DebianOn is an effort to document how to install, configure and use Debian on some specific hardware. Therefore potential buyers would know if that hardware is supported and owners would know how get the best out of that hardware.

The purpose is not to duplicate the Debian Official Documentation, but to document how to install Debian on some specific hardware.

Translation(s): none

Models covered
Dell XPS 15

Overall Status

Core Components

[ATTACH]

Boot Standard Kernel:

{i}

LAN network card (Generic Ethernet):

[-]

Detect CD/DVD (Generic DVD+RW) :

[-]

Detect hard drives:

{OK}

Extra Features

CPU Frequency Scaling

[?]

Hibernation

[?]

Suspend

{OK}

Xorg

[?]

- OpenGL

[?]

- Resize-and-Rotate(randr)

[?]

Switch to External Screen

[?]

Mouse

- Built-in (Trackpoint)

[-]

- Built-in (Touchpad)

{OK}

Modem

[-]

Wireless/Wifi

X-(

Keyboard's Hotkeys

{OK}

Touch-screen

{OK}

Legend :
{OK} = OK ; {X} Unsupported(No Driver) ; /!\ = Error (Couldn't get it working); [?] Unknown, Not Test ; [-] Not-applicable
{i} = Configuration Required; X-( = Only works with a non-free driver and or firmware

Important Note

Before installation, disable Secure Boot, change the SATA Mode to AHCI and change Fastboot to Thorough in the POST Behaviour menu of your BIOS. (Access your BIOS by tapping F2 during start-up until the BIOS-menu shows up.)

After installation if you encounter "rcu_sched detected stalls on cpus/tasks" or cpu locks. Add nouveau.modeset=0 to your kernel boot parameters. (howto: https://askubuntu.com/questions/19486/how-do-i-add-a-kernel-boot-parameter )

Configuration

Display

Touch-screen works using Debian Stretch testing

Audio

Works using Stretch testing

Mouse

Power Management

WiFi

Non-free firmware required. As the laptop lacks an ethernet port, install Debian using DVD iso mounted on USB. Skip network and wireless configuration. The DVD install (instead of the small netinst CD) is useful to install GNOME or some graphical interface. Using the netinst, a usb-stick will not be recognized, making the manual firmware installation difficult once Debian is installed.

So once install is done, download firmware_all*.deb, transfer to the dell via usb-stick and install. After reboot the wifi should work.

System Summary

lspci

00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 8th Gen Core Processor Host Bridge/DRAM Registers [8086:3ec4] (rev 07)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Skylake PCIe Controller (x16) [8086:1901] (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation UHD Graphics 630 (Mobile) [8086:3e9b]
00:04.0 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation Skylake Processor Thermal Subsystem [8086:1903] (rev 07)
00:08.0 System peripheral [0880]: Intel Corporation Skylake Gaussian Mixture Model [8086:1911]
00:12.0 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH Thermal Controller [8086:a379] (rev 10)
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH USB 3.1 xHCI Host Controller [8086:a36d] (rev 10)
00:14.2 RAM memory [0500]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH Shared SRAM [8086:a36f] (rev 10)
00:15.0 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a368] (rev 10)
00:15.1 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a369] (rev 10)
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH HECI Controller [8086:a360] (rev 10)
00:17.0 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a353] (rev 10)
00:1b.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port [8086:a340] (rev f0)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port [8086:a338] (rev f0)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port [8086:a33c] (rev f0)
00:1d.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port [8086:a330] (rev f0)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:a30e] (rev 10)
00:1f.3 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH cAVS [8086:a348] (rev 10)
00:1f.4 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH SMBus Controller [8086:a323] (rev 10)
00:1f.5 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH SPI Controller [8086:a324] (rev 10)
01:00.0 3D controller [0302]: NVIDIA Corporation GP107M [GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile] [10de:1c8c] (rev a1)
3b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter [168c:003e] (rev 32)
3c:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS525A PCI Express Card Reader [10ec:525a] (rev 01)
3d:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller [0108]: SK hynix Device [1c5c:1527]

lsusb

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 27c6:5395  
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0cf3:e300 Atheros Communications, Inc. 
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0c45:671d Microdia 
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Resources

Attachments

Some configuration files and sample outputs.

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