Dell Vostro 1500
Test Configuration: 1.4Ghz Core 2 Duo; 2G RAM, Intel integrated Graphics card, Bluetooth, no webcam
|Intel GM965/GL960 Onboard Graphics||Working||xf86-video-intel|
|NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS||Working||Nouveau|
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
- Install xorg
pacman -S xorg
- Install Synaptic Mouse Driver
pacman -S xf86-input-synaptics
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 don't 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 /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
echo mem > /sys/power/state
Adjust normally with the FN Keys if your using the kernel 2.6.24 or greater
Untested for me, but this may work for you: You need hsfmodem package from AUR in order to get modem working. After you install that package you need to:
hsfconfigas root to build the module and initialise the modem. A reboot is required before the modem can be initialised. Run
hsfconfigagain after reboot.
- The modules are automatically loaded and a
/dev/modemsymlink 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.
I don't have one, but you may need the uvcvideo module (someone confirm this)
# modprobe uvcvideo
Add it to your
/etc/rc.conf 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.
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
- for "model=stack3" in /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf - OpenSuse Forum
- for "model=dell-bios" in /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf - Gentoo Wiki
- Xorg input hotplugging
- Dell laptop displays with 1280×800 as WXGA
- for Xorg.conf without autodetect
- GRUB: Framebuffer Resolution
Keyboard & Synaptics: