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Dell Studio XPS 16

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Dell Studio XPS 16 specifications page.

NameDell Studio XPS 16
ProcessorIntel® 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)
Screen16” 1280×720, 1366×768 WLED or 1920×1080 RGBLED Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB DDR3
HDD320GB to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
GraphicsATI Mobility RADEON HD 3670 - 512MB
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
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

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
ScreenWorks Excellent - the 1920×1080 LED screen is bright - I found it best to reduce font sizes to 64bpi or 72 bpi
HDDWorks
Optical DriveWorksMust set to ATA mode in BIOS
GraphicsWorksWith 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
SoundWorks 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.
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorksThe Intel based wireless cards were tested, the Dell branded controller works for me with Broadcom b43 wireless driver and proper firmware
BluetoothWorks
ModemNot Tested
USBWorks
FirewireNot TestedI assume this works, as my installer picked it up with the option to use it as a networking interface
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamWorksOK under Fedora 10 and Ubuntu 9.10 with Cheese, seems to work fine on Debian Lenny
Internal MicrophonesWorksYou must set “Digital Input” to the Digital Mic setting (in alsamixer) for the microphones to work
TouchpadPartialFails to reset after returning from Suspend – solved in more recent kernels

Notes

Summary

This laptop when combined with a recent Linux distribution should work nearly flawlessly out of the box, with only a few minor quirks.


Discussion

Tom, 2012/12/22 20:35

Hi, I've been trying to install Debian on my (already old) laptop.
Installation went all right, but Debian failed at startup: A strange image full of small dots of colors with a white layer on top is showing off, and then a black screen.
(unstable Sid).

Well I finally solved my problem:

on grub, config recovery, add radeon.modeset=0 after the word single.
Then launch (ctrl +x) and in the command line type exit.
Then it should leads you to gnome3.

add “non-free contrib” after main in your /etc/apt/sources.list
then “apt-get update”
and finally “apt-get install firmware-linux-nonfree” should allow you to boot normally.
source http://wiki.debian.org/AtiHowTo

TUAN NGUYEN, 2012/01/03 18:14

Studio XPS 16 ubuntu 11.10
Runs great but only problem is (LAG) when playing facebook flash games, could it be flash or video problem any idea?

Marty Kraimer, 2011/12/10 14:24

My linux system will not boot

I have a dell XPS L502X that came with windows 7 installed.
It worked fine with windows.

I then installed, via a DVD, fedora 16

I let the install procedure use the default partition layout.

The installation process showed no problems.
Other than selecting optional packages, I used defaults about what to do.

But when I try to boot it just says

No operation system found.

Any ideas?

Marty

Alex Riebs, 2011/12/10 22:08

Marty,

You probably didn't install your bootloader (GRUB, maybe LILO or another) during the Linux installation process. Boot back into your installation media and install a bootloader.

Mark Baker, 2011/06/11 15:56

I just recovered from a failed hard drive, installed a new 500G drive, and reinstalled Natty. I had previously upgraded to Natty and had a few software problems with it, most of which have now cleared up. However, I have a new problem; the machine runs really hot. It used to run hot when compared with other laptops I've owned, but runs quite a bit hotter than that now. The load or CPU utilization isn't any higher than it has been in the past. At the moment psensor tells me my 4 sensors are reporting temps of 70/61/69/82 degrees celsius (the latter being the Radeon video card).

Has anybody run into this before?

Destiser, 2011/03/18 17:13

Hello

I recently installed Mint (10? it's the latest - kde) and have a major problem with my cd-drive. My cd-drive is a slot-type, so there is just a hole in the laptop where you put the cd in, not the common stuff. To eject a CD, you have to push a touchbutton on the keyboard (besides the sound and play touchbuttons), but that button doesn't works! I can't eject my disc! In windows you have something like the dell quickset that contains the driver for that function, but yeah dell + linux = nono, so is there a fix for this?

Jon Arne Jørgensen, 2011/03/18 18:09

You should be able to open a terminal, and use the eject command.

If this for some reason doesn't work, just reboot your computer and press the eject button on the computer while the BIOS is loading.

