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Dell Inspiron 1525


This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell Inspiron 1525. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Inspiron 1525 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 1525 specifications page.

NameDell Inspiron 1525
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5450 1.66GHz
Intel Pentium T3400 2.16GHz dual core
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 4GB DDR2 (800MHz)
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesSee notes below
WirelessYesUse the iwl3945 driver
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested


Dell also sell the Inspiron 1525 with a Broadcom based wireless controller. If you can try to order this laptop with the Intel controller as the drivers for Linux are far superior.

The sound doesn't work properly with current Linux distributions. You will need to manually install the latest development ALSA modules (at least version 1.0.16rc2) for full sound support.


The Dell Inspiron 1525 main issue is with the sound controller, you will need to manually instal the ALSA modules before it works properly. However this will be rectified in future distribution releases.

Edit by Adam: This laptop, including audio, has worked perfectly with every distro I've tried it with (Ubuntu 10.04 and up.) Dell even sold this computer with Linux pre-installed for a period of time.


Brian, 2016/06/20 20:59

Dell Inspiron 1525 with the Broadcom wi-fi, VGA, HDMI, S-Video, Memory card slot, 3GB RAM and no display panel .. I was left this years ago and decided to plug it in, turned out it was just the screen (cable) so I removed it to allow the machine to be propped out of trampling position (cats!) but still be accessible whilst I experimented with it.

Now running Linux Mint 17.3 64-bit Cinnamon edition; may change to KDE when available with LM18

Set up as a file-server, media centre and very capable workstation, connected to amplifier and via S-Video to TV as secondary display (17“ Asus as primary). All works well except built-in bluetooth (which DID work with LM17.3 32-bit Cinnamon) so need to find drivers. Very responsive and rarely encounter problems; plays videos instantly and stable for weeks even with many running processes/open browser tabs etc..

System basics:

CPU 1833MHz

VGA Asus 17” LCD
S-VIDEO Philips 32“ widescreen CRT
HDMI None connected

3.5mm via centre port to amplifier - excellent quality.

LVM partition with separate / /home /swap volumes; NTFS data partition

Avoura, 2015/11/29 17:55

I originally bought a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Ubuntu pre-installed. I replaced it with Linux Mint 13 after a few years, and all worked fine, including playing videos and music. Then recently the screen stopped working so I bought a second-hand laptop, same model, but with double the RAM and HDD. I installed Linux Mint 17.2 and it works well, except that it will not easily playback videos. Totem crashes immediately, and if run from CLI gives an error:

“intel_do_flush_locked failed: Input/output error”

If I try to run VLC it also crashes, but from CLI it works and can play videos. But I cannot play a video from the file manager, i.e. double-click on video file and it should play, but instead the window appears briefly then dies. I have tried setting totem or VLC as default video player, same problem each time.

Any ideas on how to get videos working?

Graphics controller is “VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (primary) (rev 0c) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])”

Brian, 2016/06/20 20:05

Mine's one which I'd acquired ages ago, screen didn't work so I took it off and decided to try Mint 17.3 Cinnamon with a monitor and remote keyboard/mouse connected and propped out of the way. It's now working very well indeed as a file server, media centre and workstation with the TV and amplifier connected, now running the 64-bit OS.

Had to install the Broadcom wi-fi drivers for the 64-bit LM17.3.

SNNN, 2015/09/20 08:07

Dell Inspiron 1525 running Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 64-bit,
Kernel Linux 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64 and MATE 1.10.2 as
the desktop.


Memory: 3.9 GiB
CPU: Intel® Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2390 @ 1.86GHz × 2
Video: Intel 3100
Internal Wireless: Atheros

Using this machine to type this right now, very satisfied.
Unit originally had the “broken OS”…awful proprietary
closed source stuff 8-)

SNNN, 2015/09/20 08:04

Dell Inspiron 1525 running Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela 64-bit,
Kernel Linux 3.13.0-24-generic x86_64 and MATE 1.10.2 as
the desktop.


