Dell Vostro 3500

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This page deals with setting up Arch Linux on the Dell Vostro 3500 laptop.

Installation notes

Since kernel version 3.0 the 'bcmsmac' module fully supports this laptop's wireless card. However you will need to blacklist 'bcma' module at boot up in order to make it work at installation time. Add this to the grub line at install media boot:


Then install following the normal procedure


This laptop has several CPU configurations and that will depend on the purchase. The one we are documenting has a Core i5-460M CPU.

$ uname -p
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz

This CPU is capable of frequency scaling.

Fan speed control

See Fan speed control.



See Broadcom wireless


Note: Configuration may vary depending on the purchase, your laptop may not have a dedicated graphics card at all

This laptop comes with Optimus switchable graphics configuration. This is a muxless hybrid-graphics configuration without any BIOS setting to turn it off. See NVIDIA Optimus for details.

Nvidia card

Works well under bumblebee with 3D acceleration on both NVIDIA and nouveau drivers.


This laptop requires firmware in order for the soundcard to work. See Advanced Linux Sound Architecture#ALSA firmware.