

  8. Bruce Epper
    June 13, 2013 at 1:28 am

    According to the Ubuntu site, this laptop is certified with 12.04 LTS for out-of-the-box operation, at least in its default configuration sot it should work with the latest LTS version and everything that has come after it to this point.

    I have seen reports of LinuxMint 14 (Nadia) working perfectly, so you may want to try that one.

    As far as the greatest hardware support I have seen, PCLinuxOS pretty much works with everything, but I have not seen anything regarding your specific computer with that OS.

    • Indronil Mondal
      June 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      yes it is ubuntu certified and a preinstalled ubuntu version was also launched but i found after upgrade the pc didnt worked and the 12.4 also had custom drivers which regular users dont have :/

    • dragonmouth
      June 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Indronil,
      If you have Update History turned on, check it for any errors. Then try backing out the packages in error. If that does not work, re-install Ubuntu 12.04 and do not update it.

    • Réy Aétar
      June 13, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      sir please check this out i am now having a similar problem after installing http://gr33ndata.blogspot.in/2013/01/foss-and-hardware-drivers.html

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