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*Modem
 
*Modem
 
*Firewire
 
*Firewire
*Infrared
 
 
==Installation==
 
==Installation==
 
To do
 
To do
  
 
==Kernel==
 
==Kernel==
Works with 2.6.24 and 2.6.25 out of the box.
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Works with 2.6.28 out of the box.
  
 
==X.org==
 
==X.org==
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==Hardware==
 
==Hardware==
  
===Infrared receiver===
 
First shutdown computer, reboot and enter the BIOS by pressing F2. Find the Infrared option, enable it (it is disable by default!) and set it to COM2.
 
Visit [http://www.lirc.org/ LIRC]'s webpage and download their latest [http://lirc.sourceforge.net/software/snapshots/ CVS snapshot]. Extract, go into directory and run setup.sh :
 
> wget http://lirc.sourceforge.net/software/snapshots/lirc-0.8.1pre3.tar.bz2
 
> tar -jxvf lirc-0.8.1pre3.tar.bz2
 
> cd lirc-0.8.1pre3
 
> ./setup.sh
 
Then select :
 
1 Driver configuration
 
--> 6 IrDA hardware
 
    --> 1 SIR IrDA (built-in IR ports)
 
3 Save configuration & run configure
 
Now make it :
 
make && sudo make install
 
Be sure you do not have the irdautils package. It blocks the serial port. You will need to load the "lirc_sir" module. If you got error like :
 
lirc_sir: i/o port 0x02f8 already in use.
 
in dmesg, run this command as root :
 
# /bin/setserial /dev/ttyS1 uart none
 
then try again to modprobe "lirc_sir". If it works, create the file "/etc/modprobe.d/lirc" and put is that line :
 
install lirc_sir /bin/setserial /dev/ttyS1 uart none; /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install lirc_sir
 
This will run the command above each time you try to modprobe the "lirc_sir" module. Add the module to autoload (/etc/modules).
 
  
Now continue as the installation procedure of lirc.
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==Power Management==
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I suggest you read [http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/power-management-guide.xml Gentoo Power Management Guide] for great information.
  
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===Suspend and Resume===
  
==Power Management==
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Suspend and resume works 100% with [http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=15224 kernel26-ice] from AUR, even with the NVIDIA binary driver (tested with 180.29).
I suggest you read [http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/power-management-guide.xml Gentoo Power Management Guide] for great information. After some work on this I wanted to add some information specific to the I8500.
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I have not tried hibernation yet.
  
 
===CPU Throttling===
 
===CPU Throttling===

Revision as of 15:10, 1 March 2009


Intro

Summary

This is the wiki entry for the Dell XPS 1520 laptop. It's heavily under construction, and it's based on the Dell Inspiron 8500 page.

To do

  • everything...


Working

  • Ethernet: Broadcom chip, use b44 module
  • Wireless: Dell Wireless 1395 802.11g Mini Card ndiswrapper
  • Audio: intel8x0 (Sigmatel)
  • Display: 1440x900
  • Multimedia keys (set up xmodmap)
  • nVidia GeForce 8600M GT (256MB GDDR2)
  • SD card slot

Unknown / Untested

  • Modem
  • Firewire

Installation

To do

Kernel

Works with 2.6.28 out of the box.

X.org

This is my working xorg.conf:

NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT

This config should work with all mobile GeForce chipsets. Install the synaptic package for the touchpad.


# **********************************************************************
# Modules section. This allows modules to be specified
# **********************************************************************

Section "Module"
       Load  "ddc"  # ddc probing of monitor
       Load  "dbe"
       #Load  "dri"
       Load  "extmod"
       Load  "glx"
       Load  "bitmap" # bitmap-fonts
       Load  "type1"
       Load  "freetype"
       Load  "record"
       Load  "synaptics"
EndSection


# ******************************
# Files section
# ******************************

Section "Files"
       RgbPath      "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
       ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
       FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
       FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi"
       FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi"
       FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
       FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/encodings"
       FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/cyrillic"
EndSection


# ******************************
# Server flags section
# ******************************

Section "ServerFlags"

EndSection

# ******************************
# Core keyboard's InputDevice section
# ******************************

Section "InputDevice"
       Identifier  "Keyboard0"
       Driver      "keyboard"
       Option      "CoreKeyboard"
       Option "XkbRules" "xorg"
       Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
       Option "XkbLayout" "se"
EndSection

