I would like to know who runs Arch on this laptop an d if everything is working.
I have mine with Core Duo T2300, Intel GMA 950 and Dell Wireless 1390 and the rest is just common: SATA harddrive, 8X CD/DVD Burner, card reader....
With Ubuntu everything worked without any effort. Installed Arch few days ago and right now I am amazed by the speed, but got some small issues. After I managed xorg and wifi to work, everything seems quite good, except card reader.
Can anyone help with built in card reader?
Overall things work just fine, on my end, the only thing i have not gotten to work is suspend or hiberate.
(worked under both gentoo and ubuntu though)
As to the card reader, i havent seen a guide that has gotten it to work. Put in a media card and see what dmesg says.
The other recommendation i have is put pcspkr, in the blacklist modules, and modules not to load, that pcspkr can be quite loud, and can be a disturbance.
My difference from your laptop
I have a nine cell and am getting about 4 hours and 30 minutes, windows gave me around 5 and a half hours though.
Yes I know abot pcspkr module. That beeb just made me crazy sometimes so now the the module is blacklisted and everything is quiet.
I have just 6 cell battery and it's life is equal in both windows and linux. But I use to spend about 90% of time in linux so it's hard to compare. So I have about 3 hours with wifi on, while surfing the web, editing documents and listening to some music. Right now I do nothing special to preserve the battery life, just reduce the cpu speed. But I want sleep and swsusp2 working, because when I close the lid and then open, the screen remain black.
The strange thing about card reader is that when I put the card into the reader dmesg is quiet. As nothing happened. And I have modules loaded.
But I am about to build my custom kernel and install some missing stuff....
BTW card reader worked in ubuntu just fine. Tested with SD and MMC cards...