Linux on Dell Vostro 3400

Monday, August 9, 2010


Vostro 3400 on Linux (Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04)

Hardware compatibility table:

Using Linux kernel 2.6.32-24-generic & Xorg server 1.7.6 (Ubuntu 10.04 defaults)

Hardware ComponentsStatus under LinuxNotes
CPU Intel core i5 520M 2C/4TWorksRecognized as 4 CPUs
14.0" High Definition (1366 x 768) LED Display
Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator HD Works Works fine but expect much better performance newer X drivers*
4GB DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM Works 64bit OS recommended
500GB Hard Drive, 7200 RPM Works -
8X DVD+/-RW Works -
Gigabit Ethernet network Works -
Wireless network card 802.11 n Works Requires Broadcom STA Wireless proprietary driver (shipped with Ubuntu)
Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Module Not tested -
Finger Print Reader Not tested -
Multi-touch Touchpad Works as normal touchpad No multi-touch out of the box. May work though. Untested.
Integrated 2.0 MP camera Works


Intel High Definition AudioWorksDell vostro's speakers are weak and not loud enough

(*) Ubuntu Lucid ships with xserver-xorg-video-intel 2.9.1 and kernel 2.6.32. Much improved graphic performance are available with Intel X driver 2.12 (open source) and kernel 2.6.35 (to be shipped with Ubuntu 10.10). Details @

Can you post an `lspci -vv` from the vostro 3400?
My apologies. I accidentally posted this on a different article but meant to post it here.

Sorry for posting a comment on an older article. I'm thinking about purchasing a Vostro 3400 and was wondering if you tried the latest 10.10 release of Ubuntu or any other Linux distro on this machine? I'm concerned that I would have to do a little extra to get the wireless card working.
LUC@X: posted it here as it's too long to fit in the comment box:
chadmccullough: replied to you in the other thread. In a nutshell: it will work out of the box in ubuntu 10.10 (via non-free driver). should work in other distro as well. Newly introduced open source broadcom driver should also work with any recent kernel.
Firstly i appreciate your efforts and thanks for the helpful vostro 1015 drivers

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