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DebianOn is an effort to document how to install, configure and use Debian on some specific hardware. Therefore potential buyers would know if that hardware is supported and owners would know how get the best out of that hardware.

The purpose is not to duplicate the Debian Official Documentation, but to document how to install Debian on some specific hardware.

If you need help to get Debian running on your hardware, please have a look at our user support channels where you may find specific channels (mailing list, IRC channel) dedicated to certain types of hardware.

Models covered
Dell Inspiron 6400


- Video card: Intel Corporation
- Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
- RAM: 2Go
- Hard disk drive: 100Go
- Processor: Pentium Dual-core 1.86GHz (T2130)
- Ethernet card: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
- Wifi Card: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
- Optical device: DVD+RW
- Screen WSXGA+: resolution=1200x800, size=15,4" wide

Overall Status

Core Components

Boot Standard Kernel:


LAN network card:


Detect CD/DVD:


Detect hard drives:


Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling




Sleep / Suspend




- OpenGL


- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)


Switch to External Screen



- Built-in (Trackpoint)


- Built-in (Touchpad)





{X} X-(

Keyboard's Hotkeys


Legend :
{OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable
{i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a proprietary driver


Power Management

Under KDE

Go to Menu:

 K > Configuration > Power Control > Laptop Battery 

On ACPI Config, clic on Setup Helper Application. Next, enable all what you want:



This Wifi card is not support by DebianEtch and Backports. Note that you need to use DebianSid repository. It's not recommended for Final User. So, at this moment, this Wifi card is not support by Debian.

If you know what you do:






-- SalokineTerata 2008-02-02 23:10:12




Keyboard's Hotkeys

See Keyboard/MultimediaKeys

My ~/.xmodmaprc

keycode 160 = XF86AudioMute
keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
keycode 162 = XF86AudioPlay
keycode 144 = XF86AudioPrev
keycode 153 = XF86AudioNext
keycode 164 = XF86AudioStop
keycode 237 = XF86HomePage

System Summary

Useful Links

Dell support page