Memory: 3.9 GiB
CPU: Intel® Pentium(R) Dual CPU T2390 @ 1.86GHz × 2
Video: Intel 3100
Internal Wireless: Atheros

Using this machine to type this right now, very satisfied.
Unit originally had the “broken OS”…awful proprietary
closed source stuff 8-)

fun, 2014/12/28 06:03

In the mean time checking out
could be great fun.

Nadia Kanwal, 2014/10/28 12:16

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Tuba, 2013/06/12 20:14

First time trying install Linux. Download last UBUNTU version. Fresh install.

Wireless not recognized. Noway. Try to download (via cable) recommended drivers. Noway. Reboot not working. HANGS. So… UBUNTU ON DELL 1525 SUCKS. Nevermore.

Sameep, 2014/06/28 21:06

Regarding wireless, google search about b43 and b43legacy drivers for this laptop. After solving this issue, now I have 2 folders with files which I copy to the same standard location in every new versions of ubuntu/opensuse/mint etc.. and wifi works fine.

LG, 2013/03/08 20:58

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 running wary puppy linux. Runs lightning fast, and the best part is that it loads right to ram.

Dennis, 2013/01/28 17:17

New post to old topic. Picked up a used one and am running Ubuntu 12.04 for casual use (haven't tried dual monitors and don't expect stereo surround sound from a laptop speaker) but everything runs fast and smooth. Only issue was enabling the Broadcom wireless under “Additional Drivers”. This one has the webcam and it along with sound and mic work fine. Very smooth video for every thing I have done so far, primarily typical office tasks, surfing, videos, and video chats.

bundao, 2014/06/21 23:37

thanks a lot. Couldn't find this tip anywhere else, even when I was sober.

Christian, 2010/09/15 21:26

Hello all. ok so i installed linux fedora 13 on my dell inspiron 1525. im a pretty big linux noob but learning fast. when i click on the network conection box it says (firmware Missing)under wireless connection. i dont know what it means by firmware missing. i know what firmware is i just need to know what to do. where do i get the firmware from? what command lines do i use? im a bit familiar with yum so plz help?

Bas, 2010/06/15 22:34

Maybe some one can help me i have installed debian lenny on my inspiron 1525, but i have one problem.
I can not configure my touchpad, i have installed gsynaptics and when i want to use it i get an error.
The error says: GSynaptics couldn't initialize.
You have to set 'SHMConfig' 'true' in xorg.conf or XF86Config to use GSynaptics

The things i tried whit the xorg.conf did not help, who has a solution for me?.

Thanks Bas

kralyk, 2010/06/12 22:21

Card reader works flawlessly.

chandra prakash, 2010/06/10 06:06

i have installed red hat 5.1 on my dell inspiron 1525 laptop along with windows 7 on it.
actually the problem is red hat is not able to find any ethernet card. so searched for the solution and got this package to be installed “kmod-sk98lin-PAE-”.
but it is showing me the dependencies problems..
plzz help me out for the same….

David, 2010/04/04 03:04

I have an Inspiron 1525 laptop with Kubuntu 9.10 running on it. I've got everything I need running on it, but am wondering if there's a driver available for the Inspiron's touchpad or a way I can disable it, as it often times messes up my typing.


Luke Stanley, 2010/04/04 03:06

dude scroll down / search below for: Luke Stanley, Thursday 05 of February, 2009 [22:23:23]

Nima, 2010/03/19 17:17


i have a dell 1525 and have recently installed Ubuntu 9.10 on it, but the wireless doesnt work and i get some system file errors too.

can someone help me please?

divyang shah, 2010/02/23 16:34

I have dell inspiron 1525.I installed redhat linux 5.2 and i installed oracle 10g enterprise on it.i can open database and sqlplus perfectly.I can not open enterprise management control using “emctl start dbconsole” and i can not start listener also.Can anybody suggest me solution for these problem please ?

claudio, 2009/12/03 23:35

problemas con los controladores para mi laptop del inspiron 1525 con camara integrada

Nombre Dell Inspiron 1525

Procesador Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 1.66GHz

Screen Pantalla 15.4” WXGA Widescreen



Optical Drive DVD+-RW

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100

Network Red Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg

bueno rogaria me pudieran alludar intale con el cd original de linux ubuntu 9.10

y no me reconose ningun driver :-s

charlie, 2009/11/04 14:54

Dell also supply an Avermedia nanoExpress TV card for the 1525.

