Hardware Linux

Dell XPS 9310 (Evo) does run Ubuntu* 22.04 (Kernel 5.15)

Just a quick post today confirming that you can actually take a Dell XPS 13 9310 (Evo) shipped with Windoze 11, and run a vanilla Ubuntu 22.04 on it with all peripherals working and no fuzz (well, some, if you do it the way I did).

I basically took my SSD from my old Dell XPS 13 9350 (yes, 9310 is much newer than 9350 – hardware manufacturers move in mysterious ways) and plucked it into the new 9310. This booted up with no issues and I thought I was good to go. Until, that is, I realised that my Wifi was indeed not working.

The problem was solved, when I removed older firmware files out of /lib/firmware, and got the newest (version 73, as of today) from the kernel archive. Admittedly, this step was not necessary, as I later found out that virtually every version from 55 upwards should be working. But who cares.

So, what you want to have in your /lib/firmware directory is this:

user@laptop:~$ uname -r

user@laptop:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS
Release:	22.04
Codename:	jammy

user@laptop:~$ ls /lib/firmware/iwlwifi-QuZ*

And your new, used Dell XPS 13 9310 which came with anoying Windoze 11 now works like a charm with Ubuntu 22.04.

*) By the way: This should be completely distribution-agnostic, since it’s really only the Kernel and the AX201 Wifi adapter firmware version that counts. Docs say from Kernel 5.8 onwards iwlwifi‘s support for AX201 left experimental state and should therefore work. It may show more hiccups with older versions concerning e.g. sleep states, though.