model: Inspiron 1545(model id: 286)
subtype (notebook, netbook, motherboard, tablet):
does it have a free boot firmware (BIOS,UEFI,...) ?
can free operating systems be installed?
does the device prevent installing wifi cards not-approved by the vendor?
year of commercialization:
compatibility with free software:
Trisquel 4.5 Slaine
tested with the following kernel libre:
video card model:
Intel Corporation -- Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (works with 3D acceleration)
Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (it does not work)
Integrated Webcam 1.3M (it works)
I bought this laptop about 3 years ago. Everything works in this laptop except for the Integrated Wireless card, for which I have not found free drivers. There is a proprietary driver available for GNU/Linux but it has some blob in it. All the rest, including the dvd-rw, 3D acceleration with compiz (3D workspace cube rotation), webcam, etc, work well. Overall, I would say it is highly compatible and the battery life is decent when reducing brightness and backlight brightness on battery mode.
The manual is available here for more information: http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/ins1545/en/index.htm
The processor is an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T6400 @ 2.00GHz
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