Dell XPS M1530 and OEL 5.3

Well why make a post about this?

OEL does not seem to be a complete operating system – it feels like Linux 5 years ago with loads of drivers missing and command line fiddling.

One chapter for each part…


This does work out of the box but the built in driver is not great and make the fan run at full all the time.

If you installed in Virtualbox then fix the graphics card by getting this driver:

You have to install it outside X11 so issue this command:

$ init 3

To exit X11 and login to a command prompt.

Then run the Nvidia install script:

$ ./NVDIA*run

When done then:

$ init 5

To get X11 back.


Should work. Ensure that \System\Administration\Network has a entry using Marvell network driver.


I configured the network is two steps.

First ensure you got a wlan0 device in \System\Administration\Network in Devices and Hardware tab.

Next ensure you have define wlan security in \System\Preferences\More Preferences\Network Connections in Wireless tab.

After all this wireless still doesn’t work but try these two lines:

$ chkconfig NetworkManager on
$ service NetworkManager start

This starts the wireless service and now it should work.


Bluetooth does not work immediately – for some reason it does not detect any devices. You normally get this:

$ hcitool scan
Scanning …
Inquiry failed: Connection timed out

First reset Bluetooth to enable discovery:

$ hciconfig hci0 reset

If the Bluetooth does not discover after reboot try to add the reset to /etc/modprobe.con

options hci_usb reset=1

Then scan for any devices:

$ hcitool scan
00:1D:D8:98:6F:23       Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000

Bingo – things start to work now…

Next configure the security settings by editing /etc/bluetooth/hcid.conf and change to (in bold):

# HCId options
options {
# Automatically initialize new devices
autoinit yes;

# Security Manager mode
#   none – Security manager disabled
#   auto – Use local PIN for incoming connections
#   user – Always ask user for a PIN
security auto;

# Pairing mode
#   none  – Pairing disabled
#   multi – Allow pairing with already paired devices
#   once  – Pair once and deny successive attempts
pairing multi;

# Default PIN code for incoming connections
passkey “”;

device 00:1D:D8:98:6F:23  {
name “Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000”;

Then ensure the Bluetooth manager discovers the device by editing /etc/default/bluetooth:

# Defaults for bluez

# start bluetooth on boot?
# compatibility note: If this variable is not found bluetooth will
# start

# This setting will switch HID devices (e.g mouse/keyboad) to HCI mode, that is
# you will have bluetooth functionality from your dongle instead of only HID.
# Note that not every bluetooth dongle is capable of switching back to HID
# mode, see
HIDD_OPTIONS=”–connect 00:1D:D8:98:6F:23 –server”

Then restart Bluetooth:

$ /etc/init.d/bluetooth restart

Connect to the new device using:

$ hidd –search
Searching …
Connecting to device 00:1D:D8:98:6F:23

And everything should work now!!!

At least my MS BT mouse did except for the scroll wheel.

MS BT Mouse – Microsoft Bluetooth Notebook Mouse 5000

First get the Bluetooth to work as above.


When touching my touchpad it is erratic.

First get hold of your input devices.

Probe the mouse devices using this command:

$ udevinfo -a -p `udevinfo -q path -n /dev/input/mouse1`

And change the mouse# until you get an output like:

looking at device ‘/class/input/input2/mouse1’:

looking at parent device ‘/class/input/input2’:
SYSFS{name}==”AlpsPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint”

The ALPS is your touchpad.

Update your /etc/X11/xorg.conf to include mouse1:

…Section “ServerLayout”
Identifier     “single head configuration”
Screen      0  “Screen0” 0 0
InputDevice    “Mouse0” “CorePointer”
InputDevice    “Mouse1” “SendCoreEvents”
InputDevice    “Keyboard0” “CoreKeyboard”

Section “InputDevice”
# KWI: Synaptics
Identifier     “Mouse1”
Driver         “synaptics”
Option         “Protocol” “auto-dev”
Option         “Device” “/dev/input/mice”
Option         “SendCoreEvents” “true”
Option “LeftEdge” “120”
Option “RightEdge” “830”
Option “TopEdge” “120”
Option “BottomEdge” “650”
Option “FingerLow” “14”
Option “FingerHigh” “15”
Option “MaxTapTime” “180”
Option “MaxTapMove” “110”
Option “ClickTime” “0”
Option “EmulateMidButtonTime” “75”
Option “VertScrollDelta” “10”
Option “HorizScrollDelta” “0”
Option “MinSpeed” “0.45”
Option “MaxSpeed” “0.75”
Option “AccelFactor” “0.020”
Option “EdgeMotionMinSpeed” “200”
Option “EdgeMotionMaxSpeed” “200”
Option “UpDownScrolling” “1”
Option “CircularScrolling” “0”
Option “SHMConfig” “true”

Now we need to fix the erratic behaviour.

Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and include “i8042.nomux=1” when starting Linux:

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You do not have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
#          root (hd0,0)
#          kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda1
#          initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Enterprise Linux (2.6.18-128.el5)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-128.el5 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet i8042.nomux=1
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.18-128.el5.img

Reboot and the touchpad should work now.

This entry was written by Kent Willumsen , posted on Friday May 15 2009at 08:05 pm , filed under R12 Installation, Technical Knowledge and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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