Dell XPS 17 (9700)

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Device Status Package
Video Working i915 & nvidia
Wireless Working iwlwifi
Bluetooth Workable N/A
Audio Workable ?
Touchpad Working hid_multitouch
Webcam Working uvcvideo
Infrared Camera Authentication Working howdy
USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 Working bolt
Fingerprint sensor Workable libfprint-tod-git
S3 Sleep Model Dependent N/A

UEFI

Before installing it is necessary to modify some UEFI Settings. They can be accessed by pressing the F12 key repeatedly when booting.

  • Change the SATA Mode from the default "RAID" to "AHCI". This will allow Linux to detect the NVME SSD.
  • Disable secure boot to allow Linux to boot. This may be re-enabled at a later point. See Using a signed bootloader
  • Disable Early Logo Display under Pre-boot Behaviour. This allows S1 sleep to function, as well as S3 sleep on some models. See #Power Management.

Firmware/BIOS Updates

Dell provides firmware updates on their support page and can be installed by simply placing the exe file on a fat32 drive or the EFI boot partition and selecting the file in the BIOS update page after pressing F12 at boot time.

Power Management

If the system seems to have a high power usage when in sleep mode, S3 sleep can be enabled by adding mem_sleep_default=deep to the Kernel parameters, however, as of the time of writing, S3 sleep mode does not seem to work for models with NVIDIA GPUs when on battery power. Users of variants with no dedicated GPU report S3 sleep to be working.

GPU

Using the integrated intel iGPU instead of the dedicated GPU can provide power savings. There are various methods for utilising NVIDIA Optimus, however using PRIME#PRIME render offload seems to have the best performance on the 9700.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth does not seem to work after login. However a simple workaround is to run:

# systemctl restart bluetooth

Fingerprint sensor

The fingerprint sensor can be used by installing the proprietary Ubuntu driver released by Dell and Goodix. This requires a different fork of libfprint libfprint-tod-gitAUR - available on the AUR and built from source from the upstream repo. This is a newer version intended for use only with touch-based sensors such as the one on the XPS.

Warning: This driver is proprietary, closed source and only distributed in binary form

The proprietary driver can be obtained from the AUR: libfprint-2-tod1-xps9300-binAUR. Alternatively, it can also be manually installed from the Dell repository by extracting the debian file and copying its contents.

The rest of the process is identical as that described on Fprint - just make sure not to install the version of libfprint on the main repo as it conflicts with libfprint-tod

Thunderbolt

The following thunderbolt devices have been tested:

Device Status Comments
Dell WD19TB 130W Working -
Dell TB16 Working -

Audio

This section based on https://blog.fts.scot/2020/07/04/dell-xps-2020-how-to-get-audio-working-on-linux/

Install packages: dkms, linux-headers, pulseaudio, sof-firmware.

Install soundwire-dkms:

# git clone https://github.com/maaarghk/soundwire-dkms -b latest-sofproject
# sudo mv soundwire-dkms /usr/src/soundwire-1.4.0
# sudo dkms add soundwire/1.4.0
# sudo dkms build soundwire/1.4.0
# sudo dkms install soundwire/1.4.0