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Dell Latitude E6220


This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Latitude E6220 laptop.

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For full specifications see the Dell Latitude E6220 specifications page.

NameDell Latitude E6220
ProcessorIntel® CoreTM i7 (2620M)
Intel® CoreTM i5 (2540M, 2520M)
Intel® CoreTM i3 (2310M)
Screen12.5“ (1366×768) Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 320GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced -N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Dell Wireless 1501 (802.11 b/g/n 1×1)
Dell Wireless 1530 (802.11 a/g/n 2×2)

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorWorks Requires kernel 3.1.5 or later
HDDTested SDD works
Optical DriveWorks External (optional) DVD writer
GraphicsWorks Tearing in video output
EthernetWorks Requires kernel 2.6.39 or later
WirelessWorks Intel card works, also sold with Broadcom (avoid this crap).
BluetoothTested blueproximity works
Card ReaderWorks Tested with SDHC card
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested


The ALPS/2 touchpad is not recognised by default, works in PS/2 emulation mode. No two-finger scroll or right-edge scroll. A kernel patch for Debian and Ubuntu is available from ; (it is reportedly already included in Fedora 16).

XVideo output suffers from serious tearing. Use “mplayer -vo gl2” (no tearing) or vlc with vaapi (moderate tearing).

Setting “i915.i915_enable_rc6=1” on the kernel command line dramatically improves battery life.

The machine has ACPI issues that cause low battery life. See . This is worked around by kernel 3.1.5, which increases the battery life somewhat.


Run kernel 3.1.5 or later, set “i915.i915_enable_rc6=1” in your grub configuration, apply the psmouse patch, and play video using “mplayer -vo gl2”.


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dell_latitude_e6220.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/08 04:04 by billg
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