Change WiFi chip for Intel 9260

BIOS settings

Manjaro

Arch Wiki

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Dell_XPS_15_7590

Terminal settings

~/.config/xfce4/terminal/terminalrc

[Configuration]
MiscAlwaysShowTabs=FALSE
MiscBell=FALSE
MiscBordersDefault=FALSE
MiscCursorBlinks=FALSE
MiscCursorShape=TERMINAL_CURSOR_SHAPE_BLOCK
MiscDefaultGeometry=130x38
MiscInheritGeometry=FALSE
MiscMenubarDefault=FALSE
MiscMouseAutohide=FALSE
MiscToolbarDefault=FALSE
MiscConfirmClose=TRUE
MiscCycleTabs=TRUE
MiscTabCloseButtons=TRUE
MiscTabCloseMiddleClick=TRUE
MiscTabPosition=GTK_POS_TOP
MiscHighlightUrls=TRUE
ScrollingLines=999999
BackgroundDarkness=0,860000
ScrollingOnOutput=FALSE
MiscBellUrgent=FALSE
MiscMouseWheelZoom=TRUE
MiscMiddleClickOpensUri=FALSE
MiscCopyOnSelect=FALSE
MiscRewrapOnResize=TRUE
MiscUseShiftArrowsToScroll=FALSE
MiscSlimTabs=FALSE
MiscNewTabAdjacent=FALSE
BackgroundImageFile=/home/neonew/Bilder/Frischer-Waldtropfen.jpg
BackgroundImageStyle=TERMINAL_BACKGROUND_STYLE_STRETCHED
BackgroundImageShading=0,650000
MiscShowRelaunchDialog=TRUE
FontName=Source Code Pro 11
BackgroundMode=TERMINAL_BACKGROUND_IMAGE
MiscSearchDialogOpacity=100
MiscShowUnsafePasteDialog=TRUE
ScrollingBar=TERMINAL_SCROLLBAR_NONE
DropdownAlwaysShowTabs=FALSE
DropdownKeepAbove=FALSE
DropdownKeepOpenDefault=TRUE
DropdownStatusIcon=FALSE
ColorPalette=rgb(37,31,31);rgb(230,131,96);rgb(148,231,107);rgb(255,172,24);rgb(70,174,222);rgb(240,85,121);rgb(214,219,172);rgb(239,239,239);rgb(94,94,94);rgb(255,169,138);rgb(149,231,107);rgb(255,172,24);rgb(70,174,222);rgb(238,94,128);rgb(214,219,172);rgb(239,239,239)
DropdownWidth=100
DropdownHeight=75
ColorForeground=#ffffffffffff
ColorBackground=#000000000000
ColorCursor=#ffffffffffff

yay

Just as in the readme:

cd /tmp
mkdir yay-build
cd yay-build
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay.git
cd yay
makepkg -si

PKGBUILD (.tar)

In /etc/makepkg.conf change the line:

PKGEXT='.pkg.tar'

intel-undervolt

yay -S intel-undervolt

Modify /etc/intel-undervolt.conf.
I’ve set this on my i9-9980HK:

undervolt 0 'CPU' -150
undervolt 1 'GPU' -75
undervolt 2 'CPU Cache' -80
sudo intel-undervolt apply
# If this was successful, and you did some tests to make sure it's stable:
systemctl enable intel-undervolt.service

XDG user dirs

Manjaro creates localized user directories by default. I don’t like it too much.

So my ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs looks like:

XDG_DESKTOP_DIR="$HOME/Desktop"
XDG_DOWNLOAD_DIR="$HOME/Downloads"
XDG_TEMPLATES_DIR="$HOME/Templates"
XDG_PUBLICSHARE_DIR="$HOME/Public"
XDG_DOCUMENTS_DIR="$HOME/Documents"
XDG_MUSIC_DIR="$HOME/Music"
XDG_PICTURES_DIR="$HOME/Pictures"
XDG_VIDEOS_DIR="$HOME/Videos"

ecryptfs

Login as root after a fresh reboot. No other user session should exist.

modprobe ecryptfs
ecryptfs-migrate-home -u username

Change /etc/pam.d/system-auth according to ECryptfs#Encrypting_a_home_directory.

hwclock

Set current system time and write it to BIOS.

sudo ntpdate 0.europe.pool.ntp.org
sudo hwclock --show
sudo hwclock --systohc

xcape

There is a problem if you want the Super Key to open your whiskermenu, but also want to set custom shortcuts like Super+E to open your file manager. So create a new file:

~/.config/autostart/xcape.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=xcape
Exec=/usr/bin/xcape -e 'Super_L=Alt_L|F9;Super_R=Alt_L|F9'
StartupNotify=false
Terminal=false

Install xcape:

sudo pacman -S xcape

From now on, if you just press the Super Key, the whiskermenu should open. But if you press Super+E, your file manager opens but the whiskermenu does not.

