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Alienware M14x R2


This is a template for a future compatibility guide to running Linux with the Alienware M14x R2 laptop. If you have the Alienware M14x R2 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

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For full specifications see the Alienware M14x R2 specifications page.

NameAlienware M14x R2
Processor3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3740QM (6MB Cache, up to 3.7GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3840QM (8MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3230M (3MB Cache, up to 3.2 GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0)
Screen14“ 1366×768 Widescreen
14” 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230
Intel Advanced-N WiFi Link 6250 a/g/n 2×2 MIMO Technology
Broadcom BCM4352 5GWiFi 2x2ac with Bluetooth 4.0

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorks
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutWorks
DisplayPortNot Tested
SoundWorks with quirks
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackWorks on kernel 3.9 with quirksDoesn't work on kernel 3.7.10
Headset JackWorks on kernel 3.7.10 with quirks
Microphone JackNot Tested
WirelessBCM4352 does not workCurrently there is no driver for BCM4352, ndiswrapper won't work either
BluetoothBCM4352 does not work
WWANNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
Touch PadWorks


Battery life is significantly cut compared to OEM Windows 7/8.


Linux works fairly well, if you're okay with tweaking driver settings for audio card and select right wireless card. Tested distribution: OpenSuSE 12.3 64-bit.


Alexander Czar Sarkisov (irc: AlexCzar @ freenode)


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