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    XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    Has anyone installed Ubuntu on Dell's alternative to the 27-inch iMac?

    It has some obvious advantages including easier disassembly, some upgradeability, and potentially better compatibility with Linux.

    Or maybe not. Dell's vague and ambiguous published hardware specs (e.g., it's difficult to see how the base-model's i5-3450s can be accompanied by the 'default' HD 4000 graphics, since Intel says it features HD 2500) make it a bit of a pig in a poke at this point.

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    Re: XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    I am no sure about ubuntu video driver for display on 2560X1440 resolution.

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    Re: XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    I recently purchased the Dell XPS One 2710 and installed Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. This really is a sweet machine. Almost everything works out of the box.

    What works out of the box:
    * Graphics 2560X1440 resolution (defaults to Intel graphics on Core i5/i7 chip).
    * Dell Wireless keyboard and mouse
    * AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter
    * Sound Card can play and record sound. Speakers are fantastic.
    * Microphone
    * Webcam
    * Sleep and wake from Dell keyboard

    Requires post-installation work:
    * nVidia graphics card is tricky to get working. I ended up going back to Intel. No easy way to select graphics cards in Ubuntu.
    * AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet (google it on how to get it working).

    lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller (rev 09)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev c4)
    00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 6 (rev c4)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation H77 Express Chipset LPC Controller (rev 04)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GK107 [GeForce GT 640M] (rev a1)
    02:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
    02:00.1 SD Host controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
    03:00.0 USB controller: Texas Instruments Device 8241 (rev 02)
    04:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9485 Wireless Network Adapter (rev 01)
    05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8161 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 08)

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    Re: XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    Many thanks, cakalapati! I've been searching for quite a while, and yours is the first reported linux install.

    How happy are you with Intel HD 4000 @ 2560x1440? (I was contemplating ordering the base model without the NVidia card, except that appears to mean settling for the i5-3450S with its less capable HD 2500 graphics.)

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    Re: XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    That's funny. Like you, I have been googling for a month to see if anyone bought this unit and tried to install Ubuntu on it. The only post I found was yours.

    I was struggling between the Dell XPS One 2710 and the HP Z1 (which advertises to be Linux friendly). I only choose the Dell because my local Fry's computer store just got the Dell XPS unit in stock and I actually had a chance to play around with it.

    Armed with an Ubuntu 12.04 USB key, I live booted Ubuntu in the store (with the store manager beside me of course). Everything worked so well, I bought the machine.

    The model I bought included:
    Intel Core i5-3450s processor
    8GB3 DDR3 SDRAM
    1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M

    I slapped in an Intel SSD and everything has been insanely great so far. I've had the unit for one week now.

    If I were to buy the unit again, I would probably get the cheaper one (that does not include the nVidia card). The onboard Intel graphics card is quite capable for my needs and handles the 2560x1440 resolution and GUI animations very well.

    If you need me to run any commands for you, let me know.

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    Re: XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    The unit I have came with the Intel i5-3450S processor with onboard HD 2500 graphics. While this is not a gamers graphics chip by any means, it was good for my needs (which is primarily web development).

    I eventually got the nVidia card working, but the unity launcher icons on the left of the screen were really large and I could not resize them. The config setting to resize the icons in the "Appearance" dialog, was hidden for some reason. I'm not sure why is was hidden (disabled?) but I reverted my nVidia changes and went back to Intel.

    If anyone has insight into this, I would know what happened.

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    Re: XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    could you issue a kvm-ok command for me please and let me know if I can have "kvm" virtualization available.

    Plus, can it display TV / can you plug a TV antenna cable/wire in it?

    thx
    james
    James Dupin
    IT contractor
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    http://fr.linkedin.com/in/jamesdupin

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    Re: XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    Is there a way to just permanently use the NVidia card? I want to use it all the time so my compiz desktop is fully accelerated.

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    Re: XPS One 27 / 2710 compatibility

    Does the touchscreen function properly under linux? Also, do you use the 32 bit or 64-AMD bit OS? I assume the 32bit?

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