What they don't tell you and go out of their way to prevent you finding out is that this
is a crippled device that does not provide the functions the card avermedia sells
themselves despite Dell advertising as such. The card only appears to work with MS Windows/Vista and does NOT record in mpeg-2 and there is no provision for enabling it to do so. It only provides the unacceptable windows media formats.

Avoid this device and avoid Dell. They can't be trusted. I certainly will never buy from them again.

charlie, 2009/11/04 14:46

The modem supplied with the 1525 is a Conexant software modem (Dell does NOT inform you of problems when buying)

The problem is Conexant never provided a Linux driver so you have to download an updated ALSA modem driver from Linuxant.

THEN you have to download the modem add on.
This is crippled.

Then you have to pay Liinuxant for a license to use your modem above 14K4, or its fax modes.

Color me stupid but isn't Linux an operating system and isn't an operating systems sole reason for existance to provide access to hardware for application software by inclusion of drivers and isn't Linux supposed to be an “open source and FREE operating system” supported by dedicated developers that DON'T charge for things that SHOULD be built in or available?

If they want to make money from Linux they should be writing applications not charging for drivers.

When buying a modem I suggest you ensure you don't support these people and buy other products.

Khisrow, 2009/10/15 15:37

hey dear all.

I updated my inspiron1525 laptop.

It was succefully updated,
but after that the sound of laptop is not working.

if anybody helps me in this case will really appreciate him/her.

thanks alot.

looking for your kindness.

mahir alam, 2009/10/12 13:05

hey all
i need help … i dont know how to change sound card on dell inpiron 1525 vista version
please some1 help me out…. thanx alot

Sanjay, 2009/10/02 06:39

i hav dell inspiron 1525, i installed red hat enterprise linux 5 on it,
sound card and wireless card not working on it. please help me

cpgupta, 2010/06/10 06:01

i'm having the same problem here…
how to resolve it plzz help..

Varenne, 2009/08/16 16:31

I was quite successful using the Dell ISO DVD located here: on the DellLinuxWiki

I now have a dual-boot, Windows Vista Ultimate/Dell Gnome Ubuntu and my final rendition is a composite of the above Dell Gnome Ubuntu ISO DVD, Ubuntu Studio ISO DVD for 9.04 and a back-processed amaroK from 2.0 to 1.4.

Ubuntu Studio 9.04
After using the Ubuntu Studio ISO DVD I had some audio issues show up, so I 'reused' the Dell ISO DVD, but didn't complete a re-install, justed booted up from it. The drivers apparently auto-reinstalled during the process of booting from the Dell ISO, at least for me they did.

amaroK on Gnome/Ubuntu 9.04
There are also issues with amaroK 2 and either Gnome or Ubuntu 9.04, for those wanting to use it for vast music libraries like I have. I also didn't like the amaroK 2 UI, and found this link:
Amarok 1.4 in Jaunty (Ubuntu 9.04) for reverting back to amaroK 1.4 which works and looks better IMO.



nitesh, 2009/05/21 10:37

Hi All,

i have dell inspiron 1525 lappy, which comes with windows vista.then i have installed redhat linux-5.0 on my lappy every thing is working fine except lan card and wireless lan card.please help me for the same….

