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What hardware components work, and what doesn't work?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Alvar, Lucio, Seth, falconer, karel Feb 1 '14 at 2:31

Many good questions generate some degree of opinion based on expert experience, but answers to this question will tend to be almost entirely based on opinions, rather than facts, references, or specific expertise.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

why Wouldn't it work? – Brian Vanderbusch Jan 31 '14 at 19:47
Because linux hardware compatibility isn't perfect? Note that the SD card doesn't work and the touch screen effectively doesn't work, and the dedicated graphics card isn't detected. – Nate Finch Jan 31 '14 at 19:49
I see what you mean, but that's pretty universal and expected if you're an Ubuntu user. (for the record, I'm not the downvoter, was genuinely curious cuz I'm shopping now also). I guess I just expect all the peripherals to not work without some custom research/driver installs, so I don't even consider it when I got shopping. I'm looking at getting This Samsung – Brian Vanderbusch Jan 31 '14 at 20:17
About which Ubuntu release/version are you talking? I still think this question aiming at something like a snap-shot and answers will be probably wrong by may. – guntbert Feb 1 '14 at 12:05
@NateFinch Just in case it interest you, I added some links to a driver that fix some of the touch-screen problems, into the community answer. – Valkea Feb 15 '14 at 16:22


Works On: 13.10, 14.04


The laptop works with very few issues. The hi-DPI screen is somewhat hard to see, but can be tweaked to be acceptable for most people.

Touch Screen: fail

Touch screen will click and select, but can't scroll web pages. With multiple monitors, the clicks are detected as being on whatever the "main" monitor is, which might not be the laptop screen.

(the quadhd-touchscreen driver provided here or directly on dell server might help to fix the touch-screen detection problem. Before this, I add touch-screen active 1 time over 10 or 15 reboot, now it seems to work each time I start ubuntu)

Wifi: ok

Ethernet: N/A

Webcam: ok

Microphone: ok

Trackpad: ok

Media Keys: ok

Integrated Graphics: ok

Dedicated Graphics: fail

NVidia 750m does not show up... though I've heard that you can get it working with some effort using bumblebee.

SD Card Reader: ok*

*SD card reader requires kernel 3.13. In 3.12 and before, it is not detected.

HDMI: ok



DisplayPort: N/A

Mini DisplayPort: ok

Optical Drive: N/A

Bluetooth: ok

1/8" Headset port: works*, though with very annoying background hiss

*Requires kernel 3.13, before that it didn't mute the main speakers when the headset was plugged in.

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I have had the SD drive work with kernel 3.13. Then it stopped working with discs that are readable on Windows. Upgrading to kernel 3.16 in August did not help. – hughdbrown Aug 8 '14 at 18:59
It's worth noting that there are several reports that the laptop works fairly well with Linux: – Diaa Sami Aug 31 '14 at 12:48

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