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.


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.


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


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.


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


The notebook comes with the Intel GMA X3100 GPU, which uses the xf86-video-intel driver. See Intel for details.

Since xf86-video-intel 2.10, using KMS is mandatory, so do not use GRUB Frame Buffer.[broken link: invalid section] Touchpad


Keyboard worked out of the box.


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.


See Wireless network configuration.


You need hsfmodemAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] package from AUR in order to get modem working. After you install that package you need to:

  1. Run hsfconfig as root to build the module and initialize the modem. A reboot is required before the modem can be initialized. Run hsfconfig again after reboot.
  2. The modules are automatically loaded and a /dev/modem symlink is setup for use with the modem. Now use wvdial or other dialer programs to connect to the internet.

Dialing has not been tested, however the modem device will show in /dev.

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

All work out of the box.


Not tested.