The problem with the eject button is a know linux kernel bug, and i believe it is fixed in the latest kernels.
http://us.generation-nt.com/answer/dell-studio-1555-eject-key-does-not-work-small-patch-fix-included-help-198693971.html

Destiser, 2011/03/18 18:33

I'm sorry but I don't understand what to do with that information.

I can't seem to find a dell-wmi.c file neither

Jon Arne Jørgensen, 2011/03/18 19:36

Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to confuse you.
My whole answer was in the first two lines.
Did you try the eject command?

If you don't understand the info in the link, just ignore it.
It's just technical information about why the button don't work. And it's probably most informative for developers. If you don't build your own kernel (or don't know what the kernel is) that info is probably not useful for you.

Destiser, 2011/03/18 20:13

yes, eject just works fine, thx!

myro, 2010/09/10 11:39

I have correctly installed my wireless card
05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)

on debian squeeze by following this guide: http://wiki.debian.org/wl

hope it helps.

alex, 2010/07/21 03:40

hey there.
I upgraded to Lucid and everything works perfect. The only problem is that of the horizontal sync (I think is that). Even with Compiz/Desktop effects disabled I get a kind of black horizontal lines when watching video, moving windows, etc. I have tried playing with the parameters in Compiz-Display configuration and had no luck..

2.4GHz, radeon 3670, display 1376×768.

Despite of that Studio XPS 1640 + Ubuntu 10 = a beautiful machine.

I installed PulseAudio and sound is great!
Using VLC player BDRip movies look awesome.

I also made a perl script for enabling Desktop background slide show with my own photos :)

Has anyone had luck enabling multitouch for the touchpad???

Jonarne, 2010/04/13 18:38

I've got the Studio XPS 16, with 16” RGBLED screen and Ati Mobility RADEON HD 4670-1GB.
I'm running OpenSUSE 11.2 with the opensource Radeon driver, and the computer works like a charm. Even suspend/resume is workin flawless and triggered by the lid-switch.

But i suspect that there is something wrong with the kernel's powermanagement
(kernel 2.6.34-rc3). /proc/acpi/fan lists 2 fans, but when i cat the status of eighter of them, i allways get a status of “off” even tho I can hear the fans realy well.

I've seen that i can disable the processors in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu[0-7]/online,
but kde-powerdevil applet reports that this it's not possible?

Also, I'm wondering if there is a 3rd fan on the display-adapter that the kernel doesn't see?

Anybody know anything about this?

Frank J. Chapman, 2010/06/12 00:15

Studio XPS 16 - Installed OpenSUSE 11.2 seems ok but on execution in safe or regular mode all I get is a blank screen. I assume this is a video issue but I have the same card mentioned above. Any idea how to move forward?

Mark Baker, 2010/03/05 06:22

I've got a problem where I can get sound through the headphones, but not the built-in speakers. This just started recently in my Karmic/64 M1640 setup. Alsa-mixer is setup fine, so that's not the problem. I tried adding the lines to alsa-base.conf mentioned here, but that didn't seem to change anything. Ideas?

Alex Riebs, 2010/03/05 13:01

I had the same issue a few months ago. The problem turned out to be in the hardware. There is a small switch in the sound module of the motherboard that disables the speakers when headphones are plugged in. The problem is caused by this switch being moved out of place and thus being permanently enabled.

Tl;dr version: be prepared to spend hours on the phone with dell before the problem is resolved.

A few tips to get through the process more smoothly: try avoiding any mention of Linux. They are incredibly quick to blame the os even when their own diagnostics point to a hardware issue. In fact, just try to go through the support process on Windows, you'll probably have more luck than I did in getting timely help. They'll try saying your drivers are broken as well. Just be persistent in that the problem is in fact in the hardware.

Good luck :)

Mark Baker, 2010/03/19 14:39

Thanks, but this wasn't my problem as I was able to get sound working when booting into Windows. I did just manage to solve the problem though; I installed OpenSound as my default sound system. No idea what happened to ALSA.

Mark Baker, 2010/03/24 22:32

I was having enough problems with OSS to take another stab at getting ALSA working again, and managed to do it by installing linux-backports-module and linux-backports-module-alsa. You'll need to visit System→Administration→SoftwareSources and under “Updates” select karmic-backports.

