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Dell Adamo


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Adamo laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell Adamo. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Adamo page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the Dell Adamo specifications page.

NameDell Adamo
ProcessorIntel Core2 Duo Processor SU9400 : 1.4 GHz, 800MHz FSB, 3 MB On-Die L2 Cache
Screen13.4“ HD
GraphicsIntel GMA X4500HD
RAMUp to 4GB
Optical DriveOptional
802.11 n

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorYESdebian squeeze amd64
ScreenYESdebian squeeze
HDDYESdebian squeeze
Optical DriveYESdebian squeeze
GraphicsYESdebian squeeze
SoundYESdebian squeeze, but I also had to add “options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6” to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
EthernetYESdebian squeeze
WirelessYESdebian squeeze, but I had to apt-get install firmware-iwlwifi
BluetoothNot Tested (yet)
USBYESdebian squeeze
WebcamNot Tested (yet)


So far I'm quite impressed. Still have to test the volume buttons, media control buttons, camera, bluetooth, and onboard cellular card.


Debian Squeeze works near out of the box, Debian Lenny does NOT run X, so start with Debian Squeeze. You'll be happy.


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Mike, 2012/02/12 20:32

My friend Florarie has a laptop like this, and i'm thinking seriuosly to buy one too.

Samuele, 2011/05/03 19:24

I'm testing on wheezy ( debian 7 ) my dell adamo 13. All is working very well except integrated microphone. what is possible to do to make it works?

Krampusz, 2010/07/25 04:36

I am running Kubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) and…

1) Thanks for the sound comment, I needed that before being able to make the headphone jack work.

2) The (built in) mic still does not work. Adding the dell-m6 line to alsa-base.conf brought up a new mic volume control (called “Mic 2”), but unmuting it still did not make a difference. I also have had two capture options that I have checked and so at the moment I am out of ideas.

Any help or suggestion would be appreicated.


Krampusz, 2010/07/25 04:37

ps: by the way, bluetooth and camera are both working out of the box (Kubuntu 10.04).

Fito, 2010/07/17 06:49

I have a Dell Adamo running Elive (Debian Lenny). It works very well.
Sound needs “options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6” to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf
External Monitor doesn't work

Vagabundo, 2010/05/12 16:53

Does it play Compiz?

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