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Dell vostro 3500 and Fedora 13


  • Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 350M(2.26GHz, Dual Core, 4T, 3MB L3)
  • 3GB (1X2G+1X1G) DDR3-1066MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMM
  • 320GB Hard Drive, 7200 RPM
  • Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller
  • Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g wireless
  • 8X DVD+/-RW Drive for N-Series
  • Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Module
  • 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

Fedora 13 on dell vostro 3500


Fresh installation using Fedora 13 live usb works.

Details of lsmod,lspci,lsusb and cpuinfo





Desktop Environment

I have tried Gnome, Gnome shell, Compiz fusion and sugar on my laptop everything works well.


Sound works by default.


Vlc 1.0.6 crashed initially , ran vlc using ‘MALLOC_CHECK=1 vlc’ to rectify the problem.

Wired network

Fedora uses r8169 module and it works


Wireless won’t work by default, need to install kmod-wl package from rpmfusion non free repository.


Works fine. Tapping is not enabled by default, enable it by visiting System->Preferences->Mouse->Touchpad


Webcam works. Clicked some pictures with cheese.


Works. Transferred some files to my mobile.

Multimedia keys

Multimedia keys response is poor. (Play, pause,next,previous,stop,volume buttons ) I don’t know whether its the fault of my machine, because i can increase the volume with ease but cannot reduce it.

  1. nmarques
    August 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Multimedia keys do work by default on my Vaio and they seem to work also on several Toshiba’s I’ve installed.

    • August 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

      oh really? it must be a problem with the keyboard itself. I will call dell customer support then.

  2. paulez
    August 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Have tried an external monitor ?
    I have a Vostro 3300 and external monitors are fuzzy with this laptop. Have you got the same problem ?

    • August 17, 2010 at 3:51 am

      No, i haven’t tried connecting an external monitors. I will check this when i have a chance.

  3. August 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Have you try on another distro?? Please share againn, thanks…

    • August 17, 2010 at 11:42 am

      No, i haven’t tried, will test it with some other distro’s live cd.

  4. Felipe
    August 18, 2010 at 3:46 am

    I installed it on my Vostro 3500 and couldn’t figure out which package to install to get wireless working. Thanks for the info.

    My multimedia keys worked fine, at least for what I’ve tested. Sound volume up and down are fine for me too.

    About external monitors (if it really matches this category…), I’ve plugged it to a projector today and it worked out of the box, no configuration needed, no xrandr, nothing. It’s the first time I recall having this working so easily on linux.

    • August 18, 2010 at 4:24 am

      Nice. I will have to call dell for my multimedia keys it seems 😐 .

  5. Felipe
    August 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Just as a follow-up, I installed VLC and it didn’t crash. It doesn’t recognize the multimedia keys though. Totem handles them correctly, but in VLC I can’t even use them as shortcut keys. When running xev, pressing them generates KeymapNotify events, VLC could be listening only for KeyPress, I’m too lazy to check :p

  6. Neeraj
    October 20, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Hello Arun,
    I too have got a dell vostro 3500 i5 machine
    I have installed suse 11.3, and yet to configure the repositories. The Wi-fi module is not yet detected.Is their any rpm for suse 11.3,

    • October 20, 2010 at 5:04 am

      Hi Neeraj,

      You must install kmod-wl package to make it work. It is a non free driver, that should be available in separate repositories, please consider asking /searching in Suse forums.

      • Neeraj
        October 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

        Hello, the Wi-fi module is enabled.
        The driver can be installed by loading the packman repo.

  7. khan
    October 25, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Can someone please post their xconfig.conf? I was trying to get the dual monitors to work and now am stuck with blank screens.

    • October 26, 2010 at 3:41 am

      I do not use dual monitors but system->preferences->monitors might help you!

  8. Neeraj
    October 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Neeraj :
    Hello, the Wi-fi module is enabled.
    The driver can be installed by loading the packman repo. The lcd goes dim considerably when i unplug the power cable and remains in the state even after plugging the cable back in. What’s the way to sort it out? This is not an issue in Xp -the hardware is working. Is something to be edited in acpi .

  9. Mexa
    November 2, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Hi everybody.

    I strongly suggest to those who haven’t had a problem with this laptop and Fedora 13 please submit a short review in LinLap.com, because this newer model is not displayed yet:


    It would be very helpful, in my case I luckily came to this page (Arun’s blog) because I want to buy it and be informed about its Fedora compatibility. I sincerely ask for someone to do this (if almost all works, then it should be easy to do!).


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