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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron 1720 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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|Name||Dell Inspiron 1720|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 2.0GHz|
|Screen||17“ WXGA+ Widescreen|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the iwl3945 driver|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Kernel version 2.6.22 or higher is recommended as some of the hardware in the 1720 requires at least this kernel version.
The Nvidia 8600M is not properly supported by the open source Xorg 'nv' driver and so you will need to use the proprietary NVIDIA driver. Some distributions (such as Ubuntu 7.10) include this driver however for others (Fedora, Debian) you will need to install it manually
Some models of the Inspiron 1720 come with a Dell branded Broadcom wireless controller. If you are ordering the laptop it is recommended to get an Intel based wireless controller as their Linux drivers are far superior. You can follow Dell's guide at http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Tech/Wireless/Truemobile_ndiswrapper for details about using the Broadcom controller.
Sound require the lates ALSA module.
On ubuntu I got it by:
sudo apt-get install module-assistant
sudo module-assistant update
sudo module-assistant prepare
sudo module-assistant auto-install alsa
sudo shutdown -r now
If you know how to setup irda the please write it here.
The Dell Inspiron 1720 works just fine with Linux with a recently release Linux distributions. On some distributions you will need to manually install the NVIDIA driver but this typically isn't difficult.