HP Pavilion dv9510eo

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Unlike many distributions' install processes, you do not need to change any boot parameters in order to install arch on this laptop.


In order to use wireless, install the b43-firmware package from AUR, and add "b43" to your MODULES array in rc.conf Following the rest of the wireless setup guide to suit my needs worked for me.


when installing ALSA, add the following lines /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf

   alias snd-card-0 snd_hda_intel
   alias sount-slot-0 snd_hda_intel

For a long time I had issues with the headphone jack on this laptop: the speaker wouldn't mute out when I inserted a headphone. Thankfully , this seems to work flawlessly with this ALSA version.


Install Xorg and the NVIDIA drivers. I had some strange issues with some files being truncated, I don't know whether this was a problem with the server or with my network connection, but I a similiar installation on another laptop, so I just scp'd them over. You may or may not have these issues. Also be sure to install the xf86-input-synaptics package.

Run nvidia-xconfig once you have the nvidia drivers installed correctly. You might need to edit the screen section in your xorg.conf in order to get the correct screen resolution. Note mvidia-auto-select didn't recognize the full resolution for me, so I had to manually add 1440x1050, which is the maxx resolution.

   Section "Screen"
       Identifier     "Screen0"
       Device         "Device0"
       Monitor        "Monitor0"
       DefaultDepth    24
       SubSection     "Display"
           Modes       "1440x1050" "nvidia-auto-select"
           Depth       24

See the HP Pavilion dv9500 wiki page to get the hotkeys and synaptics touchpad working in x.

USB Auto Mounting

I think I read somewhere that this is a problem with the new hal, that a lot of people are having problems auto mounting their USB devices in X since upgrading. A useful alternative which I used is to use Udev to auto-mount your USB devices. See the section on auto mounting USB storage devices on the Udev wiki page or copy the following configured code.

   KERNEL=="sd[b-z]", NAME="%k", SYMLINK+="usbhd-%k", GROUP="users", OPTIONS="last_rule"
   ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="sd[b-z][0-9]", SYMLINK+="usbhd-%k", GROUP="users", NAME="%k"
   ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="sd[b-z][0-9]", RUN+="/bin/mkdir -p /media/usbhd-%k"
   ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="sd[b-z][0-9]", RUN+="/bin/ln -s /media/usbhd-%k /mnt/usbhd-%k"
   ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="sd[b-z][0-9]", PROGRAM=="/lib/udev/vol_id -t %N", RESULT=="vfat", RUN+="/bin/mount -t vfat -o   rw,noauto,flush,quiet,nodev,nosuid,noexec,noatime,dmask=000,fmask=111 /dev/%k /media/usbhd-%k", OPTIONS="last_rule"
   ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="sd[b-z][0-9]", RUN+="/bin/mount -t auto -o rw,noauto,sync,dirsync,noexec,nodev,noatime /dev/%k /media/usbhd-%k", OPTIONS="last_rule"
   ACTION=="remove", KERNEL=="sd[b-z][0-9]", RUN+="/bin/rm -f /mnt/usbhd-%k"
   ACTION=="remove", KERNEL=="sd[b-z][0-9]", RUN+="/bin/umount -l /media/usbhd-%k"
   ACTION=="remove", KERNEL=="sd[b-z][0-9]", RUN+="/bin/rmdir /media/usbhd-%k", OPTIONS="last_rule"


The SD card reader works, but in X the device might not be auto-mounted.

Additionally, the IR remote seems to work out of the box also!


Bluetooth, Microphone (though I don't know why it wouldn't work), HDMI, Modem, Fingerprint reader