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Dell Latitude D510


This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D510 laptop. The Latitude D510 is a slightly updated version of the Dell Latitude D505 and is a fairly low end laptop. The good news is that Linux compatibility of the D510 is excellent.

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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NameDell Latitude D510
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 1.73GHz
Screen14.1“ XGA
Optical DriveDVD-ROM/CD-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 900
Network10/100 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesUse the i810 module
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


There were no issues at all with running Linux on the Dell Latitude D510.


Like its predecessors, the Dell Latitude D510 work very well with Linux without any headaches during installation at all.


guest, 2014/10/03 17:28

OH I FORGOT. again i saw no D510 positive experience articles

i saw many “failed USB boot” articles

i had NO PROBLEMS after i properly formatted and copied any linux (2.2, 2.4, 2.6) to USB and booted with or without grub. initially i had a fail - this was only due to my lack of remembering proper partitioning / mbr / booting criteria that applies to all booting devices equally.

also i tried PXE by tftp booting NO PROBLEMS, and while i had no good ROM and didn't try to obtain one: that worked well any image i used worked for what it was worth

over all while in 2014 it's a hand-me-down top it's speedy, connected, and an enjoyable trouble free linux experience, the Dell Lattitude D510. everything works. none of the “glitches” i've seen people complain of are true.

guest, 2014/10/03 17:22

i installed a debian sarge CD and it ran the latop fine (old distro, but fine enough to continue / update if i need auto wifi, 3D?) i did that because i had a physical CD and no way to connect to lan (see below). after that it ran fine on linux 2.4 kernel, i updated to linux 2.6 kernel and updated distro too

i've seen several articles expressing D510 problems, few or none positive. i had no problem

as article above says: i needed linux 2.4.?5 that introduces b44.c ethernet at least for networking (and further upgrades) the 2.2 kernels won't do it, one would have to use CDs or USB “sneaker net” to upgrade from older boot/root disks

the laptop had ubantu on it and all whistles and bells enabled (ie, auto wifi detect) but i had no root passwd and re-installed due to that

i've seen many article on newer and older dell being supported in linux - so D510 working well should be no surprise

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