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Dell Precision M4700


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For full specifications see the Dell Precision M4700 specifications page.

NameDell Precision M4700
ProcessorIntel Core i7 (3940XM)
Intel Core i7 (3840QM, 3740QM, 3720QM, 3540M, 3520M)
Intel Core i5 (3380M, 3360M, 3340M)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
15.6” 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 32GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsAMD FirePro M4000 Mobility Pro
NVIDIA Quadro K1000M
NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 (802.11n 3×3 half Mini-Card)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (802.11n 2×2 half Mini-Card)
Dell Wireless 1540 (802.11 a/n dual band, high speed Wi-Fi half Mini-Card)
Dell Wireless 1504 (802.11 g/n single band Wi-Fi half Mini-Card)

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
ScreenNot Tested
HDDNot Tested
Optical DriveNot Tested
Graphics ChipNot Tested
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutNot Tested
DisplayPortNot Tested
SoundNot Tested
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackNot Tested
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetNot Tested
WirelessNot Tested
BluetoothNot Tested
WWANNot Tested
USBNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested
Smart Card ReaderNot Tested
GPSNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Touch PadNot Tested
Suspend/ResumeNot Tested


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Kailey, 2014/11/19 08:46

Berthold Humkamp, 2013/05/03 22:41

I use Sabayon XFCE Live 13.04 for Installation

to 1) the same problem with dual screen (1 Dell 23” + internal LCD), but xfce has got its menu everywhere, where the mouse is, so I can work on

4) I'm not able to boot, with “UEFI-Boot” on and “Optional Legacy ROMs” off, looks like a driver problem: UEFI needs to know, how to work with the RAID-Controller, with Legacy ROMs off, the BIOS can't help: If it is activated at all, it's activated the UEFI-way, so the linux drivers have to be migrated to UEFI?! That's the same problem as with Windows 7 (64Bit)

Rob Hammond, 2013/04/30 12:34

Compatibility is fine without optional dell docking station. With docking station and two dell 23” Monitors connected the following happens

1) Cannot install with Laptop Docked in Fedora 18 standard x64 network or Desktop installation disk. If you move your mouse pointer off the main LCD screen onto one of the monitors you will not get it back on the main active screen so cannot proceed

2) If you try to boot the system docked and laptop screen down, you will not be able to log in. If you lift the laptop screen, the kernel crashes.

3) If you do get to log in & go to the display options to configure, if you try to change the screen setup to mirror or detect there will be significant flickering & then both monitors will trail the mouse cursor without refresh.

The Dell drivers for Linux on website are for RHEL 6 only

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