Linux on the XPS M2010 80% success

Matt Wette matt.wette at
Sat Dec 9 09:45:22 CST 2006

What does "cat /proc/interrupts" give?
Are you sharing usb and eth0 interrupts on one line?

Rune Nilsen wrote:
> I have got myself an XPS M2010 and have installed 64-bit Linux on it.
> It is a monster laptop in every sense of the word: 
> * Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz, 2GB RAM
> * ATI X1800
> * 20.1" reflective LCD-screen
> * 2 x 120 GB 5400rpm disks with Intel software raid
> * Detachable bluetooth keyboard
> * 3+ hours battery life
> * Only 8.5 kg :-/
> A few issues I have solved:
> * I tried different distros, but Fedora Core 6 (x86_64) was the only one I 
> found which supported a RAID 0 setup from the install cd (I had set up RAID 0 
> from Windows before installing Linux).
> * Use the ipw3945 proprietary driver for the Intel wireless card.
> * By using the ATI proprietary driver fglrx, both suspend and hibernate works 
> fine. But hibernate hangs if I have an SD card in the built-in card reader...
> This is what I haven't fixed yet:
> * The ALSA sound driver (Intel HDA) seems to work, but there is no sound from 
> the internal speakers. Using headphones works. I googled a lot for similar 
> problems, and found others who use the model=ref or model=3stack module 
> options, but there is no effect.
> Can anyone help me with this?
> * No bluetooth device can be found. I assume that is because the Dell BIOS 
> emulates USB for the keyboard and the mouse.
> * The keyboard worked very strangely, with double and missing chars. I have 
> changed my xorg.conf to use the old keyboard driver (Section "InputDevice": 
> Driver "keyboard" instead of "kbd"), and that helped a lot, but two issues 
> remain:
>    - There are still some missing chars now and then
>    - The keyboard goes to sleep after a period of inactivity. Every time it 
>      wakes up again, the first key repeats endlessly until i hit another key.
> I assume these are connected, and that the problem lies in using the BIOS USB 
> emulation, but I can't figure out how to get linux to use regular bluetooth 
> instead.
> Anyone have any tips for this?
> Thanks!

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