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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Precision M65 laptop. Linux support for the Precision M65 is very good with most of the hardware working properly.
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 M65|
|Processor||Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83Ghz|
|Graphics||Nvidia Quadro FX 350M|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet + Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless + Bluetooth|
|Other||5 x USB2.0 + 1 x Firewire|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
The Precision M65's NVIDIA graphics chip can use either one of the Xorg nv module or Nvidia's proprietary module. View our Configuring a nVidia graphics chip guide for further instruction on install the nvidia module.
Some models of the M65 have the Dell 1390 wireless network controller. This card has not yet been tested.
Jorgen sent in the following:
suspend to disk and suspend to ram work with:
2.6.19-beyond2 #7 SMP PREEMPT
For suspend to disk + nvidia-driver it is (strangely) necessary to start an opengl application before starting suspend. When not doing so it crashes during atomic copy. Didn't find out why, yet.
Also suspend to ram only works when the HD password is disabled in the bios. When not disabled, the HD can't be accessed due to missing initialization during wakeup.
the smartcard reader at least recognizes inserted cards, and managed
to powerup one card (SIM 64K, 3V, with 7 contact, many other cards,
including german health insurance cards get recognized, but powerup
fails). So it's a good idea to try whether a card is supported or not
To get the card reader to work you need the pcscd daemon and ccid drivers.
When used with a up to date Linux distribution the Dell Precision M65 works well with Linux. There were no issues during installation.