I took a Fedora Core 9 Live CD to Future Shop and tried booting it on four laptops. The Inspiron 1525 seemed to work (display, network) so I bought it, with the intention of running dual boot FC9 64-bit and Vista (or maybe downgrading to XP Pro).
Dell Inspiron 1525 (Centrino T5750)The machine boots from the CD and recognizes the hard drive. X11 starts OK. The Ethernet and WiFi start up OK. I was able to put the WiFi into monitor mode and run tcpdump (this is something I need to work for analyzing wireless problems.
I bought this one. It comes with Vista, and has a diagnostic partition and a Dell MediaDirect partition. I shrank the Vista filesystem with ntfsresize and intend to install FC9 x64.
I then tried to reinstall MediaDirect using the Dell disk. It gave an error and refused to run. I then went through the Dell reinstall procedure, booting the MediaDirect disk which lets one create a "data drive" D: before recreating its own VFAT partition. I tried at this point to create a Linux partition and swap, but MediaDirect failed later.
So, I ran through the entire Windows reinstall procedure:
Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 38522 38913 3148708+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA) (Diagnostics) /dev/sda2 7 12408 99619065 7 HPFS/NTFS (Vista) /dev/sda3 12409 38913 212901412+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA) /dev/sda5 38522 38913 3148708+ dd Unknown (MediaDirect) /dev/sda6 12409 12895 3911796 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda7 12896 38521 205840813+ 83 Linux (/) Partition table entries are not in disk orderMediaDirect has stopped working again from the alternate power button; I get a blue error screen. I can also boot it from grub as /dev/sda5, but get the same thing. Attempting to reinstall from the distro gives an error. I think I'll abandon this. It seems to work from inside Vista.
Hardware Info - lspci, lsusb etc.
More later, probably.
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Last updated: 26 Nov 2008
General Hardware Specifications of Dell Inspiron 1525:
Status under Linux
|Intel Core2 Duo CPU T5750 @ 2.00GHz||Works||No special procedure required during installation.|
|15.4" WXGA TFT display||Works||No special procedure required|
|Intel GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics||Works (1280x800, i915.ko)||No special procedure required|
|3Gb RAM||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|320 GB SATA Hard Drive||Works||No special procedure required (ahci.ko)|
|Marvell 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet||Works||No special procedure (sky2.ko)|
|CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Drive||Works||No special procedure required (ata_piix.ko)|
|Intel Wireless 4965||Works||No special procedure (iwl4965.ko)|
|6 cell Lithium-Ion Battery||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|Intel 82801H HD Audio||Works (snd-hda-intel.ko)||
unmute "surround". Maybe add options snd_hda_intel model=3stack to /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf
|Ricoh R5C832 IEEE 1394||unknown||(firewire-ohci.ko)|
|Broadcom BCM2045 Bluetooth||Works||tested send/receive files, browse other device|
|Laptop Integrated Webcam||Works||tested with ekiga|
|S-Video TV out||unknown||-|
|Expresscard||unknown||(this is not cardbus/PCMCIA)|
|USB 2.0||Works||external mouse works|
|ALPS GlidePoint touchpad||Works||Buttons 1,2 (physical) + 4,5+6,7 (soft)|
This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.25-14.fc9.x86_64
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