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Follow [[Xorg]], [[Touchpad Synaptic]] and [[Extra keyboard keys]].
Follow [[Xorg]], [[Touchpad Synaptics]] and [[Extra keyboard keys]].

Revision as of 14:36, 9 September 2015

  • Use Kernel 2.6.24 or greater
  • Use install disc 2008.03 or greater (see install)

Questions: IM diogo.urb@hotmail.com (MSN) .


Device Status Modules
Ati Radeon Xpress Working fglrx (cataylst), radeon
Ethernet Working b44
Wireless Working broadcom-wlAUR, b43, ndiswrapper
Audio Working snd_hda_intel
Modem Untested
PCMCIA Slot Untested
Card Reader Working


"Unknown Key Pressed"

  • You may occasionally run across an error (occurring in an extremely high frequency) in your messages.log/dmesg:
 atkbd.c: Unknown key pressed (translated set 2, code 0xee on isa0060/serio0).
 atkbd.c: Use 'setkeycodes e06e <keycode>' to make it known.
  • The fix for this issue is fairly simple. Power down your dell laptop, and reseat the battery.
  • Another possible cause may be due to your AC adapter being unplugged from the outlet, yet attached to the back of your laptop.
  • Yet another suggested fix for the problem is updating your BIOS.. but since this is an extreme measure (found on the ubuntu forums.. so take it with a grain of salt), try the first two solutions before moving on to this potentially dangerous measure.

High Temperature

After the installation you will see that the temperature is around 60°C (Too High). You can get the temperature through:

cat /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/THRM/temperature


cat /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/THM/temperature

This is because the CPU frequency is at full usage always... so before continuing with the install process install cpufrequtils, you can see further details on Cpufrequtils

  • Note: using lm_sensors 'sensors' utility, k8temp-pci-00c3 reports much more reasonable temperatures (more along the lines of what windows reports) compared to this Virtual Thermal Zone. I have noticed no issues running without cpu scaling while on AC.


Follow the Installation guide or the Beginners' guide.


Follow Xorg, Touchpad Synaptics and Extra keyboard keys.



Native Linux Driver - Works with kernels >= 2.6.25

Install b43

  1. Install b43 fwcutter
    pacman -S b43-fwcutter
  2. Download version of Broadcom's proprietary driver.
    wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-
  3. Unpack the compressed file.
    tar xvf broadcom-wl-
  4. Change the current directory to the newly created directory, and then further to the kmod folder:
    cd broadcom-wl-
  5. Run
    b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "/lib/firmware/" wl_apsta_mimo.o
    You may have to create /lib/firmware first.
  6. Load b43
    modprobe b43
  7. Edit rc.conf and add b43
    MODULES=(... b43)


Broadcom's Official Binary Wireless Driver

  1. Download the pkgbuild from AUR: broadcom-wlAUR
  2. Extract the pkgbuild
  3. Run makepkg
  4. Run pacman -U broadcom-wl-${arch}.tar.gz
  5. modprobe wl

If you add wl to your MODULES=(... wl) make sure you blacklist b43 (Open Wireless) and b44 (Ethernet)

Note: The ssb module must be unloaded for this module to work. When the b44 (Ethernet) module gets loaded, it loads sbb. This means you can only use wireless or Ethernet with this module, not both!.
Note: Currently appears that you can use both, wireless and ethernet. Just make sure your wireless network is loaded before the ethernet by adding the following in your rc.conf in the MODULES section: MODULES=(!b43 wl ...) !.


  1. Install ndiswrapper
    pacman -S ndiswrapper ndiswrapper-utils
  2. Download Dell Wireless Drivers:
  3. Extract drivers using wine:
    wine R157039.EXE
  4. Move the drivers to your home directory
    cp -R /home/youruser/.wine/drive_c/DELL/R157039 /home/youruser/wirelessdrivers
  5. As root run:
    ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
  6. Run:
    ndiswrapper -l 
    It should show something similar to:
     bcmwl5 : driver installed device (14E4:4311) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx)
  7. Run
    modprobe ndiswrapper
  8. Add ndiswrapper to your MODULES in rc.conf


Wicd is a network manager which allows you to connect to wireless networks very easily, you can follow this wiki page Wicd


  • Suspend and Hibernate works with pm-utils
  • Also works by issuing
    echo mem > /sys/power/state

Resume not working after suspend to RAM

To workaround this issue edit the file


and add the following to the kernel boot line:


Backlight doesn't come back after Resume

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Reason: radeontool no longer exists (Discuss in Talk:Dell Vostro 1000#)

You may need a workaround because the backlight doesn't come back after Resuming.

Install Pm-utils, and create this file:

case $1 in
  echo "Suspending to disk!"
  echo "Suspending to RAM"
  echo "Suspend to disk is over, Resuming. .."
  echo "Suspend to RAM is over, Resuming..."
  radeontool light on
  radeontool dac on
 *)  echo "somebody is calling me totally wrong."
# chmod +x /etc/pm/sleep.d/radeonlight

Now to make it work you need radeontool.

And DONE, you can suspend and resume with pm-utils normally.

Adjust Brightness

Adjust normally with the FN Keys if your using the kernel 2.6.24 or greater