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Dell Studio 15

Introduction

This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell Studio 15 laptop.

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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell Studio 15. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell Studio 15 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Dell Studio 15 specifications page.

NameDell Studio 15
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T5850 2.16GHz (various CPU - example also P8400)
Screen15.4“ WXGA Widescreen (also WXGA+)
RAM3-4 GB
HDD250GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 / 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
NetworkEthernet, Dell 1397 802.11abg (or Intel 5100/5300agn), Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorYes
ScreenYes
HDDYes
Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes
SoundYesSee notes
EthernetYes
WirelessYesSee notes
BluetoothYesSee notes
USBYes
FirewireYes
Card ReaderYes
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraYesUses the uvc driver

Notes

Graphics

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 works with the openGL driver radeonhd. Proprietary ATI modules provide full support. Instructions for doing this is available in the guides section of this site.

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 has no information yet.

The VGA out successfully drives an external monitor (tested on openSUSE-11.1 with proprietary ati driver and KDE-4.3.2).

Wireless

The Dell 1397 wireless controller found in the Studio 15 laptop is supported by a hybrid driver released by Broadcom. More information can be found at http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2008/10/03/linux-driver-available-for-dell-wireless-cards.aspx.
The drivers are available at http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php.

The Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN and 5300AGN wireless can also be procured with this laptop. They both require the 2.6.27 kernel to function (tested on openSUSE-11.1 and openSUSE-11.2).

Sound

Headset sound (both side jacks), integrated and external mic and speaker sound, to function properly in terms of appropriate muting and unmuting requires an alsa version more recent than 1.0.18a. (See Discussion below) HDMI audio not functioning yet.

Bluetooth

The bluetooth should work with the latest Ubuntu kernel. If you are not using the latest Ubuntu kernel, you must apply the patches described here:
http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/linux/kernel/949392.

Summary

All of the laptop's basic features are supported by Linux. Dell ships Ubuntu with some versions of the Studio line.


Discussion

Gary, 2011/06/27 05:56

I installed Ubuntu 10.10. Everything works fine but the fan stays on. Anyone know of a fix for this.

Scrasun, 2011/06/24 21:04

10.4 on studio 1575 works fine, however, suspend to RAM occasionally stops working (all that happens is the screen is locked), but can be fixed with a hard restart.

Gary, 2011/04/13 07:57

Everything on my dell 1558 works fine, but the fan stays on all the time. Anyone else have the same problem en hopefully a fix?

ks, 2011/06/25 04:19

same problem here..looking for a version that will less heat up my comp…..

Gary, 2011/04/13 07:55

Installed Ubuntu 10.10 on my dell 1558. Everything except the wireless worked. After installing Broadcom STA wireless drivers everything worked fine.

amrendra, 2011/02/19 07:29

hey !

 i installed ubuntu 10.10 inmy dell studio 1555, i found the bluetooth not working. before this i had ubuntu 10.04, which was working perfectly fine..  any idea? 

Thanks!!

Anil, 2011/02/12 13:32

I installed ubuntu 10.10 on my studio 1537.Everything is working fine except the audio.I tried a lot to get audio working but in vein. Someone please help me.

Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RV620 Audio device [Radeon HD 34xx Series].

Siddharth, 2010/10/16 06:05

Please let me know, how to charge the secondary battery of my Studio 1555…

Debiprasad satapathy, 2010/08/24 12:11

Pl.send me anti virus programmes suitable with windows 7 in dell I15 laptop.

Debiprasad satapathy, 2010/08/24 12:11

Pl.send me anti virus programmes suitable with windows 7 in dell I15 laptop.

rahul kumar, 2010/07/31 21:33

hi everyone
i have 3 questions-
1Q:-how to install ubuntu in preinstalled windows7 in c:?
2Q:-Is after installing ubuntu 10.04,I have to install all the drivers?
3Q:-from where i may download drivers for dell 1440?
looking for REPLY…..

Radissthor, 2010/08/27 03:13

First google the drivers you'll be needing and save them in a hardrive or a pendrive. Also research on HOW to install them (how to untar them, build modules, etc) Once You have the drivers for all the devices you'll need, install a basic version of Linux. Then get all your drivers working as you researched before.

