Dell Inspiron 6400

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Contributor's Note

This guide is a work in progress as I translate my chicken scratches from my notepad to my notebook. Please allow me a few days (as of 2007/05/30) before adding to this article. Thanks!

Introduction

Summary

The goal of this guide is to provide a comprehensive tutorial for the Inspiron 6400/e1505 series laptop. With any luck, this guide will walk you through the steps necessary to get every piece of hardware working to full capicity.

From the contributor

I will attempt to cover as much as possible, however please feel free to contribute to this guide as you feel necessary. I will be happy to answer any questions, however I am by no means a Linux expert so there's a good chance I'll be just as clueless as you :)

~Thayer (thayer.w) (thayerw(at)gmail(dot)com)

Hardware Specifications

The 6400 series laptop is currently available in a number of configurations. I have used bold to indicate my particular configuration where applicable. Your mileage may vary a bit if your components don't match, but for the most part everything should still work fine.

  • Green items are confirmed to work
  • Red items need more work and/or information

Base Components

  • Intel Core Duo and Core 2 Duo processors
    • T2500 (2GHz/667MHz FSB/2MB Cache)
    • T5600 (1.83GHz/667MHz FSB/2MB Cache)
    • T2050 (1.66GHz/667MHz FSB/2MB Cache)
    • T1350 (1.66GHz/667MHz FSB/2MB Cache)
  • 512MB/1GB/2GB 533MHz/667MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory
  • 15.4" Widescreen Display
    • WXGA (1280 x 800)
    • WSXGA 1280x800 with TrueLife™
    • WSXGA+ 1680x1050 with TrueLife™
  • 80GB/100GB/120GB/160GB 5400/7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x CD/DVD+/-RW/DL+R
  • Broadcom 440x 10/100 Ethernet
  • Conexant HDA D110 MDC V.92 modem (winmodem)
  • Sigmatel STAC 92xx Audio
  • Ricoh R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Card Reader
  • 4 USB 2.0 Ports
  • Firewire port (IEEE 1394)
  • 1 ExpressCard Slot
  • Synaptics touchpad with scroll zones

Video Options

  • 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1300 with HyperMemory
  • 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 with Hypermemory
  • 256MB nVidia GeForce Go 7300 with TurboCache
  • 128MB Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950

Wireless Options

  • Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG (802.11a/b/g)
  • Dell Wireless 1390
  • Dell Wireless 1500 Draft 802.11n Wireless
  • Dell Wireless 350 Bluetooth Module
  • Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Module

Resources

TuxMobil: Linux Laptop & Notebook Installation Guides

TuxMobil: DELL Notebooks

Gentoo Wiki: HARDWARE Dell Inspiron 6400

Gentoo Wiki: HARDWARE Dell Inspiron 6400 Fixes for common problems


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