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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D400 laptop. This is a small laptop but still has some good internals. Unfortunately the Dell 1450 makes Linux compatibility for the Latitude D400 on the poor side.
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 Latitude D400|
|Processor||Intel Pentium-M 1.8GHz|
|Optical Drive||External DVD-ROM/CD-RW|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Dell 1450 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||1 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Graphics||Yes||Use the i810 module|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-intel8x0 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
This Dell 1450 wireless card in the Latitude D400 does not have any native drivers for Linux so you will need to use the ndiswrapper module. For instuction in using ndiswrapper, you can view our Configuring the ndiswrapper module guide. The windows driver to use with ndiswrapper can be found on the Dell website.
Some models of the Latitude D400 include the Intel 2100 wireless card. For this card you can use the ipw2100 module. This card will make configuring wireless on the D400 much easier than the Dell 1450 card.
If you have the Dell Latitude D400 with the Dell 1450 wireless card then configuration of the laptop with Linux can be tricky. However if you have the Intel 2100 then configuration is much easier.