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Dell XPS M1330


This is a guide to running Linux with the Dell XPS M1330 laptop. This is a small sized laptop and is (probably) the successor to the Dell XPS M1210.

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.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the Dell XPS M1330. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the Dell XPS M1330 page on LapWik.

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NameDell XPS M1330
ProcessorIntel Core Duo T7100 1.8Ghz
Screen13.3“ WXGA
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 8400M GS
Network10/100 Ethernet + Intel 4965AGN 802.11abgn Wireless
Other2 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
GraphicsYesSee notes below
SoundYesSee notes below
WirelessYesSee notes below
FirewireTested at least as Network-Connection
ExpressCard SlotYes
Memory Card ReaderWorked at least with SD-Card
CameraYesSee notes


For the Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS in the M1330 you will need to use the proprietary nvidia module as the open source nv module does not yet support this chip.

Some models of the Dell XPS M1330 include the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 graphics chip. This is not a problem and the performance is similar to that of MS Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 1 preinstalled by Dell.

You can use the Linux UVC module to get the inbuilt webcam working with the M1330. However this module are still experimental and quality isn't that great at the moment.

The 4965AGN wireless controller found in the M1330 is supported by the iwlwifi driver. By far the easiest method to use this driver is just to install a distribution which uses kernel version 2.6.22 or greater. An up to date Fedora 7 installation includes kernel 2.6.22 so that is recommended.

Sound works out of the box on the M1330, but can sometimes play back with low volumes. The internal microphone has an extremely low volume and some users have reported that suggested fixes to this problem do not work.


The sound is the biggest issue with the Dell XPS M1330. Other than that, as long as you use a distribution with kernel 2.6.22, this laptop works quite well although you do need some Linux knowledge to get some of the features of the M1330 working properly.

CAUTION: THE HARD DRIVE NEED TO BE CONFIGURED FOR INCRESS THEIR UTIL LIFE… see smartmoontools, load cycle count, before install linux on laptops.


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Marco, 2011/04/10 22:57

I tried with OpenSUSE 11.4, and had a lot of trouble with the bcm43xx wlan card, there were tons of instructions regarding how to fix it, but I found out that if you just have the firmware problem, then it's a matter of:

Adding the PACKMAN repository, and installing the b43-firmware package that they offer.
Galois, 2009/11/20 19:46

There is a more detailed HOWTO for Fedora 12 on the M1330 at

External link

Elf mentioned not being able to get the mic and fingerprint reader working in Fedora 10. There is also a Fedora 10 page (linked from above) that explains how to get this all going.

seb, 2009/08/20 11:21

When you use KDE, all multimedia buttons can be configured in the KDE control center “Keyboard & Mouse / Global Keyboard Shortcuts”. I use Mandriva one 2009.1 and it works perfectly!

Does anyone else have that disgusting sound when pressing backspace when there is no letter to delete? (only in certain programs like vi, emacs, rpmdrake,…)


CS, 2009/04/07 14:55

I have pretty much the same set up mentioned here. I bought mine pre-installed with ubuntu from dell. Everything pretty much worked out of the box. I had a few problems with the sound, but nothing I couldn't troubleshoot and fix. Only one of the two head phone jacks would output audio also.

When I upgraded to 8.10, I ran into some issues with the sound again. Also,the laptop would not work with the kernel… so I dropped back a version. I am happy to report however, that everything works great right now.

elf, 2009/01/09 03:50

Got FC10 running, with Ubuntu 8.10…and (still) Vista…On the Linux side everything seemed to work except the audio capture from the built-in mic (by the cam) and the fingerprint reader. I am learning so I am not quite sure where I might be going wrong. I tried to use the Pulse software, but no luck. I left the media button alone, but have found some posts in how to enable it.

AndresZuA, 2008/08/27 17:10


I complete the part about the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 graphics chip not tested and a comment about the hard disk.

manji, 2008/04/17 04:00

m1330 + slackware12

No real trouble with slackware 12, the only problem found was that HDD AHCI wasn't recognized by slackware, so i've got to switch to SATA at bios menu.
Also I don't know how to enable the multimedia buttons and use MediaDirect Button for something else.

M1330 + mandriva cooker, 2008/02/24 02:43


No problem with mandriva cooker + nvidia driver , fingerprint works but dont know what to do with
just one problem, with the multimedia key (eject cd works) dont know how to configure them
HSDPA embended works fine with nothing to do
in fact with mandriva 2008 nothing to do to have everithing works

Saro, 2008/01/24 03:05

Suspend working ?

Were you able to get suspend to RAM and disk working ?

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