Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 5420

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The Dell Inspiron 5420 portable with the components described below has been awarded the status of certified for Ubuntu.

Please note that for pre-installed systems:

  1. The system is available in some regions with a special image of Ubuntu pre-installed by the manufacturer. It takes advantage of the hardware features for this system and may include additional software. You should check when buying the system whether this is an option.
  2. Standard images of Ubuntu may not work at all on the system or may not work well, though Canonical and computer manufacturers will try to certify the system with future standard releases of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS 64-bit

Available from ubuntu.com

Certification notes

Proprietary Drivers Required

Installation of proprietary NVidia video driver is required for full functionality.

Media Card Reader

Please do not use "Safely remove" to remove your media card, it will cause your card reader stop working until you restart your computer.

Video mode switch key

Video mode switch doesn't work on this system. To control the displays, use the "Displays" utility found in "System Settings".

BIOS
Dell: X58 (Legacy)

Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64-bit

Available from ubuntu.com

Certification notes

Updates required

This system requires all available updates to be applied in order to work properly.

Touchpad

Vertical scrolling does not work

Hybrid Video

Some versions of this system come with two different graphics processors: an Intel UMA on-board adapter and an additional GPU from either nVidia or ATI. On this system, only the Intel graphics chip has been tested and certified. The use of the additional GPU is not supported for this release.

BIOS
Dell: X58 (Legacy)

Hardware summary

This system was tested with these key components:

Processor

Intel Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU B970 @ 2.30GHz

Video

nVidia GF108M [GeForce GT 630M]

Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller

Ethernet

Qualcomm Atheros AR8162 Fast Ethernet

Wireless

Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230

Hardware details

Audio

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller

Intel Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller

BIOS

Dell X58

Bluetooth

Intel Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R) 4.0 + High Speed Adapter

Board

Dell Unknown

Capture

Suyin Corp. Unknown

Cardreader

Generic USB2.0-CRW

Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller

Cdrom

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Optiarc DVDRW/BDROM BC-5540H

Unknown Optiarc DVDRW/BDROM BC-5540H

Chassis

Dell Portable

Disk

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH TOSHIBA MK5061GSYN

Unknown TOSHIBA MK5061GSYN

Keyboard

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH AT Translated Set 2 keyboard

Unknown AT Translated Set 2 keyboard

Mouse

Unknown ALPS PS/2 Device

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH PS/2 Generic Mouse

Network

Qualcomm Atheros AR8162 Fast Ethernet

Processor

Intel Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU B970 @ 2.30GHz

System

Dell Inspiron 5420

Touchpad

Unknown AlpsPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint

Usb

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller

Video

nVidia GF108M [GeForce GT 630M]

Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller

Wireless

Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230

Other

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Dell WMI hotkeys

Unknown Dell WMI hotkeys

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3

Unknown HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH HDA Intel PCH Headphone

Unknown HDA Intel PCH Headphone

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH HDA Intel PCH Mic

Unknown HDA Intel PCH Mic

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Lid Switch

Unknown Lid Switch

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Power Button

Unknown Power Button

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Sleep Button

Unknown Sleep Button

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Video Bus

Unknown Video Bus

Intel Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor Family PCI Express Root Port

Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller

Intel 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode]

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1

Intel HM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller

Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub

Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub