Installing Linux Mint 16 Petra 64-bit on Dell Vostro 5470

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Installing Linux Mint 16 Petra 64-bit on Dell Vostro 5470

Post by boonbhng »

First, Download the iso file of Linux Mint 16 Petra Mate from

Burn a DVD, or a bootable Live USB from the iso using guide from ... linux-mac/

Strangely, during the installation, only Wireless network worked, but the Ethernet should also work after installation and reboot.

There are 4 problems after installation:

a) Right button on the touchpad is not working
b) Low audio output and missing subwoofer
c) No driver for the Nvidia GeForce 740M
d) The Finger Print Scanner is not used but sipping power

Problem b) and c) can be fixed by upgrading the kernel to 3.12.0 (This is what worked for me, you can try other later versions) and install the latest Nvidia-331 driver

from the console,

Download the necessary 3.12.0 packages from

$ wget ... _amd64.deb
$ wget ... 35_all.deb
$ wget ... _amd64.deb

Next, install the packages

$ sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.12.0-*.deb linux-image-3.12.0-*.deb
$ sudo reboot

After reboot, add the ppa for Nvidia Driver and Bumblebee

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
$ sudo apt-get update

Clean up any previously installed Bumblebee and nvidia drivers

$ sudo apt-get purge bbswitch-dkms bumblebee-nvidia
$ sudo apt-get purge nvidia*

Install Nvidia-331 driver and Bumblebee

$ sudo apt-get install nvidia-331
$ sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia primus
$ sudo reboot

Check if the Driver and Bumblebee is working by running,

$ optirun glxgears

Check the sound problem is fixed by running a YouTube clip or something similar.

Probelm a) can be fixed by my earlier post here ... 36#p825435

From the console, Download mouse.tgz and untar it:

$ cd ~
$ wget ... /mouse.tgz
$ tar zxvf mouse.tgz

Compile and make a new mouse driver:

$ cd mouse
$ make

Backup the old mouse driver, psmouse.ko --> psmouse.ko.old, just in case

$ sudo cp /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/mouse/psmouse.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/mouse/psmouse.ko.old

Overwrite the old driver with the new one:

$ sudo cp psmouse.ko /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/input/mouse/psmouse.ko

Remove the loaded mouse module (The touchpad will temporary stop working after this)

$ sudo rmmod psmouse

Reload the new mouse module (Should have the touchpad working after this)

sudo modprobe psmouse

Problem d) is easily fixed by disabling the Finger Print Scanner in the BIOS

I think these steps should also work for Cinnamon.

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Re: Installing Linux Mint 16 Petra 64-bit on Dell Vostro 547

Post by lucasljj »

With Kernel 3.15 the problem "b" was resolved :)
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