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Test Configuration: 1.4Ghz Core 2 Duo; 2G RAM, Intel integrated Graphics card, Bluetooth, no webcam
| '''Device''' || '''Status''' || '''Modules'''
| Intel GM965/GL960 Onboard Graphics|| style="color:green" | '''Working''' || xf86-video-intel
| NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS|| style="color:green" | '''Working''' || Nouveau
| Ethernet ||style="color:green" | '''Working''' || b44
| Wireless || style="color:green" | '''Working''' || iwl3945
| Audio || style="color:green" | '''Working''' || snd_hda_intel
| Modem || style="color:orange" | '''Untested''' ||
| Card Reader || style="color:green" | '''Working''' ||
No problems noted after a few days of use.
# Use the standard Arch installation disc (I used archlinux-2009.02-core-i686.iso).  Note that the FULL install disk (with "core" in the name instead of "ftp", approx. 320MB) has the necessary drivers to install wireless networking for the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 card.  You can use the "ftp" install disc if you will be installing the base system over wired ethernet.) 
# Follow the [[Beginners_Guide]]
==Xorg 7.4==
#Install xorg <pre>pacman -S xorg</pre>
#Install Synaptic Mouse Driver <pre>pacman -S xf86-input-synaptics</pre>
The new xorg auto-configuration (starting without an xorg.conf file) worked fine for me.  In fact, none of the recommended methods of generating a usable starting xorg.conf file worked for me.  So try the easy route and just "startx."  Note that CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE is disabled by default in the latest Xorg, so if you do not have a window manager installed, you might need to use CTRL-ALT-F1 to get back to a console to CTRL-C kill Xorg manually. 
The default synaptics configuration is set up for two finger vertical scroll and one-tap click, which works well for me.
See [[Touchpad_Synaptics]] for more info.
==Intel PRO/Wireless 3945==
One source of helpful information about your hardware is the Arch package 'hwd'  Install with:
  pacman -S hwd
If your hwd -s shows this:
  Network    : PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection module: iwl3945
You are required to get ''iwlwifi-3945-ucode'' out of [core].
# pacman -S iwlwifi-3945-ucode
This package is also available [core-devel] on the 2009.02 installer CD.
Then add ''iwl3945'' to your MODULES array in [[Rc.conf|/etc/rc.conf]]
MODULES=( ... iwl3945 ... )
If your hwd -s shows another wireless card, search the Arch wiki for information or see the Wireless Startup Guide.
Wicd is a network manager which allows you to connect to wireless networks very easily, you can follow this wiki page [[Wicd]]
Still untested, but the following is pasted in from a page about the Dell Inspirion 1521:
* Suspend and Hibernate works with pm-utils
* Also works by issuing <pre>echo mem > /sys/power/state</pre>
=Adjust Brightness=
Adjust normally with the FN Keys if your using the kernel 2.6.24 or greater
= Modem =
Untested for me, but this may work for you:
You need [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=7724 hsfmodem] package from AUR in order to get modem working. After you install that package you need to:
#Run <code>hsfconfig</code> as root to build the module and initialise the modem. A reboot is required before the modem can be initialised. Run <code>hsfconfig</code> again after reboot.
#The modules are automatically loaded and a <code>/dev/modem</code> symlink is setup for use with the modem. Now use wvdial or other dialer programs to connect to the internet.
I didn't test dialing, however I could see the modem device in /dev.
= Webcam =
I do not have one, but you may need the uvcvideo module (someone confirm this)
# modprobe uvcvideo
Add it to your <code>/etc/rc.conf</code> modules line. More information can be found in [[Webcam_Setup]] wiki entry.
For more information see the [[Webcam_Setup]] page.
= USB, SD card slot, Ethernet, Firewire, VGA, S-video =
All work out of the box.
= Mediakeys =
Get xbindkeys from [extra]:
# pacman -S xbindkeys
Add 'xbindkeys &' in $HOME/.xinitrc right before your window manager is executed.
Create $HOME/.xbindkeysrc file with:
"amixer set Master 5+ unmute"
"amixer set Master 5- unmute"
"amixer set 'Master' toggle"
#"audioplayer -next"
# XF86AudioNext
#"audioplayer -pause"
# XF86AudioPlay
#"audioplayer -stop"
# XF86AudioStop
#"audioplayer -previous"
# XF86AudioPrev
= SD Card Reader =
Works out of the box.  I do this to mount:
  sudo mkdir /mnt/scard
  sudo mount -t vfat /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt/sdcard
= References =
* [[ALSA]]
* [[OSS]]
* [http://forums.opensuse.org/archives/sls-archives/archives-suse-linux/archives-hardware-support/archives-notebooks/382722-dell-vostro1400-hda-intel-no-sound.html#post1798954  for "model=stack3" in /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf - OpenSuse Forum]
* [http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Dell_Inspiron_1525 for "model=dell-bios" in /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf - Gentoo Wiki]
* [[Xorg]]
* [[Xorg input hotplugging]]
* [http://www.dell.com/content/learnmore/learnmore.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&~id=screen&~line=notebooks&~mode=popup&~model=d800&~series=latit&ref=CFG Dell laptop displays with 1280×800 as WXGA]
* [http://www.oddments.org/notes/debian_dell_1525.html for Xorg.conf without autodetect]
* [[Grub#Framebuffer_Resolution|GRUB: Framebuffer Resolution]]
Keyboard & Synaptics:
* [[Touchpad Synaptics]]
* [http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.04/Issues/Changing_mousepad_settings  Dell Mousepad Settings]
* [http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6531988#6 HAL policy file]
* [[Xorg_input_hotplugging#Modifying_hal_configuration|Changing keyboard layout]]
* [[Wireless#iwl3945.2C_iwl4965_and_iwl5000-series|Intel PRO wireless 3945abg]]
* [[Broadcom BCM4312]]
* [[Webcam_Setup|Webcam Setup]]

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