Dell Inspiron 5100
This is based on my expiereiences with arch on my Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop. Most of this information should apply to other 5xxx series Inspiron laptops adn similar generation laptops in general.
Audio: Intel 82801DB AC'97 Audio Video: ATi Radeon Mobility M7 Modem: Intel 82801DB AC'97 Modem Wired NIC: Broadcom BCM4401 Wireless NIC: Intel IPW 2200 (*note most of these laptops came with a Dell Truemobile 1300 card. aka Broadcom 4320.)
The stock arch kernel contains everything you need to get this laptop running.
Initrd will soon be part of current. Luckily there are no problems setting up this laptop with initrd. The following is my mkinitrd.conf, this is all you need if your root file system is formated ext3.
# Initial Ramdisk setup # Attention: # You need only the stuff to be able to mount your root device! # USB/FW are only needed if you boot from such devices! # Disable whole subsystems by setting to "1" REMOVE_IDE= REMOVE_SCSI=1 REMOVE_SATA=1 REMOVE_CDROM= REMOVE_USB=1 REMOVE_FW=1 REMOVE_RAID=1 REMOVE_DM=1 REMOVE_FS= # Define which modules are needed by adding "moduleX moduleY" # If left empty, all modules are included if they are not disabled above HOSTCONTROLLER_IDE=piix HOSTCONTROLLER_SCSI= HOSTCONTROLLER_SATA= HOSTCONTROLLER_USB= FILESYSTEMS=ext3 # If you have an encrypted root filesystem, set it here CRYPT_DEVICE= # If you use software RAID for your root device (must be /dev/md0) then # list all the devices that belong to your /dev/md0 array here # eg, RAID_DEVICES="/dev/hda3 /dev/hdc3" RAID_DEVICES= # Define additional modules here ADD_MODULE= REMOVE_MODULE=
Works fine with the b44 module
My ipw2200 card works fine with the ipw2200 module. The Truemobile 1300 card would requre ndiswrapper I believe.
I haven't touched this. No modules are loaded for it so I assume its not working.
This laptop seems to have the same acpi issues that plague most dell laptops running linux. I haven't tried them yet but the i8kutils package should work for this laptop. Some things work some things don't. I let the bios turn off the screen when the lid is closed and mostly use acpi to monitor power events which seem to work fine.
These laptops use a standard desktop p4 processor, no wonder they get so hot. The processor supports thottling by way of the p4_clockmod module. By default arch uses the performance cpufreq govenor. I prefer the ondemand governor, both can be loaded at boot by adding them to the modules array in your rc.conf
MODULES=(!usbserial !ide-scsi cpufreq_ondemand p4_clockmod evdev)
hwd does a pretty good job of generating the xorg.conf for you. You should be able to use its config to start up X and get going but there are a few things you can do to optimize it.
The laptop has an ati radeon card (I believe some of the more optioned up versions have an nvidia card) but its a mobility m7 and is not supported by the radeon package in community so you need to stick with the driver that ships with the kernel.
The big changes you'll need to make are for the synaptics touchpad. Yes the touchpad will work fine if you just leave it as a generic ps/2 mouse but with the synaptics driver in extra there is no reason not to unlock all of its features. Personally the tap click feature drives me crazy so I have it disabled in my config, but you can probably figure out what the diferent paramaters do and change them to suit your taste
Section "Input Device" Identifier "Synaptics Mouse" Driver "synaptics" Option "Device" "/dev/psaux" Option "Protocol" "auto-dev" Option "LeftEdge" "1700" Option "RightEdge" "5300" Option "TopEdge" "1700" Option "BottomEdge" "4200" Option "FingerLow" "25" Option "FingerHigh" "30" Option "MaxTapTime" "0" Option "MaxTapMove" "220" Option "MaxDoubleTapTime" "0" Option "FastTaps" "on" Option "VertScrollDelta" "100" Option "HorizScrollDelta" "100" Option "MinSpeed" "0.09" Option "MaxSpeed" "0.18" Option "AccelFactor" "0.0015" Option "EmulateMidButtonTime""100" Option "EdgeMotionMinZ" "30" Option "EdgeMotionMaxZ" "35" Option "EdgeMotionMinSpeed" "0" Option "EdgeMotionMaxSpeed" "0" Option "EdgeMotionUseAlways" "off" Option "TapButton1" "1" Option "RBCornerButton" "3" Option "LBCornerButton" "2" Option "CoastingSpeed" "0.1" Option "SHMConfig" "on" EndSection
To use this you'll need to change your InputDevice line in your serevr layout section to use the synaptics mouse.
#InputDevice "PS/2 Mouse" "CorePointer" InputDevice "Synaptics Mouse" "CorePointer"
Remember you can only have one CorePointer so make sure to comment out or delete the original line.