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Razer Blade is Razer's line of gaming laptops. There is currently a 13" model (Razer Blade Stealth), 15" model (Razer Blade), and a 17" model (Razer Blade Pro).

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Due to the proprietary SBUI trackpad on the 17" model, it will be extremely difficult to get it to work without extensive USB protocol reversing.

Installation

Before uninstalling windows make sure to update the bios. It is easier to install the Razer drivers with windows. You can find updates on the support page related to your model.

If you are for some reason unable to boot into windows to perform the update, there is still a patch that you an apply to your kernel build to get things working. However, this will unlikely be maintained due to the availability of the BIOS patch.

The normal installation process works in general with the exceptions enumerated below.

Touchpad

Install the xf86-input-libinput package: this is also the only one that will enable natural scrolling. See Libinput for more information on this driver.

Alternatively, if you prefer using the Touchpad Synaptics driver, install the xf86-input-synaptics package.

If you have issues with the touchpad not working after resuming from sleep, restarting the module i2c_hid seems to work.

In the 2013 version the touchpad works only on Linux 4.0+ without libinput-based X.Org input driver (xf86-input-libinput) thanks to Andrew Duggan's work.

In the 2018 version the touchpad works with the vanilla kernel with BIOS version 1.05.

In the 2019 version the touchpad works with the vanilla kernel and BIOS version 1.02.

Touchscreen

While the touchscreen will provide basic functionality out of the box, it is best to use toucheggAUR to configure multitouch gestures. These include two-finger scrolling, right-click, etc.

Graphics Drivers

The graphics card works OK with the standard intel drivers which you can install with the xf86-video-intel package. See Intel graphics for more information on installation and configuration.

Issues with screen flickering seem to be resolved by changing AccelMethod to uxa as described in the SNA issues[broken link: invalid section] section.

# cat >/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf 
Section "Device"
  Identifier  "Intel Graphics"
  Driver      "intel"
  Option      "AccelMethod"  "uxa"
  #Option      "AccelMethod"  "sna"
EndSection

If you experience screen tearing while scrolling add the following line to the conf above: Option "TearFree" "true" and set the "AccelMethod" to "sna" and comment out "uxa"

If you have an Intel Kaby Lake chip wikipedia:Kaby_Lake, and the issue is not fixed with the conf above, add to i915.enable_rc6=0 to the kernel parameters.

Hybrid graphics

If the discrete Nvidia GPU is switched off before starting Xorg or Wayland, then the system freezes. The only possible solution is to manually disable/enable the discrete card after starting the graphical session. However there is a ACPI DSDT fix available which fixes this problem. Check the repository for more information.

Known issues

The trackpad does not work with certain bios versions.

2013 version problems

Source

  • SwitchBlade UI does not work due to lack of drivers.
  • Trackpad scrolling does not work.

2019 Razer Blade Stealth

  • Doesn't resume from sleep properly when the lid is opened. A workaround has been merged into the upcoming 5.6 kernel.

Audio

On the latest 'KabyLake' Intel CPU, if you also have a dual-boot with Windows, you might experience some audio issues when booting to Windows and restarting on Linux. The problem is no sound from the speakers and some cracking noises on the headphones - especially when using the touchpad -. No official solution has been posted yet, but a quick hack is to completely shut down the computer (so power off, not restart).

Tips and tricks

Tweaking

If you are using GNOME, the gnome-tweak-tool can be used to adjust the window and font scaling. A font scale of 1.25 puts the font sizes closer to how they are displayed by default in Windows 10.

If you are using an external monitor that is not HiDPI, you can use xrandr to alter the scaling of the external monitor using the instructions for Multiple Displays. You may have better results though running GNOME on Wayland. When installed, clicking the gear icon in GDM will allow you to select Gnome On Wayland and will default to that in the future.

Power management

Configuration option 1 is compatible if you use optimus manager to switch between intel and nvidia drivers.

Power modes and fan control

Razer-Laptop-Control can be used to switch between default, gaming and creator power modes, as well as manually adjust fan RPM for much better gaming performance and cooling.

Troubleshooting

2014 model issues

Source

  • touchpad (multitouch, although this may be a kernel bug that has since been fixed)
  • keys to increase/decrease screen illumination not working
  • keys to increase/decrease keyboard illumination not working

Possible trackpad solution

Source[dead link 2020-04-02 ⓘ]

git clone https://github.com/aduggan/hid-rmi.git -b rb14 # and then install it
depmod -a

Then install the xf86-input-synaptics package.

Feature still not working: pinch to zoom, 3rd mouse button.

