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== Power Management ==
 
== Power Management ==
=== HDD '''important issue''' ===
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=== HDD important issue ===
With the Western Digital hard drive (not SSD), there is an '''important''' issue: using the APM (Advanced Power Management) there are too nomerous spin-down, that can damage the hard drive [https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acpi-support/+bug/59695].
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See [[Laptop#Hard drive spin down problem]].
To confirm this issue you have to install smartmontools:
 
# pacman -S smartmontools
 
And you have to run multiple times this command (once in a minute for like 5 minutes):
 
# smartctl -a /dev/sda|grep Load_Cycle_Count
 
If the number under Load_Cycle_Count is increasing in a small amount of time (1 or 2 in a minute) you have this issue.
 
  
The problem is easily solvable using [[Laptop_Mode_Tools|laptop-mode-tools]].
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== Touchpad ==
In your /etc/laptop-mode/laptop-mode.conf you have to set:
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The touchpad does not work completely out of the box. By default only the mouse buttons are working. To get the touchpad working, especially the area to move the mouse, follow the instructions described on the wiki page [[Touchpad Synaptics]]. Just installing the package and an X restart should do the trick.
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# Should laptop mode tools control the hard drive power management settings?
 
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CONTROL_HD_POWERMGMT=1
 
 
 
 
 
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# Power management for HD (hdparm -B values)
 
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BATT_HD_POWERMGMT=255
 
LM_AC_HD_POWERMGMT=255
 
NOLM_AC_HD_POWERMGMT=255
 
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This disable all power management systems of the hard drive cause a '''light''' heat up (maybe).
 
The same behaviour can be obtained running this command:
 
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# hdparm -B 255 /dev/sda
 
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the 255 number is the power-management level, in a range of 1-255 where 1 is maximum powersaving and 255 powersaving disabled. However setting the value to 253 causes a lot of spin-down.
 
Setting the spin-down feature (it parks the heads away from disk) however can save hdd in case of fall.
 
 
 
=== [[pm-utils|Hybernation - Suspend]]  ===
 
This feature works very well, the only thing you have to set is your /boot/grub/menu.lst , if you do not set the option "resume" your computer does not resume after hybernation, so add resume=/your/swap/partition like in this example:
 
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title  Arch Linux
 
root  (hd0,4) # It depends on your device
 
kernel /boot/vmlinuz26 root=/your/root/device ro resume=/your/swap/partition
 
initrd /boot/kernel26.img
 
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I was not able to get hibernate to work correctly b/c of my NVIDIA drivers.  I am now running x86_64.  I am not sure if that has anything to do with it.
 
I did however get suspend to RAM to work.
 
 
 
Make sure acpid is installed and running.  You can add it to the DAEMONS array in /etc/rc.conf.
 
 
 
Then edit these files...
 
 
 
/etc/acpi/actions/lm_lid.sh:
 
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sh ~/bin/suspend
 
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(Taken from http://www.linux.com/news/hardware/laptops/8253-how-to-suspend-and-hibernate-a-laptop-under-linux [+] with a little modification)
 
 
 
~/bin/suspend:
 
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#!/bin/sh
 
 
 
# discover video card's ID
 
ME=`whoami`
 
if [ "$ME" != "root" ]; then
 
    echo "You must be root!"
 
    exit 1
 
fi
 
 
 
ID=`lspci | grep VGA | awk '{ print $1 }' | sed -e 's@0000:@@' -e 's@:@/@'`
 
 
 
# securely create a temporary file
 
 
 
TMP_FILE=`mktemp /var/tmp/video_state.XXXXXX`trap 'rm -f $TMP_FILE' 0 1 15
 
 
 
# switch to virtual terminal 1 to avoid graphics
 
# corruption in X
 
 
 
chvt 1
 
 
 
# write all unwritten data (just in case)
 
 
 
sync
 
 
 
# dump current data from the video card to the
 
# temporary filecat
 
 
 
/proc/bus/pci/$ID > $TMP_FILE
 
 
 
# suspend
 
 
 
echo -n mem > /sys/power/state
 
 
 
# restore video card data from the temporary file
 
# on resume
 
 
 
cat $TMP_FILE > /proc/bus/pci/$ID
 
 
 
# switch back to virtual terminal 7 (running X)
 
chvt 7
 
 
 
# remove temporary file
 
rm -f $TMP_FILE
 
</pre>
 
 
 
This should suspend your laptop to RAM when the lid is closed.
 

Latest revision as of 17:18, 31 December 2017

I have just bought a new Dell Studio XPS 13. I have not been able to find any information for installing Arch Linux on this machine. It is a very nice looking laptop, and runs fast and smooth. I have had a successful install (32-bit only, 64-bit). I still have a few things to get working, like the Bluetooth, and media buttons.

System Specs:

  • Processor
    • Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz
  • RAM Memory
    • 4 GB DDR3
  • Webcam
    • 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • Hard Disk
    • 320GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD
    • 500GB SATA 7200 rpm HDD
  • Video Card
    • NVIDIA 9400M
    • NVIDIA 9500M (9400M G + 9200M GS)
  • Wireless
    • Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller
    • Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter

The basic installation performs normally, with the core cd, also the wireless modules ( Atheros wifi card ) were well recognised and worked out of the box.

Power Management

HDD important issue

See Laptop#Hard drive spin down problem.

Touchpad

The touchpad does not work completely out of the box. By default only the mouse buttons are working. To get the touchpad working, especially the area to move the mouse, follow the instructions described on the wiki page Touchpad Synaptics. Just installing the package and an X restart should do the trick.