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Dell Latitude D430


This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D430 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 D430
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo U7700 1.33GHz
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested



There are several wireless controllers available for the Latitude D430, the Intel 4965, Intel 3945, Dell Wireless 1390 and Dell Wireless 1490. The Dell wireless controllers are based on the Broadcom chipset which are not well supported under Linux. The Intel based ones work much better.


There are no issues with the Dell Latitude D430 if you have an Intel based wireless controller.


Distribution: Mandriva One 2010
Version: 2.28.0
Video: Intel 945GM Express Chipset
Modem: HD D330 MDC v.92
Wireless: Dell wifi 1390 WLAN (BCM4311)
NIC: Broadcom Netxtreme gigabit (BCM5752)
Smartcard: O2Micro Smartcard Reader

Mandriva installs on the system with very few problems. The wifi is supported and is able to run after activation under the “Configure Your Computer” tab. The O2Mirco Smartcard Reader is a different story. Linuxnet [] makes a compatiable driver through their Movement for the Use of Smartcards in a Linux Environment (MUSCLE). GNA! [] also makes a compatiable driver.

As of Novemeber 7, 2009 there are a few bugs in the Mandriva distro that cause a few problems. The problems seem to be centered around the web browsers Firefox and Epiphany. Firefox will display a message indicating npviewer.bin has crashed. Epiphany will freeze and the user will have to Force Quit the application. An easy fix is to migrate to the SeaMonkey browser which is based on the Mozilla Firefox open-source code.

Updated Distro to KDE instead. Firefox problems no longer an issue. Did not attempt Ephipany.


MCbx, 2016/05/08 21:58

Updated to Debian Jessie. Many things are fixed, touchpad works very well, as well as all graphics problems are fixed now.
It still needs modifications from my post to get SPDIF working.
Docking/undocking gives the same thing.

edu, 2014/07/07 21:37

I forgot to mention,the great fact that this notebook has 2 wifi slots, and both are independently configurable and simultaneouly usable.

edu, 2014/07/07 21:31

I installed meanwhile some distros forked from ubuntu, since 2012, as i have this notebook.

I can fully recommend this hardware for linux users.

It runs stable and quick.

The wifi card I had to change with another one, because the original one is not supported by linux.

The gps modem i never used, so i cant tell if works or not.

I use this notebook for my job 10 hours per day or more.

I have no overheating problem.

With a new buyed battery pack I achieve 2h 45m effective running time with a slightly dimmed display.

wyruzk, 2014/06/17 04:12

oh, I am using the 64b version, which is about 25% faster than the 32b version…

I was wondering if the computer could handle 64b, as there is a 32b bus bottleneck, but the linux kernel adjusts for that, so no problem, there.

wyruzk, 2014/06/17 04:09

I'm using SolydX, which is based on debian, with a rolling release update model. I'm liking it very much. Not sure how it would address the specific issues you are dealing with, but not having side scroll (horizontal) is not a big deal to me, though it would be nice.
Props for SolydX. There are other similar distros that are also good, and dissimilar ones that would be fine as well, I am sure. I am a fan of the debian, and with something like SolydX it seems to work very well.

MCbx, 2014/06/08 11:17

I am using this notebook with a dock and Debian Wheezy.
Here are my experiences:
- Debian requires non-free iwlwifi to run Wi-fi adapter.
- If you get a black screen after kernel boot do the following: If you want to use text mode only, pass nomodeset to kernel. If you want to use X, do not pass nomodeset to kernel. Means: before installing X temporarily switch nomodeset.
- Side scrolling OR tap-to-click. Not simultaneous. One of it, I don't remember which one, requires recompiled alps driver.
- In a dock, I have NO IDEA how I've got sound output working, as it doesn't work at fresh install. I have the following things attached to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf:
options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m22 enable=1 index=0
alias snd-card-0 snd-hda-intel
alias sound-slot-0 snd-hda-intel
Then in alsamixer S/PDIF switch should show up. This turns dock's both analog and digital outputs.
Warm undock doesn't work and it looks like it won't work. I'm using hibernation before un/docking. If you're using this method, remember to prepare some xrandr shell scripts to switch between dock's and notebook's displays and bind it to keys, you'll have to run them blindly.

wyruzk, 2014/03/15 19:51

Is it better to install 64b linux on D430 or 32b (with pae, multicore)

I did a gtkperf test with both and the 64b was 20sec, while the 32b was 25sec; but the processor bus is 32b, according to the d430 manual.


I cannot find much info on this.



Stonetrix, 2013/08/10 01:34

Can not get the Broadcom wifi card to work with Ubuntu. I am buying an Intel wifi card to try.

marcus , 2012/12/23 10:50

nope, ubuntu is slow atm, will try mandriva now, but if i could recomend a distro it would be slackware or debian. not that i have a thing for anything will go through all of the distro's that i need to to find what i need.

geir, 2012/09/22 21:45

Ubuntu 12.04 works like a charm on the latit. d430 :-)

Chris, 2011/12/16 21:09

Jolicloud OS 1.2 and Linux Mint 12 “Lisa” on DELL Latitude D430, wireless card Dell 1490 (Broadcom) not working. Thoughts?

Scott, 2010/01/12 05:25

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron
wireless does not work with the Dell 1390 controller

ravi, 2009/01/24 05:44

Machine configuration and look is good. long time usage of this machine is bad just because of heatup. otherwise machine good

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