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Alienware M15x A07
« on: February 24, 2019, 09:37:41 pm »
Straight after install, update, and reboot:

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peter@erma ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: erma Kernel: 4.15.0-45-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: portable System: Alienware product: M15x v: A07 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Alienware model: N/A v: A07 serial: N/A
           BIOS: Alienware v: A07 date: 07/21/2010
Battery    BAT0: charge: 40.8 Wh 99.9% condition: 40.8/57.7 Wh (71%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5 M 540 (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2528 MHz 1: 2790 MHz 2: 2961 MHz 3: 2790 MHz
           4: 2924 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G92M [GeForce GTX 260M]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )
           drivers: nouveau (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1600x900@59.98hz
           OpenGL: renderer: NV92 version: 3.3 Mesa 18.2.2
Audio:     Card Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Def. Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-45-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s25 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n
           driver: bcma-pci-bridge
           IF: wlp7s0b1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (2.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320423AS size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 293G used: 8.0G (3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 75.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 54.0
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 200 Uptime: 6 min Memory: 786.9/7965.9MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56


After installing Additional Drivers (NVIDIA & Broadcom):

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peter@erma ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: erma Kernel: 4.15.0-45-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Nine
Machine:   Device: portable System: Alienware product: M15x v: A07 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Alienware model: N/A v: A07 serial: N/A BIOS: Alienware v: A07 date: 07/21/2010
Battery    BAT0: charge: 40.8 Wh 99.9% condition: 40.8/57.7 Wh (71%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5 M 540 (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2528 MHz 1: 2792 MHz 2: 2988 MHz 3: 2792 MHz 4: 2923 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G92M [GeForce GTX 260M]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 ) drivers: nvidia (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1600x900@59.98hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 260M/PCIe/SSE2 version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.107
Audio:     Card Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-45-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s25 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n driver: wl
           IF: wlp7s0 state: dormant mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (2.9% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320423AS size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 293G used: 8.6G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 74.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 53C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 204 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 469.2/7965.9MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56
« Last Edit: February 25, 2019, 01:27:11 am by AndyInMokum, Reason: encapsulating with [/code] »
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 06:40:55 am »
Nice looking machine .. no problems (or tweaks needed) with the install?
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2019, 07:31:34 am »
Nice looking machine .. no problems (or tweaks needed) with the install?

No problem at all.
Actually tested Peppermint a month or so back as part of the BDLL challenge. That time was on my testing PC, a Dell OptiPlex 755, which had no issues either.
Enjoyed the experience, so when Solus Plasma (from a testing iso) started giving me qt5 issues yesterday, I decided to install Peppermint on the Alienware laptop.
It may be over 8 years old, but still holds its own.

Shout out of thanks to AndyInMokum for modifying my post.
Been a while since I used forums.
Shall learn this one in time.
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2019, 07:14:54 am »
Update with Peppermint 10.

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peter@max ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: max Kernel: 5.0.0-23-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: portable System: Alienware product: M15x v: A07 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Alienware model: N/A v: A07 serial: N/A BIOS: Alienware v: A07 date: 07/21/2010
Battery    BAT0: charge: 40.8 Wh 99.9% condition: 40.8/57.7 Wh (71%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5 M 540 (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2528 MHz 1: 2790 MHz 2: 2827 MHz 3: 2790 MHz 4: 2793 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G92M [GeForce GTX 260M]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 ) drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1600x900@59.98hz
           OpenGL: renderer: NV92 version: 3.3 Mesa 19.0.2
Audio:     Card Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.0.0-23-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s25 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n driver: wl
           IF: wlp7s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (5.2% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320423AS size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 293G used: 16G (6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 61.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 217 Uptime: 9 min Memory: 1201.9/7963.1MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

As PCNetSpec knows, the update to Kernel 5.0 played havoc with the Nvidia 340/107 driver, and although I worked through his many excellent suggestions I have went with using the Nouveau driver, which is fine for this machine.
Extreme Tux Racer still works great!!
« Last Edit: August 07, 2019, 07:16:26 am by mintspider »
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2019, 08:46:15 am »
How much free time do you have Peter ?

If you have the time it would be interesting to see if a fresh install of Peppermint 10 (to a spare drive) still resulted resulted in borked nvidia-340, or whether this is a problem created simply because of the kernel update and conflicting previous drivers.

So if you have time, and a free external HDD (or even USB stick), how do you fancy doing a test install WITHOUT AN INTERNET CONNECTION (or at least opting NOT to download updates during the install, because this would install the nvidia drivers prior to updating the kernel) .. then once Peppermint 10 is installed (if done offline it'll default to the nouveau drivers) running a full system update to pull in the 5.0 kernel .. then rebooting into the 5.0 kernel .. and ONLY THEN using "Additional Drivers" to switch to nvidia-340.

That would rule out anything causing a conflict with a previous install on nvidia-340 in an earlier kernel, and if it's still broken make reporting it upstream easier .. it'd also provide some helpful info for me in putting together the Peppermint 10 Respin which will come with the 5.0 kernel out-of-the-box.

If you haven't time not to worry, I'll try to find some equipment with a similar graphics setup :)
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2019, 09:00:54 am »
Mark, for you I shall make the time, but it may not be until closer to the weekend.
I really don't have a lot of extra software installed or data on that machine (mostly use pCloud) so it would make sense to do a complete new install on the same machine from the current ISO.
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2019, 09:31:18 am »
Thanks Peter, no mad rush :)

It would probably be best to do the install WITHOUT an active internet connection (so nvidia CANNOT be installed automatically during the install) .. then do a full system update .. then reboot .. THEN install nvidia-340 via "Additional Drivers".

I guess you probably already get what I'm saying here, just wanna make 100% sure the nvidia drivers don't get installed BEFORE the kernel update :)
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2019, 09:47:17 am »
Mark, it's all good.
I have 2 of these Alienware M15x laptops.
The other is a A06 with similar Nvidia card which also uses the 340.107 driver. It is what I often use for BDLL distro testing and always add the Nvidia driver after the install.
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2019, 10:01:24 am »
Great stuff Peter, thanks for doing this and I'll await with interest what you discover :)
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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2019, 11:34:07 pm »
Mark, fantastic news after a full re-install, update, then adding the Nvidia 340.107 driver from Additional Drivers.

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peter@max ~ $ inxi -Fz
System:    Host: max Kernel: 5.0.0-23-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: N/A
           Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: portable System: Alienware product: M15x v: A07 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Alienware model: N/A v: A07 serial: N/A
           BIOS: Alienware v: A07 date: 07/21/2010
Battery    BAT0: charge: 40.8 Wh 99.9% condition: 40.8/57.7 Wh (71%)
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5 M 540 (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2528 MHz 1: 2793 MHz 2: 2792 MHz 3: 2783 MHz
           4: 2826 MHz
Graphics:  Card: NVIDIA G92M [GeForce GTX 260M]
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.4 )
           drivers: nvidia (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa,nouveau)
           Resolution: 1600x900@59.98hz
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 260M/PCIe/SSE2
           version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.107
Audio:     Card Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Def. Audio driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k5.0.0-23-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: enp0s25 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n
           driver: bcma-pci-bridge
           IF: wlp7s0b1 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (3.0% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320423AS size: 320.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 293G used: 9.0G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 66.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 51C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 207 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 442.9/7963.1MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

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Re: Alienware M15x A07
« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2019, 11:56:23 am »
Great news Peter, can't thank you enough for verifying that for me .. looks like all will be well with the respin then :)
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