Dell XPS M1330
Dell XPS M1330 works quite well out of the box with Arch and GNU/Linux in general, just like his big brother Dell XPS M1530. Here you can find (or put !) information to configure your laptop and become a mobile Archer.
For some users, sound doesn't appear to work with Alsa 1.0.16 and kernel 220.127.116.11. You can do an ugly fix by recompiling alsa-drivers : first download alsa-driver (for alsa 1.0.16 ONLY), extract them and in alsa-driver folder do :
./configure --with-cards=hda-intel --with-card-options=hda-codec-sigmatel make sudo make install-modules
To configure the touchpad, you can refer to: Touchpad Synaptics Page.
As of today, the device manufacturer is SGS Thomson Microelectronics (you can check with a "lsusb"). Install it using ThinkFinger.
the ethernet card is recognized by the kernel, simply load the network module to use it, or use a connection manager (see Wireless Setup for a list of programs)
- Intel chipset : 4965agn
This is the most common chipset, the correct wireless driver to install is iwlwifi-4965-ucode.
To get the wifi LED working, you can install compat-wireless from AUR. See this forum thread (some versions can freeze your system !).
NOTE: I ran into some trouble with the 2.6.25 Kernel: I couldn't logon to any wireless network. Some people suggested using the compat-wireless package from AUR, but that didn't really help. When using the package dated 2008.05.26. it found my wireless card, but I still couldn't connect. The newest version(2008.06.11.) didn't find my card, so i couldn't even see any wireless networks. Only thing that helped was reverting back to kernel 18.104.22.168-1.
- Nihathrael 07:53, 11 June 2008 (EDT)
NOTE: I'm running 2.6.25 fine with module 'iwl4695' version 1.2.23k (according to dmesg), which is obtainable from core/iwlwifi-4965-ucode 22.214.171.124-1.
- Oblong_Cheese 09:11, 18 June 2008 (AEST)
- Intel chipset : 3945abg
The correct wireless driver to install is iwlwifi-3945-ucode.
- Broadcom chipset : bcm43xx or b43
Install bluez-utils & bluez-libs from extra repository:
pacman -S bluez-utils bluez-libs
Restart bluetooth service:
A list of utilities for bluetooth managing is present in AUR database
For those of you with the nVidia 8400GM chipset, using the nVidia driver package works fine.
Works just great with the nVidia chipset. You might like to tweak the nVidia Powermizer for maximum battery life. I have forced my graphics chipset to the lowest performance level and Compiz-Fusion runs satisfactorily with a little slowdown here and there. See this part of the Arch nVidia wiki for more details on how to set this up.
To have better performance with nVidia drivers, you should use "loose binding" in Compiz Fusion (bug with Geforce 8 series). If you use Fusion Icon, just right click it, then "Compiz Options"->"Loose Binding".
With acpi-freq running, you might notice that CPU1 is deactivated after using pm-suspend. To fix this you have to unload acpi-freq module each time pm-suspend is called.
Put this in /etc/pm/sleep.d/66dummy :
#!/bin/bash case $1 in suspend) rmmod -f acpi_cpufreq ;; resume) modprobe acpi_cpufreq ;; *) echo "somebody is calling me totally wrong." ;; esac
Then make it executable :
chmod +x /etc/pm/sleep.d/66dummy
Solution was provided by this forum topic.
If your hard drive clicks regurlarly, you may suffer from this problem. To fix it, add those lines to your /etc/rc.local :
hdparm -B 254 /dev/sdX >> /dev/null
hdparm -B 224 /dev/sdX >> /dev/null
(replace X in "sdX" by the letter of your drive, e.g : sda)
When resuming from a pm-suspend, you might notice that this damn hard drive is clicking again. To fix this, modify your /etc/pm/sleep.d/66dummy to put the lines above. Following the last example in previous suspend section :
case $1 in suspend) rmmod -f acpi_cpufreq ;; resume) modprobe acpi_cpufreq hdparm -B 224 /dev/sda >> /dev/null ;; *) echo "somebody is calling me totally wrong." ;; esac
If not already done, make it executable.
SD Card Reader
The device is recognized by the kernel. The Adapter module is: sdhci
You have to install linux-uvc drivers to have it working (works for both VGA webcam from LED display and HD webcam from CCFL display apparently) :
pacman -S linux-uvc-svn
Then you have to load corresponding modules :
modprobe usbvision modprobe uvcvideo
If you want them to be loaded at startup, put usbvision and uvcvideo in the MODULES section of /etc/rc.conf.
Sensors / Hardware info
Install i8k packages :
pacman -S i8kmon i8kutils
This will provide many useful information (temperature, fan speed, bios...) and utilities (fan monitor, bios update...). For CPU temps, use Lm sensors.
Extra media keys
- They are recognized by default with evdev so you can directly bind them.
If you use Gnome, go in System->Preferences->Keyboard Shortcuts.
The remote control should work fine too.
- If you are not using evdev you can still map those keys with xmodmap.
First you need to identify the corresponding keycodes, for instance, running xev, and map them with an ~/.Xmodmap file. Here is my ~/.Xmodmap file that you can copy:
keycode 144 = XF86AudioPrev keycode 153 = XF86AudioNext keycode 160 = XF86AudioMute keycode 162 = XF86AudioPause keycode 164 = XF86AudioStop keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume keycode 222 = XF86PowerDown
You can now load the mappings with:
If you are running XFCE, you'll notice that XF86AudioLowerVolume, XF86AudioRaiseVolume and XF86AudioMute are binded to the aumix command. So you'll need to install it:
pacman -S aumix-gtk
Or remap them to something like this "amixer sset PCM 5+" for instance.
You can perform bios updates under GNU/Linux ! Just install i8kutils :
pacman -S i8kutils
Download latest bios (A12) here (.hdr file). This bios is for device ID 0x0209. You can check your device ID by installing libsmbios :
pacman -S libsmbios
and then :
You can find other bios fitting your system ID there.
Then go in the directory where you downloaded the bios and type as root :
dellBiosUpdate -u -f ./bios.hdr
Reboot, stare at the white frightening screen saying "Bios update" for an endless minute. Listen to the sweet vacuum-like full speed sound of your fans just before it reboots automatically. Then observe the boot screen with Dell logo displayed much longer than usual. Sweep the sweat on your forehead. You're done !
A10 : The only enhancement I noticed with this bios is that you can now eject a CD/DVD without freezing your system (this was really a weird behavior !). Please upgrade to A11 or A12 if you are currently using A10 !
A11 : Fixing overheating issues introduced with A10 bios.
A12 : Other thermal enhancements. Temperatures are lower for me but the fan is always running.