Mark Baker, 2010/08/31 14:36

As another FYI, my speakers died again a few weeks ago. I ran Dell diagnostics though, and confirmed the speakers did still work, so suspected that the headphone jack detector might have broken. Sure enough, I changed the “dell-m6” setting in alsa-base.conf to “no-jd” (no jack-detection), and my speakers now work. I just have to manually enable/disable speakers and headphones using the Gnome alsamixer.

hvgotcodes, 2010/02/07 15:21

I CANNOT get this thing to suspend/hibernate. I have one of the first ones with the Radeon Mobility HD 3670. I have tried both open source and fglrx drivers. For people who have got this suspend/hibernate working, how did you do it? this is killing me– a laptop is not so useful if you cant easily bring it places….

thanx

Max, 2010/02/07 16:46

What distribution do you use, what program does your suspend/hibernate procedure?

Max.

hvgotcodes, 2010/02/07 17:00

sorry – its the latest ubuntu. I execute suspend/hibernate from the standard menu on my task bar. It actually appears to suspend/hibernate just fine – its the waking up it fails – system freezes.

Max, 2010/02/07 17:16

Hm, maybe this bug report helps you: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/363533

It is a little bit older, but the troubles described affect the HD 3670. You might want to try suspend/resume without the fglrx driver (just VESA or so). If the trouble remains, the problem might not be connected to the graphics card. One link that might help you pin down the problem: http://auxc.de/dp

You might want to try: http://www.tuxonice.net/ (there is a ppa-package on launchpad, according to the site). Maybe this works for you.

Max.

hvgotcodes, 2010/02/07 19:56

Max

thanx for the links. I tried the middle link – created the suspend script. it resumes, but when it does none of the standard CL commands work (ls, cat, etc…) they all error out with bus error or input/output errors. I think something about restoring the state of the video card is messing things up royally. When I try normal suspend (from the menu options) I can switch to another VT, but when i type in my username i just see scrolling kernel crash….I might just have to wait on this one…

Max, 2010/02/08 15:05

Hello again,

hm, maybe you can try to unload the kernel driver before suspending. I had a laptop once that worked that way. There should be an option in the suspend configuration for this.

Best regards,
Max.

cppgraphics, 2010/02/02 13:09

Dell XPS 16

I would like to install Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® or Fedora™ in my XPS laptop. Now where can I find drivers for my laptop. Please suggest me. Thanks


P.S: I bought it with Windows 7 OS.

dell-user, 2010/01/03 22:41

Hi everyone, sorry, but my XPS 1640 notebook wired-ethernet is not working with Ubuntu 9.04 & 9.10. I fixed it in 9.04 by disabling dhcp and configured the ip manually, but in 9.10 this doesn't work. Has anyone the same issues? Well, Ubuntu shows up the right IP, Broadcast, Gateway & MAC Address, but Firefox can't load any website!

Max, 2010/01/04 08:59

Sounds like a DHCP-Problem. What router/dhcp-server are you using?

Best regards.

dell-user, 2010/01/04 12:57

Well, I'm using a standard Hama 4-Port LAN Router. It might be a DHCP problem, but on another Computer in the network with Ubuntu/Linux Mint it works perfectly, so i think the problem is the ethernet-interface of my Dell Studio XPS 1640 Notebook. (it works with Win Vista & 7 on the notebook)

Max, 2010/01/04 13:06

Hm, I do not have any problems with DHCP on 9.10. Did you set a client ids for DHCP. Some routers seem to require client ids in order to assign an ip address. Another possibility would be to check the network traffic using wireshark or something similar. With that, you can check wether dhcp requests are actually sent out to the network. Another question would be to check, if the router receives those requests - you might want to check this with the help of your other Linux computer.

