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    Dell Precision M4700

    Hi Guys,

    I am very happy because today I’ve received Dell Precision M4700. Of cause I will be installing Ubuntu 12.04!
    And of cause I have some questions ))) and in advance sorry for them.
    I will working with 3d animation and rendering with Blender. So I need to setup my system to be very stable and fast.

    Questions about SSD (512Gb) and partitions. There were a lot of discussions about what partitions you need to make, but I think they all slightly dated.

    1. What partition do I need for the system that I am going to use at least 3-4 years.
    2. How to make intelligent partitions so I will be able to reinstall my Linux (Ubuntu) but keep the other partition the same
    3. Which file system to use.
    4. I have 16Gb of Ram – how much Swap do I need for 3d Rendering system?

    Questions about video card:

    5. Could you please send a link on how to install CUDA and Quadro drivers?
    6. How to make all these more stable? Which drivers to use?

    General notes:
    7. Who have to use this Laptop (or M4600) Do you have any advises?

    Thanks for help.
    I will post my partition as soon as possible so we can discuss it.

    Cheers

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    Re: Dell Precision M4700

    Quote Originally Posted by Artpen View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I am very happy because today I’ve received Dell Precision M4700. Of cause I will be installing Ubuntu 12.04!
    And of cause I have some questions ))) and in advance sorry for them.
    I will working with 3d animation and rendering with Blender. So I need to setup my system to be very stable and fast.

    Questions about SSD (512Gb) and partitions. There were a lot of discussions about what partitions you need to make, but I think they all slightly dated.

    1. What partition do I need for the system that I am going to use at least 3-4 years.
    2. How to make intelligent partitions so I will be able to reinstall my Linux (Ubuntu) but keep the other partition the same
    3. Which file system to use.
    4. I have 16Gb of Ram – how much Swap do I need for 3d Rendering system?

    Questions about video card:

    5. Could you please send a link on how to install CUDA and Quadro drivers?
    6. How to make all these more stable? Which drivers to use?

    General notes:
    7. Who have to use this Laptop (or M4600) Do you have any advises?

    Thanks for help.
    I will post my partition as soon as possible so we can discuss it.

    Cheers
    Nice computer!

    Okay, first up. You're going to need a / partition, that is where it is mounted, the root directory. You also might want partitions for all the mount areas, do it from the Ubuntu installer, you'll see what I mean.

    Next. Reinstalling Ubuntu. Unless you are installing a different distro, like Fedora or openSUSE,
    all you need to do is use this tool http://www.diffingo.com/oss/fwbackups and restore whenever you want.

    Here is CUDA support, from NVIDIA's home page. http://developer.download.nvidia.com...buntu11.10.run

    WARNING! IT IS CREATED FOR 11.10!!

    Alright, next. Quadro Drivers. Here, you can select your make and model of Quadro, and download drivers. the file extension is .run

    http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
    I don't have that laptop, but the specs are amazing! Unfortunately I don't have a thousand bucks to shell out for a laptop. I prefer workstations, but that's just because I can put in my own motherboard, and stuff.
    Last edited by ALinuxWindowsBalance; October 15th, 2012 at 01:05 PM. Reason: clarity issues

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    Re: Dell Precision M4700

    hello,

    could you make us a short review of what is working well or not with your fresh install of Ubuntu on this laptop ?

    I'm about to buy a 4700 but i wonder if it will work enough with actual driver to do my job
    ( CAO and linux dev mainly).

    for file system look at : http://superuser.com/questions/22865...-best-with-ssd

    for partition i will take :
    20Go for /
    20Go for /home
    + some data partition
    for swap it 's a good question, do you really need swap with 16Gb of Ram ??
    I don't do 3d anim. so i don't known!

    bye

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    Lightbulb Re: Dell Precision M4700

    I have the Precision M4700, running Gentoo Linux. There is several bleeding-edge features on this notebook, but in general it works fantastically

    http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Dell_Precision_M4700

    Also, since you are probably going to use Ubuntu some of the technical advice/info may not apply. If you don't patch your kernel for that touchpad, it will still work as a mouse, but just without multi-touch.

    Hope it helps

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    Re: Dell Precision M4700

    thanks a lot for your wiki , it's usefull to see that you have no big problem

    with the hardware. and your advice on bios conf should be usefull too for every

    linux user. i'm a kubuntu one !

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    Re: Dell Precision M4700

    A pleasure.
    I always used to read other peoples documentation on Linux glitches for notebooks, so decided to give it a go myself

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    Re: Dell Precision M4700

    One more question about proposed ddr memory for M4700 :

    On dell store we have the choice between 1600 and 1866MHz memory

    But Intel i7 processor support memory until 1600 only !

    So why Dell sell 1866 and what are the true benefits for the system ??

    If someone can tell me ?

    have a good day !

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    Re: Dell Precision M4700

    Dell rates the system able of 1866Mhz ram, I think intel's values are guidelines.

    Maybe they found a valid reason in some very specific application? Or maybe they just want some premium checkbox feature to differentiate the precision?

    Bottom line is I wouldn't go for 1866 unless you are going top-top-spec.

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    Re: Dell Precision M4700

    See my post here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2073224

    Nvidia drivers are not working to me...

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    Re: Dell Precision M4700

    Guys Thanks for you replies!

    Laptop is working fine. After installing Ubuntu 12.04 a had a problem with Nvidia!!
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2073224
    This link was very helpful.
    But sometimes I still dont understand what I am doing while installing video drivers
    Thanks for help.

    Tomaok
    I took my Dell with 1600 ram. I have 2Gb plates 1833 at home. I tried to install it but Laptop is recognising it like 1600


    Best
    Last edited by Artpen; November 4th, 2012 at 07:16 PM.

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