The most important thing is to get your Internet working (be it wireless or wired, depends on your tastes and capabilities), then, if you have any driver problems, you'll be able to search solution through the Internet WITH your Linux machine, which will allow you to post terminal outputs and all sort of things that will help you get your problems solved.

Good luck!

mojtabahajihoseini, 2010/04/11 06:39

i install open suse after installation i have 2 menu 1.opensuse 2.failsafe when i enter to open suse i dont see screen and lcd is black but when i enter to failsafe all of them are ok and i can work with opensuse.my notebook is dell studio1555.maybe lcd monitor is unknown for opensuse?why it work at failsafe?please help me?

Daniel Zajic, 2010/05/28 16:42

I just got my Studio 15 with 1080p display, and I'm having several serious issues. Installed Ubuntu 10.04 and resume from suspend never works. I tried the LiveCD for 9.04, 9.10 and 10.04, and the display only works for 10.04, which doesn't help, since I'm trying to see if suspend works in 9.x. This sucks big time!

Dennis D'Ooghe, 2010/07/13 21:50

For what it's worth, I have the same laptop and I thought resume never worked either. Turns out it just takes a really really long time, during which I often get a few weird graphics glitches. 5-10 minutes is not unheard of for me.

Abhishek Sharma, 2010/03/21 17:54

Hi everyone,
I bought a dell studio15 laptop recently. It has Win7 but for my project i am using an open source which(including its modules and plugins) has been tested on ubuntu9.10. So i need to insatll ubuntu9.10, at the same time i want to use WIN7 too.. so is it possible to install both..?? actually my friend(having Lenovo) tried to install ubuntu9.10 but was unsuccessfull in his attempt. Please enlighten me..
Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.

Abhijit, 2010/03/21 18:11

Hi,

Yes, it is possible to have both Ubuntu 9.10 and Windows 7 on the same hardisk at the same time. I have a Dell Studio 15 and I am running Windows Vista as well as Ubuntu 9.10 on the same system. It works fine.

All you need to do is install Windows 7 first and then install Ubuntu 9.10. The reason for installing Ubuntu 9.10 at last is because the grub will be install by Ubuntu. Windows does not support multiple OS boot(it does if only the other OS are Windows; otherwise it does not). Hence, leave a free space for Ubuntu 9.10 and install Windows 7. Once, Windows 7 is installed. Install Ubuntu 9.10 in the space which was left empty.

In case, you have any further problem. Reply back to this. And I will try and help you out


Regards
Abhijit

Abhishek Sharma, 2010/03/21 18:22

thanks a lot Abhijit, for the quick response. I have done the partition of my hard disc as follows: C: (=⇒has WIN7) L: (I am planning to install Ubuntu(linux) on this partition).
Actually I am not clear what do you mean by free space exactly, are you talking about the unallocated space(which is achieved when we do partition but we do not create a partition of it) or free partition(its a partition but has no data in it)..?? Sorry about the dumb questions but i need to know this. please help me out.

Abhijit, 2010/03/21 18:45

Hi,

Well, by free space I mean the unallocated space. Anyways, since you have create a L: drive for installing Ubuntu 9.10. You can go ahead with that.

Hope this is not the first time you are installing Linux. If so, let me take you through the steps:

1. While installing Ubuntu 9.10, you need to create a mount point, which will be /
2. You will need to create a swap area, which can be around 1 GB in space.
3. Once you have done with steps 1 and 2. You are all set to install Ubuntu 9.10

In case, any further doubts let me know…

Regards
Abhijit

Abhishek Sharma, 2010/03/21 18:50

Unfortunately, this is the first time I am installing Linux. Can you please explain how do we create a mount point and how to create a swap area in detail..??
I mean is there any procedure or we just need to mention it while installing Ubuntu9.10 ??

Abhishek Sharma, 2010/03/21 19:02

Also, in addition to the above doubts, I want to ask you that someone told me that the swap area should be double the RAM. In my case it is 3GB. So whether the swap area of 1GB space is enough or do i need make it around 6GB ??

anon, 2010/04/03 14:40

the swap space used to be recommended as double ram, but with more than 1 gig of installed ram or so, its less of an issue, i have ran a two gig machine that never ran more than 180meg or so of swap space. My studio has 4 gig of ram installed, has a gig of swap, and currently with ubuntu 10.04 beta 1 its running a terminal, and firefox, and its using 146meg of swap (not sure why, is using 1.2gig of memory (according to top), much of its is cache (448Meg) and buffers (55Meg). In any case, i would recommend only a 1 gig swap with 3 gigs of memory, otherwise youll be wasting disk space.

