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Dell Inspiron 14z


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron 14z laptop.

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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 14z specifications page.

NameDell Inspiron 14z
ProcessorIntel®Core™ processor i3-2330M (2.2GHz)
Intel®Core™ processor i5-2410M (2.3GHz)
Core i5 2340 2.4 Ghz/3MB L2
Screen14“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB8 GB
HDDup to 640GB 750 GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics/HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100 Ethernet
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 (1×2 bgn + Bluetooth)
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150 (1×2 bgn + WiMax)
USB1x 2.0 2x 3.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
SoundWorksyou need to specify “dell-vostro” as model in sound setup (openSuSE)
ModemNot applicable
USBworks (3.0 and 2.0)bootable key on 2.0 only (so far)
Card ReaderWorks(tested 4 GB SDHC)


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Dell Inspiron 14z here.
- bootable USB keys do currently not work properly on the righthandside USB 3.0 connects.
use the USB 2.0 on the lefthandside

- To get the microphone to work (skype, audacity) ( It sits next to the webcam)
you need to have “dell-vostro” as model in the soundcard setup:
in openSuSE, go yast→hardware→soundcard→edit
change modelname into dell-vostro

(my soundchip is a conexant: find out this way from a terminal window)
#: grep -i codec /proc/asound/card0/*
/proc/asound/card0/codec#0:Codec: Conexant CX20590
/proc/asound/card0/codec#3:Codec: Intel CougarPoint HDMI

for other distro's: this is my sound.conf in the /etc/modprobe.d directory

options snd-hda-intel bdl_pos_adj=128 model=dell-vostro
options snd slots=snd-hda-intel
# u1Nb.o+O_+r79S88:Intel Corporation
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel


You can enter a summary of how well the Dell Inspiron 14z works with Linux here.

Very good, works out of the box.
battery life good (4-6 hrs when actively working), I am using standard openSuSE setup + laptop_mode tool.

using OpenSuSE 11.4 and 12.1, did NOT test any other distro
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In Dell Inspiron 14z
- Wired network does not work, need this solution:

- Overheated. Battery lasts only 2.5 hours


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Sebastian, 2013/12/18 22:28

I have update the Radeon graphics and I still have the same issue. I will try to disable it now.

Sebastian, 2013/11/06 23:06

Same issue here with Debian 7.2.0. I tried cpufrequtils but with no luck.
In windows8 my cpu temp is in normal use at 45, and with Debian starts in 65.
Did any one solve this issue?


due40, 2013/11/04 23:50

no issues whatsoever. batt life now over 6 hrs.
openSUSE 12.x

Guaraldo, 2013/08/29 16:07

Linux must use cpufrequtils to control de CPU frequency governors. Look at /etc/init.d/cpufrequtils script to configure governor and frequencies…

Veoden, 2013/03/21 11:32

Hi, i have the same problem of Denisse, Battery lasts only 2 hours. I install Mint.

Denisse, 2013/02/26 19:55

Hi, i have an Inspiron 14z ultrabook, i erased Windows and installed Fedora but is really hot, what can i do?, i know that i must to change the energy configuration, and process… but i don't know how to do it?

Veoden, 2013/03/21 11:33

Denisse, did you solve the problem?
I have the same here.

Ronaldo, 2013/11/14 00:30

is not a problem specific to Debian, but all distributions, is not actually your cpu that this warming, but your video card, it is because the video card driver should be updated, you can download this direct the site amd address
the beta version worked better than the stable version here on my machine and solved the problem of overheating

participated in a discussion in a group of users in Brazil and everyone was happy with this solution. I do not know if other parts of the world the video card is not amd, but I believe it is an international standard.

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