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#501 2009-08-25 15:53:17

From: Sweden
Registered: 2009-05-24
Posts: 31

Re: Laptops which run Arch


Everything works perfectly except for some unnecessary hotkeys.
Enjoying 6h+ bat. time.

The ProggyTiny font is really nice with the 1024x600 screen, wmii and vimperator can really cram a lot of stuff on the screen with it.


#502 2009-08-26 17:33:55

Registered: 2008-06-13
Posts: 138

Re: Laptops which run Arch

I have an ASUS Eee PC 1005HA as well.

I haven't set it all up yet, but it seem to work nicely and the battery life is really good.

@spektre: Have you (or anyone else) set up boot booster? I have seen some guides, but mine doesn't take long to POST without it. Just wondering if it makes much difference.


#503 2009-08-30 13:58:30

Registered: 2008-06-13
Posts: 138

Re: Laptops which run Arch

To answer my own question:

Boot booster does speed up the boot, but not by too much. It saves a couple of seconds by effectively skipping the bios checks and loading straight into grub.
It's not hard to set up, so I would say it is worth doing. Here is a link to the guide on the ubuntu wiki if anyone wants to look.


#504 2009-09-01 00:46:30

From: Romania
Registered: 2009-08-24
Posts: 10

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Fujitsu Siemens Amilo PI 3540. Everything works fine.(didn't tested the WiFi)


#505 2009-09-01 09:15:13

From: Suzhou, China
Registered: 2009-09-01
Posts: 18

Re: Laptops which run Arch

ViewSonic VNB 100 (Asian version)

=> X : no need for a xorg.conf file, it works correctly without that. Maybe faster X launch is possible, with a well made xorg.conf, because it might avoid full fledged hardware detection at each launch.
=> Network : both wired and wireless networking work directly
=> Keyboard & mousepad : work directly, even the special keys combination with the 'Fn' key, for stuffs like screen contrast adjustement.
=> Battery time : 4 hours, 90% screen brightness, text editing and a bit of websurfing. Didn't installed special stuffs to save power yet tongue

Note : booting from a 8 Go USB stick makes GRUB sad. A 1 Go USB stick worked flawlessly, I suspect some 32 bits limitation under the hood. Might be nice to mention it on the wiki, in the 'Installation' section.

Last edited by DrMonkey (2009-09-03 00:56:07)


#506 2009-09-05 10:50:01

From: varese, italy
Registered: 2008-12-22
Posts: 1,230

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Apple MacBook (2,1)

all works: bluetooth, wi-fi, 3D, HDAPS, sound, external monitor, usb, firewire, webcam, keyboard, trackpad, DVD burning

Last edited by nTia89 (2009-09-06 11:40:52)

+pc: custom | AMD Opteron 175 | nForce4 Ultra | 2GB ram DDR400 | nVidia 9800GT 1GB | ArchLinux x86_64 w/ openbox
+laptop: Apple | MacBook (2,1) | 2GB ram | Mac OS X 10.4 -> DIED
+ultrabook: Dell | XPS 13 (9343) | 8GB ram | 256GB ssd | FullHD display | Windows 8.1 64bit ArchLinux x86_64 w/ Gnome


#507 2009-09-06 05:52:26

From: Guyana
Registered: 2009-06-08
Posts: 57

Re: Laptops which run Arch

HP DV9410us, HP DV 7 1030us, MSI GX630. they HPs are fine, msi works but hibernate does not work on it. sleep does.


#508 2009-09-06 11:12:18

Sander Hoksbergen
Registered: 2009-01-06
Posts: 32

Re: Laptops which run Arch

HP Compaq 8510w runs fine. Nvidia brightness is a bit of a pain and wlan seems to have some hiccups, but I'm not sure if it's the driver or just me. Hibernate/Suspend, CPU control, etc, all works.


#509 2009-09-12 18:04:45

From: Russia, Siberia
Registered: 2009-03-14
Posts: 3

Re: Laptops which run Arch

HP Pavillion dv4-1150 er. HDMI audio doesn`t work (need to patch alsa).
Remote Control doesn`t work


#510 2009-09-16 11:02:35

From: Anywhere but here
Registered: 2006-07-06
Posts: 359

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Asus 1005HA here

What works:
wifi (not tried ethernet), touchpad and keyboard without a xorg.conf, function keys for screen brightness and sound volume, with acpi+pm-utils suspend on lid closing, 6,5hours of battery time with laptop-mode-tools enabled

What doesn't:
suspend doesn't bring back up wifi, modprobe+network restart needed. Fn+F2 to switch on and off wifi. Pressing power button doesn't correctly umount all the partitions, it forces a fsck after every cold boot (tried with poweroff, halt, shutdown -h witout luck). Bios updates with rom on usb stick (not arch related but still a problem nonetheless).

