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AROS Laptop DELL latitiude D520

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Hallo fellow Amigians

I always wanted a stable and good laptop for AROS.
Some years ago ClusterUK and many others got that realised with fully support for ACER aspire one. This is still a ok platform for AROS but as web-browsing, emulation and many other tasks got more demanding the need for more powerfull hardware is needed.

The DELL latitiude D520 is far from something new but the hardware is very simelar to ACER aspire one. The big difference is that the display res. is higher and the CPU is much faster. All that is needed is a replacement of the wi-fi card. Something that is very easy to do.

Search for this WiFi card on e-bay

Atheros AR5BXB63

This laptop can be found very cheap on e-bay.

I will put up many videos running AROS on this laptop.
I will show 68k emulation and I can tell you that 060 demos with JIT enabled runs full speed on this computer.
I compared a AGA demo with A1200 060 50Hhz with this computer under emulation and this computer did some of the scenes more smooth.

I will update this thread as I do new videos and bring in new information.

First of all I just wanted to know if there are any interest in people getting AROS laptop and if you have any questions bring'em on.

AROS rocks!


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You can also connect keyboard, usb joysticks, usb drives and montiors to this laptop. I use a 21" CRT monitor from VGA out on this laptop when I like to emulate 68k stuff like demos and games.

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I would love to see more. You could do an installation video along with a video on replacing the wireless and setting that up for Aros.

I would like to see what kind of controllers work for old games also.

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Tommy: There will be lot's of videos :) Here is the first one.

This video show you how to replace the wireless network card on this laptop. You need the right type as there are limited drivers for AROS WiFi chips.


https://youtu.be/aETOSTpFnuQ


This is the one you need. Easy and cheap to find on e-bay. Search for. Atheros AR5BXB63

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This video is about how to change the internal drive. This is of cause not something you have to do but realy recommended.
60 GB SSD is perfect for AROS. Can also be found cheap on ebay. Kingston always worked good for me.

https://youtu.be/XSTwsszxPcA

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I think it's a good idea to pick a readily available laptop like this one, because people always complain about having to get some "magic combination of hardware" for AROS. I know it's a double standard, but this is what you get for running on x86/x64.
Anyway, I assume the Intel GMA 950 card is only supported by the VESA driver.

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BSzili: That is what I think too :)

IntelGMA in this laptop has native gfx and 3D hardware working great on AROS :)
It is a big advantage over VESA as you will notice big difference even in 2D.


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Next video is about how to install AROS.
This is after you have AROS booting from either a usb-drive or optical disk.
You can read more about that here:

https://sites.google.com/site/arosaspireone/installation

You can contact me if that is difficult for you and I send you AROS CD for free to boot from optical drive. You only pay for the shiping.
nik-tom(at)online.no

This video is about how to install AROS to internal drive. It is not only for DELL latitiude D520 but in general for AROS hardware.

In this video I'm using a AROS night build. The same applies if you install icaros-desktop or AspireOS that are AROS distrubutions.

https://youtu.be/Gyf51L5hK3o

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BSzili: That is what I think too :)

IntelGMA in this laptop has native gfx and 3D hardware working great on AROS :)
It is a big advantage over VESA as you will notice big difference even in 2D.

Oh nice, that's even better. Then the only inconvenience is the wireless card that needs to be replaced.

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BSzili: That is correct. Should not be that hard though :)

You could even use your telephone to share internet if your don't change the WiFi card :)

I made a video of how to do that here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr32aa3z3dQ&feature=youtu.be

Even if that is working great I would much prefer to have the internal WiFi card working.


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