Best regrads,
Max.

dell-user, 2010/01/04 15:07

Yes, i tried to set a client id, but it didn't work. I tried it several ways:
1) Automatic DHCP - does not work
2) Automatic DHCP with DNS-Address from Provider - does not work
3) Static routing & configure Ubuntu manually - does not work.
but in all cases, Ubuntu gets the right ip, gateway,.. . Also the web-interface of my router shows dhcp-clients without id's, so i think it can handle clients without an id. I have no idea where there is the problem…

Max, 2010/01/04 15:35

Ok, let's see…

Look into /var/log/daemon.log - search for DHCP there. Normally, it would say “Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client” somewhere, followed by a NetworkManager message saying something like “device eth0 state changed (null) → preinit”. This again is followed by DHCPDISCOVER, DHCPOFFER, DHCPREQUEST, DHCPACK, in the best case and a message “bound to IP – renewal in xyz seconds.” This again should make NetworkManager work out the network settings - there are 5 stages…

There might be a problem with ipv6, I also had that in a case (saying something “ip v6 not permitted” or so). Simply turn off ipv6 in the connection settings.

Other possibilities, I could think of: firewall (try “sudo iptables -L” and find out if all are set to ACCEPT), hardware (unlikely, if you get an interface and IP from the DHCP server - still, try “lspci | grep Ethernet” - should come up with a Broadcom controller), routing (try “route -n” and see if your router is actually used as gateway). Well, I guess you have already tried to ping your own ip and that of the router.

Max.

dell-user, 2010/01/05 18:27

Thank's for your useful answer, but… :?:
I tried everything, but I couldn't find a solution yet.

1) I looked up /var/log/daemon.log and searched for DHCP there, and found the preinit entry from today:
Jan 5 19:01:36 Andreas-DELL NetworkManager: <info> DHCP: device eth0 state changed (null) → preinit
Jan 5 19:01:36 Andreas-DELL dhclient: Listening on LPF/eth0/00:26:b9:00:b3:c3
Jan 5 19:01:36 Andreas-DELL dhclient: Sending on LPF/eth0/00:26:b9:00:b3:c3
Jan 5 19:01:36 Andreas-DELL dhclient: Sending on Socket/fallback
Jan 5 19:01:36 Andreas-DELL avahi-daemon[977]: Registering new address record for fe80::226:b9ff:fe00:b3c3 on eth0.*.
Jan 5 19:01:37 Andreas-DELL console-kit-daemon[982]: WARNING: Couldn't read /proc/972/environ: Failed to open file '/proc/972/environ': No such file or directory
Jan 5 19:01:40 Andreas-DELL dhclient: DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 4
Jan 5 19:01:41 Andreas-DELL dhclient: DHCPOFFER of 192.168.1.12 from 192.168.1.1
Jan 5 19:01:41 Andreas-DELL dhclient: DHCPREQUEST of 192.168.1.12 on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
Jan 5 19:01:41 Andreas-DELL dhclient: DHCPACK of 192.168.1.12 from 192.168.1.1
Jan 5 19:01:41 Andreas-DELL dhclient: bound to 192.168.1.12 – renewal in 789378 seconds.

For example, when I activate “Auto eth0” in KNetworkManager, the 3 following entries are generated:
Jan 5 19:09:48 Andreas-DELL NetworkManager: <info> Policy set 'Auto eth0' (eth0) as default for routing and DNS.
Jan 5 19:09:48 Andreas-DELL NetworkManager: <info> Activation (eth0) successful, device activated.
Jan 5 19:09:48 Andreas-DELL NetworkManager: <info> Activation (eth0) Stage 5 of 5 (IP Configure Commit) complete.

I think that's ok, but what does “Failed to open file '/proc/972/environ'” mean?

2) I cannot turn off ipv6 in KNetworkmanager (im using Kubuntu), I'm trying to install the gnome network manager later.
3) “sudo iptables -L” shows always “ACCEPT”.
4) “lspci | grep Ethernet” shows: 08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10)
5) “route -n”:
Kernel-IP-Routentabelle
Ziel Router Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface
192.168.1.0 0.0.0.0 255.255.255.0 U 1 0 0 eth0
169.254.0.0 0.0.0.0 255.255.0.0 U 1000 0 0 eth0
0.0.0.0 192.168.1.1 0.0.0.0 UG 0 0 0 eth0
6) Yes, I'm able to ping 192.168.1.12 (own ip) & 192.168.1.1 (Router)

Do you know what's wrong in 1) …“Failed to open file '/proc/972/environ'”?
Greets, dell-user

Max, 2010/01/05 23:36

Ok, all the date looks good to me.

