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Fixes on ubuntu 16.04 for Alienware 15 R4

Touchpad fix ubuntu 16.04 Alienware 15 R4

The touchpad doesn't work out of the box, do:

sudo su
echo 'blacklist i2c_hid' >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
depmod -a
update-initramfs -u

And reboot, and you are good to go.

WIFI Killer 1550 fix ubuntu 16.04 Alienware 15 R4

The card gets reported as: Intel Corporation Device 2526 (rev 29) on lspci -v.

On lspci -nnk | grep -i net -A2:

45:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:2526] (rev 29)
	Subsystem: Bigfoot Networks, Inc. Device [1a56:1550]

And sudo lshw -C network:

  *-network UNCLAIMED
       description: Network controller
       product: Intel Corporation
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:45:00.0
       version: 29
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix cap_list
       configuration: latency=0
       resources: memory:9db00000-9db03fff

To get the driver (from askubuntu):

sudo apt-get install git
git clone https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/iwlwifi/backport-iwlwifi.git
cd backport-iwlwifi
make defconfig-iwlwifi-public
sed -i 's/CPTCFG_IWLMVM_VENDOR_CMDS=y/# CPTCFG_IWLMVM_VENDOR_CMDS is not set/' .config
make -j4
sudo make install

And reboot. On any kernel update you'll need to do sudo make installwe-16.04 again (until this is fixed upstream).

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commented Dec 24, 2018

hi, Have you install ubuntu16.04 on Alienware 15 R4 successfully? I want to buy a Alienware 15R4...

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commented Jan 18, 2019

@xumingjie1658 yeah, we have a few of Alienware 15R4 in my lab.

In this guide you can find some steps that may be useful for you also: https://github.com/awesomebytes/alienware15r3_ubuntu14

You can ignore the nvidia stuff. That's old, for Ubuntu 14.04. But how to deal with the harddisk and Windows 10 may be helpful.

For nvidia in those I did:

From the nvidia CUDA download site for Linux > x86_64 > Ubuntu > 16.04 > deb(network):

cd ~/Downloads
wget https://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/repos/ubuntu1604/x86_64/cuda-repo-ubuntu1604_10.0.130-1_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i cuda-repo-ubuntu1604_10.0.130-1_amd64.deb
sudo apt-key adv --fetch-keys https://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/repos/ubuntu1604/x86_64/7fa2af80.pub
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y cuda
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commented May 24, 2019

hi, Have you install ubuntu16.04 on Alienware 15 R4 successfully? I want to buy a Alienware 15R4...

Alienware 15 R4 can install the Arch Linux.and it works well

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