Ubuntu Linux on Dell Studio 17 Laptop

Hardware Description

General Information
ManufacturerDell Inc.
Manufacturer Website Addresswww.dell.com
Product LineStudio
Product Series17
Product NameDell Studio 17 Notebook
Mobile TechnologyIntel Centrino Core 2 Duo T5500 / 1.66 GHz
Successfully Installed Operating Systems
(last in bold)
Windows® XP Home - Native
Linux Ubuntu Dapper
Linux Ubuntu Edgy
Linux Ubuntu Feisty Fawn
Linux Ubuntu Gutsy Ribbon
Linux Ubuntu Hardy Heron
Linux Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex
Linux Ubuntu Jaunty Jacktalope
Linux Ubuntu Karmic Koala
Linux Ubuntu Lucid Lynx
Linux Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal
Battery Information
Batteries1 x 8-cell Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Standard
Battery LifeUp to 5 Hour(s) (Main Battery) - 1,5h/2h In use
Battery Recharge Time
  • 1.5 Hour(s) Passive (Main Battery)
  • 3.5 Hour(s) Active (Main Battery)
  • Miscellaneous
    Package Contents
  • Vaio VGN AR21B Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
  • Additional Information

    Display and Graphics Support:

    • Support for simultaneous display on notebook LCD and external monitor
    • Microsoft DirectX 9.0 support

    LAN Feature :

    • Wake-on-LAN ready

    Modem Feature :

    • Wake-on-Ring ready

    Security Features :

    • User and administrator BIOS passwords
    • Kensington lock slot

    Linux Compatibility

    Processor & Chipset
    ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66 GHz
    Completely recognized
    Bus Speed667 MHz
    Cache2MB L2
    ChipsetMobile Intel 945PM Express
    Standard Memory1GB DDR2 SDRAM
    Completely recognized
    Maximum Memory2GB DDR2 SDRAM
    Memory SpeedDDR2 533 - PC2-4200
    Hard Drive100 GB ATA 5400 RPM
    Completely recognized
    Optical DriveDVD-RW Combo Drive Integrated
    Optical Drive Speed24x CD-RW/8x DVD-ROM
    Display & Graphics
    Display Screen17" Active Matrix TFT Color LCD
    Completely recognized
    Graphics ControllerMobile Intel 945PM Express
    Display Resolution1440 x 900 @ 16.7 Million Colors (24-bit) Internal Support
    Color Support16.7 Million Colors (24-bit)
    Graphic CardNVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 - 256 MB dedicated in dedicated and 256 MB in shared memory
    WebcamRicoh MotionEye USB r5u870 (more details)
    Sound CardStereo Integrated
    Completely recognized
    SpeakersStereo Speakers Integrated
    Network & Communication
    • Fast Ethernet 10/100Mbps
    • Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g 54Mbps
    Completely recognized after actions for Wi-Fi
    ModemV.92 56Kbps Fax Modem
    Not tested yet !
    Input Devices
    Keyboard88 Keys
    Partly recognized

    DVD ejection, two user-programmable and AV-mode keys are not recognized
    Keyboard Features
    • Hotkey controls
    • International language support
    • 12 function keys
    • Four cursor keys
    • Two Microsoft Windows keys
    • Wireless LED button
    Easy-Launch Buttons :
    • Sound Volume Increase, Descrease and Mute
    • DVD Ejection
    • Five Multimedia Actions
    • Two user-programmable
    Pointing DeviceTouchPad
    • 1 x SD card slot (more details)
    • 1 x Memory stick slot
    • 1 x TV-out
    • 1 x i.Link IEEE 1394 - FireWire
    • 1 x IrDA Fast Infrared
    • 1 x HDMi (HDCP)
    • 1 x Sortie SPDIF
    • 1 x Headphone(s)
    • 1 x RJ-11 Modem
    • 1 x RJ-45 Network
    • 1 x VGA
    • 1 x Microphone
    • 3 x USB 2.0
    • 1 x DC Power Input
    Partly recognized

    The italic elements are not tested yet.
    and the underlined elements are not yet recognized by the kernel
    Power Description
    Power Management
    • ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) 1.0b
    Partly recognized

    the hot-keys are not completely supported

    Activation of the Wi-Fi connection on Dell Studio 17

    To activate the Wi-Fi connection please type the following commands on the console:

    $> sudo apt-get install linux-headers-generic
    $> sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source
    $> sudo modprobe wl

    No reboot is needed.

    Additional Information

    The following pages are describing additional information on Ubuntu Linux installation on this Acer Laptop: