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Dell XPS M1330
Dell XPS M1330



13.3 inch display @ 1280x800
Intel Core 2 Duo processors
Intel 965GM chipset (ICH8M)
Up to 4 GB RAM  	
Intel GMA X3100 or NVIDIA 8400M GS
Synaptics touchpad
hard drive
DVD / DVD+/-RW optical drive
Broadcom NetLink BCM5906 Fast Ethernet
Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG / 4965AGN or Dell Wireless 1390 / 1490 wifi
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth
Intel High Definition Audio and built-in microphone
USB 2.0
ExpressCard slot
Ricoh R5C832 Firewire controller
Ricoh R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro adapter
Ricoh R5C592 Memory Stick adapter
Ricoh xD-Picture Card controller
SGS Thomson Microelectronics fingerpint sensor
OmniVison webcam

Order hints / linux compatibility

Note: This laptop is available with Ubuntu Linux preinstalled, see here

When you order this model, some hints on some of the available components:

All other hardware devices are fully supported.

Hardware Status Overview

Device Working Driver Troubleshooting
Processor Processor Image:Tick.png
Drives and Storage Hard Drive Image:Tick.png ahci
Optical Drive Image:Tick.png ata_piix
Firewire Image:Tick.png ohci1394
SD and MMC card readers Image:Tick.png sdhci
Memory Stick reader Image:Cross.png
xD card reader Image:Cross.png
USB USB Image:Tick.png uhci, ehci
Graphics Intel Image:Tick.png i915, intel See below
NVIDIA Image:Tick.png nvidia
Input Devices Keyboard Image:Tick.png keyboard
Touchpad Image:Tick.png synaptics
Functions Keys Image:Tick.png
Networking Ethernet Image:Tick.png tg3
WLAN: Intel Image:Tick.png iwlwifi See below
WLAN: Dell Image:Tick.png b43, ndiswrapper
Bluetooth Image:Tick.png hci_usb
Sound Sound Image:Tick.png snd_hda_intel See below
Other ExpressCard Image:Tick.png pciehp
Fingerprint Readers Image:Tick.png fprint
Webcam Image:Tick.png ucvideo
Hardware Sensors Image:Tick.png i8k
Suspend to RAM unknown
Suspend to Disk unknown

Dell Laptop guides

Dell specific laptop guides:

Generic Laptop guides

Some generic laptop guides:


Intel Graphics

When using x11-drivers/xf86-video-i810 greater than 2.1.1 I was unable to use direct rendering. When running glxgears I received the following error:

Code: glxgears
 libGL error: drmMap of framebuffer

Staying at x11-drivers/xf86-video-i810-2.1.1 solved the problem.

Intel WLAN

If you get a kernel panic while booting with the wireless switched on, you may want to prevent udev from starting wlan0 as a device-initiated service by setting RC_PLUG_SERVICES="!net.wlan0" in /etc/conf.d/rc.


To get the sound working, you have to specify the model:

File: /boot/grub/grub.conf
 kernel other_kernel_options snd-hda-intel.model=5stack
File: /etc/modprobe.d/snd_hda_intel
 options snd_hda_intel model=5stack

Afterwards run update-modules.

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