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Dell Latitude E6520


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NameDell Latitude E6520
ProcessorIntel® CoreTM i7 (2720QM, 2620M)
Intel® CoreTM i5 (2540M, 2520M, 2410M)
Intel® CoreTM i3 (2310M)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 or 1600×900 or 1920×1080 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Dell Wireless 1501 (802.11 b/g/n 1×1)
Dell Wireless 1530 (802.11 a/g/n 2×2)

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chuck, 2013/11/21 15:14

First off, my apologies if this is in the wrong section, but I believe this is the 'discusssion' area where I can post questions.
I have a Dell E6520 (duh!) and have NEVER been able to get my HDMI port to work. This laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 7 (32-bit, if I recall), but I very early on implemented dual boot and run Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit) as my OS. However, I've tried using the HDMI port with the Win7 boot, as well as my Linux, but no dice - there just appears to be no signal going out the port. I have used the same cable/monitor on other laptops with HDMI, so I know the issue is not the cable or monitor. I've tried other cables/monitors as well.
I have tried with Optimus enabled and disabled, I seem to find a discrepancy as to whether the HDMI is run on the Intel or the NVidia graphics card, and whether having Optimus disabled, means you're only using the Intel, or the Nvidia.

milan, 2012/05/14 18:38

I've installed Debian Squeeze and I have added the backports. Everything works out of box.

Milan, 2011/12/28 12:11

I have tested Lubuntu 11.10 and everything works out of box.

Milan, 2011/12/28 00:27

I have fixed the problem about vertical scrolling. The solution is here:

I edited the file 50-synaptics in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d by adding this:
Section “InputClass”

      Identifier      "Touchpad"                      # required
      MatchIsTouchpad "yes"                           # required
      Driver          "synaptics"                     # required
      Option          "MinSpeed"              "0.5"
      Option          "MaxSpeed"              "1.0"
      Option          "AccelFactor"           "0.075"
      Option          "TapButton1"            "1"
      Option          "TapButton2"            "2"     # multitouch
      Option          "TapButton3"            "3"     # multitouch
      Option          "VertTwoFingerScroll"   "1"     # multitouch
      Option          "HorizTwoFingerScroll"  "1"     # multitouch
      Option          "VertEdgeScroll"        "1"
      Option          "CoastingSpeed"         "8"
      Option          "CornerCoasting"        "1"
      Option          "CircularScrolling"     "1"
      Option          "CircScrollTrigger"     "7"
      Option          "EdgeMotionUseAlways"   "1"
      Option          "LBCornerButton"        "8"     # browser "back" btn
      Option          "RBCornerButton"        "9"     # browser "forward" btn


instead of this:

Section “InputClass”

      Identifier "touchpad catchall"
      Driver "synaptics"
      MatchIsTouchpad "on"

# This option is recommend on all Linux systems using evdev, but cannot be
# enabled by default. See the following link for details:
# MatchDevicePath ”/dev/input/event*”

Milan, 2011/12/27 22:48

I've got recently a Dell E6520. I have installed wheezy and almost everything works out of box i.e ethernet card, wireless n6300 card, SD card reader, dvi output, HDMI output, CD/DVD device, the wifi switch. I am using the kernel 3.1.0-1-686-pae.

However, the touchpad is recongnized as a simple PS/mouse device and therefore the scrolling is not available. The hotkeys for increasing or decreasing the screen brightness work well but the others hotkeys don't work. I still haven't fixed those problems.

I have installed LXDE and some softwares that I use for my studies. The PC is really fast and agreable to use. I'm really satisfied.

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