Alienware 15

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Reason: Hardware table needs adjustment and a function keys section should be added (Discuss in Talk:Alienware 15)
Device Status Modules
Intel Working xf86-video-intel
Nvidia Working nouveau or nvidia
Touchpad Working xf86-input-synaptics
Camera Working linux-uvc
Wi-Fi Working iwlwifi
Bluetooth Working btusb
Ethernet Working alx
Card reader Working rtsx_usb

For a general overview of laptop-related articles and recommendations, see Laptop


Wi-Fi & Bluetooth:

Intel Corporation Wireless 7265

Wi-Fi - Supported out-of-the-box Bluetooth - TODO Wired ethernet:

Qualcomm Atheros Killer E220x Gigabit Ethernet Controller

Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter

As of the main website you can install the supported driver for QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter.

First download the board.bin file via wget and put it into your firmware library:

sudo mkdir -p /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/
sudo mv board.bin /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/

and then download the specific firmware binary and move it into your firmware library:

sudo mv firmware-4.bin_WLAN.RM.2.0-00180-QCARMSWPZ-1 /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/firmware-4.bin

then reboot and you are good to go.


Suported out-of-the-box

See more at: Synaptics

Keyboard: For Macro keys - see : Extra keyboard keys

NOTE: Keyboard does not have Menu key.


Nvidia & Intel video card configuration: NVIDIA Optimus

NVIDIA Corporation GM204M [GeForce GTX 965M]

Currently not supported by Bumblebee (Tested on Alienware 15 R2) Please install only Intel driver via xf86-video-intel

Control of the light colors

  • Currently unsupported by pyAlienFx and alienfx[1] have some diff from previous version.
  • Probably supported by alienware-kbl, a software to manage the light colors with a graphical interface, python or bash commands.


Sound do not switch to headphone, after plug jack

For fix: Add

'options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1' 



Alienware 15 R3

Xorg freezes when starting with discrete graphics card OFF.

For fix: Add

 acpi_osi=! acpi_osi="Windows 2009"

to Kernel options.

When booting mine did not freeze. However when trying to enable a second monitor, running xrandr, or anything related to low level display functionality it would. This fix makes multi-monitor work.