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Installing Fedora 16 on Dell XPS 17 (L702)



David Altonaga [ d (dot) altonaga (at) gmail (dot) com ]

Last updated: 11-11-2011

General Hardware Specifications of Dell XPS 17 (L702):

Hardware Components

Status under Linux

Notes

CPU(s)

Intel® Core™ i7-2820QM CPU @ 2.30GHz

Works

No special procedure required during installation.

Display:

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY..., 17.3HDF+, WLED, TLF, CMI

Works

Select Generic LCD Display in Installer

Graphics:

NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 3GB graphics

Works

Download ATI Linux driver

3D Vision:

incorporated with graphics card

Not Tested

This feature is not predicted to work. In progress

TV Tuner:

incorporated with graphics

Not Tested

In progress

RAM:

12GBs (2x4GB, 2x2GB) DDR3 1333

Works

No special procedure required during installation

HDD 1:

Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s with NCQ Solid State Hybrid Drive

Works

No special procedure required during installation

HDD 2:

Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD3200BEVT 320GB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s

Works

No special procedure required during installation

Integrated Network Card:

Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)

Works

No special procedure required during installation

Wirless Network Card:

Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6230 (rev 34)

Works

No special procedure required during installation

Optical Drive

6X Blu-ray (BD-RE)

Works

No special procedure required during installation

Have not tested writing blue ray disc.

Audio:

nVidia Corporation GF106 High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)

Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)

Works

No special procedure required if using Kernel 3.1.x.

Results from [ lspci ]

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)

00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor Family PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)

00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)

00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)

00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)

00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5)

00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b5)

00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev b5)

00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev b5)

00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev b5)

00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05)

00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM67 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 05)

00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)

00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 05)

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Device 0dcd (rev a1)

01:00.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation GF106 High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1)

02:00.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7231 (rev aa)

03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6230 (rev 34)

04:00.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller (rev 04)

05:00.0 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller (rev 30)

05:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller (rev 30)

05:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. MS Host Controller (rev 30)

05:00.4 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. xD Host Controller (rev 30)

0a:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)



This laptop is operating under Kernel version [3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64]

Basic Installation of [Fedora 16]:

I have Windows 7 running on the first HDD (sda) and Fedora on the second HDD (sdb) with the boot loader installed on sda.

Setting up additional features for [Fedora 16]


Unresolved issues

Configuration Files

More Specific Information. Specific stuff such as:



Links:



Other:

This is a nice machine in my opinion. It feels nice to handle and the quality is very good. The display has a bit of glare to it, but still beautiful. I haven't tried the 3D yet. I know it won't work under Linux, but I may try it under windows.




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