you can use gparted disk utility to resize your windows 7 space (if 7 is similiar to vista) so you dont have to wipe and reinstall…..

windows 7 bites the cornholio, 2010/03/04 05:09

can anyone tell me if ubuntu will run on a studio 1555 with an intel graffics card chipset series 4 and the intel wireless n wifi card? also it has the intell premium srs sound. i hate windows 7 the last update just ticked me off to the point that i dont care if i cant use my paid for microsoft office or not.

Tim, 2010/03/13 04:06

I can't say for certain that your hardware is supported by Ubuntu but the Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop CD (or DVD) gives you the option of trying Ubuntu without making any permanent changes to your system… why not just download an image, burn it and boot from it to see what works?

Kaustav, 2010/02/13 12:29

is it possible to use linux fedora in dell studio?

Todd, 2010/03/03 19:14

I have installed Fedora 12 but there are issues chiefly with the video drivers. I am going to be reverting to Fedora 11 shortly as it is somewhat more robust, has been around much longer than F12

miguel, 2009/11/23 01:33

hey guys
what about power management and battery life?

i have a dual boot system (win7 and arch linux)

in windows, the battery last up to 3h or more and in linux, just 2h

how's the battery life for you?

Juan, 2009/12/02 20:15

With Archlinux 64B and using cpufrequtils, I think I have near 3 hours of battery duration, but I really didn't check it seriously, so maybe it's up even less time.

Priyanka, 2009/12/08 10:00

Hi ,can u plz tell me how to install linux on Dell Studio 1555 laptop , as a secondary OS.
Vista is already there , and I want to install linux also with that.

Juan, 2009/12/18 12:44

Hi, you should install Ubuntu, because it's perfect for newbies and it haves a lot of documentation in the net. Just google and sure you find information ;)

oldcpu, 2009/12/20 16:40

Many Linux distributions work well with the Dell Studio 1537 laptop and not just Ubuntu. As for newbies, great support is provided for openSUSE newbies on http://forums.opensuse.org.

I have openSUSE-11.1 running on my Dell Studio 1537 (it has a Radeon HD3450 graphics and the Intel 5300 AGN wireless). openSUSE-11.1 came with KDE-4.3.1, but I updated it to KDE-4.3.4 which was easy. Touchpad works. Wireless works. Sound works. External projector projection works. SD port works. USB/Fire wire ports work. Webcam works. Touch keys can be set to work. I do not have blue tooth working. I have HDMI external video working, but I a year ago when I tested the HDMI sound feature it did not work (I have not need for this function and have not retested since).

Javier, 2010/02/25 20:04

I completely agree, the green option (openSUSE) is very good, especially if you like KDE.

For information on hardware compatibility, take a look at http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Laptops/Dell

priyanka, 2010/02/26 03:47

Thanks to all of you.
I have finally installed linux RHEL4 on my laptop through vmware.

Thanks a lot

venkatesh, 2009/10/19 04:52

i installed slackware 13 on dell studio 15, everything went fine except the sound, please suggest.

Juan, 2009/08/20 17:31

Hi guys,

I've the Mobility Radeon HD 3450 in Archlinux with fglrx 9.8 and I'm having problems with v-sync when watching videos. Can somebody help me?

Thanks and regards.

Juan, 2009/08/21 08:58

Well, seems that in latest fglrx drivers the problem has gone using opengl as video output. With xv I'm still having the issue.

oldcpu, 2009/10/04 08:10

I have the latest fglrx 9.8 driver with a Radeon HD3450 on openSUSE-11.1 and KDE-4.3.1 on my Dell Studio-1537 and do not have a v-sync problem when watching videos. Players I have used are smplayer, kaffeine, vlc, ffplay, xine This makes me suspect you have encountered an Archlinux implementation hiccup.

Juan , 2009/10/23 18:39

In Ubuntu 9.10 64Bits I have the same problem, and with latest fglrx driver (9.10) on Archlinux 64Bits still having the issue. But with gl as video output the problem is gone. I also noticed that with gl the colors in videos are much better, with more intensity.

Thanks for your help!

