Anyone successfully installed fedora 26 on an Alienware 13 r3 (2017 edition)?

asked 2017-09-02 00:12:41 -0500

imnotrichevans gravatar image

To clarify, this is the 1440p OLED 13 R3 with Kaby Lake and 1060 with 6 gb RAM.

I think this is a beautiful piece of hardware, but I've spent most of the past few days trying to get Fedora installed and it's like pulling teeth when it comes to graphics. I can get Bumblebee installed using the normal wiki guide, and it seems like I can even get the 'optirun' and 'primusrun' commands to work afterwards, but there are a few consistent problems:

  • xrandr: (even if I run it using optirun or primusrun) is unable to get the size of gamma for the default (laptop) screen, will not list any other possible outputs on this laptop (such as HDMI or DisplayPort), and lists zero providers when run with the --listproviders flag. If I try to plug in any external display, the external display turns on but then just displays "no signal", and xrandr still shows the same lack of information.
  • intel-virtual-output shows no virtual displays.
  • If I install a Win10 VM (I've been using GNOME-boxes for this), I can only ever run it in low graphics mode -- otherwise it gets into a problem detected-reboot/BSOD loop.
  • brightness hotkeys do not work (no indicator comes up on the screen and no change in the actual brightness occurs).

I don't even really care about the brightness hotkeys or power management in general. If I could just get the screen working (and allow external monitors) and understand how I should setup the intel/NVIDIA drivers to work together on this machine, I'd be more than happy. Ironically, the closest I've gotten to fully working graphics is to do a clean Fedora 25 install, in which xrandr starts to work correctly (i.e. lists all the possible outputs in "DISCONNECTED" state), but there the DPI scaling does not work and the brightness hotkeys will bring up the indicator but not actually change the screen brightness.

I hope someone can help.

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Axel Sommerfeldt gravatar imageAxel Sommerfeldt ( 2017-09-02 04:57:07 -0500 )edit