Dell Vostro 1000

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

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


  • You must pass nolapic_timer as a boot option if your 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

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


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


Xorg 7.4

  • Coming Soon


Sample xorg.conf


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.

Xorg <= 7.3

  1. Install the catalyst and catalyst-utils package:
    pacman -Sy catalyst catalyst-utils
  2. To configure X run:
    X -configure
  3. Move xorg.conf to /etc/x11/xorg.conf then run
    aticonfig --inital -input=/etc/X11/xorg.conf
  4. Add to xorg.conf:
    Option	    "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
    Under the Video section (without out this I get black lines in the corner of screen)

Xorg Config

Section "ServerLayout"
 Identifier     " Configured"
 Screen      0  "Screen[0]" 0 0
 InputDevice    "TouchPad" "CorePointer"
 InputDevice    "Mouse0" "SendCoreEvents"
 InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
Section "Files"
 RgbPath      "/usr/share/X11/rgb"
 ModulePath   "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
 FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc"
 FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi:unscaled"
 FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi:unscaled"
 FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/TTF"
 FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1"
 FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/local"

Section "Module"
 Load  "xtrap"
 Load  "record"
 Load  "dri"
 Load  "dbe"
 Load  "extmod"
 Load  "type1"
 Load  "freetype"
 Load  "glx"

Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier  "Keyboard0"
 Driver      "kbd"

Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier  "TouchPad"
 Driver      "synaptics"
 Option	    "SendCoreEvents"
 Option	    "Protocol" "auto-dev"
 Option	    "SHMConfig" "on"

Section "InputDevice"
 Identifier  "Mouse0"
 Driver      "mouse"
 Option	    "Protocol" "auto"
 Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
 Option	    "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"

Section "Monitor"
 Identifier   "Monitor[0]"
 Option	    "VendorName" "ATI Proprietary Driver"
 Option	    "ModelName" "Generic Autodetecting Monitor"
 Option	    "DPMS" "true"

Section "Device"
 Identifier  "Device[0]"
 Driver      "fglrx"
 Option      "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"

Section "Screen"
 Identifier "Screen[0]"
 Device     "Device[0]"
 Monitor    "Monitor[0]"
 DefaultDepth     24
 SubSection "Display"
  Viewport   0 0
  Depth     24

Section "DRI"
 Mode         0666

Touchpad (Synaptic)

  1. Install synaptics
    pacman -Sy synaptics
  2. Add synaptics to the MODULES=() on /etc/rc.conf.

Function Keys

keytouch <= Xorg 7.3

  • Install keytouch and keytouch-config
    pacman -Sy keytouch keytouch-editor
  • Then copy this to /usr/share/keytouch/keyboards/Vostro 1000.Dell
    <last-change format="%d-%m-%Y">21-01-2008</last-change>
      <model>Vostro 1000</model>
      <name>Volume Up</name>
      <default-action action-type="plugin">
        <plugin-function>Volume increase</plugin-function>
     <name>Volume Down</name>
     <default-action action-type="plugin">
       <plugin-function>Volume decrease</plugin-function>
     <default-action action-type="plugin">
     <name>Eject CD</name>
     <default-action>sudo eject /dev/cdrom</default-action>
     <default-action>sudo pm-suspend</default-action>
  • Then you want to start
  • Go to the keyboard tab, click change keyboard, select the keyboard from the list. If it is not in the list, click import and select /usr/share/keytouch/keyboards/Vostro 1000.Dell, then click ok
  • Set the actions you want the key to preform, then click apply
  • Start /etc/rc.d/keytouchd
  • Add keytouchd to /etc/rc.conf



Native Linux Driver - Works with kernel 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 xjf 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.o
    You may have to create /lib/firmware first.
  6. Load b43
    modprobe b43
  7. Edit rc.conf and add b43
    MODULES=(... b43)

Note : Even though the kernel is 2.6.25 and so the firmware version should be 4.150.5, if you use the new firmware you'll experience nertwork downs... use the instead


  1. Install ndiswrapper
    pacman -Sy 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

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