Robert Marmorstein, 2009/08/01 03:30

You'll note that I'm the one who filed that first bug. :-)

And . . . they fixed it! Intel has some really great developers working on the Linux graphics driver for their chipset. It took a couple months of wrangling with it, but they figured it out eventually. Now the system works fine. In fact, I'm using it now. (I had originally intended to return it, but decided to keep it after the bug got fixed.)

James/Subject-17, 2009/07/24 09:55

To get sound working, add “options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6” to your /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf and /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf (no quotes, create the files if they don't exist)
For bluetooth, you may have to run the command “hid2hci” to successfully scan/use yoru devices (assuming you have the packages for bluetooth installed).

I'm running arch linux with the latest kernel (2.26.30-1) and everything seems to be working fine. X is working fine with the catalyst/flgx or whatever drivers (running openbox just fine for me), haven't tested hdmi yet. Only one of my headphone jacks works for audio out, but other than that, not really any problems. I'm working on wireless next, but me thinks the router might be having some issues of it's own I need to attend to first (this belkin has surprisingly been nothing but trouble for me. A firmware update would do wonders…).

Well, that's about all. Good luck to you guys, if you need help, I may be able to provide it - email me @ james at subject17.com (you know what I did there)

James/Subject-17, 2009/07/24 09:56

Shoot, sorry for the double post

James/Subject-17, 2009/07/24 09:54

To get sound working, add “options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6” to your /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf and /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf (no quotes, create the files if they don't exist)
For bluetooth, you may have to run the command “hid2hci” to successfully scan/use yoru devices (assuming you have the packages for bluetooth installed).

I'm running arch linux with the latest kernel (2.26.30-1) and everything seems to be working fine. X is working fine with the catalyst/flgx or whatever drivers (running openbox just fine for me), haven't tested hdmi yet. Only one of my headphone jacks works for audio out, but other than that, not really any problems. I'm working on wireless next, but me thinks the router might be having some issues of it's own I need to attend to first (this belkin has surprisingly been nothing but trouble for me. A firmware update would do wonders…).

Well, that's about all. Good luck to you guys, if you need help, I may be able to provide it - email me @ james at subject17.com (you know what I did there)

James/Subject-17, 2009/07/24 09:57

For the record, I'm using a radeon 4000 series card. Sorry I forgot to mention that.

Carl P, 2010/06/05 08:34

I have purchased a Dell Studio 15 in May 2010. I had no audio when I plugged into either headset jack. I used the solution posted in this thread, namely I added 'options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6' to my /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and created /etc/modprobe.d/modprobe.conf and added it to that too, then restarted. All fixed!!!

Many, many thanks James

Ruben V, 2010/12/26 22:12

Hi,

I'm trying to get my bluetooth working… You said you needed to run hid2hci to get it recognised. But it says it “Command not recognised”.

I did a search and I have a command “hid2hci” in /lib/udev , but it needs parameters: “error: –devpath= and –method= must be defined”

Any ideas? Thanks!

smokey, 2009/05/13 13:03

Dell now sells the Studio 15 with an ATI Radeon HD 4570 for which AMD apparently offers no Linux driver yet.

Beware!

karcas, 2011/02/24 22:54

is that really true bcoz i tried to activate it from the “additional drivers” but after alomst 60% it says failed.
Help!!

Stephen, 2009/04/09 15:01

I received my Studio 1535 last week, and have installed 32 and 64 bit versions of openSuSE, Mandriva, Kubuntu, and Sabayon on it, to decide what worked best. I didn't test the webcam (don't use that much anyway). It has the 1400×900 screen, Intel AGN wifi, BD, etc. I definitely exercised my Comcast connection getting all those isos. :)

None of the x64 versions worked as well as the x32 versions. When sound works, it still sounds pretty crappy; I'd say it might just be the laptop, but it isn't as bad in Vista. I don't think there is BD support yet in any linux?

Out of the box, Kubuntu x32 was the best (didn't do x64 on this one) - pretty much everything worked. Sound, wireless, and graphics all worked. I had to manually go through and perform updates to get compiz working smoothly. Other things, like enabling the ati driver, were easy to do with Kubuntu walking me through it. I've found the wireless seems to refuse to automatically reconnect to a manually configured network, even though that option is checked. It's easy enough to point and click it where to connect though. I haven't done a lot with *buntu before, other than working with a EEE. I'm impressed with it's ease of use, but miss some of the advanced configuration stuff I'm used to finding with other distros. Sound only works near the high end of the volume adjustment. If I turn it down below 75% I can't hear anything.

