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This is a draft of the Dell Inspiron 1525's guide, update to 2010.05 installer snapshot.


When the installation media has boot, hit TAB in the first entry and add i915.modeset=0 to the options. Then hit ENTER to install.


There are different many variants of this notebook. You will notice differences in CPU and Wireless. Some models also have a webcam.


There are two options to get audio working: ALSA and OSS. With ALSA the sound works well, both headphone jacks work and volume can be set independently. With OSS you will generally get better quality and louder sound.


The notebook comes with the Intel GMA X3100 GPU, which uses the xf86-video-intel driver. See Intel for datails.


Keyboard worked out of the box.

For AZERTY or other layouts, use a HAL policy.

This is /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-keymap.fdi for Belgian azerty: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <deviceinfo version="0.2">

 <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keymap">
  <append key="info.callouts.add" type="strlist">hal-setup-keymap</append>
 <match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.keys">
  <merge key="input.xkb.rules" type="string">base</merge>

  <merge key="input.xkb.model" type="string">keyboard</merge>
  <match key="/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/" string="Linux">
  <merge key="input.xkb.model" type="string">evdev</merge>

     <merge key="input.xkb.layout" type="string">be</merge>
     <merge key="input.xkb.variant" type="string" />


Touchpad worked out of the box. To enable scroll and more, install xf86-input-synaptics. With the default configuration file it will work well, but if you want to fine tune the behavior, read Touchpad_Synaptics.


We have variations...

Intel PRO wireless

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 2008.06 installer CD.

Then add iwl3945 to your MODULES array in /etc/rc.conf

MODULES=( ... iwl3945 ... )

Broadcom BCM4312

$ lspci | grep -i net

Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)

You can try broadcom-wl from AUR or b43.


You need hsfmodem package from AUR in order to get modem working. After you install that package you need to:

  1. Run hsfconfig as root to build the module and initialize the modem. A reboot is required before the modem can be initialized. Run hsfconfig again after reboot.
  2. The modules are automatically loaded and a /dev/modem symlink is setup for use with the modem. Now use wvdial or other dialer programs to connect to the internet.

Dialing has not been tested, however the modem device will show in /dev.

USB, SD card slot, ethernet, firewire, VGA, S-video, HDMI, webcam and mediakeys

All work out of the box.


Not tested.

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Keyboard & Synaptics: