[TriLUG] RHEL on a Dell Inspiron 8500

Mike Seda maseda at gmail.com
Fri Jul 7 10:44:44 EDT 2006

Hi Eric,
I run CentOS 4 (a RHEL 4 derivative) on my Inspiron 8600 (essentially an
Inspiron 8500 with a Pentium M instead of a Pentium 4). Both Inspirons have
the Broadcom 4400 10/100 NIC (driver included in the stock kernel). There
were a few different mini-pci wireless cards that shipped with both
Inspirons. Initially, I had a Dell Truemobile <somenumber> mini-pci. At the
time, the ndiswrapper/linuxant driver was the only way to get it to work. I
soon abondoned that Dell card for the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG. You
shouldn't have much trouble getting that to work. If I had a chance to do it
again, I would get a card with an Atheros chipset (supported by the madwifi
driver). If you have a Dell card and just want to make it work see the
following link:


On 7/7/06, Eric H Christensen <kf4otn at ericsatcom.net> wrote:
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> I'm curious if anyone is using RHEL (or similar) on a Dell Inspiron 8500
> (or similar).  I remember putting SuSE on this box a few years ago and
> had a considerable amount of trouble getting it to recognize the NICs
> (hardware and wireless).  I'm planning on taking the RHCE class this
> Fall at ECU and will be out of town for the beginning so I'll definitely
> need RHEL on my laptop.  Any words of wisdom for getting the NICs to
> work (Dell was no help last time).
> Thanks!
> Eric
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