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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D531 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 Latitude D531|
|Processor||AMD Turion 64 X2 TK57 1.9GHz|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||ATI Radeon Xpress X1270|
|Network||Ethernet, Dell Wireless 1390 802.11bg|
|56K Modem||Yes||get the HSF-driver here|
Most (all?) Linux distributions do not yet properly support the ATI Radeon Xpress X1270. In this case you will need to install the proprietary ATI driver.
The wireless controller doesn't seem to work properly with the (still being developed) bcm43xx module which means you will have to use ndiswrapper. You can find the Windows drivers that are required here.
For most current distributions you may need to install ALSA version 1.0.15 or higher to get functioning sound support.
The installation of Linux on the Dell Inspiron D531 is not the easiest process. You will need at least medium level Linux knowledge to fix the issues above.