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Arch Linux is my best experience so far with Linux on this computer, even if it's a laptop! I've tried Mandrake 10, 10.1, Suse 9.2, Gentoo 2004.3 and Fedora Core 2 and 3. I really like the KISS philosophy!
===To do===
*Make swsusp2 work
*Clean up of acpi/cpufreq with the governor chooser
*ACPI daemon and events
*Better kernel configuration display
*Ethernet: Broadcom chip, use b44 module
*Wireless: Dell TrueMobile 1300 [http://ndiswrapper.sf.net ndiswrapper]
*Audio: ac97 (?)
*Display: 1920x1200
*InfraRed (IrDa)
===Partially Working===
*nVidia Geforce4 4200 Go (64 Mb)
===Not Working===
A working v2.6.19 config is at https://pastebin.archlinux.org/345
===nVidia Geforce4 4200 Go (64 Mb)===
to do
===ATI Mobility Raedon 9600===
my working /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Note: I have an Alps touchpad that uses the synaptics driver. You would need to install the "synaptics" package to use it. (As configured below it has no tapping.)
# **********************************************************************
# Modules section. This allows modules to be specified
# **********************************************************************
Section "Module"
    Load "dbe"  # Double buffer extension
    SubSection  "extmod"
      Option    "omit xfree86-dga"  # do not initialize the DGA extension
    Load "freetype"
    Load "glx"
    Load "dri"
    Load "drm"
    Load "synaptics"
# ******************************
# Files section
# ******************************
Section "Files"
    FontPath  "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
    FontPath  "/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
    FontPath  "/usr/share/fonts/local"
# ******************************
# Server flags section
# ******************************
Section "ServerFlags"
# ******************************
# Core keyboard's InputDevice section
# ******************************
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Keyboard1"
    Driver   "kbd"
    Option    "AutoRepeat" "500 30"
    Option    "XkbRules"  "xorg"
    Option    "XkbModel"  "dell101"
    Option    "XkbLayout"  "us"
# ******************************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# ******************************
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Generic Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "Auto" # Auto detect
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
Section "InputDevice"
    Driver    "synaptics"
    Identifier "Alps touchpad"
    Option    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option    "Protocol" "auto-dev"
    Option    "Emulate3Buttons"
    # synaptic driver specific options
    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"        "0.4"
    Option  "MaxSpeed"        "0.5"
    Option  "AccelFactor"    "0.01"
    Option  "SHMConfig"      "on"
    # Option  "Repeater"    "/dev/ps2mouse"
# ******************************
# Monitor section
# ******************************
Section "Monitor"
    Identifier  "Dell Inspiron 8500 WXGA LCD"
    HorizSync  15-100
    VertRefresh 15-100
# ******************************
# Graphics device section
# ******************************
Section "Device"
    Identifier  "ATI Mobility Radeon 9600"
    Driver      "radeon"
    Option "AGPMode" "4"
# ******************************
# Screen sections
# ******************************
Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "Screen 1"
    Device      "ATI Mobility Radeon 9600"
    Monitor      "Dell Inspiron 8500 WXGA LCD"
    DefaultDepth 24
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth    24
        Modes    "1280x800"
        ViewPort 0 0
# ******************************
# ServerLayout sections.
# ******************************
Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier  "Layout 1"
    Screen      "Screen 1"
    InputDevice "Alps Touchpad" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
# ******************************
# DRI extension options section
# ******************************
Section "DRI"
    Group "video"
    Mode 0666
Section "Extensions"
    Option "Composite" "Enable"
    Option "RENDER"    "Enable"
===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.
==Power Management==
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.
===CPU Scaling===
See [[CPU frequency scaling]].
To turnoff the computer when you press the power button, put the following in /etc/acpi/handler.sh
        case "$2" in
                    logger "PowerButton pressed: $2"
            *)    logger "ACPI action undefined: $2" ;;
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
        case "$2" in
                logger "ACPI button/lid action"
                STATE=`radeontool light`
                case "$STATE" in
                    "The radeon backlight looks on") radeontool light off ;;
                    "The radeon backlight looks off") radeontool light on ;;
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.
==See also==
* [http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/power-management-guide.xml Gentoo Power Management Guide]
* [http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/Inspiron_8500 Gentoo Dell Inspiron 8500 Wiki]
* [http://www.suspend2.net/ Software Suspend 2]
* [http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/dell.html Linux on Laptops]
* This report is listed at the [http://tuxmobil.org/dell.html TuxMobil: Linux Laptop and Notebook Installation Guides Survey: DELL].
===Linux on a Dell Inspiron 8500===
*[http://www.garshol.priv.no/download/i8500/ RedHat 9.0]
*[http://www.softlab.ece.ntua.gr/~amanous/Inspiron-Linux/ Debian]

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