Linux on the Dell D630

This is a guide about Gentoo on the Dell D630. It will just cover the non-standard stuff.

As the D630 can be heavily tailored for ones needs I’ll describe my laptop now:

CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7700 @ 2.40GHz
Graphics Card: nVidia Corporation Quadro NVS 135M (rev a1)
Wireless: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 4965 AGN Network Connection (rev 61)
FP reader: ID 0483:2016 SGS Thomson Microelectronics Fingerprint Reader
Audio: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
Hard Drive Controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)

Hardware Clock
If you get some strange messages during boot about hardware clock then just edit /etc/conf.d/clock and add: CLOCK_OPTS=”–directisa”

Hard Drive Controller

Dell ships the D630 with a BIOS configuration of ATA, you must change this to AHCI and activate:
AHCI SATA support and Intel ESB, ICH, PIIX3, PIIX4 PATA/SATA support in
Device Drivers —> Serial ATA (prod) and Parallel ATA (experimental) drivers —>

THIS WILL PROBABLY BREAK YOU’RE WINDOWS INSTALLATION and require you to either re-install windows or change this BIOS setting between reboots.


If you are using a kernel before 2.6.24 you will need to unmask net-wireless/iwlwifi and emerge it using the USE=”ipw4965″ . If you are using 2.6.24 then just choose the in kernel driver. Also I think there are some issues with suspend and this driver with older kernels.


I am using media-sound/alsa-driver-1.0.16 that is not in the tree. To have the outputs in the right place I’ve found some info about adding:

options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m42

to /etc/modules.d/alsa .This does not solve all issues with the mixer. But it helps. I have not tried the mic in. As skype beta tester I really need to do this 🙂

FingerPrint Reader
This is my next stop. As soon as I have more info I’ll add it here.