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Test Configuration: 1.4Ghz Core 2 Duo; 2G RAM, Intel integrated Graphics card, Bluetooth, no webcam
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=Hardware=
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{|
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| '''Device''' || '''Status''' || '''Modules'''
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|-
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| Intel GM965/GL960 Onboard Graphics|| style="color:green" | '''Working''' || xf86-video-intel
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|-
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| NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS|| style="color:green" | '''Working''' || Nouveau
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|-
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| Ethernet ||style="color:green" | '''Working''' || b44
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| Wireless || style="color:green" | '''Working''' || iwl3945
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| Audio || style="color:green" | '''Working''' || snd_hda_intel
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| Modem || style="color:orange" | '''Untested''' ||
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| Card Reader || style="color:green" | '''Working''' ||
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|}
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==Problems==
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No problems noted after a few days of use.
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=Installation=
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# 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.) 
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# Follow the [[Beginners_Guide]]
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=Xorg=
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==Xorg 7.4==
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#Install xorg <pre>pacman -S xorg</pre>
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#Install Synaptic Mouse Driver <pre>pacman -S xf86-input-synaptics</pre>
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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. 
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===Touchpad===
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The default synaptics configuration is set up for two finger vertical scroll and one-tap click, which works well for me.
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See [[Touchpad_Synaptics]] for more info.
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=Wireless=
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==Intel PRO/Wireless 3945==
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One source of helpful information about your hardware is the Arch package 'hwd'  Install with:
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  pacman -S hwd
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If your hwd -s shows this:
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  Network    : PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection module: iwl3945
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You are required to get ''iwlwifi-3945-ucode'' out of [core].
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# pacman -S iwlwifi-3945-ucode
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This package is also available [core-devel] on the 2009.02 installer CD.
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Then add ''iwl3945'' to your MODULES array in [[Rc.conf|/etc/rc.conf]]
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MODULES=( ... iwl3945 ... )
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If your hwd -s shows another wireless card, search the Arch wiki for information or see the Wireless Startup Guide.
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==Wicd==
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Wicd is a network manager which allows you to connect to wireless networks very easily, you can follow this wiki page [[Wicd]]
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=Suspend/Hibernate=
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Still untested, but the following is pasted in from a page about the Dell Inspirion 1521:
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* Suspend and Hibernate works with pm-utils
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* Also works by issuing <pre>echo mem > /sys/power/state</pre>
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=Adjust Brightness=
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Adjust normally with the FN Keys if your using the kernel 2.6.24 or greater
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= Modem =
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Untested for me, but this may work for you:
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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:
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#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.
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#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.
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I didn't test dialing, however I could see the modem device in /dev.
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= Webcam =
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I do not have one, but you may need the uvcvideo module (someone confirm this)
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# modprobe uvcvideo
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Add it to your <code>/etc/rc.conf</code> modules line. More information can be found in [[Webcam_Setup]] wiki entry.
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For more information see the [[Webcam_Setup]] page.
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= USB, SD card slot, Ethernet, Firewire, VGA, S-video =
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All work out of the box.
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= Mediakeys =
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Get xbindkeys from [extra]:
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# pacman -S xbindkeys
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Add 'xbindkeys &' in $HOME/.xinitrc right before your window manager is executed.
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Create $HOME/.xbindkeysrc file with:
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"amixer set Master 5+ unmute"
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  XF86AudioRaiseVolume
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"amixer set Master 5- unmute"
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  XF86AudioLowerVolume
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"amixer set 'Master' toggle"
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  XF86AudioMute
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#"audioplayer -next"
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# XF86AudioNext
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#"audioplayer -pause"
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# XF86AudioPlay
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#"audioplayer -stop"
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# XF86AudioStop
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#"audioplayer -previous"
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# XF86AudioPrev
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= SD Card Reader =
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Works out of the box.  I do this to mount:
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  sudo mkdir /mnt/scard
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  sudo mount -t vfat /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt/sdcard
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= References =
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Audio:
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* [[ALSA]]
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* [[OSS]]
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* [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]
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* [http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Dell_Inspiron_1525 for "model=dell-bios" in /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf - Gentoo Wiki]
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Video:
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* [[Xorg]]
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* [[Xorg input hotplugging]]
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* [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]
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* [http://www.oddments.org/notes/debian_dell_1525.html for Xorg.conf without autodetect]
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* [[Grub#Framebuffer_Resolution|GRUB: Framebuffer Resolution]]
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Keyboard & Synaptics:
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* [[Touchpad Synaptics]]
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* [http://linux.dell.com/wiki/index.php/Ubuntu_7.04/Issues/Changing_mousepad_settings  Dell Mousepad Settings]
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* [http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6531988#6 HAL policy file]
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* [[Xorg_input_hotplugging#Modifying_hal_configuration|Changing keyboard layout]]
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Wireless:
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* [[Wireless#iwl3945.2C_iwl4965_and_iwl5000-series|Intel PRO wireless 3945abg]]
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* [[Broadcom BCM4312]]
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Webcam:
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* [[Webcam_Setup|Webcam Setup]]
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