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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron 1525 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.
This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell Inspiron 1525. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Inspiron 1525 page on LapWik.
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For full specifications see the Dell Inspiron 1525 specifications page.
|Name||Dell Inspiron 1525|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T5450 1.66GHz
Intel Pentium T3400 2.16GHz dual core
|Screen||15.4“ WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 4GB DDR2 (800MHz)|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the iwl3945 driver|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Dell also sell the Inspiron 1525 with a Broadcom based wireless controller. If you can try to order this laptop with the Intel controller as the drivers for Linux are far superior.
The sound doesn't work properly with current Linux distributions. You will need to manually install the latest development ALSA modules (at least version 1.0.16rc2) for full sound support.
The Dell Inspiron 1525 main issue is with the sound controller, you will need to manually instal the ALSA modules before it works properly. However this will be rectified in future distribution releases.
Edit by Adam: This laptop, including audio, has worked perfectly with every distro I've tried it with (Ubuntu 10.04 and up.) Dell even sold this computer with Linux pre-installed for a period of time.