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Dell Inspiron 8500
Dell Inspiron 8500



15.4 inch display @ 1680x1050 or 1920x1200
Intel Pentium M or Mobile Pentium 4 processors
Intel i845MP chipset (ICH4-M)
Up to 2GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 Go or ATI Mobility FireGL 9000
Alps GlidePad touchpad
hard drive
DVD-ROM or DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo optical drive
USB floppy drive
Broadcom BCM4401-B0 Fast Ethernet
Dell TrueMobile 1150 / 1300 wifi
PCTel 2304WT modem
Intel AC'97 Audio with Sigmatel 9750 codec
USB 2.0
Texas Instruments PCI4510 PC Card controller
Texas Instruments PCI4510 Firewire controller
parallel port
serial port

Hardware Status Overview

Device Working Driver Troubleshooting
Processor Processor Image:Tick.png
Drives and Storage Hard Drive Image:Tick.png ata_piix
Optical Drive Image:Tick.png ata_piix
Firewire Image:Tick.png ohci1394
Floppy Drive Image:Tick.png usb_storage Needs USB support
USB USB Image:Tick.png uhci, ehci
Graphics ATI Image:Tick.png fglrx, radeon, radeonhd
NVIDIA Image:Tick.png nvidia
Input Devices Keyboard Image:Tick.png keyboard
Touchpad Image:Tick.png synaptics
Functions Keys Image:Tick.png
Networking Ethernet Image:Tick.png b44
WLAN: Dell Image:Tick.png b43, ndiswrapper
Modem unknown
Bluetooth Image:Tick.png hci_usb
IrDA unknown smsc-ircc2
Sound Sound Image:Tick.png snd-intel8x0
Other PC Card unknown yenta_socket
Hardware Sensors unknown i8k
Suspend to RAM unknown
Suspend to Disk unknown

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