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#1451 2013-09-22 06:49:12

monkeyhacker
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From: Bromide, OK
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

I've got a Sony Vaio VGN-P610 that I just installed Arch on and with a little work nearly everything is up and running correctly. I had some trouble with finding a driver for the Intel integrated graphics but it's now running 1600x768 on it's tiny 8 inch screen. I kept an install of windows on it just because Sony did a really good job of making things sleek and integrated with the netbook.
I also have an old HP TC-4400 with a touchscreen that I use Arch with Ratpoison on. I don't think I had any problems at all installing and setting everything up on this one but it's from 2006 and I got it in 2012 so there shouldn't have been any problems.


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#1452 2013-09-22 13:52:31

Andy45
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Toshiba Satellite U405-S2826

Works like a charm. Everything out of the box, graphics, sound, internet. The only hold up one might have with sound is if they mute the sound from another operating system, reboot and try to adjust alsa.

Note: about a year ago internet took a LOT of work to set up on this laptop (with Arch).

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#1453 2013-09-22 19:45:19

jundar
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Sony VAIO VGN-SR39VN with docking station

Works very well; only problem I ran into was that the network devices receive non-standard names (wlan0 > wlp5s0; eth0 > enp2s0; when docked: eth1 > ens1) when running standard Arch while the installer is running with wlan0/eth0.

Webcam works, fingerprint not tested, docking station works with vaiopower (AUR).

Nice performance with xfce and lxde, multimedia keys had to be selected manually, brightness control works out-of-the-box. Standby/Resume unstable (I'm running the machine with a 240GB Samsung SSD). External display via docking station controlled by arandr (AUR).


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#1454 2013-09-24 18:38:59

johanPO
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Registered: 2013-09-24
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Acer Aspire V5-573G, with an additional SSD for quicker boot. Works well. Two issues at the moment.

1. shutdown does not seem to work 100% properly. Stuck at a "reboot: power down"
2. Not found out how to activate/deactivate the nvidia card yet.

All in all, works well

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#1455 2013-09-28 16:45:22

koybasiy
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Registered: 2013-02-19
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Acer Aspire One AOD255 N550 2GB
Runs smooth with latest kde 4 desktop.Arch x86_64 uses ~570MB ram at startup.

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#1456 2013-10-01 17:49:06

eredeath
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Registered: 2013-09-29
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Toshiba Satellite P875-S7102B Laptop, 17.3" Full HD LED, Intel Core i7-3630QM, 8GB DDR3, 750GB SATA, HDMI, USB 3.0, 802.11n, WiDi, Win 8, Arch Linux

It came with Windows 8, a monstrosity of a desktop OS if you ask me, and I completely deleted it from the hard drive and installed Arch. So far it seems that everything works out of box, however I did run into some snags with getting the boot loader to install properly and be able to run Arch from the hard-drive. Gummiboot didn't work very well, but Grub did.

I love the laptop so far except for the mouse. That took some mods to the 50-synaptics.conf file to make it bearable, but really, it just sucks. The "fn" keys that I've tried all work, web cam works, everything just seems to work. I'll update if/when I try the HDMI output.

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#1457 2013-10-06 20:02:13

ThePacman
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Running a Dell Inspiron B130 that I got for free because the battery died.

Everything worked out-of-the-box except the Synaptics touchpad and the Broadcom wireless chip. The touchpad worked with no issues after installing the driver, and, after managing to get the broadcom wireless chip driver packaged, it worked without a problem as well.

I converted a friend over to Arch, he's installed it on his 2 i686 laptops, and is planning on putting it on his Pi as well as his server. We're currently trying to get it on his ex-mac PPC laptop, which is now running Debian.


Fedora believes in "software freedom" - that is, restricting user software choices to those deemed appropriately licensed by The Powers That Be.
Arch believes in "freedom", as well - the user has control over his or her system and can do what he wants with it.
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Forbidden_items | https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/The_Arch_Way

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#1458 2013-10-13 19:34:44

bora
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

HP Elitebook 8530p. Everything works ok so far, except the system heats a lot (GPU goes to 75+ degrees with no load).
I'm a new Arch user and it took 2 days to get this straight but I'm verf satisfied with the os I have now. Ubuntu and Mİnt nearly melted the laptop (seen 95 degrees with no load).

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#1459 2013-10-19 22:55:28

frigaut
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From: Canberra, Australia
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Samsung NP900X3F
A great little laptop. Arch runs very well on it, with most things working out of the box. Only real issue is lid detection, but that seems related to the BIOS. With a little work, can run 8 hours on the battery, with light load. The screen is just gorgeous, with 1920x1080 in a 13.3" combination. I'm migrating from a macbook pro retina (with linux on it) and just loving this new notebook.


