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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.
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|Name||Dell XPS 17|
|Processor||Intel® 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
|Screen||17.3” 1600×900 Widescreen
17.3” 1920×1080 Widescreen
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|HDD||up to 1500GB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 550M|
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)
|Graphics||Working with hack|
|TV Tuner||Not Tested|
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.
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.