Webcam

Setting the uvcvideo option "quirks=128" appears to let the webcam work at 720p30, thus enabling Google Hangouts support. cheese works after changing resolution to 720p and relaunching. Multiplying the quirk by a power of 2+ further improves video quality to a point. "quirks=512" seems to work best for one user.

/etc/modprobe.d/uvcvideo.conf
## fix issue with built-in webcam
options uvcvideo quirks=512

Keyboard

The openrazer-metaAUR package enables backlight control capabilities (including effects) and macro controls. You may use polychromaticAUR or razercommander-gitAUR for a GUI to set the keyboard options.

For more information on OpenRazer, see the Razer peripherals#OpenRazer


Infinite suspend loop

Add the following kernel param:

button.lid_init_state=open

to fix the suspend-resume-loop after closing the lid the first time after boot.

Suspend Loop

Suspending (Close laptop lid) does not seem to work with a basic installation. The lid state transitions from "open" to "closed" correctly the first time (and the system suspends), but after resuming from suspend by opening the lid, the lid state does not change back to "open". This results in the laptop entering a suspend loop because systemd monitors the lid state, sees that the lid is closed, and suspends the system.

A bug was filed against the kernel ACPI driver in November 2016. It contains a fair amount of documentation on the issue along with a workaround which seems to solve the problem.

To work around the issue, add the following to your kernel parameters:

button.lid_init_state=open

This will instruct the acpi driver to generate an extra open event when waking from suspend which will keep the system up.

You can check that the setting was acknowledged:

# cat /sys/module/button/parameters/lid_init_state
open

And also view all boot parameters:

$ cat /proc/cmdline 
initrd=\initramfs-linux.img ... button.lid_init_state=open

Suspending

Some users are reporting the laptop immediately waking up after suspending. It appears to be XHC (USB 3.0 chip) that is causing the wakeups.

You can fix this by running

   echo XHC | sudo tee /proc/acpi/wakeup

This will not persist on a restart though. To run this command on every startup, see Systemd#Writing unit files.

Suspending stall issue

If you have suspending stall issue, try to add a new file in /etc/modprobe.d/ with the following contents:

blacklist i2c_nvidia_gpu

If you have an infinite suspend loop after the first time you close laptop's lid then try adding button.lid_init_state=open to your kernel parameters.[1]

Screen flickering / distorted / noise on 2017 stealth

Option 1: Change edp_vswing=2

Add the kernel parameter:

i915.edp_vswing=2

Other fixes (changing xf86-video-intel settings like DRI and AccelMode do not seem to help)

Option 2: Use LTS Kernel With enable_rc6=0

If the above does not work try adding the following kernel param instead:

i915.enable_rc6=0

The parameter is not available in the latest kernels (e.g. "4.17.5-1") but the linux-lts kernel does (e.g. "4.14.54-1-lts"). This was the only thing I found that worked on my Razer Blade Stealth 13 with i7-8550U cpu.

Option 3: Use intel_idle.max_cstate=1

Instead of reverting to the LTS release, I was able to add the following kernel parameter:

intel_idle.max_cstate=1

This changes the power options for the kernel. This will increase power usage, as it keeps the processor on all the time. More information can be found here: https://gist.github.com/wmealing/2dd2b543c4d3cff6cab7 . I did not try any other cstates. It may be worth setting max_cstate as high as possible to reduce power usage. I have tested from 8 downward and the first one to work was "intel_idle.max_cstate=4"

Possible trackpad solution for 2013 version

Source[dead link 2020-04-02 ⓘ]

git clone https://github.com/aduggan/hid-rmi.git -b rb14 # and then install it
depmod -a

Then install the xf86-input-synaptics packages.

Feature still not working: pinch to zoom, 3rd mouse button

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Reason: The SBUI works as a trackpad, but no linux drivers currently exist. Does it even work for basic trackpad functionality? (Discuss in Talk:Razer Blade#)

pcieport PCIe Bus Error

You may see the following errors in dmesg:

kernel: pcieport 0000:00:1c.0: PCIe Bus Error: severity=Corrected, type=Data Link Layer, id=00e0(Transmitter ID)
kernel: pcieport 0000:00:1c.0:   device [8086:9d12] error status/mask=00001000/00002000
kernel: pcieport 0000:00:1c.0:    [12] Replay Timer Timeout

To fix this, add kernel param:

pci=nomsi

2013 version

What works

Source[dead link 2020-04-02 ⓘ]

  • Wireless
  • Switchable graphics
  • Bluetooth
  • Keyboard light (HW controlled)
  • UEFI boot

See also