The console-kit-daemon handles logins and other stuff in X (logs are written in an asynchronous way, so the entries can get mixed). I doubt it is relevant in your case (on the other hand, googling for “consolekit networkmanager”, there do seem to be some issues…).

If you can ping your router, the network card itself and the related software stack work fine. Can you ping a name, for example yahoo.com? If not, the name server has not been set correctly. In that case, look into the file /etc/resolv.conf. There should be a line saying “nameserver 192.168.1.1” in there. If not, add it and try to ping yahoo.com again. It should work now. If still not… I can only guess - avahi might mess with the name entries, but unlikely, or your hosts entry in /etc/nsswitch.conf might be set incorrectly (very, very, very unlikely).

Best regards,
Max.

dell-user, 2010/01/06 11:04

I'm able to ping google.com, yahoo.com. My resolv.conf shows “nameserver 192.168.1.1”, I tried “217.16.112.21” too, which is the one from the provider (in case that the router doesn't bring up an own dns-server…i read that somewhere in the www). Well, it still doesn't work. So i looked up /etc/nsswitch.conf, there are the following 2 lines:

hosts: files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4
networks: files

so i searched for the files “hosts” and “networks”.
“networks”: link-local 169.254.0.0
“hosts”: 127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.1.1 Andreas-DELL
…and some lines for ipv6 i think

I tried to change “networks” instead of 169.254.0.0 in 127.0.0.1 or 192.168.1.1, but that changes nothing.

Maybe that's interesting: I'm using Kubuntu 9.10, fresh & clean installed and updated via a wifi-network on another router (that works…).

Max, 2010/01/08 08:32

Well, so your networking does work after all :-) The /etc/nsswitch.conf is correct. The networks and hosts are also correct - you do not have to change anything there.

Can you confine the network problem to Firefox? I mean, can you telnet a host at some port, e.g. “telnet yahoo.com 80”? You should be able to connect to the web server of yahoo (line “Connected to yahoo.com.” appears). If this works, you do not have a network problem, but a problem on application level.

Several suggested fixes: Turn off any settings for proxies. Look at firewall rules of the router (does it allow outbound connections to port 80?). Turn of ipv6 for Firefox (search for “Disable IPv6 for Firefox” on the Web). Turn off ipv6 on your machine (search for “ubuntu blacklist ipv6”). Hope something like that helps…

Best regards,
Max.

dell-user, 2010/03/31 20:26

sorry for not responding anymore. i just couldn't find a solution yet, i think is kinda strange that nobody has my problem. well, i tried to disable ipv6 both in firefox/ubuntu, my router does allow connections to port 80 (network works with windows!).

maybe someone knows a solution, please inform me instantly :)

Max, 2010/04/04 10:21

That still sounds like a problem with the router. Generally, Linux is much better in networking than windows ;-) It is a child of the internet and many routers work on linux.

The problems you describe sound like a router configuration problem. Maybe the router expects a windows system and waits for certain network packets (e.g. Windows Networking) before allowing packets through. I suggest sniffing your network and trying to narrow down the problem using network package programs. You might want to look for wireshark, curl and the like…

Max.

dell-user, 2010/04/05 16:46

sorry i'm not familiar with programs like wireshark (it's only for windows?). but maybe that's interesting: if i'm trying telnet 192.168.1.1 i get an error: “Trying 192.168.1.1…
telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection refused”. but if i try ping 192.168.1.1, it works. and if i type “192.168.1.1” in firefox i can type in the master password, but i'm not forwarded to the web-frontend, i get following error instead (sorry german):
Fehler: Verbindung unterbrochen
Die Verbindung zum Server wurde zurückgesetzt, während die Seite geladen wurde.

but the address bar shows the right address:
http://192.168.1.1/Eng/BasicSetup_dhcp.htm


Max, 2010/04/06 09:50

Wireshark is in the normal Ubuntu repositories - you should know networking protocols, though.

