Dell Latitude D810

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This section will describe the installation and configuration process of Arch Voodoo 0.8 with Gnome on a Dell Latitude D810 laptop. No dual boot here.

So far Arch is working very well on this laptop.


  • Audio: SIGMATEL STAC 975X AC97
  • CPU: Intel Pentium M 750 (1.86Ghz)
  • LCD: 15.4" WUXGA (1900x1200)
  • Network: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG
  • Video: ATI Mobility Radeon X600 128MB


By default, if you use automatic partitioning, Arch will divide your drive in 4 partitions.

  • /boot
  • SWAP
  • /
  • /home

I decided to use my entire 80GB drive and use 3 partitions.

  • /boot (EXT2 30 megs)
  • SWAP (1GB)
  • / (EXT3 entire drive)

Base install

I downloaded the Arch Voodoo 0.8 beta version then decided to install only the base system for you can build your system without all the clump other distributions have to offer. The install process was super fast and I did not encounter any problem.

I will try to document and add screens it as much as I can during the next couple of days.

Connect to the network

The network card worked out of the box. It uses the tg3 driver.

Unless you've changed the settings in your rc.conf, you will need to call the dhcp daemon to get an IP from your router or whatever.


# dhcpcd eth0

Installing packages

Once you're connected to the network, you will want to update your pacman database.

Synchronize pacman


# pacman --sync --refresh
# pacman -Sy

Wireless adapter


# pacman -S ipw2200-fw



# pacman -S alsa-utils

Once the sound is setup, you can use alsamixer to configure your sound card. Some channels will be muted by defaut (your microphone for example). Use the m key to mute and unmute channels, tab to go to the next screen and escape to exit.

Add alsa to your daemons in /etc/rc.conf

# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
# -----------------------------------------------------------------------
# Daemons to start at boot-up (in this order)
#   - prefix a daemon with a ! to disable it
#   - prefix a daemon with a @ to start it up in the background
DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network netfs crond alsa)


  • Audio (ALSA)
  • Video (xf86-video-ati)
  • Wireless (ipw2200-fw)
  • Network (tg3)
  • Divx (Mplayer)
  • MP3s
  • Flash
  • Torrents (bittornado - im still looking at how to start it at boot time)

Need Fixing / Polishing

  • Fonts are super ugly.
  • Fonts are too small.
  • Colors are not nice.
  • Special keys.
  • Wireless led.
  • Need to compile a custom kernel.
  • Need to write a custom perl script for wireless.
  • Where is the xorg.conf?