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Dell Inspiron 1525
Dell Inspiron 1525



Note: This laptop is available with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled, see here
15.4 inch display @ 1280x800 or 1440x900 or 1680x1050
Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron processors
Intel 965GM chipset (ICH8M)
Up to 4 GB RAM  	
Intel GMA X3100 or NVIDIA Geforce 8400 GS / 8600M GT
ALPS GlidePoint touchpad
hard drive
DVD+/-RW or Blue-Ray optical drive
Marvell 88E8040 Gigabit Ethernet
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG / 4965AGN or Dell Wireless 1390 / 1490 / 1505 wifi
Connexant modem
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth
Dell Wireless 5520 HSDPA or Dell Wireless 5720 EVDO card
Intel High Definition Audio  with Sigmatel STAC9228 codec and built-in microphone
USB 2.0
ExpressCard slot
Ricoh R5C832 Firewire controller
Ricoh R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro adapter
Ricoh R5C592 Memory Stick adapter
Ricoh xD-Picture Card controller
OmniVison webcam

Order hints / linux compatibility

When you order this model, some hints on some of the available components:

All other hardware devices are fully supported.

Hardware Status Overview

Device Working Driver Troubleshooting
Processor Processor Image:Tick.png
Drives and Storage Hard Drive Image:Tick.png ahci
Optical Drive Image:Tick.png ata_piix
Firewire Image:Tick.png ohci1394
SD and MMC card readers Image:Tick.png sdhci
Memory Stick reader Image:Cross.png
xD card reader Image:Cross.png
USB USB Image:Tick.png uhci, ehci
Graphics Intel Image:Tick.png i915, intel
Input Devices Keyboard Image:Tick.png keyboard
Touchpad Image:Tick.png synaptics
Functions Keys Image:Tick.png
Networking Ethernet Image:Tick.png sky2
WLAN: Intel Image:Tick.png iwlwifi
WLAN: Dell Image:Tick.png ndiswrapper See below
Modem Image:Tick.png hsfmodem
Bluetooth Image:Tick.png hci_usb
EVDO Image:Tick.png airprime
Sound Sound Image:Tick.png snd_intel_hda See below
Other ExpressCard Image:Tick.png pciehp
Webcam Image:Tick.png uvcvideo
Hardware Sensors unknown i8k
Suspend to RAM Image:Tick.png
Suspend to Disk Image:Tick.png swsusp

Dell Laptop guides

Dell specific laptop guides:

Generic Laptop guides

Some generic laptop guides:


Dell Wireless 1490 USB

lspci string:

0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4310 USB Controller (rev 01)

Use the driver provided by Dell. The DRIVER_US folder contains the right driver file bcmwl5.inf.


To activate the microphone you have to enable all Capture and Mux channels (left and right) and also set Input Source to Digital Mic.

On my system, I the built in speakers are playing from the surround channels. If you are not getting sound, be sure to check that your surround channels are not muted.

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