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Dell XPS M1530 - DRAFT

1. Hardware Information

1.1. Basic

1.2. Detailed

$ /sbin/lspci

$ /sbin/lsusb

2. CentOS-5

2.1. Installation

*An example of how dd could be used for creating a bootable USB stick (sdb): dd if=/<path to file>/diskboot.img of=/dev/sdb.

2.2. Post-installation notes

2.2.1. NVIDIA GeForce Go 8600M GT**

The free driver does support the GPU / LCD resolution of 1440x900 but the fan(s) tend to run at higher speeds than expected also 3D performance is poor. Both issues are fixed by installing the non-free Nvidia drivers. Since there don't appear to be up to date drivers available in a repository the following manual install process can be used.

2.2.2. Western Digital (WD3200BEVT) 320GB

Many laptop hard disks are plagued by quickly increasing Load Cycle due to overly aggressive default power management set by hard disk manufacturers. For those of you who are not aware of the Load Cycle issue please refer to the following link from Ubuntu forums which documents the issue really well: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=805570 This issue has also been discussed on the CentOS Hardware forum with possible solutions too: https://www.centos.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=23545

2.3. Issues

2.3.1. OmniVision Technologies, Inc. OV2640 Webcam

Does not appear to function as expected in Skype. Not looked in to issue any further yet.

2.3.2. Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module (up to 3Mbps) with Enhanced Data rate

To start the device under Linux, use this command:

/usr/sbin/hciconfig hci0 reset

Add this command to /etc/rc.d/rc.local to ensure that the device starts on each boot.

2.3.3. SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822

Host controller supports SD card variants only but when a card is inserted it is not auto mounted. Need to confirm if card can be read if manually mounted.

2.4. Models tested

As above, no others tested.

3. CentOS-4

Not tested with this release; possibly too old for Dell XPS M1530 hardware.

4. Links & Notes


HowTos/Laptops/Dell/XPS M1530 (last edited 2014-04-25 13:57:41 by AnssiJohansson)