180B , 2009/04/29 12:52

I have the same problem with Linux Mandriva 2006
when i install linux it desplay message………
(the suitable hard disk is not found.)
and many selection items appear !!!!!

help me please ….. i need linux in my laptop


surendra, 2009/03/28 03:56

hi me surendra i have laptop dell inspiron 1525
i m not able to install linux in my lappy
when i install linux it desplay message………
(the suitable hard disk is not found.)
can i install linux in my laptop
plz suggest me immediatelly


path, 2009/06/09 08:29

Abe wo dell bech daal aur hp lele. bogus hai dell

harry, 2011/02/10 11:31

abe aise kaise beche wo bhidu sale bolna aasaan hain samje.bhen k land

Pete, 2009/09/22 08:45

You have to go to BIOS (F2 when booting) and change the AHCI/SATA option.
Then the HD will get recognized.

ogo, 2009/02/20 19:15

I have problems to enable direct rendering mode for my graphics
with debian Lenny with KDE3. I have the 'dri' and 'intel' modules
loaded but it doesn't work. I have choppy image when i scroll down
big pages..

Luke Stanley, 2009/02/05 22:23

I also have an Inspiron 1525. I use the Xubuntu 8.10 with Linux, the latest kernel.
I was really bugged by the touchpad clicking on it's own when moving the cursor, so I tried a few things (most suggestions didn't work).
Happily, it is now annoyance free with MaxTapTime set to zero by running “synclient MaxTapTime=0” on startup. I had to apt-get synclient though.

There may be other settings, but this is the final step:
Click the XFCE / Xubuntu menu > Settings Manager > Autostarted Apps
Click Add, and put in the command “synclient MaxTapTime=0” (without quotes).

What didn't work was messing with X. The touchpad wasn't even mentioned in “xorg.conf”.
Reportedly, X isn't even used for handling the touchpad for this latest update.

But hopefully this will help some people out there.

mariusg, 2008/08/01 09:57

Bought the laptop w/ kubuntu 7.x. At the time, 8.04 was released, so I tried to upgrade. Totaaly fail, and computer would not boot. (guess one shouldn't blame Dell for that)
Since I'm a (proud?) SuSE user for 10+ years now, I tried 10.3 w/o luck: the LAN card was not working, so I had to wait (w/ Kubuntu 7 installed) for a month or so.
Now SuSE 11.0 runs smoothly: no problems installing anything. After 2 months, with all updates and so on, everything's fine. Or is it?
I do have a problem w/ suspend to disk (it seems suspend to RAM does not work at all):
- there's 50% chance of not having keyboard on resume (workaround: keep pressing CapsL or other key while waking-up. Another workaround: the mouse still works, try to create another X session, then on the login screen switch back)
- upon restore (wake up from resume to disk), wireless network does not start (this time no workaround: all you can do is click on KnetworkManager and keep clicking on the wireless network which shows, but you cannot connect to. Sometimes, editing the current wireless network setting -but do not change anything- helps)

Migo, 2008/06/02 02:47

Fedora 8 + Inspiron 1525

Only slight problems, which I think are now under control (Fedora 8, kernel 2.6.24).

Wireless with iwl3945 worked out off the box.
Sound playback worked right away, sound recording required some fumbling with a config file, Google was my friend (it's a couple weeks ago, forgot the details, sorry!).
Hibernating worked immediately, suspending caused little problems, which are now solved. Problem first: upon resuming, the screen was all garbled. This could be helped by going to a virtual terminal (ctrl-alt-f1, say), then back to X (ctrl-alt-f7). However, ctrl-alt-fn (1=1..6) blanked the screen, the virtual terminals don't work. Or so it seems, anyway: When I key in username, password, and a command (say top) , then go back to the graphics screen and run “ps -ae” in a terminal, then I see that my program there is running. More dramatic: rebooting from the invisible virtual terminal (/sbin/reboot) actually worked!
I then played around with the quirks given in
vbestate_restore works (I'll post it there, as well, so it might go into a new hal-info release)

Migo, 2008/06/02 03:05

Re: Fedora 8 + Inspiron 1525

Addendum: Here's how I got sound recording to work:

Niki, 2008/03/23 01:45

Ubuntu 7.10 + Inspiron 1525

No Problems so far with Inspiron 1525 and Ubuntu 7.10 and kernel 2.6.24

I ordered it with Intel 3945. The newer iwl3945 drivers are working flawless.
I got the sound working without problems.
ACPI is working too.

Anyway the 1525 is designed to run linux, so there are no compatibility issues.

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