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Dell Latitude XT


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude XT 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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NameDell Latitude XT
ProcessorIntel Core 2 solo or Intel Core 2 Duo
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
HDDUp to 120GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon X1250
NetworkEthernet, Dell 1390 802.11bg or Dell 1505 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveOk
GraphicsOkfor ubuntu 8.10 without drivers
WirelessOkCould need manipulation such as ndiswrapper
BluetoothNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderOk
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
Tablet Half pen works fine, finger do not


The XT is near to be fully supported for a Debian system from this page.
The only limit is the touch screen fully uncompatible with fingers under linux.


Linux is not the most confortable system yet for tablet PC. But it's so nice to have it with a pen.
And Wine helps well to use some confortable pen applications.


quentic, 2016/10/03 13:02

I currently run a Debian Jessie on the Latitude XT and it works like a charm.
Also run an Ubuntu 14.04 which was working fine.

Cryptic, 2013/09/06 16:45

Had a little issue with the wireless but think I have it working ok with neurocache suggestion. Running 12.04 Ubuntu on it, touch screen works great with finger and stylus. A little graphic issue but seems to have resolved when i ran updates.

Andrew, 2012/11/04 02:41

Both pen and finger worked on touch screen. Buttons to flip monitor orientation do not work. I am running Lubuntu 12.04.

no_one_of_consequence, 2010/11/27 13:44

Just wanted to chime in here with my experience. I just purchased a refurbished latitude xt and installed Fedora 14 on it. Right out of the box (with no customization) the touch screen worked perfectly. The stylus also works perfectly with the touch screen as well (including the pen buttons). By far one of the easiest experiences I've had setting up a new system with Linux.

NeuroCache, 2009/11/27 01:36

My dell XT has a Broadcom BCM4321 ABGN chipset. I finally got the wifi to work by using the Broadcom prop drivers found at

Dragokazov, 2009/07/14 09:20

Fedora is not working …
Ubuntu is fully working except touch - it recognizes it, but it does not control cursor; pen is working except pressure and buttons
Ubuntu - not working WLAN on Live CD, but it installation it works

Slax - pen not working properly - cursor appears on different place, touch not working, WLAN not working.

Wlan Dell Wireless 1505

Yllas, 2009/03/02 06:38

how can we enable pen in Dell latitude XT

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