Dell Vostro 1000

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

Questions: IM (MSN) .


Device Status Modules
Ati Radeon Xpress Working fglrx (cataylst), radeon
Ethernet Working b44
Wireless Working wl, 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.

Legacy Kernels

  • You must pass nolapic_timer as a boot option if you're using kernel 2.6.26 (not needed for 2.6.27)

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.


  1. Use installation disc 2008.03 or greater
  2. Follow the Beginners_Guide


Xorg 7.4

  1. Install xorg
    pacman -S xorg
  2. Install catalyst drivers
    pacman -S catalyst catalyst-utils
  3. Install Synaptic Mouse Driver
    pacman -S xf86-input-synaptics
  4. Copy and the paste the xorg configuration below and save it /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    As of right now, Xorg 7.4 crashes when trying to auto generate (X -configure) a configuration file.
  5. Copy /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-input-policy.fdi to /etc/hal/fdi/policy/
    No Modifications should have to be made
  6. Follow the step below for the synaptic driver

Sample xorg.conf

Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier	"Keyboard"
 Driver	"kbd"
 Option	"CoreKeyboard"
 Option	"XkbRules"	"xorg"
 Option	"XkbModel"	"pc105"
 Option	"XkbLayout"	"us"

Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier	"Mouse0"
 Driver	"evdev"
 Option	"SencCoreEvents"

Section "Device"
 Identifier	"Card0"
 Driver	"fglrx"
 BusID		"PCI:1:5:0"
 VendorName	"ATI Technologies Inc"
 BoardName	"RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200]"
 BusID		"PCI:1:5:0"

Section "Monitor"
 Identifier	"LCD Display"
 Option	"DPMS"

Section "Screen"
 Identifier	"Screen0"
 Device	"Card0"
 Monitor	"LCD Display"
 DefaultDepth	24

Section "ServerLayout"
 Identifier	"Default Layout"
 Screen	"Screen0"
 InputDevice	"Keyboard"
 InputDevice	"Mouse0"

Section "DRI"
 Mode    0666


The following configuration gives a vertical scroll and one-tap click. Modify to suite your needs. The default file does not give you the scroll or one-tap click.

Copy /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/11-x11-synaptics.fdi to /etc/hal/fdi/policy/

Edit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/11-x11-synaptics.fdi and In between

 <match key="info.product" contains="Synaptics TouchPad">
 <!--Insert the following here-->


 <merge key="input.x11_options.Emulate3Buttons"	type="string">true</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.SHMConfig"	type="string">true</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.HorizEdgeScroll"	type="string">false</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.HorizScrollDelta"	type="string">100</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.TapButton1"	type="string">1</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.VertEdgeScroll"	type="string">true</merge>
  <merge key="input.x11_options.VertScrollDelta"	type="string">100</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.TapButton1"	type="string">1</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.TapButton2"	type="string">2</merge>
 <merge key="input.x11_options.TapButton3"	type="string">3</merge>

Function Keys

To set the Functions keys you can use xmodmap. In xorg 7.4 the function keys are given keycodes. Xmodmap will bind the function key codes to a keysymname.

Create an .Xmodmap and put the following in:

keycode 123 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
keycode 122 = XF86AudioLowerVolume
keycode 121 = XF86AudioMute

keycode 213 = XF86Sleep
keycode 246 = XF86Launch2
keycode 244 = XF86Launch3
keycode 170 = XF86Launch9

Next add xmodmap .Xmodmap to your start up

Then in your window manager you can bind the function key by providing the keysymname. For example in openbox I just have to pass in the key name XF86AudioMute and provide the action I want preformed when I hit that key.

  • Gnome users should be able to open up the keyboard-shortcuts and just hit the Function which they would like to use



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.
  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 [here]
  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)

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  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

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 the package radeontool which is in the AUR

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