Dell 9400/e1705

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Dell 9400/E1705

Introduction

This article contains information for the Dell 9500/E1705 series of laptop with Saybayon/Gentoo

System Specs

Dell Inspiron E1705 Intel Core Duo T2500 Yonah 2.0GHz

  • Intel® 82801/G/GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) Controller
    • Intel 82801G Hi-Def Audio Controller
    • USB2, SMBus & Serial ATA Controller
  • Intel® Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub
  • Intel® Mobile 945GM/GMS/940GML Express
    • nVidia 7800 GO 256mb Shared
    • 17" Display - WSXGA+ (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
  • 80GB Ultra SATA 5400rpms Hard Drive
  • Combo Drive - 24x/10x/24x CD Burner and 8x DL-DVDRW
  • Ricoh Co Ltd SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Card Reader
  • Broadcom Corp 100Base-TX NIC

LSPCI Output

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)

00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)

00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)

00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)

00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 01)

00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)

00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)

00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)

00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)

00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)

00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e1)

00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)

00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)

00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 01)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G70 [GeForce Go 7800] (rev a1)

03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX (rev 02)

03:01.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller

03:01.1 Class 0805: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 19)

03:01.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd Unknown device 0843 (rev 01)

03:01.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 0a)

03:01.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 05)

0c:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection (rev 02)

Out of the Box Support

Installation was done with Sabayon Linux 3.3 DVD. After a complete install, before any modifications, emerges or tinkering the following list describes the state of the system. As more feature sets of this hardware are tested, this section will be updated.

  • Sound: Native Support for ALSA [seems to work well]
  • ACPI: Native Support for ACPID [seems to work well]
  • SMP: Native Support for SMP Kernel [seems to work well]
  • CD/DVD Burning: Native Support [both K3B and Gnomebaker work well]
  • NIC: Native Support for Broadcom device [seems to work well]
  • Video: X.Org 7.1 w/ latest Intel video driver [seems to work well]
    • KDE 3.5.4: K Desktop Environment [seems to work well]
    • Gnome 2.14: Gnome Desktop Evironmet [works well]
    • XGL (Compiz): Works well
    • Widescreen: Works Well
  • WiFi: Works - With few issues.
  • Card Reader: works
  • FireWire: Not Tested

Video Support

Dell offers a choice between integrated Intel 950GMA (945GM chipset), ATI x1300/x1400, and the NVIDIA 7300/7800/7900 graphic adapters.

The configuration listed below is based off of the nVidia 7800/7900 Series. The Nvidia Video with XGL worked out of the box. if you want to edit yourself. Here is the configuration.

xorg.conf section:


Section "Device"

   Identifier  "VESA"
   Driver      "nvidia" # do not remove vesa
   #Option "RenderAccel" "on"
   Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps"
   #Option "BusType" "PCI"
   #Option "ColorTiling" "on"
   #Option "EnablePageFlip" "on"

EndSection

 Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen 1"
    Device "VESA"
    Monitor "Generic Monitor"
    DefaultDepth 24
   DefaultDepth 24
   SubSection "Display"
       Depth           8
       ViewPort        0 0
       Modes           "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
   EndSubsection
   SubSection "Display"
       Depth           16
       ViewPort        0 0
       Modes           "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
   EndSubsection
   SubSection "Display"
       Depth           24
       ViewPort        0 0
       Modes           "1920x1200" "1600x1024" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
   EndSubsection

XGL Support

XGL Support works Out of the box with the nVidia 7800/7900/7950


emerge -av xglswitch Run xglswitch and turn off XGL - it works WELL and you can choose between using XGL or not. Rock On!

AIGLX Support

With the release of 3.0mini AIGLX support comes out of the box with Sabayon. And, much like XGL, it has some initial issues with the Intel graphics adapters. This section will be updated as solutions are found.

Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG

This information is duplicated here: ipw3945

Intel Pro Wireless support is a little trickier as there are many different websites out there that have a varying degree of difficulty in set-up for support of the ipw3945 - and most of the claim to work. The following instructions have worked, but please remember there are many paths to take in this, follow some of the links above and when all else fails consult the Gentoo Wiki [1]. Worked out of the box. After this, use your favorite tool to configure for your access points and you should be golden. For more information visit the Gentoo Wiki[2].

Credits

The information in this wiki-page was compiled from personal experience, based upon resources found at the following: