Dell Vostro 1320
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Installation
- 3 Hardware
- 3.1 Overview
- 3.2 CPU
- 3.3 Graphics
- 3.4 Multimedia
- 3.5 Wireless Lan
- 3.6 Bluetooth
- 4 Issues
This page is about setting up Arch Linux on the Dell Vostro 1320 laptop, which has replaced the former Dell Vostro 1310. Basically it runs just fine, although there are some things you should know. Furthermore is is advisable to read the article about laptops to get a idea about the topic in general.
It is highly recommendable to setup Windows Vista first, because during the setup the region code of the dvd drive is set.
If you want to install Arch Linux over a wireless connection you have to setup the connection manually. Since kernel 2.6.24 and above are containing the appropriate drivers already, it should work with both the "Netinstall ISO" as well as the "Core ISO", although using the "Netinstall ISO" is the preferred install media for Arch Linux. Don't forget to choose the source "net" and the wlan interface (normally wlan0).
Apart from that you can follow the Beginners Guide, which should deliver you a good insight how to install Arch Linux.
Further attention has to be drawn during the partitioning, as Dell uses an uncommon partition table, which may you run into some trouble. You'll get a "FATAL ERROR", whenever you try to partition "/dev/sda" using the setup. Therefore switch to another terminal (Ctrl + Alt + F2, for instance) and delete the partition table using "fdisk /dev/sda". Follow the program options. More instructions can be found in the man page or the help option (m). It is sufficient to delete all partitions (and writing the table to the disc), from there on you can use the setup in the first terminal again (Ctrl + Alt + F1).
This section is about getting the hardware of the Dell Vostro 1320 running properly. Generally speaking the hardware is supported just great, but due to the possibility of customisation (from Dell) not all of the components have been tested (yet).
A quick overview which components do work correctly, and which don't. Look at the appropiate section in order to get more details about a component.
|Dell Vostro 1320 - Overview of the hardware support|
|NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9300M GS Graphic Card||working|
|Integrated GMA X4500 HD Graphics||untested|
|Biometric Fingerprint Reader||untested|
|Extra Keyboard Keys||untested|
|Dell Wireless 1397 Mini-Card (802.11 b/g)||untested|
|Dell Wireless 1510 Mini-Card (802.11n)||untested|
|Intel Pro Wireless WI-FI 5100 (802.11a/g/Draft-n)||working|
|Intel WiFi Link 5300 Mini-Card (802.11 a/g/n)||working|
|Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth® Module ROW||untested|
NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9300M GS
Setting up the NVIDIA® GeForce™ 9300M GS graphic card is quite easy.
GMA X4500 HD
Setting up the Integrated GMA X4500 HD graphics wasn't tested yet, but as it works fine for various other devices it should work just fine.
The audio works just fine out of the box using ALSA. You need to have the "snd_hda_intel" module loaded, it is advisable to put it into your modules array in your /etc/rc.conf:
Biometric Fingerprint Reader
The Biometric Fingerprint Reader itself wasn't tested yet, but it should work following these steps.
Extra Keyboard Keys
Wasn't tested yet.
In order to find out which chipset you have, you can use hwd, which can be installed quite easily:
pacman -S hwd
Afterwards you have to run hwd with the following command:
The output should tell you which wireless lan chipset is built into your notebook.
Dell Wireless 1397 Mini-Card
Wasn't tested yet.
Dell Wireless 1510 Mini-Card
Wasn't tested yet
Intel Pro Wireless WI-FI 5100
Look at the section for the Intel WiFi Link 5300 Mini-Card, as the driver is excactly the same.
Intel WiFi Link 5300 Mini-Card
Make sure to have installed the package "iwlwifi-5000-ucode" as well as "wireless_tools".
pacman -S iwlwifi-5000-ucode wireless_tools
You can then follow the instruction given on the Wireless Setup page in order to configure your connection.
Make sure to have the "iwlagn" module loaded, just put it into the modules array in your /etc/rc.conf:
Alternatively you can use the module auto-loading, which should detect the chipset just fine and load the appropriate modules.
Dell™ Wireless 355 Bluetooth® Module ROW
Wasn't tested yet.
If you have a dedicated Nvidia chipset, and want to suspend your laptop (Suspend2RAM) using pm-utils you need to have the nvidia driver installed (and therefore a running X server).
You may experience some problems using the X server and console simultaneously, as soon as you work with different resolutions. In order to change the resolution of the console (using framebuffer) you should look at [|| this]. For me adding "vga=0x0361" worked.