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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Vostro A860 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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For full specifications see the Dell Vostro A860 specifications page.
|Name||Dell Vostro A860|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||15.6” WXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||1GB to 4GB|
|HDD||Up to 160GB|
|Graphics||Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100|
|Network||Ethernet, Dell 802.11bg, Bluetooth|
|Optical Drive||Yes||cheapest Version only CD-RW|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
I installed 8.10 and it was a flawless 35 minute install except that wireless did not work.
Then I booted it with the dell recovery iso. The install takes a good while and seems to hang at the 'removing unused packages' but your patience will be rewarded. You'll have wireless afterwards, and a very clean factory-type install of Hardy. You can download the iso here:
Sound does not work out of the box but everything else does… after running 490 updates, sound and everything else, including headphones seems to work great!
Everything works out of the box, without any modification. Reported problems on Ethernet and wireless are obsolete due to fixes in the Kernel.