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Dell Latitude D600


This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude D600 laptop. In the D600, Dell have provided a lower cost laptop but still includes some good internals. Linux support for the D600 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 D600
ProcessorIntel Pentium-M 725 1.6GHz
Screen14.1“ XGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon 9000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 2100 802.11b Wireless or Broadcom BCM4306 rev2 802.11g Wireless
Other2 x USB2.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
SoundYesUse the snd-intel8x0 module
WirelessYesUse the ipw2100 module, or b43legacy module
56K ModemNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested


Some models of the D600 include the Dell Wireless 1400 wireless controller rather than the Intel 2100 tested here. The new b43legacy driver works flawlessly with the v3 firmware.


The Dell Latitude D600 had no issues with Linux when used with an up to date distribution.

Hi found this laptop to be great with umbunto linux. i got card working by using a program for broadcom. downloaded and saved it and ran it. not that familiar with the os but seems to work great.


Spence, 2019/09/18 07:35

I haven't found a single good modern OS for my Dell Latitude D600 in 2019! I've tried countless distros: puppy linux (all variants), ToriOS, Bodhi, and countless distros that all failed to run properly. My CPU is 32-bit and has no PAE, which makes finding an OS that gets past the boot screen a major issue. Having only 1gb of ram doesn't help the situation either.

I hope it's not yet time to retire a perfectly good laptop…it's so much more comfortable to use than the annoying modern designs!

Kipper, 2016/07/07 17:48

i cant seem to get my audio working, I dont know what snd-intel8x0 is nor how to get it nor how to install it i have evrything else working but audio. Using debian jessie bare install (well not really bare but just console) Help would be apreceated thanks all.

Kamil, 2016/03/05 20:26

Terrible performance when trying to play videos, they're either slowed down or not playing at all. Happens with Xubuntu, Lubuntu, doesn't happen on Windows XP.

zbaby, 2014/12/17 17:45

Linux Mint and PCLOS XFCE or LXDE were a breeze on my D600's. running for years. best to just let them do the partitioning. and definitely keep all your docs and email on exterior hard drive, so you can reload the OS occasionally when you encounter a problem you aren't sure how to fix quickly. Reloading is so much faster. All these comments are infinitely helpful and appreciated, btw, everyone!

antiv0rtex, 2013/07/20 07:40

I have two D600s, both running Debian stable. One is for seeding distro ISOs and one is an IRC server. They both work beautifully in a sans-X (pure-CLI) environment.

Debian ootb, 2013/04/07 21:18

Kali linux has great wifi support ootb. Im running on dell latitude c600. Someone try it

LearningLinux, 2015/07/14 12:42

I've been running BT5 R3 for years on a D600. I recently got curious as to getting Kali Linux to run.Of course I had to use the forcepae switch. Kali boots to a prompt but now I'm stuck, how do you start the desktop there's no 'startx' equivalent that I am aware of?

Misthiocracy, 2015/07/14 15:28

Have you installed a display manager like xdm, gdm, or nodm?

James Wulfe, 2013/02/28 20:10

Crunchbang #! Waldorf 32bit ran perfectly out of box. There is like most debian releases some initial tinkering to get things working but if you scroll up through this thread looking at most of the debian “solutions” to the various things like wifi etc you will have this laptop humming in no time.

Marc, 2012/11/29 18:04

Broadcom wireless instructions above work perfectly - Yay Soren121 ;)

As noted by Robert, Puppy linux includes these and also Crunchbang works good out of the box (amazing)

IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT IN MY EXPERIENCE OUT-OF-THE-BOX UBUNTU 12.04 or 12.10 IS UNBEARABLE ON THE D600. About 1/2 to 1 second to pull down a menu or register a click. 5-10 seconds to start up the simpless program. At first I thought it was screen driver but now i think not because…

INSTEAD USE LUBUNTU. I love the Windows installer then choose “Lubuntu” from installation drop-down. It even shares the file system with Windows (!!!).

Then install the wireless driver as above and you are good-to-go. Fast linux on 512kb machine with full apt-get.

JC, 2012/12/02 02:19

Had big problems running Ubuntu 11.4 with 512k of memory. Upgraded to 2GB (max) and could not believe the difference, completely different machine. Not sure if that would help with 12.x or not.

soren121, 2011/12/27 05:20

In my experience, CrunchBang Linux is the best distro to run on the D600. It comes with full support for all hardware out-of-the-box; the only exception being WiFi firmware.