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three persons, two of them absent.
My Github


#511 2009-09-16 11:08:58

From: Latvia
Registered: 2008-11-29
Posts: 50

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Acer Aspire 5738ZG with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570

Had problems with headphone jack not working, had to  set modprobe.conf

options snd-hda-intel index=0 model=Acer

Now I just mute Front in alsamixer to mute the speakers, whenever I use headphones.

Also disable mouse-pad button doesn't seem to work properly. I can't get the mouse-pad working after it has been pressed and unpressed.

Everything else seems to be working, except I haven't tried wifi.

Last edited by Nuz (2009-09-19 08:11:24)

Arch64 | some tiling wm


#512 2009-09-16 14:29:22

Registered: 2008-08-12
Posts: 565

Re: Laptops which run Arch

sony vaio vgn-fe880e

Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME, 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
06:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection (rev 02)
0a:03.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
0a:03.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments PCIxx12 OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
0a:03.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
0a:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network Connection (rev 02)

Everything I use works. I haven't tested any of the card readers, but the drivers are in the kernel for all of them, so I think they should work.


#513 2009-09-16 14:51:57

From: Santiago, Chile
Registered: 2009-09-08
Posts: 98

Re: Laptops which run Arch

olitada (uniwill) X40LII8 works perfectly


#514 2009-09-17 14:46:35

From: Germany
Registered: 2008-02-23
Posts: 234

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Lenovo Ideapad S10e

Kernel: i686 Arch-Kernel
Graphic: xf86-video-intel 2.8.1-1, xorg.conf no needed;  (only for extra touchpad-features you need synaptics) (1, 2)
additional VGA-out: auto-activating if it's connect before Xserver starts or on Xserver restart
LAN: works out of the box
WLAN: b43-firmware from AUR and I recomend wicd as network-manager
Webcam: works out of the box
BlueTooth: I haven't tried it yet
For hibernation on empty battery I use laptop-mode-tools, cause gnome-power-manager don't seem to work here somehow.

Last edited by muunleit (2009-09-17 14:49:25)

"The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven" -- John Milton


#515 2009-09-17 14:56:45

From: Canada
Registered: 2009-03-02
Posts: 143

Re: Laptops which run Arch


Dell XPS 1530 2.2 ghz 2 gigs ram.
Just about everything worked right out of the box.


#516 2009-09-17 15:06:18

Registered: 2009-08-03
Posts: 7

Re: Laptops which run Arch

using arch on a lenovo thinkpad w500 and everything is working like a charm. Also got it on a Lenovo Ideapad s12. Only problem there was the wlan, but i've got it working.


#517 2009-09-17 16:19:11

From: deep in Dixie with Arch64
Registered: 2009-09-10
Posts: 27

Re: Laptops which run Arch

HP dv4-1222nr
- AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-72 2.0GHz
- 4gb ddr2
- 250GB 5400rpm harddrive
- the media card reader works just fine
- built in mic and mic jack do not work in current stock kernel (2.6.30) but support has been added into 2.6.31 I still have not gotten them to work yet.
- support for lighted touch buttons added in kernel 2.6.31, in prior kernels most worked but the mute button would just not change from white to orange.
- I have not gotten the remote to work yet.
- no bluetooth. hawkings technology usb dongle works just fine though
i'm running the radeonhd driver for the videocard, with compositing enabled. It works fine for transparancy in fluxbox which is all that I use it for.

VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS780M/RS780MN [Radeon HD 3200 Graphics]

requires the wl module for the wireless card.

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

One weird issue that I have is that randomly hotplugging usb will fail. I have no idea why nor am I getting any error messages. This is both for custom compiled kernels and the stock kernel.

Hardware is like a parachute.... works best when open.


#518 2009-09-18 01:45:15

Registered: 2009-09-15
Posts: 21

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Packard Bell MX456+

running smooth, except for the syntek webcam (i know it can work 'cause i read about it, but i dont really use it)


#519 2009-09-18 09:48:49

Registered: 2008-06-14
Posts: 2

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Gateway M-6337, running 64-bit Arch.

