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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Vostro 1000 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 Vostro 1000|
|Processor||AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 2GHz|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||ATI Radeon Xpress 1150|
|Network||Ethernet, Dell 1390 (Broadcom) 802.11bg|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
The ATI Radeon Xpress 1150 is not properly supported by Xorg yet so you will need to install the proprietary ATI driver to get a properly functioning display. Support for the 1150 was only recently added to the ATI driver so even if your distribution of choice includes this driver it may not be new enough to support the 1150.
The Broadcom based Dell 1390 wireless controller does not function properly yet with the open source modules available for it so you will need to install ndiswrapper. You can get the required Windows drivers from here.
For best hardware support you should get a Linux distribution which uses kernel version 2.6.22 or higher.
The Dell Vostro 1000 is not the best laptop for Linux because of the need to use ndiswrapper and the proprietary ATI modules.