Samsung NP900X3F / MBP retina mid-2012.  Archer since 03/2009 / Arch donor

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#1460 2013-10-26 10:20:00

mid-kid
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Acer Aspire V5-121

Tiny lil' lappy. Great for school.
Wireless works... Pretty bad. It needs ~15 minutes to stabilize the connection. Sometimes even longer. With the broadcom-wl package it works great.
While on windows it runs ~55-60C standly and ~60-65C while browsing the web, on arch it's ~65-70C standby and ~70C+ when browsing the web. (I'm talking about the CPU temperature) (Also, I'm sending it to warranty to look into it. I think ~55-60C standby is pretty hot hmm).

Other than that, It's OK. Not a great thing, but it does what it's for.


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#1461 2013-11-02 16:53:29

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Re: Laptops which run Arch

I have a Dell Inspirion n7100 and it works great out of the box.
I will add, I'm not using network-manager, only wpa_supplicant and iw.

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#1462 2013-11-02 19:38:19

ThatGuyNatK
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From: Ontario, Canada
Registered: 2013-11-02
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Asus K73SD

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#1463 2013-11-03 08:32:06

Luddi
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Tuxedo Book BU1402

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#1464 2013-11-06 10:47:29

Roshless
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Dell Inspiron 1470.
I had to install broadcom-wl driver some time ago cause the default one has stopped working.
Also when I'm shutting down notebook when it's on cable, the next boot on battery will result in kernel panic or freeze on grub.
These are the only real issuies I had, rest works perfect.

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#1465 2013-11-06 18:06:53

scatterplot
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Registered: 2013-10-15
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

ACER Aspire 7551. All works with no problems.

The AMD Graphics card  (Mobility Radeon HD 4250) is just a bit too old for the new Catalyst driver 13.4, but as I don't play visually demanding games on Linux I'm happy.


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#1466 2013-11-08 13:06:14

coincoin
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

MEDION ERAZER X6819 with Intel i7-2670QM and Nvidia GTX 570M
Archlinux works fine using both SSD and HDD.

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#1467 2013-11-08 15:59:16

brusapa
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Lenovo L430
Most things works out of the box, excluding the trackpoint, the fingerprint reader, and the led of the mute key, which are not big problems.

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#1468 2013-11-09 22:11:03

blue_justice
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

I have had a barebones Mecer laptop for a few months now and I have had no major problems with it.

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#1469 2013-11-10 22:27:22

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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Do tricky to configure pen tablets count as Laptops that run Arch?


I may have to CONSOLE you about your usage of ridiculously easy graphical interfaces...
Look ma, no mouse.

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#1470 2013-11-12 16:24:41

k0tb4tzen
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

johanPO wrote:

Acer Aspire V5-573G, with an additional SSD for quicker boot. Works well. Two issues at the moment.

1. shutdown does not seem to work 100% properly. Stuck at a "reboot: power down"

Same here, also get a "Your BIOS is broken; DMAR reported at address 0" kernel boot message.

johanPO wrote:

2. Not found out how to activate/deactivate the nvidia card yet.

Works like a charm for me with the nouveau driver (also, good performance). Didn't try the proprietary driver as I don't need to play high-end games.

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#1471 2013-11-13 07:23:20

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Re: Laptops which run Arch

Asus X53S - Core i7 - NVidia 610M discrete card

Everything works, also the notebook specific function keys (brightness, contrast, volume and so on... even the "disable touchpad" key works so I do not have to rmmod psmouse every time as I had to do on HP!).

At times the discrete video card gives me minor issues (that can be resolved by a restart of bumblebeed).

Last edited by StefaX (2013-11-13 07:23:30)

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#1472 2013-11-15 03:16:29

monolith
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Registered: 2009-10-26
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

1. Lenovo ideapad G580, some AMD APU model, used as Desktop

WiFi is slow and not stable. Not sure if that's related to linux and/or arch and/or wicd.
Had to write a ~/.asoundrc and disable HDMI audio.
No problem with oss AMD graphics driver. I play minecraft with it.

2. Lenovo Thinkpad x220, mainly used as home server and computation

WiFi is slightly unstable (while the hardware set are fine under Windows).
Everything other are perfect.


where are you

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#1473 2013-11-15 03:44:12

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Re: Laptops which run Arch

@monolith, It sounds as though you have the infamous RTL8188/8192CE card (I think that is the model).  It uses the rtl8192ce kernel module.  Unfortunately, crappy is about as good as that card gets.  But you can get a slight improvement if you disable fwlps, disable ips, enable swenc, and some say enable swlps. 

As much as I love my Thinkpad, Lenovo is one of the vendors that uses a bios whitelist to restrict you to a small number of wireless cards.  This means that if you decide to try to replace the card, then you will need to ensure it is specifically compatible with your machine.  This can be done via the FRU, or field replaceable unit number.

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#1474 2013-11-15 04:28:42

monolith
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

@WonderWoofy

Thank you! Currently I only use wired connection on them. Will try your advices.


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#1475 2013-11-15 06:38:41

alezost
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Registered: 2013-10-17
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Re: Laptops which run Arch

ASUS X75VC

The only issue is wifi: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=161952 (it works with a driver from AUR package).

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