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This page has instructions on how to use Linux to flash the BIOS on an XPS 13. The same idea should probably work for an M3800 Developer Edition (I have one; haven't tried the procedure, though). ... See more...
This page has instructions on how to use Linux to flash the BIOS on an XPS 13. The same idea should probably work for an M3800 Developer Edition (I have one; haven't tried the procedure, though). No Windos required. bartongeorge.net/.../
I have an M3800 Developer Edition (2015 model). Ubuntu is factory-installed 14.04, with hardware enablement stack installed. Recently (past 1-2 weeks) wifi doesn't work after sleep (lid closed or ope... See more...
I have an M3800 Developer Edition (2015 model). Ubuntu is factory-installed 14.04, with hardware enablement stack installed. Recently (past 1-2 weeks) wifi doesn't work after sleep (lid closed or open doesn't matter), and only rebooting gets in back. Tried rmmod and modprobe with no success. Has anyone else seen this, and/or are you aware of any open bug(s) for this? Relevant ouput: lsmod when problem exists: iwlmvm                217725  0 mac80211              652718  1 iwlmvm iwlwifi               179412  1 iwlmvm cfg80211              494362  3 iwlwifi,mac80211,iwlmvm rfkill list when problem exists: 1: phy0: Wireless LAN         Soft blocked: no         Hard blocked: no 3: hci0: Bluetooth         Soft blocked: no         Hard blocked: no rmmod the above, then modprobe iwlwifi. Does not fix problem, only rebooting does: May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.189614] cfg80211: Calling CRDA to update world regulatory domain May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.192181] cfg80211: World regulatory domain updated: May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.192184] cfg80211:  DFS Master region: unset May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.192185] cfg80211:   (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp), (dfs_cac_time) May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.192187] cfg80211:   (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A) May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.192188] cfg80211:   (2457000 KHz - 2482000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A) May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.192189] cfg80211:   (2474000 KHz - 2494000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A) May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.192190] cfg80211:   (5170000 KHz - 5250000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A) May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.192191] cfg80211:   (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm), (N/A) May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.204141] Intel(R) Wireless WiFi driver for Linux, in-tree: May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.204143] Copyright(c) 2003- 2014 Intel Corporation May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.204414] iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: irq 48 for MSI/MSI-X May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.204904] iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: loaded firmware version 25.228.9.0 op_mode iwlmvm May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.207709] iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: Detected Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless AC 7260, REV=0x144 May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.207790] iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: L1 Enabled - LTR Enabled May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.208150] iwlwifi 0000:06:00.0: L1 Enabled - LTR Enabled May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 kernel: [69089.392408] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'iwl-mvm-rs' May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 NetworkManager[901]:    SCPlugin-Ifupdown: devices added (path: /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.2/0000:06:00.0/net/wlan0, iface: wlan0) May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 NetworkManager[901]:    SCPlugin-Ifupdown: device added (path: /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.2/0000:06:00.0/net/wlan0, iface: wlan0): no ifupdown configuration found. May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 NetworkManager[901]: <info> (wlan0): using nl80211 for WiFi device control May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 NetworkManager[901]: <info> (wlan0): driver supports Access Point (AP) mode May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 NetworkManager[901]: <info> (wlan0): new 802.11 WiFi device (driver: 'iwlwifi' ifindex: 4) May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 NetworkManager[901]: <info> (wlan0): exported as /org/freedesktop/NetworkManager/Devices/2 May  4 08:23:14 jonathan-m3800 NetworkManager[901]: <info> rfkill5: found WiFi radio killswitch (at /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.2/0000:06:00.0/ieee80211/phy0/rfkill5) (driver iwlwifi) May  4 08:23:16 jonathan-m3800 ModemManager[852]: <warn>  Couldn't find support for device at '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.2/0000:06:00.0': not supported by any plugin lspci: 06:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 7260 (rev 6b) After reboot: lsmod |grep -i iwl: iwlmvm                217725  0 mac80211              652718  1 iwlmvm iwlwifi               179412  1 iwlmvm cfg80211              494362  3 iwlwifi,mac80211,iwlmvm rfkill list after reboot: 0: nfc0: NFC         Soft blocked: no         Hard blocked: no 1: phy0: Wireless LAN         Soft blocked: no         Hard blocked: no 2: hci0: Bluetooth         Soft blocked: no         Hard blocked: no
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The Dell Linux OS recovery utility on my M3800 developer edition can successfully restore the system to factory state (I used it after messing around with proprietary nVidia drivers partially fubed t... See more...
The Dell Linux OS recovery utility on my M3800 developer edition can successfully restore the system to factory state (I used it after messing around with proprietary nVidia drivers partially fubed things LOL), but it cannot create a Dell recovery media .iso image. Every attempt to do so results in a Dell Recovery crash and a .iso file with a file size of 0 bytes and unknown type: snip@snip:~/Downloads$ ls -l ubuntu-14.04-amd64-dell_A00.iso -rw-rw-r-- 1 snip.snip 0 Mar 16 21:59 ubuntu-14.04-amd64-dell_A00.iso snip@snip:~/Downloads$ file ubuntu-14.04-amd64-dell_A00.iso ubuntu-14.04-amd64-dell_A00.iso: empty   It does generate a bug report when this happens. Do those get sent on from Canonical to anyone on the Sputnik team, or do they go straight to Dell? Any ideas on how I might get it to produce a .iso? I'd like to have an offline copy of the recovery media, not just depend on what's on disk. Thanks!
Solved. For reasons I don't understand, removing the HDD caused it to boot from the SSD without incident. HDD now goes on my shelf, with a label on it so I don't forget :) Interesting side ef... See more...