# ******************************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# ******************************

Section "InputDevice"
       Identifier      "USB Mouse"
       Driver          "mouse"
       Option          "Device"                "/dev/input/mice"
       Option		"SendCoreEvents"	"true"
       Option          "Protocol"              "IMPS/2"
       Option          "ZAxisMapping"          "4 5"
       Option          "Buttons"               "5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
       Identifier      "Touchpad"
       Driver          "synaptics"
       Option  "Device"        "/dev/input/mouse0"
       Option  "Protocol"      "auto-dev"
       Option  "LeftEdge"      "1700"
       Option  "RightEdge"     "5300"
       Option  "TopEdge"       "1700"
       Option  "BottomEdge"    "4200"
       Option  "FingerLow"     "25"
       Option  "FingerHigh"    "30"
       Option  "MaxTapTime"    "180"
       Option  "MaxTapMove"    "220"
       Option  "VertScrollDelta" "100"
       Option  "MinSpeed"      "0.06"
       Option  "MaxSpeed"      "0.12"
       Option  "AccelFactor" "0.0010"
       Option  "SHMConfig"     "on"
EndSection

# ******************************
# Monitor section
# ******************************

Section "Monitor"
       Identifier "Dell Inspiron 1520 WXGA+ LCD"
       Option "DPMS" "true"
EndSection


# ******************************
# Graphics device section
# ******************************

Section "Device"
       Identifier  "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT"
       Driver      "nvidia"
       VendorName  "NVIDIA"
       BoardName   "8600M GT"
       Option	"NoLogo"	"true"
       Option	"AllowGLXWithComposite"	"true"
       Option	"Coolbits"	"1"
       Option	"Triplebuffer"	"true"
       Option "OnDemandVBlankInterrupts" "true"
EndSection

# ******************************
# Screen sections
# ******************************

Section "Screen"
       Identifier "Screen0"
       Device     "NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT"
       Monitor    "Dell Inspiron 1520 WXGA+ LCD"
       DefaultColorDepth 24
       SubSection "Display"
               Depth     24
               Modes "1440x900" "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
       EndSubSection
       SubSection "Display"
               Depth     32
               Modes "1440x900" "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
       EndSubSection
EndSection


# ******************************
# ServerLayout sections.
# ******************************

Section "ServerLayout"
       Identifier     "Xorg Configured"
       Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
       InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
       InputDevice	"USB Mouse"	"CorePointer"
       InputDevice    "Touchpad" "SendCoreEvents"
EndSection

# ******************************
# DRI extension options section
# ******************************

Section "DRI"
       Group "video"
       Mode 0666
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
       Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection

Hardware

Power Management

I suggest you read Gentoo Power Management Guide for great information.

Suspend and Resume

Suspend and resume works 100% with kernel26-ice from AUR, even with the NVIDIA binary driver (tested with 180.29).

I have not tried hibernation yet.

CPU Throttling

Modprobe the modules :

  • cpufreq_conservative
  • cpufreq_ondemand
  • cpufreq_userspace
  • cpufreq_powersave

Then set the governor by using cpufreq-set. For ondemand :

# cpufreq-set -g ondemand

For performance (higher frequency):

# cpufreq-set -g performance

For powersaving (lower freqency) :

# cpufreq-set -g powersave

ACPI

To turnoff the computer when you press the power button, put the following in /etc/acpi/handler.sh

button/power)
       case "$2" in
           PBTN)
                   logger "PowerButton pressed: $2"
                   halt
           ;;
           *)    logger "ACPI action undefined: $2" ;;
       esac

Replace the "halt" line with the shutdown command of your choice.


To turn off the backlight of an ATI Radeon Mobility card, put the following in /etc/acpi/handler.sh

button/lid)
       case "$2" in
           LID)
               logger "ACPI button/lid action"
               STATE=`radeontool light`
               case "$STATE" in
                   "The radeon backlight looks on") radeontool light off ;;
                   "The radeon backlight looks off") radeontool light on ;;
               esac
               ;;
       esac
       ;;

This requires that you have the radeontool package installed (it is in AUR). You also need to add "acpid" to the DAEMONS array in /etc/rc.conf.

Links

General

Linux on a Dell Inspiron 1520