  1. Check to see if you already have b43-fwcutter, by opening a terminal and executing b43-fwcutter
  2. If it tells you how to use it, then you have it. If not, install it from your distro's repository, or compile the tarball.
  3. Download the following two files to your home directory:
  4. Open a terminal, and ensure that you are in your home directory (try cd ~)
  5. Execute the following commands in the terminal, one at a time:
    • tar xfvj broadcom-wl-
    • sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-
    • sudo b43-fwcutter –unsupported -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-
    • sudo modprobe b43legacy
  6. Note: if your distro doesn't use sudo, you'll need to figure out how to obtain a root terminal by yourself.
  7. And that's it! You should be able to connect to a WiFi network in the connection manager of your choice now (NetworkManager, Wicd, etc.)
soren121, 2011/12/27 05:28

I just noticed that the comment system screwed something up.

On the third command of step 5, there should be TWO DASHES before the word “unsupported”, not one.

Robert Lukens, 2012/08/10 17:45

Puppy Linux, ISpup (Industrial Strength) distro works on D600 out of the box. The only one I've seen so far that has the broadcom drivers installed in the live cd. to get it and try it.

Shlomo Shizgal, 2014/12/17 16:42

Thanks - these were great instructions.
The CrunchBang installation went extremely smoothly on my D600.
And with your instructions on setting up wifi, I was up and running pretty quickly.

david4pdx, 2010/12/09 00:58

i just downloaded the drivers for ubuntu 10.4 from my windows xp partition. need a little advice on what i should do with my dell latitude d600. anybody out there with some advice on how to tweak my version of ubuntu without decimating a crappy laptop? thanks.

zBaby, 2010/08/26 07:13

Linux Mint 8 Gloria, Linux Mint 9 Isadora and PClinuxOS 2010 all work on my D600 w/2gb RAM. LOVE them - last one best, keeping 2nd for BU OS.

It took many months of wasted time to realize and accept that I was just a guinea pig for Fedora 10 - works on machine but they constantly put out bad updates that screw your previously working system and 98% of the developers I encountered in bugzilla (Jan-Sep '09) chastise and insult you, don't answer for a month or not at all - don't go there … NOT for your first linux distro, that's for sure. I wanted best security but SElinux constantly locked ME out WTF and I certainly didn't appreciate the condescention one bit. If I didn't despise Wincrap SO much I would've given up on Linux after Fedora. So glad I remained determined to learn. VIVA Mint and PClinuxOS!!! And WOW, PClinuxOS forum is JUST THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW - Simply Mepis gave up on my system with splashy errors I couldn't find enough on to fix …

Mark, 2011/04/16 03:56

Odd… I have tried several distros with my D600. Simply Mepis is the ONLY one I've found that works flawlessly out of the box. Most would run okay, but had all kinds of trouble getting the wireless to work. Mepis had no trouble at all, ever.

zbaby, 2011/04/30 01:16

oops … I believe actually the splashy errors on Mepis were on one of my desktops, an HP Pavilion 6000-something whose hard drive I have since moved to a Pavilion a520n but beat my head against the wall with it for probably all together a solid week and it sits in the corner until I have the time to mess with it again. It had splashy errors in Crunchbang as well, after running for a month or so.

zbaby, 2011/04/30 02:07

Update … PClinuxOS 2010 kde installed fine and I ran it for about six months but only for about a month at a time, when it would begin freezing constantly, to the point where I could not get any work done. I believe due to ATI complications, i.e., says it's 3D capable but OS wouldn't allow it … as I began to play with compositing &/or compiz &/or maybe due also to updates, it would always bog down. Googled discussions on how to 'make it work' were over my head with terms I didn't understand or missing exact how-to's. Switched to Gnome, same problems. 60g HD, 2g ram. Also first install using desired partitioning gave me lots of problems - finally settled on letting PClinuxOS do the partitioning while keeping an exterior HD connected where I store all docs and email. Tried ZenMini for a month or so but had problems, can't remember exactly what now. Phoenix LXDE has been running so well for many months now that I installed it on a 2nd D600 and both are singing, with 3D only in panel icons. Bear in mind, I had no Linux training and no time to read manuals from the start, just jumped in and dealt with what was necessary as I go. Considering that, Fedora as 1st Linux had me mystified just understanding terms & following file structure with the complicated partitioning I did for first time, etc.(!) The 'No 3D capability found' hard-coded into PClinuxOS control center is still maddening, tho.

zbaby, 2011/04/30 02:09

Also I did not for quite some time catch on that you shouldn't just install anything that looks interesting in Synaptic - like, stuff for gnome when you're using kde or vice-versa - I suspect caused me some problems somewhere with some programs.

