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Dell Latitude D620

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D620 laptop. The Latitude D620 is a medium level laptop with great Linux support.

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 D620
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2300 1.66Ghz
Screen14.1” WXGA
RAM1GB
HDD80GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet + Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
EthernetYes
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
56K ModemNot Tested
USBYes
PCMCIANot Tested

Notes

As default the native screen resolution of the Latitude D620 is 1280×800, however due to the way the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 functions this resolution would not be usable right away. To get it working you will need to install the 915resolution program and type in:
915resolution 5a 1280 800
This will then allow you to use the native 1280×800 resolution. However this setting will be forgotten after each boot so you will need a way to automatically run this command at every boot. Fortunately most Linux distributions come with the 915resolution program and include a simple way of achieving this. You can view our Configuring the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 & 950 guide for more information.

Some versions of the D620 include the Nvidia Quadro NVS 110M. This has not been tested yet.

Some versions of this notebook have the Dell Wireless 1390 or the Dell Wireless 1490 Dual-Band wireless network card. Neither of these cards were tested.

Thanks to khadgaray for adding this:
Works fine with nv module provided by FC6 Xorg 7.1 . For dual screen i use nvidia's driver ( build 9625 )
modem - Unable to find any communication device with lspci listing :(

Wirless

If your Linux distro fails to identify and drive your “Dell Wireless 1490 Dual Band 802.11a/b/g” wireless adapter (Typically those base on Broadcom Corporation's BCM4311 or BCM4312 chips). You can install relevant drivers by connecting to the internt via a wired connection, opening Terminal and running this command there:

  sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer

Microphone

Under debian, in order to use the internal microphone, create a file /etc/modprobe.d/00alsa containing the line

  options snd-hda-intel model=ref

Multiscreen

grandr works fine but you have to manually edit the virtual display space under debian, your xorg.conf file should contain a subsection

  Section "Screen"
      SubSection "Display"
          Virtual    1280 1600
      EndSubSection
  EndSection

if you want to have twice 1280×800 screens on top of each other.

Summary

As with all Intel Core based notebooks, it is recommended to use a Linux distribution with kernel version 2.6.16 or greater with the Dell Latitude D620. With a up to date kernel this laptop works well with Linux. * Unordered List Item


Discussion

Joe Hodge, 2013/09/02 10:51

Running CentOS 6.4 x86_64 on Dell D620 with Nvidia Quadro NVS 110M graphics. Using proprietary nVidia driver. Replaced the original Core Duo with a Core2 Duo to run 64 bit version. Everything works except the 56k modem.

linuxfan, 2012/05/31 17:22

I have my d620 laptop. windows sucs :(

any suggestions abaou linux ?

rmendoza577, 2012/05/28 21:49

trying to get ubuntu 12.04 running on my d620, i have the dell 1390 wireless card;can't seem to get wireless to work. any suggestions?

John Harris, 2012/08/25 08:12

Have you got a network cable plugged in? Wireless will not be activated if it detects ethernet. I have a D620 on 12-04 and wireless is fine

tralala lupio, 2011/12/21 14:36

…SO!
Let's try the new FEDORA16 (Verne), it's perfect on my D620 Laptop!
Everything works well at the first boot!
I've tried Ubuntu, and other Deb's forks, but rpm's systems works better, maybe because
of RedHat and Dell friendship…
Try the New MANDRIVA for the french, hey!

LINuX's RuLez!!

Ardean , 2011/05/07 08:32

Hello … Sorry to inform, that I use Dell D620. Thanks

ardean, 2011/05/07 08:30

I just try ubuntu 11.04. I found the interface my ubuntu like 10.10. No Launcher in left side. What going wrong. I want to know why.

Juha, 2011/01/20 13:47

I tried to install Ubuntu on a Dell Latitude D610 laptop. The installation stopped soon to a following error ”(initramfs) mount: mounting /dev/loop0 on filesystem.squashfs failed: input/output error cannot mount /dev/loop0 (/cdrom/casper/filesystem.squashfs) on filesystem.squashfs”. There is a Window XP system installed on the laptop.

Raoul Widman, 2011/10/20 07:05

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manou, 2010/05/29 14:32

Hello,

I am trying Kubuntu 10 and seems to make strange things. Sometimes WIFI works, sometimes not. I can't understand.

Somebody around could guide me to find a specific kernel config file to build my custom kernel ?

Thank you,
·_- manou

May all beings be happy

Denis, 2010/05/14 10:16

Works fine with Mandriva One 2010 KDE installed on hard disk, dual boot with Windows XP. Adjustment sound problem; some times doesn't work with laptop keyboard. Modem and PCMCIA not tested.

sara, 2010/04/02 10:12

j'ai besoin des drivers de Dell latitude D620

SpringPark3, 2009/12/31 04:38

I've got a Dell D620 with Dell 1490 wireless card (Broadcom 4312 chip). After installing Ubuntu 9.10, everything else works but wireless because the driver for the wifi card was not installed. To get the driver, google for “b43-fwcutter ubuntu” and download the “b43-fwcutter” package. Install it, and when asked, choose “fetch driver”. After everything is installed, reboot and my wireless finally works!

wzul, 2010/02/13 21:02

yes. my computer dell latitude d620 after installing and choosing fetch driver. Finallly, works..!8-)

dwayne, 2010/05/18 23:53

Spring Park3 thanks Yo9u saved me much trouble on downloading b43-fwcutter package and then choosing fetch driver. Wish I could of found that info earlier. Tried many other ways people said but to no prevail, until your info. Thanks a million. dwayne

peter, 2009/10/22 14:41

Just booted Damn Small Linux from flash drive. Use DSL ACPI=OFF

gorav, 2009/09/28 18:31

installed ubuntu jaunty 9.04 without any problems, wireless is up immediately, just started using ubuntu a few weeks ago and finding it to be excellent. only issue is with google earth, which i imagine will be fixed once i look into the configuring intel graphics card.

Stani, 2009/07/10 14:49

I have installed Centos 5.3 on Dell latitude D620…. arghhh this system makes me crazy
my laptop has a lot problems.. wireless pains - even if I have used kernel 2.6.30 it was unable to force intell wireless card to scan environemnet for AP's.
:-(
also some patching of graphic driver display was a must to have proper resolution on laptop display.

mark, 2009/12/24 01:20

I wouldn't recommend centos for a laptop install. It is meant for enterprise servers and as such isn't really updated with features for the notebook (power management/sleep/wireless). Fedora would be a better distro if you wanted a red hat based install although it isn't always the most stable since it is the test bed for future versions of RHEL.

Bjorn , 2009/01/15 09:43

I would truely like to thank you both, I finally resolved my problem and now have my wireless card working on my D620. I went back as you suggested Dawid and just reinstalled and rebooted. But only after rebuilding the linux install and starting fresh and as Mike suggested installing the Kernel-Devel for my kernel as well that solved everything. Thanks again for all your feedback and this blog. Now on to the next issue to solve, getting my wireless to work at the office with their WPA setup. LOL.

Michael, 2008/07/15 19:02

Debian testing

Debian testing installed with no real issues, other than teething problems with wireless (debatably due to the university's odd configuration of their wireless modems, rather than debian).

Overall — solid and reliable.

khadgaray, 2006/10/30 12:54

Updates

Works fine with nv module provided by FC6 Xorg 7.1 . For dual screen i sue nvidia's driver ( build 9625 )

modem - Unable to find any communication device with lspci listing :(

fani, 2011/11/26 21:46

just try
sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.38-13-server

which upgrades kernel to current one

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