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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Precision M4600 laptop. If you have the Dell Precision M4600 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Name||Dell Precision M4600|
|Processor||Intel Core i5 or i7||i7-2920XM CPU @ 2.50GHz × 8|
|Screen||15.6” (1366×768) or (1920×1080)||1920×1080 FullHD|
|RAM||32GB max||32GB 1600MHz|
|HDD||750GB max||480GB SSD|
|Graphics||AMD FirePro M5950 or NVIDIA Quadro 1000M or 2000M||NVIDIA Quadro 2000M|
|Network||Intel 82579LM Gigabit||Intel Gigabit|
|Wireless||Dell Wireless or Intel 6300N||Intel 6300N Wireless|
|Graphics||Yes||I wouldn't recomend Bumblebee with K2000m. Made DisplayPort and HDMI stop working|
|Sound||Partial||Regualr aution works fine, no sound through HDMI though.|
|Wireless||Yes||Intel wireless options work excellent in all OS configurations (old Linux, new Linux, etc.). Dell wireless options only work on very new kernels and use flaky Broadcom drivers needing to be built manually, i.e. you can make it work if you have to but get an Intel Wireless card instead for no hassle if you have the option.|
|Bluetooth||Not Tested||No Bluetooth in the current computer|
|56K Modem||Not Tested||No modem in the current computer|
|USB||Yes||Both USB2.0 & 3.0 works|
|Card Reader||Yes||Slot SmartCard reader works with standard SC packages (pcscd) and all U.S. Government SmartCards (CAC, PIV, ECA, IC). Integrated fingerprint reader not supported, nor is contact-less SmartCard reader.|
Above configuration is used with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4+, Fedora 16-20, and ArchLinux. Everything tried (except DisplayPort- and HDMI-sound) works without any issue. While not officially supported, works well with RHEL 5.7+ also (if needed for building and testing in older environments).
This laptop provides excellent Linux compatibility and is a real powerhouse if your workload has heavy processing requirements. Not ideal for portability though; definitely a bit bulky.