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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron 1420 laptop.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 1420 specifications page.
|Name||Dell Inspiron 1420|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 2.2GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
Dell have released a customised version of Ubuntu 7.04 designed for this laptop. You can find it here. Be careful with this though as certain configurations of the 1420 may not be fully supported (see the Dell page for details).
If you are about to buy the Inspiron 1420 laptop try to configure it with the Intel 3945 wireless controller rather than the Dell 1390. The former has much better drivers available.
The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 in many models of the 1420 is not fully supported by most Linux distributions. Dell's version of Ubuntu (see above) does not have this issue and the upcoming Ubuntu 7.10 and Fedora 8 shouldn't have this issue either. In the standard Ubuntu 7.04 you need to use the xserver-xorg-video-intel driver. I will have a guide for other distributions hopefully in the next few days.
Some versions of this laptop have the Nvidia Geforce 8400M GS. This does not currently work with the open source 'nv' module so you will need to use the proprietary module. I do not know if Dell's Ubuntu distribution fixes this issue.
Thanks to Dell's commitment to Linux with the Inspiron 1420 this laptop works quite well with Linux. Of course the easiest install is to use Dell's remastered version of Ubuntu 7.04.