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I use the Dell Studio 1569 for about 3 weeks, there are several problems with linux (Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop amd64) support (see below).
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|Name||Dell Studio 1569|
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5
Intel Core i3
|Screen||15.6-inch HD WLED backlight with TrueLife|
|RAM||Up to 4GB (DDR3)|
|HDD||250GB to 500GB|
|Optical Drive||DVD+-RW (slot-in)|
|Screen||Works||Screen brightness buttons do not work|
|Optical Drive||Works||Makes frightening clicks when gobbling up the CDROM|
|USB||Works||Mouse and external HDD tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Functional keys||Some work, some do not|
|HDMI output||video works on some TVs, audio does not work|
|Suspend/Resume||Works only if triggered by software, get stuck if lid is closed|
The computer might lock up, especially if running heavy applications or stuffing the air duct. The ACPI support is rudimentary, linux can barely read temperature and it is not clear whether it is even correct (it is not changing when CPU is overloaded).
# cat /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/TZ00/* 0 - Active; 1 - Passive <polling disabled> state: ok temperature: 27 C critical (S5): 100 C passive (forced):<not set> active: 71 C: devices=FAN1 active: 55 C: devices=FAN0 # cat /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/TZ01/* 0 - Active; 1 - Passive <polling disabled> state: ok temperature: 0 C critical (S5): 100 C passive: 95 C: tc1=0 tc2=2 tsp=10 devices=CPU0 CPU1 CPU2 CPU3 CPU4 CPU5 CPU6 CPU7 active: 71 C: devices=FAN1 active: 55 C: devices=FAN0
Note2: The fact that the hard disk can not be replaced without voiding your warranty or visiting Dell service center might complicate laptop replacement and disappoint some Linux users.
The getting stuck when overheating is a show stopper, not recommended for Linux use. The problem is described in this bug report.
Arie Skliarouk, Jerusalem, Israel