Jeff Sumner, 2010/08/18 00:05

I just tried installing Fedora 13 and though the OS installed and seemed to boot fine, I have random freezes that prevent the laptop from running long enough to even get the first set of updates installed. That's different from the Fedora 12 install which went well but the laptop suffered from the poor input driver for the missing mouse button events.

Ubuntu 10.04 installed just fine, though disk IO shows a maximum of what the unstable Fedora was capable. Then again, the input driver (psmouse) works better… And the system is stable.

Jeff Sumner, 2011/05/08 19:08

Fresh install of Fedora 14 works very well. Everything detected so far, no problems with the mouse buttons. It appears that RedHat got everything together.

Sam, 2010/04/30 13:24 a d600… i know ubuntu 9.10 or any other version will lag like hell.. fedora kde was an epic fail..even got my friend pissed.. what next distro?

Jeff Sumner, 2010/04/30 14:51

I've had really good luck with plain old Fedora- with the normal tweaks, and extra apt sources.
It's good enough to do high end audio processing for my Amateur Radio digital communications- with an external USB Sound Blaster. The laptop stays pretty busy, but hasn't hiccoughed yet.
(Wine even runs World of Warcraft- though very slowly)

Jeff Sumner, 2010/04/30 14:57

Ack! I meant “Debian.” Feh.

Royston Lodge, 2010/04/30 17:20

I'm a big fan of LXDE as a desktop environment. I use Debian, but any other base system should suffice.

GJDitchfield, 2010/05/02 22:42

I'm running Kubuntu 10.04 (KDE 4.4) quite happily on a D600 with 1 GB of RAM, with desktop compositing on and the bling level turned up pretty high. When I had 512 MB of RAM, performance was terrible. I highly recommend the RAM upgrade.

GB, 2010/08/10 17:35

Installing Ubuntu 10.04 and running it on this machine with no problem. I installed Wubi on 8 of them so students could use linux last semester, and now I'm doing a proper install. Machines run fine.

Jim Levin, 2010/04/25 11:49

The only way that I have been able to get wireless to work on my laptop is to follow the exact instructions at This has worked for xubuntu, and most recently Linux Mint 7 Xfce and Linux Mint 8 Xfce.

Compiz video has become unreliable with the upgrade from Mint 7 to Mint 8 (which is based on Ubuntu karmic, I believe). Turning on compiz now often results in the system freezing. Does anyone have any video tricks?

Royston Lodge, 2010/02/26 18:06

I had a DEVIL of a time getting the built-in wireless to work with my Dell d600.

I tried different distros (Ubuntu, Debian, Mint, Fedora, etc…), but none gave me any love.

On each distro, I installed bcm43xx-fwcutter and used ndiswrapper to install the WLAN 1450 driver from Dell's website. No luck.

I tried using different network managers, like WICD, WPAGUI, etc, etc. No luck.

This went on for weeks (ok, maybe months). I was SURE I had the software configured properly. Very frustrating.

Then just yesterday, while looking around using gnome-device-manager, I noticed that a “WLAN button” was listed. I looked all over the laptop, but I could not see an on/off button for the wireless.

Then, I noticed a little blue symbol on the F2 key that looked like an antenna. So I hit FN-F2, and bingo! The wireless kicked in.

All that time fighting with software, and the problem ended up being that I just had to press the proverbial power button. Man, did I feel like a noob!

At the end of the day, these are the steps I took that got the wireless to work (I'm running Debian Squeeze with LXDE, and I use WICD for the network manager):

  1. I installed WICD from apt-get.
  2. I installed bcm43xx-fwcutter from apt-get.
  3. I installed ndisgtk from apt-get.
  4. I installed gnome-device-manager to find out precisely which wireless was installed. It turned out to be the Dell Wireless 1450 mini PCI card.
  5. I downloaded and extracted the 1450 driver from Dell's website.
  6. I used ndisgtk to install the 1450 driver.
  7. Finally I pressed FN-F2 to turn on the wireless.

After that, WICD was able to find my network.

