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|Name||Dell Inspiron 1520|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 1.8GHz|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce Go 8400M GS|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam|
|Optical Drive||Partial||See below|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Partial||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
If you haven't purchased this laptop yet try and get one with the Intel 3945ABG wireless controller. Other versions with the 4965AGN and Dell 1390/1490 are harder to get working. The laptop tested here has the 3945ABG which works fine. See the related resources section below for installation details for these cards (the Dell 1390 and 1490 would probably require the ndiswrapper module).
Depending on the kernel configuration of your Linux distribution, the DVD drive may not be able to be detected. Because of this you may need a external USB optical drive or some similar method to install Linux. This is a problem with Fedora 7.
The Nvidia GeForce Go 8400M GS which comes with the Latitude D630 does not work with the nv module so you will need to use the proprietary nvidia drivers. You can find installation details for the nvidia driver here.
The Dell Inspiron 1520 needs a little work to configure for Linux but after a bit of work you should have a fully function system.