My shortcuts

Command Shortcut Description
exo-open –launch FileManager Super+E Thunar
exo-open –launch MailReader Super+T Thunderbird
exo-open –launch WebBrowser Super+W Chromium
galculator Super+C Calculator
xfce4-screenshooter -f Print Full screen
xfce4-screenshooter -w Shift+Print Window
xfce4-screenshooter -r Ctrl+Print Region (user can select it)
xfce4-terminal –drop-down Super+dead circumflex Console (Counter-Strike style)
xflock4 Ctrl+Alt+Del Lock the screen

ä vs ^ (aka dead circumflex)

First, I’ve tried to open the terminal by using just the dead circumflex key. This worked, however my ‘ä’ key didn’t anymore.

Even xev didn’t recognize the key. That’s why I’ve changed the shortcut to Super+dead circumflex.

xbacklightmon

OLEDs don’t have a backlight brightness control. So we can achieve the same effect by changing the gamma.

To test the brightness change manually, run xrandr --output eDP1 --brightness 0.5.

/usr/local/bin/xbacklightmon

#!/bin/sh

path=/sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight

luminance() {
    read -r level < "$path"/actual_brightness
    factor=$((max))
    new_brightness="$(bc -l <<< "scale = 2; $level / $factor")"
    echo "${new_brightness}"
}

read -r max < "$path"/max_brightness

xrandr --output eDP1 --brightness "$(luminance)"

inotifywait -me modify "$path"/actual_brightness | while read; do
    xrandr --output eDP1 --brightness "$(luminance)"
done

~/.config/autostart/xbacklightmon.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=xbacklightmon
Exec=/usr/local/bin/xbacklightmon
StartupNotify=false
Terminal=false

slock

slock is a display locker. Clean and fast, no gimmicks.

sudo pacman -S slock
# light-locker opens the lightdm greeter after suspend.
# I don't want this. Go away.
sudo pacman -R light-locker
xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -p /general/LockCommand -s "slock"

/etc/systemd/system/slock@.service

[Unit]
Description=Lock X session using slock for user %i
Before=sleep.target

[Service]
User=%i
Environment=DISPLAY=:0
ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/xset dpms force suspend
ExecStart=/usr/bin/slock

[Install]
WantedBy=sleep.target

sudo systemctl enable slock@neonew.service

slick-greeter

yay -S lightdm-slick-greeter

HiDPI worked out of the box.
I’ve changed the background image in /etc/lightdm/slick-greeter.conf.

To test it without going to suspend, you can run dm-tool switch-to-greeter.

Power saving

This is what powertop suggested me.

/etc/udev/rules.d/hd_power_save.rules

powertop suggested min_power, but Arch Wiki says it might lose data and doesn’t save much more power.

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="scsi_host", KERNEL=="host*", ATTR{link_power_management_policy}="med_power_with_dipm"

/etc/udev/rules.d/50-usb_power_save.rules

This is for the fingerprint reader. Doesn’t work anyway.

ACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="usb", TEST=="power/control", ATTR{idVendor}=="27c6", ATTR{idProduct}=="5395", ATTR{power/control}="auto"

/etc/udev/rules.d/pci_pm.rules

SUBSYSTEM=="pci", ATTR{power/control}="auto"

/etc/sysctl.d/98-powersaving.conf

vm.dirty_writeback_centisecs = 1500

On idle I get ~7W power consumption.

Albert

sudo pacman -S albert
sudo pacman -S muparser

~/.config/albert/albert.conf

[General]
frontendId=org.albert.frontend.qmlboxmodel
hotkey=Alt+F9
showTray=false
telemetry=false
terminal=xfce4-terminal --drop-down

[org.albert.extension.applications]
enabled=true

[org.albert.extension.calculator]
enabled=false

[org.albert.extension.hashgenerator]
enabled=true

[org.albert.extension.terminal]
enabled=true

[org.albert.extension.virtualbox]
enabled=true

[org.albert.frontend.qmlboxmodel]
alwaysOnTop=true
clearOnHide=false
hideOnClose=false
hideOnFocusLoss=true
showCentered=true
stylePath=/usr/share/albert/org.albert.frontend.qmlboxmodel/styles/BoxModel/MainComponent.qml
windowPosition=@Point(289 94)

[org.albert.frontend.widgetboxmodel]
alwaysOnTop=true
clearOnHide=false
displayIcons=true
displayScrollbar=false
displayShadow=true
hideOnClose=false
hideOnFocusLoss=true
itemCount=5
showCentered=true
theme=DarkOrange

Not working

  • Fingerprint reader