I've had problems in the past with LInux distributions not having drivers for my hardware. HOw can I be sure that I will find drivers for my current machine and all of its components?

I have a Dell Inspiron 15 (3541)(Mid 2014) Service Tag J1Q2312. I have been to the Dell support site and looked and used the drivers there and did not see anything that supported Linux.

Where would I find Linux drivers for my components?

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    Try running Ubuntu in Live boot mode through a cd/usb drive. If the network works here, it would work when OS is installed. Mar 27, 2015 at 14:01
  • Which wireless is build in? you can check this either by looking at your system or checking online via dell
    – frlan
    Mar 27, 2015 at 15:48
  • I'm not sure I understand your question "Which wireless is 'build' in? What exactly do you mean?
    – Eric Hoff
    Apr 25, 2015 at 2:33

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Allow me to provide a little bit of info here.

A lot of manufacturers (Dell included) do not provide Linux drivers because they usually do not have them. As well, a lot of drivers are readily available through a Google search.

Unfortunately, it is impossible to say where one should go for a driver, as we do NOT have your entire hardware list. To that end, you should run Ubuntu in a Live environment (LiveCD or LiveUSB) and test things. It would be able to determine whether you'd need additional drivers or not.


often it is easier to just buy a supported WiFi card or use a USB dongle than to waste days trying to get some vendors products to work. You can get a new Intel dual link AC card for under $30. Well worth every penny if you have ever tried to get some vendor (ahem brdcm)

  • This is for a laptop. I am not sure I want to mess with the parts in there.
    – Eric Hoff
    Apr 25, 2015 at 2:31

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