Kevin, 2010/04/13 23:04

I appreciated your story. I too had a difficult time with wireless configuration. I have a dell d600 laptop and added the b43legacy firmware and spent a long time trying to understand my problem (wicd could not obtain IP address). It turned out that linux wanted to try and use the ipv6 internet protocol rather than just the ipv4. If you have a modular kernel and the command:
$ lsmod | grep ipv6
shows the ipv6 module loaded, then add this to /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf:

# turn off ipv6 internet protocol
alias net-pf-10 off

My linksys wireless router just would not cooperate with ipv6 requests.

zbaby, 2011/04/30 02:18

don't feel bad; you're not the only one! I didn't see it either, but found it by googling, in this case, this time, just so happened, pretty quickly.

Hank, 2010/01/17 16:01

I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my dell d600 laptop and everything seems to work ok except for the touchpad and the keys above and below it.So I have to use a usb mouse plugged into it to do anything which is ok but I rather use touchpad so I don't need to carry around a mouse everywhere I go.I've checked and ubuntu doesn't even recognize the mousepad is there.Any other linux distros that can recognize the mouse on this laptop without having to mess with anything? Btw. The mousepad worked fine in windows xp on this laptop.

Hank, 2010/01/17 21:55

I just downloaded and burned Mandriva 2010 Live CD by clicking on the ONE 2010 link on this page and installing it on this dell d600 laptop.It is wayyyyy slow loading from the CD but well worth the time since the touchpad now works along with the buttons for left and right mouse clicking.After install I rebooted and went through setup of my internet connection and it started downloading updates after that and installed them which took about 15 to 20 minutes.Now I have to set my root password and login name plus regular password.After done there login and everything seems to work good with adobe flash allready installed to watch videos. Cool.

Royston Lodge, 2010/02/26 18:09

I've had no problem with the trackpad using Debian Lenny or Debian Squeeze.

A bit of trouble with linux., 2010/01/11 03:21

Well, I can't get Fedora 12 or Ubuntu 9.10 working, Ubuntu says my hard-drive is corrupted once I install it, but it's not, and Fedora 12 has this really messed up moving screen when I try to install it.

bugbug, 2010/01/03 06:43

Karmic Koala + D600
Left button(below or above touchpad) clicks get stuck in the down position until the mouse moves.

GJDitchfield, 2010/02/21 16:17

This isn't as annoying as it could be, because tapping the touchpad acts as a left click and always works.

This is a problem with Karmic, by the way; I didn't have the problem with Hardy, Fiesty, or Edgy.

Bug report about this:

Royston Lodge, 2010/04/09 04:29

I have the same problem with the touchpad using Debian Squeeze.

Royston Lodge, 2010/04/09 04:47

I solved the problem by editing xorg.conf to use “synaptics” for the driver instead of “mouse”.

I also use the sample xorg.conf from this link:

Royston Lodge, 2010/04/09 04:51

There's also a neat gui available in apt called gpointing-device-settings. It lets you change some trackpad settings without restarting X.

I particularly like how it enables the ability the scroll by using two fingers on the trackpad.

DaveTheA, 2009/12/16 15:46

I have been through Hardy to Karmic and now I'm on Fedora 10; primarily to see if I can get better WIFI and video performance. I suffered with WIFI not automatically connecting and sometimes it would not connect unless I connected to an unsecured network 1st. The WIFI works much better under Fedora and connects automatically now.

The video card would not do any other resolutions that the max in the drop down list (1400x???) and just gave a blank screen; I sorted the 'blank out' by connecting to an external monitor!;-) When I tried to run a 3D game I got a blank screen and some (TORCS) crashed. I have seen some ideas for overcoming this here and will try later. I am expecting to move to some other distro (I have OpenSuse and did not PAY for it!).

I got the machine in a cast off auction from work and paid the princely sum of £29 for it! :-D It did not have a WIFI card tho' and so that cost me another £10, off flea Bay! The machine seems to be worthy of its investment, but I just need to get it to a satisfactory and stable state before I commit to any OS.

DaveTheA, 2009/12/18 15:53

WooHoo! 8-) I'm back to Hardy again, stable, familiar and confident. I have killed off Network Manager and installed WICD; wow, what a breeze. Just need to sort the video issues out… any ideas, pointers please? :-?

Royston Lodge, 2010/02/26 18:17

Have you tried installing the proprietary drivers from ATI? They are in the Ubuntu and/or Debian repositories. The Ubuntu wiki has a walkthrough for replacing the open source driver with the proprietary one.

I haven't tried it, so I dunno if that'll solve your problem.

On my d600, the 3D framerates were really slow. I found a firmware package in Synaptic that sped things up a bit, but also messed up how some 3D models are displayed. Still, it's a little progress. (sorry, I don't remember the name of the package. I searched for “radeon”.)

