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This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS M2010. This is more of a desktop replacement rather than a notebook. It includes some very powerful components for its time (2006), with a very big screen making it not practical to carry it around much, but very powerful once deployed.
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 M2010|
|Processor||Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon x1800|
|Network||10/100/1000 Ethernet, Intel 3945 802.11g Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Other||4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, ExpressCard, PCMCIA, Multiformat Card Reader, Multiformat Audio Connectors|
|Graphics||Yes||Use opensource Radeon module for full 3D acceleration|
|Sound output||Yes||See solution of bug https://bugtrack.alsa-project.org/alsa-bug/view.php?id=3403. * The Alsa bug-tracker has been taken down; the solution is available at https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110813164454AAyeJJ5.|
|Sound input||Partially||Internal mic array still not working|
|Wireless||Yes||Use the ipw3945 module|
|Bluetooth||Partially||Bluetooth doesnt switch from HID mode, allowing to use keyboard and mouse without scroll wheel, see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/bluez/+bug/452871 and https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/37288 bugs at launchpad|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Yes||No xD support|
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
Full 3D support with opensource Radeon driver and working very well, tested with Compiz, Warzone, GoogleEarth and others.
The Dell XPS M2010 is more a high-end mobile desktop replacement than a notebook. It's a great showcase for Linux, with full support for all important hardware at last, as of 06.09.2009.