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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Alienware M11x laptop.
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|Processor||Intel® 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)
|Screen||11.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||up to 750GB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 335M |
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M
|Network||10/100/1000 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
|Processor||works||(m11xR3, i7 2637)|
|Screen||works||(m11xR3, i7 2637)|
|Graphics||works||(m11xR3, i7 2637) intel standard, nvidia through Bumblebee|
|Sound||works||(m11xR3, i7 2637)|
|Ethernet||works||(m11xR3, i7 2637)|
|Wireless||works||(m11xR3, i7 2637)|
|USB||works (USB2)||(m11xR3, i7 2637)|
|Card Reader||works||only SD-card tested|
|Webcam||works||(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)