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Alienware M18x


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For full specifications see the Alienware M18x specifications page.

NameAlienware M18x
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i7 2630QM 2.0GHz (2.8GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)
Intel® Core™ i7 2720QM 2.2GHz (3.3GHz w/Turbo Boost, 6MB Cache)
Intel® Core™ i7 2820QM 2.3GHz (3.4GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)
Intel® Core™ i7 2920XM, Quad Core Extreme, 2.5GHz(3.5GHz w/Turbo Boost, 8MB Cache)
Intel® Core™ i7 2920XM Overclocked Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz (8MB Cache)
Screen18.4“ 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 32GB
HDDup to 1500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Advanced-N 6200 a/g/n 2×2 MIMO Technology
Intel® Ultimate-N Wi-Fi Link 6300 a/g/n 3×3 MIMO Technology

Linux Compatibility

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Optical DriveNot Tested
GraphicsNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested


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Kailey, 2014/11/19 08:42

James Carter, 2013/09/16 21:35

Every thing worked well for me with Ubuntu based distributions except the graphics. I have the Dual Radeon HD 6900M cards in SLI.

The basic open source driver works but the frame rate is bad (even on youtube full screen 1080p). The fan was constantly running, as if playing a high end game in Windows, even using a basic desktop application.

The proprietary AMD specific driver did not work (Catalyst 13.4). I tried may things, including building a distribution specific install, but I couldn't even get back into the desktop after installing the proprietary driver.

I would like to know if anyone had success with one of the distributions the proprietary driver claims to support (redhat and Suse) or if there is a validated procedure for installing the driver in Ubuntu based distributions.

Still running mint on the desktop but for now Windows 8 on the AlienWare.

ryan dubach, 2013/05/29 15:28

alienware should not be with linux because linux sucks. alienware is to good for you because you guys make dumb pc's

Stephen Michalski, 2013/10/07 04:24

You sound like a 10 year-old who has his pogs invested in Microsoft stock.

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