Sabayon x32 was second, I think only the headphone jacks didn't work out of the box. Seemed to run a bit slow though. Compiz was easy to enable, they call it the 'enhanced experience'. :) I was a little nervous using this one as I'm unfamiliar with Gentoo based stuff, and have oft been told Gentoo is for…more advanced…users. Maybe I fit that after 6 years of linux use, maybe not.

I've been a long time user of Mandriva (powerpack). Sound doesn't work out of the box. Wireless functions, but I've had issues with it being slow – download speed is great, but doing the updates (I think there were nearly 500!) took ~4 hrs. It would sit for a long time between package downloads, I'm not sure why. The installer gave me the option to use the ati driver, which I chose, and it seems to work. However I haven't gotten compiz working yet, I think I'll need to update the driver and work my way through package updates. Not sure I want to tinker with it long enough to make it work, when I can get *buntu running so easily. Given it's a paid version, there's a bit more interest in making it work.

OpenSuSE I had fits with the graphics. It came up out of the box, but reduced functionality (3D type stuff). Trying to enable different graphics features I ended up in the black screen of death, and couldn't even get to a shell with Ctrl-Alt-F1. I gave up at that point and moved on to another distro. I'd recommend downloading the latest from ATI, and being prepared to work from a shell (init 3, install driver, aticonfig/fglrx-config, init 5 – and keep a handy copy of your xorg.conf to restore when it doesn't work). I don't think sound worked either.

It is worth noting that you'll want to test sound from the speakers and sound from the headphone jacks separately.

stephen, 2009/04/09 15:04

Forgot to mention, Kubuntu and I think maybe Sabayon were the only ones where there was any functionality for the touch sensitive controls above the keyboard (out of box)

oldcpu, 2009/04/10 08:04

openSUSE-11.1 graphics “just worked” for me out of the box with the openGL driver (radeonhd). My Dell Studio-15 comes with the ATI Radeon HD3450 hardware. But then I do NOT use 3D/special-desktop effects. I later installed the proprietary ATI radeon graphic drive, and I do NOT notice any speed improvement, BUT that is possibly because I do NOT use 3D/special-desktop effects. I suspect a person who uses such special-desktop effects will notice such an improvement with the proprietary driver. Typically proprietary drivers offer improved functionality and speed, albeit often with less stability.

An important point to note here is openSUSE is “open”. That means it does NOT come with proprietary drivers (such as proprietary nVidia nor ATI graphic drivers). That was a reason for the name change from SuSE to openSUSE and that important specific reason appears to be lost on a lot of users who do not understand why there are not proprietary drivers included with the openSUSE distribution. If one wants a distribution that comes with proprietary graphic drivers then openSUSE is NOT for one.

bulica2006, 2009/03/18 14:51

I just want to share with everyone that I brought a Studio 1537 2 days ago and have no problem putting Linux (Fedora 10) on it.

Graphic display (Intel), Webcam, network, card reader were working flawlessly with Fedora 10. Wireless card worked with the drivers at the above link. Audio worked and Headphones problem could be solved by the latest alsa-driver. Bluetooth also worked without any driver modification, but needed to use “hid2hci” to turn on the device.

Firewire and ExpressCard Slot were not tested.

oldcpu, 2008/11/26 14:00

Headphone, mic and speaker sound functions

Headset sound, mic and speaker sound, to function properly in terms of appropriate muting and unmuting requires an alsa version more recent than 1.0.18a. A fix to a problem related to this with previous alsa versions, was created, as noted toward the end of this bug report:
https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=446025

The web cam also functions, with uvc driver and applications luvcview and kopete, where WebCam is an ID 05ca:18a1 Ricoh Co., Ltd.

oldcpu, 2008/11/22 13:20

1440×900 with radeonhd driver

My Dell Studio 15 (1537) has the ATI Radeon 3450 HD graphics, and using the openSource radeonhd driver, on openSUSE-11.1-beta5, I obtained a resolution of 1440 x 900 (which is the max resolution of my Dell screen).

