Dell G5 SE 5505

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Device Status Modules
Video Working mesa
Wireless Working
Bluetooth Working
Audio Working
Touchpad Working
Webcam Working
usb Working
Ethernet Working
Function/Multimedia Keys Working
Power Management Working

This page describes Dell G5 SE 5505 laptop.

Pre-installation actions

  • Disable Secure Boot in your BIOS (press the F2 key on boot).

Installation notes

Install Arch Linux as usual using UEFI installation method. Use a recent kernel (>=5.8.x), otherwise arch will have trouble booting up. Some kernels also need you to switch back and forth tty (ctrl+alt+f2 and ctrl+alt+f1) to make the login page appear. You may have to use the amdgpu.runpm=0 Kernel parameters if you are experiencing GPU crashes.

BIOS updating, GPU firmware updating

Use windows to update BIOS and GPU firmware. BIOS can be updated through the BIOS though.


Works out of the box, install the mesa if you want to use 3D applications. If you want to use the dGPU, use $ DRI_PRIME=1 command , where command is the command you want to launch with your dGPU (see PRIME#For open source drivers - PRIME). Wayland session works out of the box on gnome with pipewire. AMD's Smart Access Memory (or Resizable BAR) should work on kernel greater than 5.11.4.

External monitor

Works out of the box. The USB-c port carry a display port signal.

Screen tearing

  • Not a problem with wayland sessions.
  • For X11, [need a X11 user to put his config here]

Suspend-To-RAM, hibernation

Does not work. You can try to enabling it's support via BIOS injection, see [1]


Keyboard, functional keys and backlight in GNOME/KDE (and maybe other DEs) works perfectly fine.

Control keyboard backlight

See Keyboard backlight.

Temperature monitoring, Fan control


By default the kernel loads the k10temp module to check cpu thermals.

$ sensors
 Adapter: PCI adapter
 Tctl:         +38.0°C  
 Tdie:         +38.0°C

To monitor GPU temp, and see fan speeds you will have to force load the dell-smm-hwmon Kernel module (see [2] for documentation), which is not loaded by default on this laptop.

# modprobe dell-smm-hwmon restricted=0 ignore_dmi=1

To make this setting persist upon reboot edit your /etc/modules-load.d/dell-smm-hwmon.conf file


and your /etc/modprobe.d/dell-smm-hwmon.conf file

# This file must be at /etc/modprobe.d/
options dell-smm-hwmon restricted=0 ignore_dmi=1

You should now see a dell result in the result of sensors.

Adapter: Virtual device
Processor Fan:    0 RPM
Video Fan:        0 RPM
Other:          +37.0°C  
CPU:            +40.0°C  
Ambient:        +38.0°C  
GPU:            +38.0°C  
Other:          +37.0°C

Scripts to control fans

The easy way is to use this python script which can push the fans according to the cpu and gpu temperatures.

Thermal management, overclocking


The packages ryzenadj-gitAUR and ryzen-controller-binAUR (gui for ryzenadj) should work out of the box to control maximum temperature and TDP of your CPU. For instance, the following command restrict your CPU TDP to 40 Watts and maximum temperature to 70°C (perfectly safe on this laptop)

# ryzenadj -a 40000 -b 40000 -c 40000 -f 70
Warning: Do not touch anything that you do not understand, a too high TDP or temperature can permanently damage your CPU/iGPU !

see [3] and [4] for detailed instructions on how to use theses tools.

Undervolting and overclocking are not available on this laptop, zenstates-gitAUR does not seem to have any effect on zen2 processors see [5] .

Also see Improving performance for more performance tricks.


You can try to use corectrlAUR. Also see AMDGPU#Overclocking.