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Dell Latitude D610

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D610 laptop. The D610 is a successor to the Dell Latitude D600 with a slightly higher set of specifications. Like the D600, Linux support for the D610 is very good.

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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Specifications

NameDell Latitude D610
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 2.0GHz
Screen14.1” SXGA+
RAM512MB
HDD60GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon x300
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2200 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw2200 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

The ATI Mobility Radeon x300 graphics chip found in the Latitude D610 can either use the open source radeon module or ATI's proprietary fglrx module. Further installation information can be found on our Configuring an ATI graphics chip guide.

Summary

Just the the D600, the Latitude D610 has excellent compatibility with Linux with no installation issues at all.


Discussion

sam, 2014/03/21 01:41

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on a D610 with 2GB ram on a 16GB bootable thumb drive (sandisk cruzer fit, you can barely even see it).
I'm a GNU newbie- having recently escaped the OSX plantation by way of the Linux underground railroad. Yay, freedom.

D610 operates 12.04 with very few glitches. Much better with the machine's max of 2GB ram vs 1GB previously. I can run about 30 tabs on Firefox without the screen dimming and system bog.

I keep the fully-charged battery out of the machine until I actually need to use it. This dissipates heat more easily. Battery monitor is one of the glitchy, randomly-switching hiccups on this laptop/OS combo. Battery seems to hot swap fine without any issues. Brand new battery life is 90 minutes at most even with the fact that there's no hard drive to spin.

This machine does tend to run hot compared to something like a macbook 1,1 or 2,1.
Running it without a hard drive and battery helps it run a bit cooler. It runs hottest when running video so, yeah the video card is the big heat and energy waster. I recommend a temperature monitor app like psensor and running video at lower resolution when possible.

Overall, this combo seems pretty fast and seamless with a handful of missing functionalities which either don't matter much to me or that I'm willing to deal with for the cost of a $50 machine. That said, this combo gives my macbook a damn good run for its money!

wyatt, 2014/03/02 04:53

I had a lot of trouble getting Linux Mint 16 (ubuntu 13.10) on my d610. It worked fine with older distros (mint 14, ubuntu 10.04 lucid, etc) but Mint 16 took some work.

The problem was my screen going black whenever I booted it unless i added the option 'i915.modeset=0' to my GRUB boot command (at the line that starts with the word 'linux' when you edit the top boot option). it would then boot, but in 640×480 resolution, and the X server wouldn't run. My fix was rather painfully tedious, but it is running as smooth as anything now. I downloaded and compiled the 3.13.5 kernel myself.
My kernel configuration:
http://pastebin.com/pj5Wuve3

It's a HUUGE file so I'm not posting it all here. Have fun in linux - trust me, compiling it in a 640×480 resolution on a half-dead laptop is worth it for when it comes alive.

Ken, 2013/09/22 14:35

I am testing out different versions, the major issue I run into is the lack of wireless , can not seem to figure out the ipw2200 listed above. I am a newbe so i am researching for info but it seems lacking?

Paul Johnson, 2013/05/02 18:08

ok I have just installed 12.04 LTS on a dell 610.I Installed from a USB stick after the start up disk woudnt work properly. From the stick using the drivers from Pendrive, it installed ok, albeit with a USB mouse. I am now trying to make the touchpad work, either getting the system to use the bonofide drivers or different ones, Im not bothered as long as the touchpad works….

has anyone else had touchpad issues? Im sure once the drivers are sorted I wil have no further problems

Paul

RJBradlow, 2012/10/04 21:53

I don't know about this ATI Mobility Radeon x300 data you have in the table above, because I'm not seeing this in my specs:


00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (rev 03)
Subsystem: Dell Device 0182
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
Memory at dff00000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
I/O ports at ec38 [size=8]
Memory at c0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Memory at dfec0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256K]
Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2
Kernel driver in use: i915
Kernel modules: i915

00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller (rev 03)
Subsystem: Dell Device 0182
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Memory at dff80000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 2

RJBradlow, 2012/10/04 21:30

I have a D610 that works fine with Ubuntu Lucid 10.04LTS, previous versions and other distros just fine.
Been using it hard (daily) for over 5 years. (Lucid since it came out, and I won't go past that for good reasons.)
NOTE: Make sure you blow out the dust that accumulates on the cooling fins and fan every 6 months.
(Blow in through back exhaust vent with display open, then blow off under keyboard, or better yet remove it.[simple!])
They (or any computer for that matter) will overheat and do a lot of those funny things I've seen so many post about if you don't clean them.

