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Alienware M11x


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Alienware M11x laptop.

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For full specifications see the Alienware M11x specifications page.

NameAlienware M11x
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 2537M 1.4GHz(2.3GHz w/Turbo Boost, 3MB Cache)
Intel® Core™ i7 2617M 1.5GHz(2.6GHz w/Turbo Boost, 4MB Cache)

Intel® Core™ i7 2637M 1.7GHz(2.8GHz w/Turbo Boost, 4MB Cache)
Screen11.6” (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 750GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 335M
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Wireless-N WiFi Link 1000 a/g/n 1×2
Intel® Advanced-N WiFi Link 6205 a/g/n 2×2 MIMO Technology
Intel® Ultimate N WiFi Link 6250 a/g/n 2×2 MIMO Technology with WiMax

Linux Compatibility

Processorworks (m11xR3, i7 2637)
Screenworks (m11xR3, i7 2637)
Graphicsworks (m11xR3, i7 2637) intel standard, nvidia through Bumblebee
Soundworks (m11xR3, i7 2637)
Ethernetworks (m11xR3, i7 2637)
Wirelessworks (m11xR3, i7 2637)
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBworks (USB2) (m11xR3, i7 2637)
FirewireNot Tested
Card Readerworks only SD-card tested
Webcamworks (m11xR3, i7 2637)


Alienware m11x R3 + Mandriva 2011 (x86_64 Free) = most works out of the box.
Changing LED lighting settings can be done with pyAlienFX.
Power Saving functionality out of the box.
Touchpad working with multitouch.
Wifi working out of the box.
Bluetooth, firewire, USB3 not tested.
External Screens on HDMI not working, atleast not directly with intel driver+bumblebee/nvidia. I have managed to go around this problem with the help of bumblebee, when i want to use an external screen (and not the laptopscreen):
- install nvidia-driver, but do not “test” or reboot.
- install intel-driver and use these settings
- install bumblebee.
- go to /etc/bumblebee/
- edit /etc/bumblebee/bumblebee.conf to use Driver=nvidia
- edit /etc/bumblebee/xorg.conf.nvidia ; under device i use Option “ConnectedMonitor” “DFP-1” for hdmi-port, displayport should be “DFP-0” or “DP-1” (cant test which is correct atm, if any at all)
- the following command opens a terminal on the external screen for me:
DISPLAY=:8.0 optirun -c yuv aterm
DISPLAY - for the chosen output port
optirun - to use the nvidia/bumblebee-card
-c yuv for better performance
aterm is my terminal
- i trix with this to run KDE on an external monitor by doing the following:
– start laptop
– before logging in to my account; i chose “log in from console” which for me gives the statement that X will not be started, which is good.
– you get to a promt instead of the regular “log in”-graphics;
– (here i do a quick [alt+F2] before logging in, in order to later be able to launch commands in KDE with the same buttons)
– log in (usr+password)
– run command “DISPLAY=:8.0 optirun -c yuv aterm &” (& so that i stay in the first prompt)
– run command “DISPLAY=:8.0 optirun -c yuv kwin” (creates frames around the aterm-konsole and “locks” the first prompt from further input from the keyboard)
– from the aterm-konsole, i now launch “startkde” - wait a few seconds and i now use the external screen as normal…
– (seems really long way to go, there are probably faster/better ways, but since all commands are stored from last session, i just press the “up arrow”-button to launch wanted commands, and it WORKS)


The Alienware m11x R3 works very well with Mandriva 2011, impressively well, i'd say, however, one big probable show stopper so far - optimus functionality - i haven't gotten external monitors to work (others have though, but i'm no linux guru, although i've used exclusively linux for 10 years)


bio, 2013/01/02 14:04

anyone have a succesfull guide to newest kernel with sataIII and usb3 support?
any distro will do, but id prefer a BT5r3 to full 3d support (compiz fusion gaming in wine etc)
arch linux is also acceptable

Fabien, 2012/04/17 11:47

The trick I use to use HDMI output is to reboot with a different Xorg.conf this can be automated with a custom grub item. HDMI/Displayport is plugged to the nvidia card, the internal screen is plugged to the intel card.

Alyarbank, 2011/12/22 22:58

I have mine (m11x R1Bold Text)running openSUSE 12.1. However mine has a Broadcom Wireless card that is supported by the bcmxxxx firmware package in the packman repo. I had to set graphics to discrete in the bios then install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers. After that it is good to go. I've also run openSUSE 11.3 and 11.4 on this machine too with little hassle.

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