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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS M1530 laptop.
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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For full specifications see the Dell XPS M1530 specifications page.
|Name||Dell XPS M1530|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 2.0GHz|
|Screen||15.4” WXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11abg|
The Geforce 8600M requires the use of the proprietary NVIDIA driver to function. Most Linux distributions do not include this driver so you will likely need to install it manually.
For many Linux distributions you will not get sound until you install the latest ALSA modules (at least version 1.0.16rc2). Ubuntu 7.10 does not have this problem.
You will need at least kernel 2.6.22 for this laptop. Older kernels will have issues with the wired and wireless network.
When after installing Mandriva 2009 it is necessary to add the kernel option i8042.nomux=1 to get the mousepad working.
Ubuntu 7.10 is probably the best choice for the Dell XPS M1530 as it includes the fixed ALSA modules as well as the proprietary nvidia module. However other distribution will work just fine after you manually install these two items.