Inspiron 15z 5523

  7 years ago
  Dell (15.6" netbook with core i7)
  Mint (older version)
  Works perfectly
What works:

Disabled UEFI to boot.
No problems with installation.

Wireless works out of the box.
Intel video (built-in) works out of the box.
Sound works out of the box.
Webcam works out of the box.
Built-in multi-card reader works out of the box.
USB/CD works out of the box.
Trackpad/keyboard works.

What doesn't work:

LAN connection not working
+ Bluetooth

Nvidia GeForce 650M + hdmi not working.
[Related] Poor battery life

Huge panel icons in Cinnamon

What was done to make it work:

LAN: sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-cw-3.6-quantal-generic
After reboot, it should show up in network connections.

Nvidia/Extend battery life: Install bumblebee, and make sure it is starting on boot.
NVIDIA GeForce 650M:

In my case the bumblebeed service was not starting, so if I wanted to run optirun it would fail. Try this:

If it is asking if the service is started, try 'sudo service bumblebeed restart'.
If bumblebee does not start on reboot, use this (last entry):

Huge panel icons: Right click on the panel, click panel settings, click "use customized panel size" and "allow cinnamon to scale panel text and icons...".