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Dell XPS M1210


This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS M1210 laptop. This is a small sized laptop but with some higher end components. It is a little heavy though.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

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NameDell XPS M1210
ProcessorIntel Core Duo
Screen12.1“ WXGA
RAMup to 4GB
HDDup to 200GB SATA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNvidia GeForce Go 7400
NetworkBroadcom 10/100 BCM440x

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorIntel Core Duo T5600 1.83GhzYes
Screen12.1” WXGAYes
Optical DriveDVD+-RWYes
GraphicsNvidia GeForce Go 7400 TurboCacheYes
Sound YesUse the snd-hda-intel module
WirelessIntel 3945 802.11gYesUse the ipw3945 module
Bluetooth Yes
56K Modem Not Tested
USB4 x USB2.0Yes
Firewire1 x FirewireNot Tested
ExpressCard Slot Not Tested
Camera Experimental, see below
SD Card Slot Yes


The Nvidia GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache which is included with the XPS M1210 can function with both the nv module included with Xorg and the Nvidia's proprietary module. For OpenGL support you will need to use the proprietary module. You can find installation instructions for the nvidia card here.

Some cheaper models of the Dell XPS M1210 include the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950. This has not yet been tested but it has been reported to work with the 915resolution tool.

You can use the Linux UVC module to get the webcam working with the M1210. However this module is experimental and quality isn't great at the moment. I could only get a black and white picture from the camera.

Distribution Specific Notes


Mandriva 2007.1 has a problem with the keyboard. If you press a button on the keyboard on occasion it reads it multiple time. For example, if you press 'd' on the keyboard sometimes you get 'dddd'. Updating the kernel to, which is available in the contrib repository, fixes this issue.


The Dell XPS M1210 is an excellent choice for people requiring a small and powerful laptop with excellent Linux support. Installation of Linux on this laptop was a breeze.


suster herbal, 2014/12/11 07:19

The information is very full of knowledge .. thanks yes

alatsexmurah, 2014/11/23 22:39

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lantjie, 2009/12/18 18:06

ubuntu is running good on xps m1210. and ubuntu is the best thou

hussain, 2009/08/20 11:12

Please provide me the details regarding enabling hte finger print option in dell xps laptop?????

Many thanks in advance

hussain, 2009/08/20 11:12

Please provide me the details regarding enabling hte finger print option in dell xps laptop?????

Many thanks in advance

Tinyboss, 2008/08/12 05:03

Very few problems

I'm running Ubuntu 8.04 currently on a m1210 configured as above. The only problems I've had are rare suspend/wake trouble, and getting the VGA-out to work. Everything else has been a breeze.

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