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Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series


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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series specifications page.

NameDell Inspiron 11 3000 Series
ProcessorList of Supported Processors
Screen11.6 inch HD (1366 x 768)
RAMUp to 4GB
HDDUp to 500 GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4400
AMD Radeon HD 8210 Graphics
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wireless N b/g/n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Display PortNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
TouchPadWorksNeeds “xf86-input-synaptics” installed
Docking StationN/A
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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Galileo, 2017/08/21 15:22

Inspiron 11-3162

I got Ubuntu Mate working.

I had trouble booting at first. But I found out that instead of UEFI mode, I went in Legacy mode and it booted directly into the Ubuntu USB drive that I flashed. The two symbols popped up. It was a keyboard = person in a circle thing. Pressing a button got me to the install menu to choose whether or not to try it out, install it or other stuff. I originally pressed install but it wasn't working correctly, so I checked the disc. It told me there was one error in the files. Then I tried installing it but it just wouldn't look like it was installing so I got impatient and hard shutdown it. When I clicked it I decided to press random keys thinking it would keep it awake but It didn't work. I noticed in one of the lines of code, the log said error -110. I googled that and nothing came up. So after that, I decided to try to boot directly off of the .iso file. I was originally booting off of a flashed USB. Which wasn't working. This didn't work either. It didn't recognize the boot file…..

Lastly, I went back to the flashed USB. The same thing happened. But I decided to just leave it alone to see if I was the problem. It didn't do anything.

SO I decided to go to Lubuntu. I had to reflash it. It did the exact same thing.

SO THEN I went to the ones listed above. I chose Fedora Workstation. This worked much better than anything else. I finally was able to install it.

Johnny Hughes, 2016/02/14 12:22

I was able to install CentOS-7 on an Inspiron 3147 using the latest Bios (A9 at the time of install), and the CentOS-7 1601 iso booting in legacy boot mode on the Inspiron.

I had to put the following in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

blacklist dw_dmac
blacklist dw_dmac_core

Currently using the 3.10.0-327.4.5.el7.x86_64 CentOS kernel. Everything seems to be functioning.

Joshua T Fein, 2014/09/30 03:45

For the Dell Inspiron 11-3147 version.

Requires “Legacy Boot” to be enabled in Dell bios.

BE SURE TO BACK UP THE FIRST 2 MB of the HD to preserve Windows EFI boot; some distributions overwrite this.

1) Distributions

Tried LM 17, LMDE, Fedora, Arch

Couldn't get Arch to boot.

Fedora recognised touchscreen, but didn't see 'click' event.

LM 17 recognised touchscreen, click works but boot was hit-and-miss, would suspend and not wake up.

LMDE booted, recognised touchscreen, touch works, boots better, woke up from suspend but no video.

2) Selected LMDE


Grub boot line: apci_backlight=vendor VGA=1:d

(fix the “brightness controll not working

issue where it thinks there are two screens at boot, hence touch calibration, screensize is wrong.


Needs i2c_designerware module blacklisted ; interferes with the synaptic touchpad. (which we don't really need, right?)

needs snd-seq module added to /etc/modules to enable jack midi

Tweaks to themes to allow “fat” scrollbars, for easy finger-grabb'n

Larger fonts, icons.

Seem to be a lot of “broken packages” … did some research, seems to be particular to “LMDE”, perhaps debian.

Switch to fedora 20, which turns out to be “not so bad” .. failure to see “click” was actually a bug in the XFCE4 desktop.

Had issue where it intermittently failed to return from suspend, which was driving me crazy.

Solution: turn off “wake on USB” in the bios, (which is the default, I turned it on at some point)

Installed gnome, mate


yum groupinstall gnome-desktop mate-desktop

Mate is what I want.

lots of issues to work out getting rid of lightdm, replacing with gdm

still needs grub lines:

apci_backlight=vendor VGA=1:d

enable brightness control, get rid of “ghost” external monitor so screen scales correctly & touch calibration works



fixed the screen “flicker” issue, quite noticable under both debian and fedora.

This also needs to put in a file, /etc/modprobe.d/i915.conf, for video restart on sleep wake:

“option i915 powersave=0”

Other tweaks:

fat, touch friendly scrollbars, screen rotate icon on mate panel. BlackMATE theme is cool. There are even instructions for tweaks on BlackMATE to accomodate Firefox issues.

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