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Dell Alienware 17 R2


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For full specifications see the Dell Alienware 17 R2 specifications page.

NameDell Alienware 17 R2
ProcessorIntel Core i7-4720HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.6GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
Screen17.3 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Panel Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
HDD256GB M.2 SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM (Storage)
Optical DriveUnknown
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5
Killer 1525 802.11ac

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
DVI OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
Display PortNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone PortNot Tested
Microphone-In PortNot Tested
Line-In PortNot Tested
SPDIFInNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessWorking see notes
BluetoothNot Tested
WWANNot Tested
UWBNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
PCMCIANot Tested
Express CardNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
ESATA PortNot Tested
Serial PortNot Tested
Parallel PortNot Tested
IRNot Tested
TV OutNot Tested
TV TunerNot Tested
KeyboardNot Tested
TouchPadNot Tested
TrackportNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
SmartCard InterfaceNot Tested
GPSNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


With a fresh install of Linux Mint 18 (sarah) I was able to get the wireless card (Killer Wireless 1535) working by installing firmware from “”. After a reboot wireless should work.


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