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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D820 laptop. The Latitude D820 is a higher spec laptop with a high end graphics chip. Linux compatibility with the D820 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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|Name||Dell Latitude D820|
|Processor||Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83Ghz|
|Graphics||Nvidia Quadro NVS 110M|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet + Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless|
|Other||4 x USB2.0 + 1 x Firewire|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
For the graphics chip in the Latitude D820 you can use both the open source nv module and Nvidia's proprietary one. For installation instructions, you can view our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide. For 3D support, you will need the proprietary module. Some older versions of X may not have support for the Nvidia Quadro FX 110M, in this case you will need to use the proprietary module.
Some versions of the D820 include the Nvidia Quadro NVS 120M and the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950. Neither of these have been tested yet.
Some other versions of the Latitude D820 have the Dell Wireless 1390 802.11g or the Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g Dual Band wireless network card. Neither of these cards were tested.
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 D820. With a up to date kernel this laptop works well with Linux.