Ok, have you tried “telnet 192.168.1.1 80”? If that works, something is wrong with your Firefox, indeed. If not, the router blocks HTTP connections from your computer. In that case you have to somehow get your router to accept your computer. Might be some proprietary stupidity.

Max.

dell-user, 2010/01/03 22:41

Hi everyone, sorry, but my XPS 1640 notebook wired-ethernet is not working with Ubuntu 9.04 & 9.10. I fixed it in 9.04 by disabling dhcp and configured the ip manually, but in 9.10 this doesn't work. Has anyone the same issues? Well, Ubuntu shows up the right IP, Broadcast, Gateway & MAC Address, but Firefox can't load any website!

Max, 2009/12/29 15:46

Hello. Ubuntu 9.10 installs perfectly. I had problems with the sound card - adding the right parameters to the Kernel modules helps. Append the following lines to /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf:

# Configure the sound card
# Codec: IDT 92HD73C1X5
options snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6
options snd-hda-intel enable_msi=1

Best regards,
Max.

tommo, 2010/01/28 03:04

SWEET MOTHER OF GOD THANKYOU!! Now I can actually use the damn thing! The only issues I have left now are that the screen goes all funny colours when I try going ctr-alt-f1 to get into another tty, and when the wireless button is pressed on the laptop, It becomes impossible to re-enable it without a reboot.

Alex Riebs, 2010/01/29 15:35

Same issue here with the wireless card not working after being hardware killed then turned back on, does anybody know a fix or workaround?

tommo, 2010/03/11 01:17

Finally I found a solution for this. I was stumbling around in the bios settings and noticed a wireless card option in advanced. After changing the button/hotkey setting from all to WWAN (I tried WLAN first, but that still failed) i had no problems!

charles, 2010/03/19 21:28

@tommo, thanks for the tip about the wireless bios setting.

Regarding the sound in Fedora 12, when I used dell-m6, the internal speakers and headphones work fine, but the internal microphone did not work any more. I changed dell-m6 to dell-m6-dmic and now internal speakers, microphone and headphones work fine.

I have 3 issues I still would like to fix: 1. I'm getting a kernel crash pretty much as soon as the machine boots up. 2. The laptop occasionally freezes even with A07 bios update and it seems random. 3. Waiting for the ATI catalyst drivers to support this version of xorg or some other solution to get better performance from the video card. If I could get these fixed, I think I'd be really happy with the laptop.

charles, 2010/03/24 18:14

I decided to try Unbuntu 9.10 instead of Fedora 12. The laptop so far is much more stable and everything works out of the box except for the sound (adding dell-m6-dmic fixes it). Installed the ATI Catalyst drivers via Hardware Drivers and the graphics are working much better. I haven't had any more kernel panics or freezes yet.

Rich, 2009/11/29 19:16

Fedora 12 installs fine, and everything works with the exception of some problems with the graphics card.

matt, 2010/01/08 01:20

Rich, What steps did you take in fedora to solve these graphics card issues? I'm having random freezes where the only way to get around them is a hard reboot

cos, 2009/09/17 12:25

Just got this laptop and everything seems to work like a charm with Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit. I'm testing with the HD 4670 card and it works perfectly with the latest binary driver, including 3d support and hibernation.

I had to take a couple of steps to get the digital mic working (can be tweaked through Volume Control – btw, the link above leads to something irrelevant).

I've posted a review on UbuntuHCL for anyone interested:
http://www.ubuntuhcl.org/browse/product?id=6714

cos, 2009/09/17 12:27

Incidentally, battery life lasts for around 2.5 hours which is pretty good for this type of laptop.

cos, 2009/09/17 12:29

And… the touchpad resumes just fine from hibernation.

Cos, 2009/09/01 12:51

As of Linux 2.6.29 GLX fails to work - software rendering only on open-source radeon driver

Could you please post the fglrx version you tried with 2.6.29, and possibly update us on whether any progress has been made on getting that fixed?

Also, has anyone tried the newer ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4670-1GB version of this laptop?

