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Dell Vostro 1720


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Vostro 1720 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 Vostro 1720. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Vostro 1720 page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Dell Vostro 1720 specifications page.

NameDell Vostro 1720
ProcessorUp to Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB)
Screen17“ WXGA+ or WUXGA Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 250GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsMobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X4500MHD
NVIDIA® GeForce 9600M GS Graphic Card
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11 a/g/n

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes3D acceleration works
WirelessYesUsing wl
ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNommc0: Unknown controller version (2). You may experience problems
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNo


You can enter any specific notes with running Linux on the Dell Vostro 1720 here.


Almost everything runs out-of-the-box under Ubuntu 9.04, with amd64 kernel to deal with 4 GB RAM. Tested with the Dell Wireless 1510 (802.11n) wireless card (BCM4322 chipset), and the Nvidia GeForce 9600M GS graphic card.


mollerik, 2012/04/24 19:46

Hey. My dell Vostro 1720 has worked fine but suddenly it started to beep every time I press a key. It drives me crazy. Can anyone help?

mollerik, 2012/04/24 19:43

Hey. My dell Vostro 1720 has worked fine with UBUNTU 11.10,but suddenly it started to beep every time I press a key. It makes me crazy. Can anyone help?

mollerik, 2011/05/18 15:51

No wireles connection: VOSTRO 1720 / UBUNTU 10.10 / SMC7904WBRA2.
It used to work, but now I can't acces the wireles network - it's “not aktivated”:
mollerik@erikVOSTRO1720:~$ rfkill list
0: dell-wifi: Wireless LAN

Soft blocked: yes 
Hard blocked: yes 

2: phy0: Wireless LAN

Soft blocked: no 
Hard blocked: no 
mollerik, 2012/02/18 16:58

Is this supposed to be an answer?
I've uppgraded to Ubuntu 11.10, but steel no wireless conection.
Could you please tell me in human words, what to do?

chris, 2010/10/29 14:14

Hi I have a dell vostro 1720 and I am thinking of installing Sun Solaris 10 on it. Does anyone foresee any hardware compatibility issues?

Thanks for your help.

Tommy H., 2010/03/22 09:33


I have a Vostro 1720 with Ubuntu 9.10 too. For me the Card Reader and the Webcam works without any manual configuration. I only installed cheese to test the webcam and it works fine.

Danilo Cunha, 2010/03/08 22:06

Hello, I have a vostro 1720 with ubuntu 9.10. The webcam doesnt work. How did you manage to install it? Do you think I should use ubuntu 9.04 instead?


linux admin, 2009/09/16 15:00

When the compatibility = “yes”, the comment should say which driver worked for you, what configuration was used, etc. works on ubuntu doesn't mean it works anywhere else.

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