I had to build the wireless driver but other than that things works quite well.


#520 2009-09-19 13:19:44

From: NJ, USA
Registered: 2007-08-04
Posts: 620

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Sony Vaio VGN-Z750D

The entire Z series requires a great deal of work to get going, especially on Arch.

You will need to pass the parameter acpi_osi="!Windows 2006" to your kernel, which causes a kernel panic due to the braindead way Arch parses these parameters. The solution is to compile your own kernel which does not need initramfs, and then you can pass the acpi_osi parameter. This allows you to switch the graphics card following a halt, and also prevents both graphics cards from be initialised at the same time, confusing X and wasting power.

Many of the other features (sleep button, vol buttons, power management to drive/bluetooth, etc) can be fixed using an updated sony laptop module, available here:

The memory stick reader does not currently work, but a patch is available from the mailing list provided in the previous link, and it has been accepted into the kernel tree. It will likely be included in .32 and later.

I *HIGHLY* recommend joining the mailing list.

Once the initial hurdles are cleared, however, it's a wonderful laptop.

Last edited by buttons (2009-09-19 13:20:47)

Cthulhu For President!


#521 2009-09-19 13:33:13

From: Sweden
Registered: 2008-10-03
Posts: 149

Re: Laptops which run Arch

I've got two laptops one from work and the private which run linux. The work notebook is an elitebook 2530p which runs perfectly fine. The only thing that isn't working is the fingerprint reader. Not all Fn keys work with Qt4 but there is a script for thinkpads that I adjusted and now the brightness keys work as well. It think the battery lifetime could be extend in Linux. KDE4 shows about 4.4h whereas on windows it is more than 6.
The other one is a HP 6510s laptop a bit more than two years old. Still running fine but wireless network troubles a lot since a couple of months and no one has a solution so far.


#522 2009-09-29 20:44:26

From: Turku, Finland
Registered: 2009-09-29
Posts: 12

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Just got Hp Pavilion DV7-2123, works nicely, few issues with WLAN and sound, but nothing that i could have not fixed. Installed Arch Linux because it seemed to have nice community, good repos, and because it has a nice logo smile

Also Dual-Booted with Vista, mainly because of games. Was easy to partition because this laptop has two hard drives and Vista was installed to the first.

Arch is better than Fedora (in my desktop pc), Fedora has a lot more bugs and other issues. Also the laptop is very nice, Call of Duty 4 runs (on windoze hmm) without a trace of lag with highest settings.

Laptop: Hp Dv7-2123 with 32-bit Arch Linux and Windoze Visva dual-booted
"Normal computer"^^: AMD Athlon 64 x2 4400+, nVidia 8800GT 256mb with Fedora 11.
Arch Rulz.


#523 2009-09-29 21:35:03

From: The Internets
Registered: 2009-01-12
Posts: 103

Re: Laptops which run Arch

Just got a Thinkpad X200

Everything ran nearly perfect out of the box. There are a few very minor issues:

The mute button mutes, but does not unmute. If you hit one of the volume buttons though, it unmutes.

ThinkVantage button does nothing, you could probably change that.

Besides that, nearly everything works.

Its a great laptop. The only real downside is the battery life tends to be a bit worse than Windows..


Thinkpad X200 FTW!


#524 2009-09-29 22:41:44

Registered: 2009-08-24
Posts: 251

Re: Laptops which run Arch

I just replaced the 32-bit Arch install on my Acer Aspire 7730 with x86_64, and no issues to report so far.  The only thing that didn't work with the 32-bit setup was suspend-to-disk, which was also broken with Ubuntu, and I haven't tested it on this one.  Everything else seems OK.  Compiling from AUR is SO much faster than before - also helped by having found out about using 'make -jX' to put multiple cores to work properly.

(I have to admit the reason for starting with 32-bit Arch, which was that I'd had the thing for nearly a year, and still hadn't realised it was a 64-bit processor.  It never occurred to me it would be, so entrenched is the influence of 32-bit Windows...)


#525 2009-09-29 23:26:02

From: Salem, Mass USA
Registered: 2009-09-24
Posts: 13

Re: Laptops which run Arch

First post here and new to Arch. Hi everyone! An old ThinkPad R32 that I won't part with. Crappy little laptop. Installed the newest Arch on it and is working well, except for the Prism wireless sad

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