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Dell Precision M6700

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Dell Precision M6700 specifications page.

NameDell Precision M6700
ProcessorIntel Core i7 (3940XM)
Intel Core i7 (3840QM, 3740QM, 3720QM, 3540M)
Intel Core i5 (3380M, 3340M)
Screen17.3” 1600×900 Widescreen
17.3” 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 32GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsAMD FirePro M6000 Mobility Pro
AMD Radeon HD 7800M Series
NVIDIA Quadro K3000M
NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
NVIDIA Quadro K5000M
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

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorTestedOK
ScreenTestedOK
HDDTestedOK
Optical DriveOKCan burn DVD's and such…
Graphics ChipTestedOK
VGA OutNot Tested
HDMI OutOK
DisplayPortOK
SoundTestedOK
Bulti-in MicrophoneNot Tested
Headphone JackOK
Microphone JackNot Tested
EthernetOK
WirelessTestedOK
BluetoothNot Tested
WWANNot Tested
USBTestedOK
ESATATestedOK
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot Tested
WebcamTestedOK with Flash Player
Smart Card ReaderNot Tested
GPSNot Tested
Docking StationNot Tested
Touch PadOK
Suspend/ResumeTestedOK

Notes

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Summary

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Discussion

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David Smith, 2014/02/23 20:45

I have just installed OpenSuse 13.1 on my M6700.

Initial issue was not being able to boot from the minicard (I put my OS on a 128gb ssd in the minicard slot) but this apparently is a bios bug (according to web). So I went back to using the default option which overwrites the MBR in the Windows drive. After that it installed with no issues.

I had previously had an M6500 with a broadcom wifi and a Firepro graphics card but while the screen worked ok I never managed to get the ATI driver installed properly so had to rely on generic. The wifi was always a command line hassle every time I upgraded the kernel. So this time I opted for Intel wifi and Nvidia graphics (Quadro K3000) and works great.

I even bought an Intel wifi card to put in my M6500 now to avoid aby future problems.

I have come across no problems yet, power management, fan control etc all working fine.

Very happy with the install. I use opensuse for both work and personal so it is important it is stable and am happy this machine and OS combination will be reliable.

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Victor, 2014/01/16 10:25

I was unable to install ubuntu until I updated the BIOS !

Victor, 2014/01/16 10:04

I was unable to install Ubuntu untill I updated the BIOS to the latest version.
After that I disabled Optimus and it worked (I did not test installing with Optimus)

Gan Uesli Starling, 2013/11/13 01:16

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit installs fine. Graphics out only on VGA, not HDMI or Display Port. Whole system has locked up a couple of times in first five days with no alternative but to power down. Not sure why.

Also tried Fedora 19, which also installed fine. HDMI out worked…sort of…but mouse curser left foot prints all over the 2nd monitor so that it was unusable. Could not abide the default Gnome 3 desktop, and as only tried Fedora in hopes of the HDMI, I gave up and went back to Ubuntu.

Anthony Kamau, 2013/07/06 07:03

Thanks to Forrest Cahoon (“acpi=off”), I was also able to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my m6700 i7-3840QM with K3000M. I had tried several times to install and I was on the verge of calling Dell support when I stumbled on this post. Anyway, I have tested all hardware except for the SD and Smart card readers and the fingerprint scanner.

I opted for 32GB RAM as I intend on using this to study for CCNP/CCIE.

I'll post back should anything falter later on.

Cheers,

AK.

Mike, 2013/09/11 15:20

Hi Anthony,
Have you tried turning acpi back on now that you have it installed. I was looking at /etc/default/grub and I noticed that it have the following line:
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=“acpi=off”
I assume this got passed through from the installer. I had to disable Optimus in the BIOS prior to installing Ubuntu 12.04 but I was able to turn it back on afterwards with no issues. I was wondering if acpi was similar. I am about to install BumbleBee and thought maybe acpi was needed.
Thanks,
Mike

Anthony Kamau, 2014/04/21 10:28

Apologies.

Haven't been back here in a long long while. To answer your question, yes, I eventually removed the acpi=off option from my boot parameters and all was find - just like Forrest Cahoon had prophesied - :)!

Anyway, I cam back to remind myself what I did back then as I'm now moving to Ubuntu 14.04 and I believe I still need to disable optimus in addition to turning acpi off to get it to install. Thought this would have been resolved by now, but no such luck.

Cheers,
ak.

Forrest Cahoon, 2013/06/03 18:56

I installed Debian on my M6700 with Nvidia K3000 graphics, starting with a Wheezy netinst CD and then upgrading to sid. Here's what finally worked.

1) Get into BIOS setup by holding down F12 as soon as you see the Dell logo and choosing Configure BIOS from the menu. Under video, disable Nvidia Optimus™.

2) The kernel installed from the Wheezy boot disk won't boot without the boot parameter “acpi=off”. On first boot, hit 'e' when the GRUB menu shows up, arrow down to the line that starts with “linux”, get to the end of the line with Ctrl-E and add ” acpi=off”. Then hit Ctrl-X to continue booting.

3) The trackpad won't work, but that's a side-effect of acpi=off. It will be fixed when the Nvidia driver is installed.

4) If you want to upgrade to testing or unstable, now is the time. In any case you need to add contrib and non-free to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.

5) Install the Nvidia driver the Debian way by following the instructions at

http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers#Debian_7.0_.22Wheezy.22

6) When rebooting with the new Nvidia kernel, “acpi=off” is no longer required. Just let it boot without changing anything. The trackpad will now work.

Note: I originally did this install over the wireless, but at some point in my attempts to do the install that became well and truly hosed. When I redid the install using the wired ethernet connection, wireless was back working fine again by the time I was finished.

Bas, 2013/04/05 19:33

I Installed Debian Wheezy on a new Dell Precision M6700. (i7 3740 / 16GB / 128GB MSSD / 500GB SATA)Installed only the debian core, afterworths installed gnome3 to give it a try. Till now I keeped my squeeze with backported kernel on my old laptop. Gnome 2 vs 3 is a for a different forum…. (grmblrr)

Almost all core components on the M6700 work out of the box. The SD card reader doesn't function and gives some annoying iomem error at boot.

Currently I also struggle with some wireless issues (whats new). I'm close solving this. Manually inserting module brcmsmac and forcing iw region to EU lets mee see all the ESSID's with scanning. I can't connect to any signal yet. (connecting…..) When I have more time I look into this.

Nvidia drivers can be installed as usual. (hdmi not yet tested)

annoying pcspkr beep still exists.

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