Dell Precision M4600
This laptop shipped with a BIOS only firmware option. A subsequent firmware update introduced the option for UEFI. This option is disabled by default, and must be selected in BIOS.
BIOS settings can be reached by tapping
F2 at the first loading screen.
UEFI: INT13(USB,0x80). From that point on, installation should proceed according to the Installation guide without issue.
The appearance of the BIOS is pretty simple and not very colorful, so it might work well with OCR software. However, it requires the user to use a mouse.
fwupd does not support this device yet. Further, there are reports, and experienced by the Author, of this laptop refusing to update the firmware beyond a certain point, potentially due to Secure Firmware Update being enabled in one BIOS update, which then blocks all subsequent updates due to a signature mismatch. There is no known work around at this time, other than replacing the Motherboard.
Requires further research. Might be supported, but needs further verification.
Needs further research.
- The key is visible via
xevand similar tools
- The physical key has a symbol on it, which describes its function
- Does not seem to coincide with mark on key
Mute, Volume+, Volume-, Prev, Play/Pause, and Next buttons are present, but currently on my system behave very erratically. To wit, pressed singly, they return a generic keycode.
FocusOut event, serial 34, synthetic NO, window 0x2400001, mode NotifyGrab, detail NotifyAncestor FocusIn event, serial 34, synthetic NO, window 0x2400001, mode NotifyUngrab, detail NotifyAncestor KeymapNotify event, serial 34, synthetic NO, window 0x0, keys: 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
If pressed two at a time, one of the expected XF86 codes is returned, but it is nearly impossible to guarantee which code it will be.
This device has two detected power buttons and one sleep button.
$ loginctl seat-status
├─/sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXPWRBN:00/input/input3 │ input:input3 "Power Button" ├─/sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0A08:00/LNXVIDEO:01/input/input14 │ input:input14 "Video Bus" ├─/sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0A08:00/device:28/LNXVIDEO:00/input/input13 │ input:input13 "Video Bus" ├─/sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0C0C:00/input/input1 │ input:input1 "Power Button" ├─/sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0C0D:00/input/input0 │ input:input0 "Lid Switch" ├─/sys/devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXSYBUS:00/PNP0C0E:00/input/input2 │ input:input2 "Sleep Button" [...]
(The following is copied from the Dell Latitude 3500 page. As far as I can tell it is correct and accurate, but I was unable to log the PowerButton events on my system.)
In this case,
/dev/input/event3) is the "real", physical power button. You can verify this by inhibiting the handling of the power button
# systemd-inhibit --what=handle-power-key sleep 1h
and recording the events:
# stdbuf -o0 evemu-record /dev/input/event3 > event3
Pressing the power button should log an event.
The other detected power button seems to be a virtual, firmware-handled button. This power button will be triggered when your device runs out of battery. It seems like this is a long button press and it will cause systemd to only wait a few seconds before killing a process, so your machine will most likely only take a few seconds to power off.
Sleep button is
Fn+F1. It appears to work with no necessary configuration.
See logind.conf(5) for more information on handling specific keys.