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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Inspiron B120 laptop. This is a cheap laptop from Dell with pretty much the minimum available specifications. Linux support is unfortunately hindered by the usage of the Broadcom wireless controller.
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 B120|
|Processor||Intel Celeron-M 1.4GHz|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet, Broadcom 4318 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||3 x USB2.0|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
The native screen resolution of 1280×800 for the Inspiron B120 can be problematic under Linux. More information on this issue can be found on our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide.
This Broadcom 4318 in the Inspiron B120 does not have any native Linux drivers so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For installation instructions you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be found at the Dell website.
The Dell Inspiron B120 does require a little Linux expertise for the configuration work. This is not a good laptop to start of with for the first time Linux user.