Running Arch on an Inspiron 7415

I'm now on my third/fourth iteration of the modern Dell Inspiron laptop, and I continue to like them because I can repair them. The problem that keeps breaking is the DC input barrel connector, but the most recent Inspiron uses USB-C, so magsafe ahoy.

There is, however, the AMD-ness of the laptop, which is something of a problem. So I'm documenting my changes here.

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2021/08/31 05:18

Random Wayland Changes

Things I've needed to change on a few of my machines lately because Wayland:

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2021/08/31 05:18

Disable JACK autoconnect in Mumble 1.3 and later

I used to have to patch the JACK patch to make Mumble not auto-connect to the standard outputs. With JACK being officially supported in Mumble 1.3, that's no longer the case. Instead, you have to modify the config file by hand.

In ~/.config/Mumble/Mumble.conf:

It's a standard ini file, so look for a [jack] section. If one doesn't exist, create it:


And you're good to go.

2021/08/31 05:06

Pinouts from ESP8266 Boards I Bought Recently

I bought some cheap ESP8266 dev boards from ebay sos I can easily code on them without having to breadboard a programmer. I build a programmer, lost it, and these are cheap. Instead of having to build a new one I ordered these while I was out of town and they were waiting for me… which is nice.

Breadboard style:

Arduino style:

I'm sure these might be from some other design from a non-ebay seller, but I haven't really found them yet. Until I find those docs, I'll just use these.

2021/08/31 05:18

GNOME 3, Surface Studio Display Issues

TL;DR: This is unsolved. I need GNOME to either ignore different “monitors” and treat all connected displays as a single display, or I need it to honor xrandr –setmonitor settings. It is possible that by hand hackery of monitors.xml would accomplish this, but I don't know the schema well enough to say if it would work.

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