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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS M1210 laptop. This is a small sized laptop but with some higher end components. It is a little heavy though.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Name||Dell XPS M1210|
|Processor||Intel Core Duo|
|RAM||up to 4GB|
|HDD||up to 200GB SATA|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce Go 7400|
|Network||Broadcom 10/100 BCM440x|
|Processor||Intel Core Duo T5600 1.83Ghz||Yes|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache||Yes|
|Sound||Yes||Use the snd-hda-intel module|
|Wireless||Intel 3945 802.11g||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|USB||4 x USB2.0||Yes|
|Firewire||1 x Firewire||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Camera||Experimental, see below|
|SD Card Slot||Yes|
The Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache which is included with the XPS M1210 can function with both the nv module included with Xorg and the Nvidia's proprietary module. For OpenGL support you will need to use the proprietary module. You can find installation instructions for the nvidia card here.
Some cheaper models of the Dell XPS M1210 include the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950. This has not yet been tested but it has been reported to work with the 915resolution tool.
You can use the Linux UVC module to get the webcam working with the M1210. However this module is experimental and quality isn't great at the moment. I could only get a black and white picture from the camera.
Mandriva 2007.1 has a problem with the keyboard. If you press a button on the keyboard on occasion it reads it multiple time. For example, if you press 'd' on the keyboard sometimes you get 'dddd'. Updating the kernel to 184.108.40.206-tmb-desktop-1mdvsmp, which is available in the contrib repository, fixes this issue.
The Dell XPS M1210 is an excellent choice for people requiring a small and powerful laptop with excellent Linux support. Installation of Linux on this laptop was a breeze.