Dell Latitude D830 added to Solaris HCL

My submission to the Solaris Express Hardware Compatibility List was published in BigAdmin, so there is now another laptop for people to choose from to run Solaris on.


don't see any solaris driver for the Broadcom card

Posted by stevie on November 05, 2007 at 08:53 AM CST #

And don't see a correct driver for the wifi card.

Posted by Gilles on March 24, 2008 at 05:35 AM CDT #

Support for the Broadcom ethernet adapter has now been committed, so it should work out of the box in upcoming releases. My D830 has the 3945abg wifi adapter, which is supported out of box already.

Posted by Gabriel Carrillo on May 05, 2008 at 07:37 AM CDT #

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Posted by ADAPTER on May 14, 2008 at 02:46 PM CDT #

Thanks Gabriel, I saw it. It will be for snv 90 . I am waiting for a build now :)
My D830 has a cisco wifi card and works fine now :) I use ath driver.

Posted by Gilles on May 20, 2008 at 09:24 AM CDT #

My D830 must not be the same. All I get is a terminal reboot loop when it tries to fire up the x64 kernel. It boots into failsafe only.

Posted by James O'Donnell on May 30, 2008 at 04:45 AM CDT #

Hi James,

What release of Solaris are you trying to boot? The SXDE/SXCE and OpenSolaris 2008.05 releases both work fairly well for me. Mine has Santa Rosa Centrino chipset (x3100 integrated intel graphics, 3945abg wifi). Soon the BCM5755M ethernet adapater will be supported as well. With that integration, everything should be working out of box for my configuration...

- Gabriel

Posted by Gabriel Carrillo on May 30, 2008 at 05:14 AM CDT #

Dang! That was a quick response! Thank you.

I am not exactly sure of the chipset, but I have the Core2 Duo with the integrated Intel i965 video and Broadcom wireless. The driver only says Intel Mobile Chipset, so I assume Santa Rosa?

I have been loading the OpenSolaris 2008.05. It seems to install okay, but then I will get screen corruption part of the way through and then it dies.

I have also tried Solaris 10 08/07 x64 and it finishes. I get to GRUB, start the boot and as soon as it tries to fire up the graphics, it dumps and reboots.

Posted by James O'Donnell on May 30, 2008 at 05:30 AM CDT #

So, first you'll want to know exactly what devices are in your system. If you can manage to boot single-user (a.k.a. recovery mode, textual) you may be able to run the /usr/X11/bin/scanpci command under Solaris. If so, what's its output?

Another option you have in exploring your hardware is to boot off a Linux LiveCD and use the 'lspci' command, which prints equivalent information.

Listing your devices will give you a starting point to understand what you'll need support for if you want to run these OS's.


Posted by Gabriel Carrillo on May 30, 2008 at 05:46 AM CDT #

Is there a place to interface with the developers on this? I am new to OpenSolaris and am a bit lost. I would love to give the feedback, but never get far enough in the install to do that.

I can boot the live CD and run the driver app. It says the sound config is bad, broadcom is not supported and my APCI ac is not supported. It says everything else is.

The first line of my scanpci is Intel Mobile PM965 for the mem hub. That is Santa Rosa. It has the built in Intel graphics. The install gets to 66% of copying the live CD and then corrupts the video.

Posted by James O'Donnell on May 30, 2008 at 06:26 AM CDT #

Yup, I was gonna suggest that, too. Go to

There is quite a few forums there in which you can get specialized help. I would recommend "laptop: discuss" for starters for your situation.

Good luck,

Posted by Gabriel Carrillo on May 30, 2008 at 06:49 AM CDT #

I have tried OpenSolaris 2008.05 with this laptop but faced a lot of curiosities.

The system activates wireless without problems (this is were I was ready to work) but fails to activate the normal wired network. First time in my life I have a laptop so "advanced" - wireless ONLY.

A separate issue is that while OpenSolaris now can be installed into partition, it still demands it to be a primary partition. With one partition reserved for Dell internal who-knowns-that, one for Windows, one being extended partition with 5 different Linux distributions and one for the main data storage, I needed quite serious rearrangements to satisfy these Solaris ambitions.

The ambitions were, however, groundless - something crashed in about the middle of installation, leaving the selected partition already damaged. Ok, not the first time in my life, not the last.

However the system is also capable to switch full 1680 x 1050 (the laptop uses Intel GMA X3100, not NVidia) and looks very interesting and promising in general. I will keep the mentioned primary partition ready. Let's hope for the best.

Posted by AudriusA on December 01, 2008 at 08:37 AM CST #

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