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Installing Ubuntu 12.04 “The Precise Pangolin” on a Dell Latitude D610

Last updated 18-10-2012

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General Hardware Specifications of (my) Dell Latitude D610

Service tag (model) 5DX8S1J

Hardware Components Status under Linux Notes
Motherboard Winbond Electronics model 0D4571 Works No special procedure required during installation.
Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.86GHz, 8 KB L1 cache, 2 MB L2 cache Works No special procedure required during installation.
14.1 SXGA+ (1400 × 1050) TFT display Works No special procedure required during installation.
Intel Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller Works No special procedure required during installation.
2 × 1 GB DIM DDR RAM Works No special procedure required during installation.
PATA 80 GB ATA100 5400 rpm 8 MB cache Travelstar 5K160 HTS541680J9AT00 Hitachi hard drive. (Was a 60 GB Fujitsu MHV2060AH. Got to many bad sectors. Replaced 17-10-2012 for this installation.) Works No special procedure required during installation.
Modular Floppy Drive Not tested
NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express, Broadcom Corporation Works No special procedure required during installation.
Intel 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Modem Controller Not tested
DVD reader CDRW/DVD TSL462C TSST Corp. Works No special procedure required during installation.
BCM4306 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network Controller, Broadcom Corporation Works Needs extra firmware. See at the bottom of this page.
59 WHr Lithium-Ion Battery Works No special procedure required during installation.
Intel 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller Works No special procedure required during installation.

This laptop is operating under Kernel version: 3.2.0

Basic Installation of Ubuntu:

The Broadcom WiFi needs some more firmware, but the package firmware-b43-install didn’t seem to do the job in my situation. I wrote a script b43fw (based on the package). It depends on the package b43-fwcutter. This script does install the firmware and the WiFi works immediately.

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