Dell Inspiron 1521

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The following is what I have found while using Arch on my Inspiron 1521. User experience may vary.

Hardware Specifications

lspci Output

00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 Host Bridge

00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx) 00:05.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 1) 00:07.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 3) 00:12.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA 00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0) 00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1) 00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2) 00:13.3 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3) 00:13.4 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4) 00:13.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI) 00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 14) 00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE 00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) 00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge 00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge 00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration 00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map 00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller 00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control 01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series] 03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02) 03:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05) 03:01.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22) 03:01.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12) 03:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 12) 0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)

lsusb Output

Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001

All works flawlessly

Kernel

The stock Arch kernel works just fine.

A working custom kernel configuration with tuxonice patches applied can be found here.

Networking

Wired

Works out of the box. The BCM5906M uses the tg3 (Tigon 3) kernel module which was loaded automatically for me. If it doesn't, try loading it manually with:

modprobe tg3

Wireless

Broadcom Corporation BCM4310 USB Controller

Download the for the device here. There is also another file named R17492 instead. Don't download this file, it is the vista version of this driver and did not work for me.
You'll need unzip to unpack the .exe file and ndiswrapper to use it, so go ahead and install via pacman:

pacman -Sy unzip ndiswrapper

Go to where you downloaded the driver and run the following commands:

mkdir driver
unzip -d driver/ Dell_multi-device_A17_R174291.exe
cd driver/DRIVER_US/

These commands will extract the .exe file into it's own directory and place you in a subdirectory named DRIVER_US. Next, run:

ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
ndiswrapper -l

If you did everything correctly, the output should read something along the lines of:

bcmwl5 : driver installed
	device (14E4:4315) present

Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

 pacman -S iwlwifi iwlwifi-4965-ucode

Will install the drivers for Wireless. Make sure to add iwl3945 to the modules array in your /etc/rc.conf. I am using the networkmanager daemon with very few problems.

Modem

I have not tried the modem to see if it works. I know that the 1420N (Pre-loaded with Ubuntu) has drivers for it but I don't know if the code for that is open or not. More to follow.

Xorg

Example Dell_Inspiron_1420/xorg.conf

Webcam

Install uvc from the community repo, and add your user to the video group

  pacman -S linux-uvc-svn

There is currently a problem with the version of gstreamer included with Arch so anything that uses gstreamer to get video will fail. But applications like Ekiga and Skype will work just fine.