Dell Vostro 1520

Gramps
  11 years ago
  Dell (Laptop or Netbook)
  LMDE
  Works fine with some minor problems
What works:

Everything else worked out of the box

What doesn't work:

Webcam - not sure I don't use it.

Broadcom 4312 wifi - after installing driver see below, this is not a Mint problem I have to do the same for most any Linux distro.

What was done to make it work:

This laptop has a Dell 1397 wifi card which is actually a Broadcom 4312.

The Broadcom will work but you will meed a ethernet connection, it's best to check & install all updates before installing the Broadcom driver.

This script should install and configure the driver

#! /bin/bash
# Install the wifi drivers for Broadcom 4312 wifi
############################################################################

## Update the list of available packages. Install the module-assistant and
## wireless-tools packages:

sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install module-assistant wireless-tools

## Build and install a broadcom-sta-modules-* package for your system,
## using Module-Assistant:

sudo m-a a-i broadcom-sta

## Rebuild your initial ramdisk, to blacklist modules defined at
## /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf within initramfs:

sudo update-initramfs -u -k $(uname -r)

## Unload conflicting modules:

sudo modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb

## Load the wl module:

sudo modprobe wl

## Verify your device has an available interface:

sudo iwconfig

## Configure your wireless interface as appropriate.

## At this point I don't think that the wl driver will load on startup so

sudo gedit /etc/modules

add wl to the end of the file ending with a C/R

Additional notes:

Font rendering is not up to the normal LM standards. All Debain or most all anyway sufer from this. Look in the Mint forums in the Linux Mint Debain thread for some suggestions on how to nake them look better.

So far my overall experience wit LMDE has been very pleasing, it's fast and stable which are both good things and it also has a smaller memory footprint than most distros that I have used.

I would have to give Clem and his crew an A+ on LMDE, it's not perferct but for the 1st release they did an outstanding job. I will be putting it on some of my other machines next.

I would highly recommend giving it a try