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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS M1330 laptop. This is a small sized laptop and is (probably) the successor to the Dell XPS M1210.
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 M1330|
|Processor||Intel Core Duo T7100 1.8Ghz|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS|
|Network||10/100 Ethernet + Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn Wireless|
|Other||2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire|
|Graphics||Yes||See notes below|
|Sound||Yes||See notes below|
|Wireless||Yes||See notes below|
|Firewire||Tested at least as Network-Connection|
|Memory Card Reader||Worked at least with SD-Card|
For the Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS in the M1330 you will need to use the proprietary nvidia module as the open source nv module does not yet support this chip.
Some models of the Dell XPS M1330 include the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 graphics chip. This is not a problem and the performance is similar to that of MS Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 preinstalled by Dell.
You can use the Linux UVC module to get the inbuilt webcam working with the M1330. However this module are still experimental and quality isn't that great at the moment.
The 4965AGN wireless controller found in the M1330 is supported by the iwlwifi driver. By far the easiest method to use this driver is just to install a distribution which uses kernel version 2.6.22 or greater. An up to date Fedora 7 installation includes kernel 2.6.22 so that is recommended.
Sound works out of the box on the M1330, but can sometimes play back with low volumes. The internal microphone has an extremely low volume and some users have reported that suggested fixes to this problem do not work.
The sound is the biggest issue with the Dell XPS M1330. Other than that, as long as you use a distribution with kernel 2.6.22, this laptop works quite well although you do need some Linux knowledge to get some of the features of the M1330 working properly.
CAUTION: THE HARD DRIVE NEED TO BE CONFIGURED FOR INCRESS THEIR UTIL LIFE… see smartmoontools, load cycle count, before install linux on laptops.