Ubuntu on Dell Inspiron 5421

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The Dell Inspiron 5421 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

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".

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.

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: A01 (Legacy)

Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS 64-bit

Available from ubuntu.com

Certification notes

Hibernate

Hibernate may not function as expected on this system.

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: A01 (Legacy)

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit

Pre-installed by manufacturer

Certification notes

There are no notes for this release.

BIOS
Dell: X11 (Legacy)

Hardware summary

This system was tested with these key components:

Processor

Intel Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz

Video

nVidia GK107M [GeForce GT 640M] GeForce GT 640M LE

nVidia GK107M [GeForce GT 640M]

Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller

Ethernet

Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller

Wireless

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Unknown

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

BIOS

Dell A01

Dell X11

Bluetooth

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH hci0

None hci0

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

Board

Dell Not Specified

Capture

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_HD

None Laptop_Integrated_Webcam_HD

Microdia 0c45:648d

Cardreader

Generic USB2.0-CRW

Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller

Cdrom

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH MATSHITA DVD+/-RW UJ8B2

None MATSHITA DVD+/-RW UJ8B2

Unknown MATSHITA DVD+/-RW UJ8B2

Chassis

Dell Portable

Disk

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB

Unknown ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB

Keyboard

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH AT Translated Set 2 keyboard

None AT Translated Set 2 keyboard

Unknown AT Translated Set 2 keyboard

Network

Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller

Processor

Intel Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz

System

Dell Inspiron 3421

Dell Inspiron 5421

Touch

None SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad

Touchpad

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad

Unknown SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad

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 GK107M [GeForce GT 640M] GeForce GT 640M LE

nVidia GK107M [GeForce GT 640M]

Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller

Wireless

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Unknown

Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230

Other

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH Dell WMI hotkeys

Unknown Dell WMI hotkeys

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH HDA Intel PCH Front Headphone

None HDA Intel PCH Front Headphone

Unknown HDA Intel PCH Front Headphone

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

Unknown HDA Intel PCH HDMI/DP,pcm=3

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 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port

Intel 3rd Gen Core processor 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 PCI Express Root Port 3

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 6

Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller

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

Intel HM76 Express Chipset LPC Controller

PNP None

None dell-wifi

Dawicontrol Computersysteme GmbH phy0

Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub

Intel Integrated Rate Matching Hub