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Dell Studio 1569


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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For full specifications see the Dell Studio 1569 specifications page.

NameDell Studio 1569
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5
Intel Core i3
Screen15.6-inch HD WLED backlight with TrueLife
RAMUp to 4GB (DDR3)
HDD250GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW (slot-in)
GraphicsIntel Integrated

Linux Compatibility

Processor Works
Screen Works Screen brightness buttons do not work
Optical Drive Works Makes frightening clicks when gobbling up the CDROM
Graphics Works
ModemNot Tested
USB Works Mouse and external HDD tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Functional keysSome work, some do not
HDMI outputvideo works on some TVs, audio does not work
Suspend/ResumeWorks 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[0]:               71 C: devices=FAN1 
active[1]:               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[0]:               71 C: devices=FAN1 
active[1]:               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.

Other linux versions support

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty


Arie Skliarouk, Jerusalem, Israel


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