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Dell Latitude D520


This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D520 laptop. The Latitude D520 is a mid to lower range laptop who's Linux support is excellent.

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 D520
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T2300 1.66Ghz
Screen14.1“ XGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
Network10/100 Ethernet + Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless
Other4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessYesUse the ipw3945 module
56K ModemNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


Some versions of the Dell Latitude D520 have the Dell Wireless 1390 or the Dell Wireless 1490 Dual-Band wireless network card. Neither of these cards were tested.



LouTronX, 2015/07/14 04:26

Word to the wise and from my experience its always good to research the laptop/pc and which distros provides the best out of the box (ootb)support!!! doing thus led me to this site thanks … ill be trying slackware and fedora most recent LTS ty all

Andrew, 2013/12/24 21:10

Saw my own comment from 2008 about running Slackware 12.1 on the Latitude D520 and just thought I would mention that the very same laptop is currently running Slackware 14.1 very successfully in 2013 with a full kde desktop. Great machine!!!

nation, 2009/12/07 16:39

Fedora 12 is a piece of cake.

situ, 2009/08/26 09:41

hi ,
i hav a problem with my wifi.i hav a wirelss internet connection .im having a dell latitude d520 laptop.
wifi light is not on in the laptop and and im not gettin any indication to connect to the internet

Joey, 2012/10/19 20:13

I am having the same exact problem. Can anyone help?

george, 2008/12/07 01:08

I have issues with Hibernate/Suspend. If I hit Hibernate dl 520 posts “hibernate failed”. If I hit Suspend, I can not wake it up, need to press power and do a hard reset. Apart from these, everything else works great., 2008/10/08 09:36

56K modem

any idea on the support of the internal modem?

Andrew, 2008/10/04 19:03

Slackware 12.1

This laptop works well with Slackware 12.1 but my version of the D520 has a Broadcom chip:

root@skamandros/home/andrew# lspci | grep Broadcom
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 01)

and thus requires the BCM firmware to be installed as well.

cory, 2008/09/27 17:11

wireless 1390

has anyone tried it with the dell wireless 1390 card?

Cavain, 2015/03/21 20:41

for the 1390 I used,

(You must be online)

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source

Should work.


HUGE thanks to Rosc0zero

kc, 2008/09/16 17:41

works great for me on ubuntu 8.04

no issues…although the wifi indicator light on top of the keyboard panel does not turn on… as long as i can use wifi.. i'm not complaining! ;-)

Lex Pendragon, 2008/08/01 18:07

My laptop is named Duke

i got it to work!

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