Dell Vostro 1320

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This page is about setting up Arch Linux on the Dell Vostro 1320 laptop, which has replaced the former Dell Vostro 1310. Basically it runs just fine, although there are some things you should know.


It is highly recommendable to setup Windows Vista first, because during the setup the region code of the dvd drive is set.

If you want to install Arch Linux over a wireless connection you have to setup the connection manually. Since kernel 2.6.24 and above are containing the appropriate drivers already, it should work with both the "Netinstall ISO" as well as the "Core ISO", although using the "Netinstall ISO" is the preferred install media for Arch Linux. Don't forget to choose the source "net" and the wlan interface (normally wlan0).

Apart from that you can follow the Beginners Guide, which should deliver you a good insight how to install Arch Linux.

Further attention has to be drawn during the partitioning, as Dell uses an uncommon partition table, which may you run into some trouble. You'll get a "FATAL ERROR", whenever you try to partition "/dev/sda" using the setup. Therefore switch to another terminal (Ctrl + Alt + F2, for instance) and delete the partition table using "fdisk /dev/sda". Follow the program options. More instructions can be found in the man page or the help option (m). It is sufficient to delete all partitions (and writing the table to the disc), from there on you can use the setup in the first terminal again (Ctrl + Alt + F1).

Note: When you remove all partitions the Dell Utility won't work anymore, so consider to leave the first partition, which contains the utility program. However the partition can be recreated. You can also run the diagnostic utility


This section is about getting the hardware of the Dell Vostro 1320 running properly. Generally speaking the hardware is supported just great, but due to the possibility of customisation (from Dell) not all of the components have been tested (yet).


A quick overview which components do work correctly, and which don't. Look at the appropiate section in order to get more details about a component.

Dell Vostro 1320 - Overview of the hardware support
NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9300M GS Graphic Card working
Integrated GMA X4500 HD Graphics untested
Audio working
Webcam working
Biometric Fingerprint Reader untested
Extra Keyboard Keys untested
Wireless Lan
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini-Card (802.11 b/g) untested
Dell Wireless 1510 Mini-Card (802.11n) untested
Intel Pro Wireless WI-FI 5100 (802.11a/g/Draft-n) working
Intel WiFi Link 5300 Mini-Card (802.11 a/g/n) working
Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth® Module ROW untested


As all of the available configurations are using a Intel® Core™2 Duo processor all of them should work just fine. Nevertheless you should take a look at the CPU frequency scaling article.


NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9300M GS

Setting up the NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9300M GS graphic card is quite easy.

GMA X4500 HD

Setting up the Integrated GMA X4500 HD graphics wasn't tested yet, but as it works fine for various other devices it should work just fine.



The audio works just fine out of the box using ALSA.


Biometric Fingerprint Reader

The Biometric Fingerprint Reader itself wasn't tested yet, but it should work following these steps.

Extra Keyboard Keys

Extra Keyboard Keys

Wireless Lan

In order to find out which chipset you have, you can use hwd, which can be installed quite easily:

 pacman -S hwd

Afterwards you have to run hwd with the following command:

 hwd -s

The output should tell you which wireless lan chipset is built into your notebook.

Dell Wireless 1397 Mini-Card

Wasn't tested yet.

Dell Wireless 1510 Mini-Card

Wasn't tested yet

Intel Pro Wireless WI-FI 5100

Look at the section for the Intel WiFi Link 5300 Mini-Card, as the driver is excactly the same.

Intel WiFi Link 5300 Mini-Card

Wasn't tested yet, but should work just fine


Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth® Module ROW

Wasn't tested yet.