I installed the DRI configuration GUI, “DriConf” from apt-get. Playing with the settings hasn't helped me yet, but I'm still trying.

Also, the best I can get is 1024 x 600, but the computer's supposed to go up to 1400 x1050.

CubeXombi, 2010/03/29 16:41

The Proprietary drives do not support the RV250 (AKA Radeon 9000) found in the D600. you'll want to use the “ati” or “radeon” (same diff) Open Driver.

here's My Xorg.conf if that helps. This is he only Xorg files I've used thoughout 6.60~9.04. However it must be noted that some of us are OK with “EXA” instead of “XAA”, some aren't it's hit and miss. in my case EXA is the only way start X.

cubexombi@cubexombi-Laptop:~$ cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section “Device”

      Identifier "ATI Radeon"
      Driver "ati"
      Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"
      Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"
      Option "AccelDFS" "true"
      Option "EnablePageFlip" "true"
      Option "EnableDepthMoves" "true"
      OPtion "BusType" "PCI"


Section “Screen”

      Identifier      "Default Screen"
      Device          "ATI Radeon"
      DefaultDepth    24


Section “DRI”
Mode 0666

Section “Extensions”
Option “Composite” “Enable”

Soops, 2009/12/14 17:51

Hi all. Can anybody point me in the right direction.

I'm trying to update my BIOS for my Dell D600. I've done a bit of searching on the forums and came across this link. … BiosUpdate

I've followed the link to the dell site and managed to get all the details and have got as far as # dellBiosUpdate -u -f ./bios.hdr-2.3.2

I've replaced that with my old bios hdr-2.2.13 and the new one I want to upgrade to hdr-2.2.16

I'm new to the terminal side of things. It appears to run through it but I get an error at the end. No idea what it means or how to rectify it. Do you have any suggestions. Find a copy below of the error I get with hdr-2.2.16

sudo dellBiosUpdate -u -f ./bios.hdr-2.2.16
Performing BIOS update…
Traceback (most recent call last):
File ”/usr/sbin/dellBiosUpdate”, line 185, in <module>
sys.exit( main() )
File ”/usr/sbin/dellBiosUpdate”, line 153, in main
exit_code = updateBios(HdrFile(options.hdr), options)
File ”<libsmbios_c._peak_util_decorators.rewrap wrapping libsmbios_c.rbu_hdr.init at 0x09127BFC>”, line 3, in init
File ”/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/libsmbios_c/”, line 98, in trace
result = func(*args, **kw)
File ”/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/libsmbios_c/”, line 55, in init
self.fd = open(filename, “rb”)
IOError: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: './bios.hdr-2.2.16'

PS I've also Tried it with just hdr(and nothing after) and also gone back and got the earlier bios 2.2.14 but get the same error.

No doubt it's probably something simple.

Regards, Scoops.

bon, 2010/01/11 03:23

Too bad the d600 doesn't have a floppy drive…

GJDitchfield, 2010/02/21 16:22

When the D600 was sold, you could buy a floppy disk for it that could be swapped with the ejectable internal CD drive or be used as an external USB device. I think the part number is FDDM-101.

Jeff Sumner, 2009/12/11 20:08

Can't install Ubuntu 9.10 from scratch on my D600- as it tries to enable compiz on the laptop and freezes up within seconds of logging in. If Compiz is disabled, desktop comes up but my D600 misses “mouse up” events in current Ubuntu which becomes annoying after only a few seconds of playing around on the desktop. Not a problem in Windows, Debian, BSD, or OpenSolaris (known bug in Ubuntu- marked as fixed, then not, then fixed…)

Debian 5 works well enough, with the manual installation of the B43cutter application, wireless works. Current graphics are fine. PCMCIA is good. Audio isn't bad, but occasionally stutters (older pulseaudio installed by hand with D5 quite possibly to blame). Fast PATA drives are fast- I saw rates >40MB/sec on FTP transfers (gigabit attached) sustained.

Applications work well. Lotus Notes installs seamlessly after all prereqs are met on Debian 5. No monkying with libraries.

Remapped the “menu” key to provide a gnome-terminal on demand. No mucking with ACPI required.

The laptop is an excellent value for $250 (retaliers and eBay). Runs cool and battery life is over two hours with moderate coffee shop writing/surfing. Suspend and hibernate both work as expected.

