Ubuntu 18.04 runs great on on the Alienware 17 R5, but not out of the box.
Following the instructions found here for 16.04 also works for 18.04:
sudo su echo 'blacklist i2c_hid' >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf depmod -a update-initramfs -u sudo reboot
Upon reboot, the touchpad should now work.
These instructions work for the Killer NIC. It might work for the regular NIC as well, but I can’t test it. The use of
sudo was required as building without it created many permission denied errors. Before proceeding you need to decide which path will work for you:
- Plug into a network to clone the repo
- Clone the repo on another computer, then archive it onto a thumb drive for transfer
sudo apt update sudo apt install gcc make git -y git clone https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/iwlwifi/backport-iwlwifi.git backport-iwlwifi cd backport-iwlwifi sed -i 's/CPTCFG_IWLMVM_VENDOR_CMDS=y/# CPTCFG_IWLMVM_VENDOR_CMDS is not set/' .config sudo make defconfig-iwlwifi-public sudo make -j$($nproc - 1) sudo make install
- Open the
Software & Updatesapplication.
- Select the
- Select the radio button
Using NVIDIA driver metapackage from nvidia-driver-410 (open source)
Once these steps have been followed, the laptop should be ready for your workloads. I was able to install Ubuntu with and without secure boot enabled, but I am not dual booting.