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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS M1730 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 M1730 specifications page.
|Name||Dell XPS M1730|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 2.4Ghz|
|Screen||17” WUXGA Widescreen|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Geforce 8700M|
|Network||Ethernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn, Bluetooth|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Many Linux distributions do not support the Geforce 8700M in the XPS M1730 as standard so you may need to install the proprietary NVIDIA modules. Instructions on doing this can be found in the guides section of this site. No matter which distribution you use, the proprietary modules are needed for 3D support.
Some versions of this laptop include the Dell Wireless 1395 and 1505 wireless controller. These are Broadcom based controllers which should be avoided as they are not properly supported under Linux. The Intel solution is by far the better option.
You can also get this laptop with the Intel 3945 wireless controller. Although untested, it is almost certain this will work just fine on Linux.
The webcam is supported by the Linux UVC project. Some distributions, such as Ubuntu 8.04, include this as standard but others you may need to install manually. See our guides section here for details.
So long as you have a Intel wireless controller in the Dell XPS M1730 you shouldn't have any problems using this laptop with Linux.