Headset volume is a bit funky as the adjustment range is very small. The hardware mixer is a bit more complicated than for what Pulseaudio seems ready in D5.

richrumble, 2009/11/18 18:30

I had an issue with all OS's I tried to put on my D600, then I hit the Function key + F2 and it started working. There was no indication that the WIFI was “hardware” disabled this way. It was that simple, I messed with that for days before figuring it out. Meh.

ME, 2009/10/14 02:17

It could be that the ISO you are installing from is corrupted. Dell D600 should have no problem with Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.

zbaby, 2011/04/30 04:02

yeah, I had a devil of a time recording good ISOs, especially not having a writable DVD drive, until I read that (1) most brands you find in stores here are considered too low in quality, (2) there are a lot of crappy manufacturers who somehow are allowed to put a more recognizable name on the CDs they produce (you have to check the actual serial numbers to be sure, and you can't see them until you open the pkg), (3) pretty much any 'stack' pkg of 25 or etc. is likely low quality, and (4) probably shouldn't use rewritable media for ISOs … looks like about the only way to be sure is to research well and order via internet, because I've never seen the most recommended japanese brand around here (can't remember name at the moment). But I did finally manage with some particular memorex CDs and maxell DVDs I had.

Jimmy , 2009/08/13 01:32

Use wicd to get the WLAN running. Other than that, ubuntu works great.

GDI, 2009/06/29 17:52

I would like to install Ubuntu Linux on a Dell D600 that has no operating system. I assume I will need to boot from the CD and then install from there?


Steve Szmidt, 2009/04/06 12:11

The D600 supports PCMCIA cards just fine under Linux. I've also been running a Sprint Mobile Broadband ExpressCard (AirCard 597E) for a year. Whereever you have Sprint cell reception you can be online.

The throughput is not very high, but in this case any connection is better than none. The WiFi works great under Kubuntu, but has been lacking under Fedora 10 oddly enough.

Alistair Jolly, 2009/03/04 12:44

I've installed opensuse 11.1 on my D600 (bought cheap off ebay). fwcutter (installed by default, just run as root) sorts the wireless. After much tinkering I stumbled across the holy grail that is working 3d with ati mobility 9000. It's so simple, just comment out the virtual options in the screen section of xorg and it works a treat. This was after I had tried EVERYTHING I possibly could to get the thing to co-operate.

vwbond, 2009/02/11 15:15

I installed Fedora 9 on my D600 about a month ago-haven't had any problems.
The wireless card (Intel 2100) is only 802.11b. I updated the Bios on it from A09 to A16, because it allows better Broadcom hardware support. On ebay you can get a Broadcom 4318MP 802.11BG card for under $15.00 with shipping included. I'm ordering today.

“Dr. Gonzo” your just plain wrong! You can find a walk though on how to configure Compiz (it super easy) in any of the major distro's, if your normally on Winblows, Linux is only a very smaller learning curve. Windows Vista made me so man, I landed on planet penguin.
Visit this address→
Read get a book on Ubuntu, Fedora or SUSE once you see the power of Linux you won't even want to use a WinBlow$ computer.

DrGonzo, 2008/12/22 03:20

Tried Ubuntu 6.10, 7.04 and 8.1 on Dell D600… all three are complete and total fail for this laptop. ATI / 3D support is totally absent and unless you feel like _constantly_ tinkering with configuration files and superfluous gui tools [that seldom work] your wifi won't work either. At this point I'm leaving Ubuntu on the roadside- I've invested too many hours in this and it's simply not worth my time anymore. The reason this software is free is because you couldn't sell it.

Bill Giannikos, 2008/12/22 06:40

Feel better now?

Paul, 2008/10/07 11:29

Ubuntu 8.04

Ubuntu 8.04 (I noticed no issues since 7.04.) runs out of the box. WLAN not tested. In 8.04 you have to unblacklist the ati mobility radeon 9000 for compiz, it works without any problems for me.

Jim Beidle, 2008/03/25 13:58


I've installed and stably run PCLinuxOS 2007 (2.6.x) on a Latitude D600 since December 2007. Installed an ran “out of the box” on hardware configured as in the article. Wireless is occasionaly twitchy, though that may be the router rather than the laptop.

Carl Anderson, 2008/03/25 11:23


I am having trouble installing Linux on a Latitude D600. I have tried two different versions of Ubuntu and I got I/O errors with both. What distro should I use? What am I doing wrong?

Me, 2009/10/14 02:18

Make sure your installation ISO is not corrupted.

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