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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Precision M4400 laptop.
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For full specifications see the Dell Precision M4400 specifications page.
|Name||Dell Precision M4400|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo|
|Screen||15.4“ WSXGA+ or WUXGA Widescreen|
|RAM||1GB to 8GB|
|HDD||Up to 500GB or 64GB SSD|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M or FX1700M|
|Network||Ethernet, Dell 802.11bg or Intel 5100 802.11abg or Intel 5300 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|Graphics||Yes||Needs the Nvidia 177.80 driver installed|
|Sound||Yes||sound buttons work also fine|
|Wireless||Yes||Only Intel controller tested, see notes below|
|Bluetooth||Yes||With HCIBTUSB kernel module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Tested|
|Camera||Yes||kernel module UVCVIDEO|
|Touchpad||Yes||vertical and horizontal scrolling works but no multitouch capability|
The M4400 was tested with openSUSE 11.0.
The HDD sometimes make a “click” noise (I think the HDD is parking), you can fix it by using the performance HDD mode in the BIOS and the “clicking” is gone.
The fan is going on on max. speed after about 37-40°C. This is very annoying! Here, you can downgrade the BIOS to A03 (it was delivered with A06). See also: http://lists.us.dell.com/pipermail/firmware-tools-devel/2007-October/000192.html
Bios A13 solved this problem.
In OpenSuSE 11.0, the Intel 5100 works great using the compat-wireless driver (use following repository: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/beyerle:/IAC/openSUSE_11.0/. It should also work with distributions using kernel 2.6.27 or greater.
There are a few problem with the Dell Precision M4400 in Linux but the main functionality works fine.