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Dell Studio 14z

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Studio 14z laptop.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell Studio 14z. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Studio 14z page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Dell Studio 14z specifications page.

NameDell Studio 14z
ProcessorIntel® Core™2 Duo
Screen14“ 1366×768 or 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 5GB
HDD160GB to 500GB
Optical DriveNone
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® 9400M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Dell 1397 Wireless G Mini-Card
Dell 1515 Wireless Draft-N Mini-Card

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
GraphicsYesSee Notes
SoundYesSee Notes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesSee Notes
BluetoothNot Tested
ModemNot Tested
USBYes
FirewireNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamYesSee Notes

Notes

Graphics

Tested with the proprietary Nvidia drivers. For Fedora, these are available as a package from RPMFusion and updated for each new kernel release. Did not try the open source drivers for Nvidia.

Sound

Update : Fedora 12 fixes the first issue below : both headphone jacks work fine.

The headphone jack works and one of the two line out jacks works by default. On board speakers work but onboard mike array does not. Some folks report success getting it to work on adding it to rc.conf

Wireless

Tested the Dell 1397 card. It works only with the hybrid Broadcom drivers at http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

To avoid having to compile the above driver for every kernel update, grab the kmod-wl package from RPMFusion. It provides the driver above and takes care of updating with each kernel release.

The Dell 1515 card will work with the open source b43 or Fwcutter drivers.

Webcam

Update : Fedora 12 fixes this issue. The webcam always initializes.

Webcam works fine by default but sometimes refuses to start after waking up from hibernation. This was observed on Fedora. On such occasions, a restart fixes the issue.

General Notes

The RPMFusion updates to kmod-wl and kmod-nvidia are sometimes released a couple of days behind a kernel update. Be careful not to upgrade to a new kernel until the driver updates are also available, else you will end up with graphics and wireless not working.

Summary

Update : Fedora 12 fixes the issues listed with Fedora 11 below.

Tested with Fedora 11 and Ubuntu 9.04.

Fedora 11 works great for the most part. rare crashes due to the graphics or wireless drivers occur sometimes. Waking up from hibernation may cause issues with subsequent webcam use in that session sometimes.

Ubuntu 9.04 had several graphics glitches when starting up, frequently hangs when waking up from hibernation and has problems with sound in several applications.


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dell_studio_14z.txt · Last modified: 2010/10/13 15:21 (external edit)
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