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.


See Network configuration/Wireless.


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 would not 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 do not 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 did not 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"

You can do the same for the SD card reader:

KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]", NAME="%k", SYMLINK+="sd-%k", GROUP="users", OPTIONS="last_rule"
ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]p[0-9]", SYMLINK+="sd-%k", GROUP="users", NAME="%k"
ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]p[0-9]", RUN+="/bin/mkdir -p /media/sd-%k"
ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]p[0-9]", RUN+="/bin/ln -s /media/sd-%k /mnt/sd-%k"
ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]p[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/sd-%k", OPTIONS="last_rule"
ACTION=="add", KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]p[0-9]", RUN+="/bin/mount -t auto -o rw,noauto,sync,dirsync,noexec,nodev,noatime /dev/%k /media/sd-%k", OPTIONS="last_rule"
ACTION=="remove", KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]p[0-9]", RUN+="/bin/rm -f /mnt/sd-%k"
ACTION=="remove", KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]p[0-9]", RUN+="/bin/umount -l /media/sd-%k"
ACTION=="remove", KERNEL=="mmcblk[0-9]p[0-9]", RUN+="/bin/rmdir /media/sd-%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, HDMI, Modem, Fingerprint reader