APC, 2008/12/04 18:50

Hi , I have bought a new DELL STUDIO 15 with a ATI Radeon 3450 HD graphics card and I have installed Open SUSE 11 in it. But I am facing a problem . I am not able to use the laptop in the graphical mode for lInux . The moment I boot the system into Linux the Open Suse screen comes for sometime and then there is a total black out . When it black outs I need to press ALT+CTRL+F1. That help me enter into the text mode . Till now I have not been able to slove the problem .Do you have any idea what could be the problem and how it can be solved

oldcpu, 2008/12/08 15:16

I installed openSUSE-11.1 RC1 on my Dell Studio 15 initially at a resolution of 1024×768. It was installed by the openSUSE installer using the openSource radeonhd driver.

I then later, from run level-3, ran the openSUSE specific program (with root permissions): sax2 -r -m 0=radeonhd #to get the right 1440×900 resolution for my WXGA+ LCD (note different Studio 15's have different resolutions). Note when you pressed ALT+CTL+F1, you are likely in run level 3, and you should be able to login and then run sax2 as I described above (ie: “sax2 -r -m 0=radeonhd” ).

It is possible that the xorg driver with openSUSE-11.0 does not provide a radeonhd driver that supports the ATI Radeon 3450 HD (I don't know). In which case, you can use the VESA driver instead (as an interim measure). Do that by typing instead with root permissions: sax2 -r -m 0=vesa

Once you have your GUI functioning, you can obtain a proprietary ATI driver, to obtain the best performance from your Studio 15.

Ude, 2009/03/19 14:36

I couldn't install teh 64 bit version of ubuntu 8.10, well it installed, but It took me to texxt mode when i logged in. The live CD worked fine. So I installed the 32 version of 8.04 and everyt hing pretty much worked. I had to pick a different resolution for the screen and change which channel the volume buttons controlled, but that was pretty much it. I haven't tested the hdmi out or the webcam or microphone yet.

oldcpu, 2008/11/22 06:16

Wireless, Audio and Graphics

There are different wireless options available with the Dell Studio 15. One can also procure the laptop with the Intel WiFi Link 5100 or 5300 AGN. I have the Intel WiFi Link 5300 AGN with the laptop and it functions fine with the 2.6.27 kernel (openSUSE-11.1 beta5). I've read one needs a least the 2.6.27 kernel for this Intel WiFi to function. I have read of Ubuntu-8.10 users (also with 2.6.27 kernel) succeeding in getting this WiFi to function.

Many users (Ubuntu, Mandriva, openSUSE) have reported problems with the audio with the laptop (hardware audio codec = STAC92HD73* ) . Dependant on one's kernel and alsa version, one may need to add the option “dell-m6” to obtain sound from the speakers. Headphone(s) function does not work with alsa-1.0.18a, although a fix may have been identified that will be included in subsequent alsa versions.

I have the ATI Radeon 3450 HD graphics, and I'm currently running it under the openGL driver (radeonhd) at a lower than maximum resolution. Once openSUSE-11.1 is released, I will install the proprietary ATI driver and change the resolution to the maximum available.

Dr. Robert Marmorstein, 2008/11/09 15:03

Graphics Issues

I ordered a Studio 15 with Linux Preinstalled. For some reason, I couldn't order it with the ATI graphics chipset — it only comes with the intel X3100 GMA. Anyway, when we received it, it failed to launch X windows. It appears the laptop's built in display is incompatible with the Intel graphics driver. I was able to get low resolution graphics using the “vesa” driver and I could get an external monitor working fine. Just not the LVDS.

Kind of embarassing for Dell to be shipping a “Linux laptop” that won't run Linux. After many frustrating hours trying to explain the issue to Dell Support, I finally initiated a return.

oldcpu, 2008/12/11 18:45
I couldn't order it with the ATI graphics chipset
it only comes with the intel X3100 GMA.


I was able to order a Studio 15 with the ATI graphic chipset. It is unfortunate you were not.

It appears the laptop's built in display is incompatible with the
Intel graphics driver.


In support of what you note, I've read that one specific LCD monitor is incompatible with Intel Graphic hardware (but not all Studio-15 laptops have that LCD monitor). Specifically the LCD Monitor manufactured by AUO - Manufacturer: AUO Model: 8174 Serial#: 0. is not compatible. This brand doesn't seem to work with the present variety of Intel graphic driver.

Some bug reports.
https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=18342
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/297245

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