Solved. For reasons I don't understand, removing the HDD caused it to boot from the SSD without incident. HDD now goes on my shelf, with a label on it so I don't forget :) Interesting side effect of removing the HDD: there's now some resonance in the case from the fan that wasn't there before. I may need to fill that empty space up with the larger battery option. Good thing I'm not a conspiracy theorist, or I'd think it was a plot to drive battery sales ;-)
I'm having trouble switching from the factory HDD to a Crucial M550 mSATA SSD I just installed. I installed the drive and used Clonezilla to clone sda (HDD) to sdb (SSD). Everything seemed to go c... See more...
I'm having trouble switching from the factory HDD to a Crucial M550 mSATA SSD I just installed. I installed the drive and used Clonezilla to clone sda (HDD) to sdb (SSD). Everything seemed to go correctly. My roadblock is figuring out what to tell UEFI about how to boot from the SSD. I've tried all sorts of things underneath /boot/efi but when the system comes up it is always running from sda (HDD). Unfortunately, in the UEFI I can't edit/view the ubuntu entry to see what's in there, and guessing doesn't seem to be getting me anywhere. Has anyone successfully made this switch? Here's my lshw output, FWIW:   *-disk                          description: ATA Disk        product: TOSHIBA MQ01ACF0        vendor: Toshiba        physical id: 0.0.0        bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0        logical name: /dev/sda        version: AV00        serial: 15CEWPOZT        size: 465GiB (500GB)        capabilities: gpt-1.00 partitioned partitioned:gpt        configuration: ansiversion=5 guid=4ecc7d5b-ea7a-4ca5-ae4b-56de59b57237 sectorsize=4096   *-disk        description: ATA Disk        product: Crucial_CT512M55        physical id: 0.0.0        bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0        logical name: /dev/sdb        version: MU01        serial: 14370E4FADFC        size: 476GiB (512GB)        capabilities: gpt-1.00 partitioned partitioned:gpt        configuration: ansiversion=5 guid=4ecc7d5b-ea7a-4ca5-ae4b-56de59b57237 sectorsize=4096 Thanks for any ideas!
Glad to help! Of course, in continuous use, I'd expect the battery life to be less. In my off-and-on use, it was just sitting, display off, for some of that time. Once, it even suspended (happy to re... See more...
Glad to help! Of course, in continuous use, I'd expect the battery life to be less. In my off-and-on use, it was just sitting, display off, for some of that time. Once, it even suspended (happy to report that suspend works perfectly, out of the box). Battery life could maybe be improved by not using the nVidia GPU (haven't tried that), in addition to installing an SSD (arriving Friday from Amazon). Overall, I'm thrilled with the machine and very highly recommend it. I'm passing my 2012 HP Envy 15t-3000 to my dad to replace his desktop system (also running Linux). The Envy 15 is a very nice laptop, but the M3800 blows it away.  One thing to watch out for: if it's on your lap and you're wearing shorts, it might pinch your legs when you open it, a side effect of how amazingly thin this laptop is :-) Do you know what would be really great? If Dell could find a way to cram 32 GB of RAM into one of these things :-)
I just got my 3800 yesterday and rsynced my data over as soon as I could :-) I did an un-scientific battery rundown test by unplugging it and using it off and on. As shipped (nVidia proprietary d... See more...
I just got my 3800 yesterday and rsynced my data over as soon as I could :-) I did an un-scientific battery rundown test by unplugging it and using it off and on. As shipped (nVidia proprietary driver installed), I was down to an indicated 16 minutes of battery after somewhere around 4 hours. I'm going to install an SSD in this machine and will probably go with an mSATA one so that I have the future option of getting the 91 watt hour battery if I feel I need it. Of course, just switching to an SSD should give some improvement in battery life. I would have ordered the 91-watt hour battery, but I didn't want to pay Dell's price for a 128 GB mSata drive that I would just replace anyway. It's cheaper to pay full list price for the battery, rather than the upgrade price. Plus, I probably don't need that much. I'm on line power most of the time, anyway.
I found a way to make a new one happen, so my 3800 should ship on 2/12 :) Thanks for your support of Linux! It was a major factor in the M3800 defeating the other finalist (Thinkpad W540) as my new... See more...
I found a way to make a new one happen, so my 3800 should ship on 2/12 :) Thanks for your support of Linux! It was a major factor in the M3800 defeating the other finalist (Thinkpad W540) as my new laptop.  I'm a 15-year Linux user, from back in the days where a lot of compiling from source was involved in getting what you wanted out of Linux. The Dell Sputnik team rocks!
Want one with the 4K display today; can't afford one today LOL What I can afford is a refurb or used M3800 in eBay; will off-the-shelf Ubuntu pretty much work on the M3800? Anything I need to work... See more...
Want one with the 4K display today; can't afford one today LOL What I can afford is a refurb or used M3800 in eBay; will off-the-shelf Ubuntu pretty much work on the M3800? Anything I need to work around? Been using Linux since the late nineties, not afraid to get my hands dirty to make it work, if I have to. Thanks!
So, I'm really jonesing for an M3800 developer edition. What I'm not jonesing for so much is the price, which is kind of out of budget. A refurb M3800 off of eBay is in-budget, but it comes with That... See more...
So, I'm really jonesing for an M3800 developer edition. What I'm not jonesing for so much is the price, which is kind of out of budget. A refurb M3800 off of eBay is in-budget, but it comes with That Other OS. Is there a place I can download Dell's mods to Ubuntu for the M3800, or could I just put in off-the-shelf Ubuntu and it would all work? Thanks!