Dell Inspiron 8500

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Intro

Summary

I didn't even finished the text, so don't follow exactly whats here, only inspire yourself until I'm finished. ArchLinux is my best experience so far with linux on this computer, even if its a laptop! I've tryed Mandrake 10, 10.1, Suse 9.2, Gentoo 2004.3 and Fedora Core 2 and 3. I really like the KISS philosophy!

To do

  • Clean up new wiki. MediaWiki is great but has break all the layout... Need to clean this mess!
  • Make swsusp2 work
  • Clean up of acpi/cpufreq with the governor chooser
  • ACPI daemon and events
  • Better kernel configuration display

System specifications

  • Intel Pentium 4-M @ 2.1 Ghz
  • 15.4" WUXGA display at 1920x1200 @ 32 bit colour
  • NVidia GeForce4 Go 4200 64mb
  • Broadcom 4400 100/10 NIC
  • 512mb RAM (2 x 256 Mb)
  • 60gig IDE disk
  • Removable DVD/CD/CD-RW
  • Removable & USB pluggable floppy
  • 1 Firewire port
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • IrDA
  • Intel (PCTel) AC'97 Modem (WinModem?)
  • Single PCMCIA
  • Onboard i810 soundcard
  • Mini-PCI slot
  • Dell TrueMobile 1300 (Broadcom BCM4306 Mini PCI)

Output of lspci (run "sudo update-pciids" to get updated results) :

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 04)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV28 [GeForce4 Ti 4200 Go AGP 8x] (rev a1)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401 100Base-T (rev 01)
02:01.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI4510 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02)
02:01.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCI4510 IEEE-1394 Controller
02:03.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

Working

  • Ethernet: Broadcom chip, use b44 module
  • Wireless: Dell TrueMobile 1300 ndiswrapper
  • Audio: ac97 (?)
  • Display: 1920x1200

Partially Working

  • nVidia Geforce4 4200 Go (64 Mb)

Not Working

  • Modem

Unknown / Untested

  • Firewire

Installation

To do

Kernel

To do

X.org

To do xorg.conf

Power Management

I suggest you read Gentoo Power Management Guide for great information. After some work on this I wanted to add some information specific to the I8500.


ACPI

To Do

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Links

General

Gentoo Power Management Guide

Gentoo Dell Inspiron 8500 Wiki

Software Suspend 2

Linux on Laptops

Linux on a Dell Inspiron 8500

Debian

RedHat 9.0

Fedora Core 2

Suse 9.2

Slackware Linux

Debian

Linux Debian 3.1