Talk:Dell XPS 13 (9343)

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wifi during installation

I'm going to install Arch Linux on my new XPS 9343! Prior to begin, I want to solve a question: because wireless chipset works only after installing a package from AUR (reading main wiki page), how can I make wireless working in the setup environment ???

nTia89 (talk) 11:52, 29 May 2015 (UTC)

First off, the wiki talk page isn't the best place to ask for help-- you should be asking this question in the forums. I'll answer it anyway, though. Ideally you'd use a USB Ethernet adapter, but if you don't have one, you should download the appropriate kernel headers package and the broadcom-wl pkgbuild on another computer, and then copy them onto your XPS with a flash drive after you're finished installing Arch. When you install Arch, make sure you also install the `base-devel` group so that you can build AUR packages.
Soren121 (talk) 12:10, 29 May 2015 (UTC)
thank you! and yes, usually I use our forum, but I thought that this place should be better due to very high particular topic... forum is too broad. I don't have an USB-ethernet adapter, so this must be the way. However I haven't understand exactly the trick: I build the needed package using another pc and I transfer it in the XPS, well. When I have to install it?
I think this must be added as first section in the wiki page
nTia89 (talk) 13:41, 29 May 2015 (UTC)


This wiki states that linux buyers "should pay special attention to display configuration options (FHD/QHD+)" but then there is nothing mentioned about these options anywhere else.

Sorry, but can I ask what special attention should I pay? Do both screen options work fine in Linux?

Bulletmark (talk) 13:28, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

They both work fine, but HiDPI support is a necessity for the QHD+ screen, whereas you can get away with just changing text size on the FHD. HiDPI is still uneven on Linux; Gnome 3 currently has the best HiDPI support, while KDE 5's is a work-in-progress. Soren121 (talk) 13:45, 1 June 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps add your comment to the main page? I use GNOME 3 BTW and knew that. I don't really see the point of getting the QHD+ display and just scaling most things up. It also is glossy instead of matte, chews more battery, and causes slightly more heat. Bulletmark (talk) 13:53, 1 June 2015 (UTC)
Done. I agree with your points; that's exactly why I got the FHD model myself. The only configuration I had to do was increase the text scaling in Gnome to 1.25. Soren121 (talk) 06:45, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Intel wifi option?

The page says:

"The Intel module has a 2-3 times wider reception range and way higher throughput, making it an worthwhile upgrade should you decide to do so."

I guess replacing the factory Broadcom card would void the warranty though? Is opening the case and replacing the card difficult? Perhaps comments about these could be added.

BTW. I am about to get a i5+8GB+256GB+broadcom wifi+FHD model delivered and will clobber the windows install with Arch. Hence my interest in this wiki page. I will contribute feedback when I do the install.

Bulletmark (talk) 04:36, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

As far as I know, if you replace the WiFi card, the rest of the laptop is still covered by the warranty. Dell is pretty good about user-serviceability; they even provide the service manual (PDF) for free. They will not, however, cover any damage that you may cause while working inside your laptop. It's quite easy to replace the WiFi card, but you do need a Torx T5 screwdriver and a plastic spudger to remove the bottom half of the case, and most people don't have those lying around. As for including instructions in the wiki, disassembling the laptop has no relevance to its support in Arch, so I don't think that would belong here. Soren121 (talk) 05:06, 3 June 2015 (UTC)

My experience

There's not really any appropriate forum thread for discussion so I will state my experience here. Just followed the wiki to install to my new XPS 13 i5+8GB+256GB+broadcom wifi+FHD with GNOME 3 and these are my misc comments.

  • My box was on X03 BIOS delivered. I booted windows just to download A04 and install it from windows. That was/is the last time windows will boot on this box.
  • There are no comments about partitioning in the wiki. I left the partitions as is (i.e. 6 partitions) and only created a new ext4 FS in partition 5, i.e. the original big windows partition. I installed gummiboot and when I boot my default boot option is Arch but I get an option to run the windows recovery tool (residing in partition 6?) which looks like it would attempt to reinstall windows back to that main partition 5 which is handy if I ever want to restore it. I did not clear the original EFI partition, gummiboot seemed to set it up ok. Those other partitions are small anyhow so it costs nothing to keep them.
  • I installed broadcom-wl-dkms and it wifi worked fine. I used an Apple USB to ethernet adaptor to get that far. I am using Network Manager and it seems to work well, no drop outs as the wiki says may happen. Also switches between wife and wired well as I configued NM per it's wiki.
  • I extracted the bluetooth from the CAB file as per the wiki and bluetooth seems to load ok although not tested.
  • Audio works fine although had to install altercations kernel from AUR to get mic working.
  • Installed xf86-input-synaptics and blacklisted the psmouse as per wiki. Also installed the xorg/50-synaptics.conf as per wiki. Need all this to get trackpad working ok. Note I DID NOT disable the mouse plugin in GNOME dconf because that broke things for me. Gnome shell seems to work fine. I will try out touchegg later to get more multitouch gestures, e.g. to activate gnome shell overview.
  • Had to add i915.enable_ips=0 to boot line to fix tty switching.
  • Had to install xf86-video-intel-git to fix green artifacts in skype.
  • Still using SNA graphics as it seems to work reliably for me, even after suspend.
  • HiDPI is no use for the FHD screen but the resolution is so high I needed to set scaling in chrome to 110% and have set the GNOME font scaling to 1.25 otherwise things are too small to read.
  • I may purchase the intel wifi card later but the broadcom wifi seems to be adequate initially.

Thanks very much for this wiki page. Got my laptop up and running quite well, and in a fraction of the time it would otherwise have taken. Bulletmark (talk) 05:07, 11 June 2015 (UTC)

PulseAudio flat-volumes section

I don't agree with the inclusion of the flat-volumes tip on this page, but I don't want to just delete it unilaterally, so I thought I'd ask what others think here. The Category:Laptops page has fairly strict instructions to only include information that is specific to the laptop, and any info that is more generic should be moved to another page. There are a few exceptions made on this page already, like the Gnome mouse plugin tip, but those are generally included because it's not obvious where the problem lies. The 'flat-volumes' tip applies generally to PulseAudio and isn't specific to any hardware. An Arch user should be able to find the info on their own. Soren121 (talk) 17:35, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

I agree completely. Pancakes (talk) 08:22, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

linux-mainline 4.1

I notice this page has changed recently to recommend people install linux-mainline 4.1 kernel so I tried it today but I get terrible graphic glitches compared to linux-xps13-alt which does not have those glithces and seems to work otherwise as well. In both cases I am using xf86-video-intel-git. Bulletmark (talk) 03:21, 19 June 2015 (UTC)