Cos

Arcalyth, 2009/09/01 14:35

As of Catalyst 9.8 the driver compiles fine under 2.6.30, although I don't know about 2.6.29 (I assume it's the same)

prem, 2009/12/28 12:42

Brought this lappy couple of weeks back, runs Ubuntu 9.10 flawless, after upgrade got everything working out of the box.

pfm, 2009/08/08 23:01

I installed a Ubuntu Studio 9.04 amd64. One thing I'm concerned is, my battery (brand new 6 cells battery that came with the laptop) is lasting no more than 1 hour, even doing simple stuff like editing a document. Could the OS be responsible for this? I'd like to track what is causing this to happen, but don't know how…Any help appreciated :)

Thanks.

pfm, 2009/09/15 03:39

The issue I had was related to the real time kernel that comes by enabled by default with the Ubuntu Studio release – https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-rt/+bug/290498

One of the processors was hung at 50% all the time and that was consuming most of the battery life.

I have changed to a non-realtime kernel and it works just fine.

Michael, 2009/06/24 21:25

Hi,

I succesfully installed Ubuntu 9.04 on my Dell XPS 16 Laptop and everything's fine… There were some problems with the wifi and the sound driver but the rest's working great…

@German: I had the same problem with my older dell laptop, I just tried it again and again and then it worked…

AJ, 2009/06/13 16:27


Hi, I have a XPS 16 (Ubuntu 8.04) and have an annoying problem with the keyboard. After typing a few keys, the mouse will randomly send mouse-presses (usually the right click). For example, while typing this message so far, it has right-clicked 5 times on my browser, bringing up the right-click menu. Makes typing a full sentence quite impossible without interruption.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
AJ

Jaxxed, 2011/01/30 03:22

I get the phantom click on my xps16 too, but I got them on WIN too. It seems that the touchpad is sensitive, and sometimes pressing on the chassis registes a click.

Jaxxed, 2011/01/30 03:23

I forgot to mention that I got the phantom clicks on my older dell studio 17 as well.

Arcalyth, 2009/05/22 00:44

Sardar:

Dell Wireless 1510 is actually the Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 wireless adapter. Try looking for that driver.

marco, 2013/03/07 14:22

Hello Sardar,

I have a lot problem with my laptop.

I have a dell studio xps 13 and some day ago i installed the CentOs 6 all drivers work correctly except one Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 wireless adapter. I tried some many way to install it but i can´t.
Can you help me with this problem?

Thank you so much.

My mail is marcomiranda67@hotmail.com

Sardar Hussain, 2009/05/21 19:09

Hi,

I have my Dell studio xps 13 and installed Fedora 9. Though it works fine but it can't work on wireless. I am trying to make a connection but I am not sure of the driver. Can anyone help me?

Andrew, 2009/05/08 23:10

The issue with the touchpad not resetting on resume has just been fixed yesterday:

For reference: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/317270

Arcalyth, 2009/01/22 21:43

If you want internet connectivity, use lenny.

Arcalyth, 2009/01/22 17:34

I'm installing Debian Etch (4.0) AMD64 on my Dell Studio XPS 16 laptop.

Installation went fine after setting the SATA Mode Selection option in my BIOS to ATA. The Debian installer will NOT be able to detect the CD drive until you do this.

Outside of that, the only issue so far is that the installer couldn't detect the NIC. If you're running a netinst CD, you will boot into a very minimal environment after installation.

I'm about to boot into my new system now. GRUB was installed and detected the newly installed Debian (kernel 2.6.18-6-amd64), and the default Windows Vista/Longhorn that was preinstalled onto the system (I resized the NTFS partition to make room for Debian).

Everything works fine, I just have no internet connectivity on that machine, and therefore cannot install new packages from the internet.

German, 2009/04/26 23:27

Hi,I have a xps 16 and I'm trying to install Ubuntu 9.04. I have the same problem that i had in 8.10 and 8.04. When I boot with de live cd and I select “probe ubuntu..” option, appear these error message:

”[77193.580687] Buffer I/O error on device sr0, logical block 85301”

I changed the SATA Mode Selection option in my BIOS to ATA, but i have not good results.

Any Idea?
Thanks.

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