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This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop.
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|Name||Dell Studio XPS 16|
|Processor||Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo P8400 (2.2GHz/1066MHz FSB/3M L2Cache)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz/1066MHz FSB/3M L2Cache)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo T9400 (2.53GHz/1066MHz FSB/6M L2Cache)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo T9600 (2.8GHz/1066MHz FSB/6M L2Cache)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo P7350 (2.0GHz/1066MHz FSB/3MB L2Cache)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz/1066Mhz FSB/3MB L2Cache)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo T9550 (2.66GHz/1066Mhz FSB/6MB L2Cache)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo T9800 (2.93GHz/1066Mhz FSB/6MB L2Cache)
|Screen||16“ 1280×720, 1366×768 WLED or 1920×1080 RGBLED Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB DDR3|
|HDD||320GB to 500GB|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3670 - 512MB|
Dell 1515 Wireless N Mini-Card
Intel® 5100 Wireless N Half Mini-Card
Intel® 5300 Wireless N Half Mini-Card
Intel 5150 Wimax, Wireless-N combo card
|Screen||Works||Excellent - the 1920×1080 LED screen is bright - I found it best to reduce font sizes to 64bpi or 72 bpi|
|Optical Drive||Works||Must set to ATA mode in BIOS|
|Graphics||Works||With the latest proprietary ATI drivers, all works as intended. Not tested for kernel 2.6.29, but 2.6.28 and below and 2.6.30 and later work. [Note] For kernel 2.6.33 you need a patch for ATI drivers to build|
|Sound||Works||You might want to add “options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6 enable_msi=1” to kernel module options, if you experience problems with the sound.|
|Wireless||Works||The Intel based wireless cards were tested, the Dell branded controller works for me with Broadcom b43 wireless driver and proper firmware|
|Firewire||Not Tested||I assume this works, as my installer picked it up with the option to use it as a networking interface|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Webcam||Works||OK under Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 9.10 with Cheese, seems to work fine on Debian Lenny|
|Internal Microphones||Works||You must set “Digital Input” to the Digital Mic setting (in alsamixer) for the microphones to work|
|Touchpad||Partial||Fails to reset after returning from Suspend – solved in more recent kernels|
This laptop when combined with a recent Linux distribution should work nearly flawlessly out of the box, with only a few minor quirks.