sometimes my laptop freezes and normally I use the "magic SysRQ" combination to reboot it.

How does this work on my DellXPS13 ?

The closest question I could find was this one: How to get Alt+SysRq work on a Dell Latitude E6530?. But no matter which combination I try it does not work.

I am using a German QWERTZ-Keybardlayout but I think that should make no difference for the SysRq key.


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    Good question. I've never needed it but try it a couple times a year as a test and it's never worked for me on new or old Dell laptops. Commented Nov 29, 2019 at 13:39

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On an XPS 13 9380, first enable the media keys by pressing Fn+Esc.
Afterwards Alt+PrtScr will trigger SysRq.

Another option is to Fn+R+Alt but you'll have to release Fn to trigger a command key.

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    that works. thanks. Indeed, you need to do Fn + Alt + R then release Fn while holding others then press the extra command key.
    – Boson Bear
    Commented Jul 2, 2020 at 20:33
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    thanks @BosonBear that works on my 9343
    – sebastian
    Commented May 15, 2022 at 16:06

It may depend on the Dell XPS 13 model. For the 7390, the Setup and Specifications" brochure indicates that SysReq is represented by Fn+R. You may try if that works for you, although no indication about SysRq is available in the manual of your model, the 9360.

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