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Dell Precision M4600


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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NameDell Precision M4600
ProcessorIntel Core i5 or i7i7-2920XM CPU @ 2.50GHz × 8
Screen15.6“ (1366×768) or (1920×1080)1920×1080 FullHD
RAM32GB max32GB 1600MHz
HDD750GB max480GB SSD
Optical DriveDVD+-RWDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD FirePro M5950 or NVIDIA Quadro 1000M or 2000MNVIDIA Quadro 2000M
NetworkIntel 82579LM GigabitIntel Gigabit
Wireless Dell Wireless or Intel 6300N Intel 6300N Wireless

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYesComments
GraphicsYesI wouldn't recomend Bumblebee with K2000m. Made DisplayPort and HDMI stop working
SoundPartialRegualr aution works fine, no sound through HDMI though.
WirelessYesIntel 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.
BluetoothNot TestedNo Bluetooth in the current computer
56K ModemNot TestedNo modem in the current computer
USBYesBoth USB2.0 & 3.0 works
Card ReaderYes 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.
ExpressCard SlotYesComments


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).



Randy Graham, 2018/09/01 16:25

Still chugging away with this laptop. Performs flawlessly with Ubuntu 18.04, but hangs within 60 seconds of booting under Fedora 28. No idea why, so I'm sticking with Ubuntu for now.

scheffman, 2017/06/28 11:27

Excellent laptop just love it. Got 2x 2.5“ ssd and 1 mini pci-express ssd. I did open it up and added extra antennas, so i have two wifi interfaces. I have the extra wwan card but changed it for the mini pci ssd. But i can have 3 wifi interfaces with different antennas.

Have the proprietary Nvidia drivers but have not cared to set up the hdmi.

Running Arch Linux.

johnbeym, 2017/06/26 22:29

having fun with ubuntu 16.04, with it my m4600 is quite a brute!
had sound problems initally, however,setting up the alsa mixer helped alot.
it got LOUD!!!!!

john, 2015/09/19 14:14

Works fine on Gentoo. Been running on this laptop for 4 years now, everything works perfectly using an ATI card and the centrino 6300 wifi.

LyX, 2012/12/30 10:31

I'm using it with “ROSA 2012 desktop.fresh” linux. Everything works fine.

pc, 2012/05/31 14:29

I'm using it with Centos 6.2 and everything is just terrific except the video driver and monitor compatibility with the most recent kernels. It does not recognize my Dell E2311H monitor either. I'm not compiler savvy and did not try the driver/recompiling with latest kernel workaround.

Bruno , 2012/05/30 14:28

I am using Debian Wheezy with it, nearly everything works,

besides the SD card reader and sometimes some ACPI problems.

The install log is there:

shd01, 2012/04/30 09:56

Working well with Kubuntu 12.04.

Slight problems getting multiple desktops when external monitor connected via HDMI, but resolved by fiddling with nvidia drivers.

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