Dell Vostro 3500
This page deals with setting up Arch Linux on the Dell Vostro 3500 laptop.
Since kernel version 3.0 the 'bcmsmac' module fully supports this laptop's wireless card. However you will need to blacklist 'bcma' module at boot up in order to make it work at installation time. Add this to the grub line at install media boot:
Then install following the normal procedure
This laptop has several CPU configurations and that will depend on the purchase. The one we are documenting has a Core i5-460M CPU.
$ uname -p Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz
This CPU is capable of frequency scaling.
Fan speed control
See Fan speed control.
This laptop comes with Optimus switchable graphics configuration. This is a muxless hybrid-graphics configuration without any BIOS setting to turn it off. See NVIDIA Optimus for details.
This laptop requires firmware in order for the soundcard to work. See Advanced Linux Sound Architecture#ALSA firmware.