I test and break my OS' regularly and have TONS of software and services running on my D610 at various times.

I Live on Linux and only use XP when I am forced to by certain companies with their heads up their rear end.
Like Crestron, Mitchell1, AllData, Sage (Peachtree) and a few others that force IE and the Winblows platform in general.

The D610 and all Latitudes are true battle tested road warriors.

For those having problems with installs:
The optical drives are usually the first thing to fail and while they will read, it's not consistent or reliable and they botch installs all the time. Use an external known good optical drive with an external power supply.
You can even use IDE/SATA to USB adapters with internal desktop drives in a pinch.

The native display works fine without going bonkers, however I'm just now looking for the real deal (proprietary) driver instructions now that I'm using conky full time and want true transparency in my terminal, etc, so I can see conky through it.
I don't clutter my desktops with icons, none in fact. If I need something I just panel launch my popular apps.
Or in the rare instance I do want a bunch of desktop handy stuff, I make one folder titled 'UTC' (Under The Carpet) and throw everything in there.

My D610 Mods:
Spare optical drives… Had DVD ROM, swapped to DVD R/W but it started acting funny, now back to ROM.
Only pop it in when needed to write if another PC is not available.

Spare battery and power pack.

250 GB 7200rpm WD drive / dual boot with xp pro sp3.

1GB ram

changed WiFi card (Bought lot of 10 on eBay for a song and dance.)…

     
     Description: Wireless interface
     product: PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection
     vendor: Intel Corporation
     physical id: 3
     bus info: pci@0000:03:03.0
     logical name: eth3
     version: 05
     serial: None-ya-biz
     width: 32 bits
     clock: 33MHz
     capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
     configuration: broadcast=yes 
	driver=ipw2200 	driverversion=1.2.2kmprq
	firmware: ABG:9.0.5.27 (Dec 12 2007) 
	latency: 64	link: no	maxlatency: 24	mingnt: 3	wireless: IEEE 802.11abg
     resources: irq:17 memory:dfcff000-dfcfffff
Toups, 2010/10/10 19:34

I tried install'n Ubuntu 10.04 & 10.10 on my dell d610.. I can't get the startup disk to run correctly.. Used both disk on my other laptop and installed Ubuntu without problem.. Any Ideas?

Ton, 2010/10/10 20:05

@Toups,

Could you give more information? What exactly did you do? Where did it go wrong? Were there any error codes etc.?

gasbomb, 2010/04/21 23:41

a while back, my dad tried to install Ubuntu on a latitude after it got completely slimed. apparently the mouse started going crazy. the touchpad would not work right and neither would an external mouse. i have my own latitude d610 now, and i'm not gonna install a new OS until i figure out how to get around ALL possible problems (previous laptop was an inspiron 5150 (google this: “dell inspiron 5150 problems”). yeah. i was using that pile of . however, linux mint worked fine on it! im not so sure how well it will work on the latitude tho….

Ton, 2009/12/13 01:23

I just installed Ubuntu on my d610 after a major systems failure within XP. Unfortunately WiFi isn't working. I'm going to try your suggestion immediately however.

MJ, 2009/01/01 04:35

I'm running Mandriva 2009 on my Dell D610 with no issues. Everything worked from the start. I have also ran PCLinuxOS 2007 on the same laptop with no issues as well. Fedora and PC-BSD had sound and touchpad problems.

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