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Dell XPS 17

Introduction

This is a compatibility guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS 17 laptop. If you have the Dell XPS 17 and are running Linux on it please consider editing this page or adding a comment below with your compatibility details. By contributing you will help other people running this laptop or trying to make a decision on whether to buy it or not.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell XPS 17. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell XPS 17 page on LapWik.

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Dell XPS 17 specifications page.

NameDell XPS 17
ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5-2410M processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
Intel® Core™ i5-2520M processor 2.50 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.20 GHz
Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
Intel® Core™ i7-2620M processor 2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.40 GHz
Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.30 GHz
Intel® Core™ i7-2820QM processor 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.40 GHz
Screen17.3” 1600×900 Widescreen
17.3” 1920×1080 Widescreen
3D Option
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDup to 1500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
Blu-ray
Blu-ray-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® GT 550M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000 (1×2 bgn)
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 (1×2 bgn+ Bluetooth)
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230 (2×2 agn+ Bluetooth)
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6150 802.11 b/g/n (WiMax + 1×2 bgn)

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorking
ScreenWorking
HDDWoring
Optical DriveWorking
GraphicsWorking with hack
SoundWorking
EthernetWorking
WirelessWorking
BluetoothWorking
ModemNot Tested
USBWorking
Card ReaderWorking
WebcamWorking
TV TunerNot Tested

Notes

Graphics on the intel card work out of the box, so does display port. To use the discrete card, Bumbleebee needs to be installed. See project page for details: http://bumblebee-project.org/

This was not tested with the 3D screen.

Summary

Works flawlessly with openSUSE 12.2 after Bumblebeed workaround. All the Fn keys work except for Fn-F1 (screen switch thingy). The three buttons on the top-right strip do weird things (change screen brightness or change volume) but there is a fix avialable. Touchpad supports muli-touch and works just fine. The HDMI is connected to the Nvidia card and can be used with a nasty hack and no sound with the HDMI.

Overall I have found it a very very pleasent experience.


Discussion

memento, 2012/04/12 12:46

Does anyone have a clue ?

memento, 2011/12/21 19:49

I have a Dell XPS 17-L702X with NVIDIA GT555M etc..
I tried debian on it, each time I finally get a pink then black screen after a few minutes of use. I tried multiple nvidia drivers, but I still have the same problem.

Debian doesn't seem to be compatible with this hardware..

memento (FRANCE)
(isaak59@gmail.com)

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