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Dell XPS13, Developer Edition and Fedora

I am now the proud owner of a Dell XPS13 Developer Edition. It ships with Ubuntu, and I have just installed Fedora 21.

For a “Linux” Laptop, linux support is actually pretty terrible, but you can get all the hardware functioning.

BIOS
First thing, make sure you upgrade the BIOS past A02.

Broadcom wireless chipset
Apparently if you are lucky enough to pick up one of these in Europe it will ship with an Intel wireless chipset, but the US version has a Broadcom wireless card in it.

  • Add the rpmfusion repository
  • Install the required module and support software
    # yum install kmod akmod kmod-wl kernel-devel
  • Reboot your laptop

Microphone
Updating the BIOS will get the sound to work, but the microphone will still not work. Updating to Kernel 4.0 will fix the problem, or waiting for Fedora 22. I found a backported 4.0 here.

Dell Hackintosh, saving space and hibernate

Hibernate does not work on a mini 9 running OSX. But OSX does create the hibernate file which will always be as large as the amount of memory you have.

On a 16GB Drive 2 gig seems an awfully large waste of space (remember as hibernate doesn’t work, the file is completey useless).

Open a terminal, and remove the current hibernate file:

$ sudo rm /var/vm/sleepimage

Use pmset to turn hibernation off:

$ sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0

I also found that for some reason the system still re-created a hibernate file, though I am no sure why or under what circumstances it would do that.

But to make sure it doesn’t happen simply set the location of the hibernate file to /dev/null:

$ sudo pmset -a hibernatefile /dev/null

You get 2GB back – Yay!

Bluetooth fixed on Dell Mini 9 Hackintosh

I followed this post to fix Bluetooth on my dell running OS X. I would recommend just following the first post, the script included later does some bad sed(ing), it changes far more values than it needs to. Sure the script works but it is a bit of a sledge hammer approach.

But following the first post I now have bluetooth working great, and tethering to my iphone (3.0) working as well. It is brilliant.

Hackbook Mini 9

Hackbook

It has been done many, many times before, but let me say, it is awesome.

Wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but it is amazing. Everything just seems to work. I have had a couple of hiccups, I cannot seem to tether a 3G phone without problems via bluetooth, and the the trackpad simply sucks, but it is great.

I used the howto from gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5156903/how-to-hackintosh-a-dell-mini-9-into-the-ultimate-os-x-netbook.

There is just one simple error in the post. Once you have booted from the usb, device 80 is the USB stick, not the SSD. All you have to do is select device 81, and you can boot from the internal drive. You do not need to use a CD Drive for the second part of the process like the howto suggests.