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Test Configuration: 1.4Ghz Core 2 Duo; 2G RAM, Intel integrated Graphics card, Bluetooth, no webcam
 
=Hardware=
 
 
 
{|
 
| '''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''' ||
 
|}
 
 
 
==Problems==
 
No problems noted after a few days of use.
 
 
 
=Installation=
 
# 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=
 
==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. 
 
 
 
===Touchpad===
 
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.
 
=Wireless=
 
==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==
 
Wicd is a network manager which allows you to connect to wireless networks very easily, you can follow this wiki page [[Wicd]]
 
 
 
=Suspend/Hibernate=
 
 
 
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"
 
  XF86AudioRaiseVolume
 
 
"amixer set Master 5- unmute"
 
  XF86AudioLowerVolume
 
 
"amixer set 'Master' toggle"
 
  XF86AudioMute
 
 
#"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 =
 
 
 
Audio:
 
* [[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]
 
 
 
Video:
 
* [[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:
 
* [[Wireless#iwl3945.2C_iwl4965_and_iwl5000-series|Intel PRO wireless 3945abg]]
 
* [[Broadcom BCM4312]]
 
 
 
Webcam:
 
* [[Webcam_Setup|Webcam Setup]]
 

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