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Alienware 18 Laptop

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Alienware 18 Laptop specifications page.

NameAlienware 18 Laptopother configuration
Processor4th Generation Intel Core i7 Processori7-4710MQ @2,5GHz
Screen18.4“ WLED FHD (1920 X 1080)same
RAMUp to 32 GB16GB
HDD1TB SSDSAMSUNG SSD PM851 mSATA 256GB + TOSHIBA MQ01ABD100
Optical DriveNoneHL-DT-ST DVD+/-RW GS40N (LG Slot-In)
GraphicsDual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780MDual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
NetworkKiller Gigabit Ethernet NIC
Broadcom 4352 802.11 ac 2×2
Killer E220x Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Atheros Chip) + Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorExcellent it computes…
ScreenExcellent it displays my KDE…
HDDExcellent it stores my data, even veracrypt-encrypted…
Graphics ChipFair cannot get SLI to work!
HDMI OutNot Tested
Display PortExcellent works fine with proprietary nvidia driver
SoundExcellent sounds good - pretty big speakers for a laptop!
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
Line-In PortNot Tested
EthernetExcellent ARCH Linux: works fine out of the box
WirelessExcellent ARCH Linux: take care to choose the right Network Management System
BluetoothNot Tested
USBExcellent impressive speed with a decent USB 3.0 HDD
Firewirenot available
Card ReaderNot Tested
KeyboardExcellent simply works…
TouchPadNot Tested using USB-Mice…
Suspend/ResumeExcellent ARCH Linux, using systemd

Notes

If you want to keep UEFI-SecureBoot enabled, you'll have to use rEFInd as boot manager. See http://www.rodsbooks.com/refind/secureboot.html for instructions (take the “shim” way). Your kernel must be signed each time it changes.

When using NetworkManager as network config system, make sure to have dhclient installed. ARCH Linux “netctl” system somehow broke after a week on my laptop. WiFi did associate, but it couldn't set up IPv4 address and a working routing table.

I'm running KDE5 with compiz-compositing - great visual experience!

Summary

There will be issues and it takes some time to set up a well-working system. Ubuntu-losers should rather not try (sorry, but Ubuntu is for those who don't know what they're doing).

Author(s)

Stefan /*St0fF*/ Huebner, running ARCH Linux next to Windows 8.1 on the Alienware 18 as a software development workstation.


Discussion

Michael Forrester, 2014/01/29 16:51

Running Alienware 18 with i7-4700MQ, 16GB Ram, 40GB mSata, 512GB SSD, and dual Nvidia 770Ms. System will not boot Ubuntu 12.04-13.10 in UEFI mode. legacy mode will allow install of 13.10, but Killer NIC doesn't work without manual patching. Sound (Realtek) does not work. Screen looks great, NVidia binaries work great. Keyboard and touchpad work fine. Broadcomm wireless works if you can get it installed without network of any type. Alienware lighting doesn't work. Overall not a great experience thus far with Ubuntu.

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