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Dell Inspiron E1705


This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop. This is a big screen notebook but with a middle of the range components. It can be obtained with many difference configuration options with varying Linux support.

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.

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NameDell Inspiron E1705
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2250 1.73GHz
Screen17“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other6 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse ipw3945 module
BluetoothNot Tested
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCardNot Tested


The display of the Dell Inspiron E1705 has a resolution of 1280×800. The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 under Linux has a problem with this resolution and requires the use of the 915resolution tool to fix. You can find our guide to fixing this issue here.

Some versions of the Inspiron E1705 use the ATI Mobility Radeon x1400. This is not yet supported by the Xorg radeon driver so needs the proprietary ATI module to work properly.

Some other versions of the Inspiron E1705 use the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900. This card can be used by both the Xorg nv module and Nvidia's proprietary module. You can see our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide for installation instructions.

Some models of the Inspiron E1705 use the Dell Wireless 139 controller rather than the Intel 3945 one. This Dell controller has not yet been tested under Linux but would probably require the ndiswrapper module to work. Ndiswrapper can be quite tricky to use so this is not ideal.


The compatibility of the Dell Inspiron E1705 varies with its configuration. If you have a model with the Intel 3945 wireless chipset you should be able to have a well running system.


ImNekkid, 2011/01/31 06:37

this is my very first install of linux so far. I am running ubuntu 10.10. All I can say is that surprisingly, bluetooth and seemingly everything is working wonderfully on this laptop. Although i will need to upgrade my ram that has very little to do with anything that Should be worried about by anyone but myself. Regardless thanks for the post of this…really helps…lol though i just installed without even googling for compatibility….dummie i guess but who cares newhoo….

Laerik, 2011/02/15 01:20

I attempted to install Ubuntu 10.10 on my Inspiron E1705, and had no wireless network connectivity. The OS says there is missing firmware that is needed to make wireless work. I am searching the internet for wireless firmware I can download and install, but haven't found it yet. Any ideas?

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