Dell Inspiron 1525

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This is an install and configuration guide for the Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, testing with the 2010.05 installer snapshot.

Installation

When the installation media has boot, hit TAB in the first entry and add i915.modeset=0 to the options. Then hit ENTER to install.

Configuration

There are different many variants of this notebook. You will notice differences in CPU and Wireless. Some models also have a webcam.

Audio

There are two options to get audio working: ALSA and OSS. With ALSA the sound works well, both headphone jacks work and volume can be set independently. With OSS you will generally get better quality and louder sound.

Microphone

If the built-in microphone is static, setting the sample rate in PulseAudio may solve the problem.

Video

The notebook comes with the Intel GMA X3100 GPU. See Intel graphics for details.

Keyboard

Keyboard worked out of the box.

Touchpad

Touchpad worked out of the box. To enable scroll and more, install xf86-input-synaptics. With the default configuration file it will work well, but if you want to fine tune the behavior, read Touchpad Synaptics.

Wireless

See Wireless network configuration.

USB, SD card slot, ethernet, firewire, VGA, S-video, HDMI, webcam and mediakeys

All work out of the box.

PCMCIA

Not tested.