Installing Ubuntu on a Dell XPS 720

Update 6/3/2009: Follow the instructions here at PenDriveLinux.com for Ubuntu 9.04, it works with the Dell XPS 720 very well. The only odd thing is that I have to re-enable the NVidia drivers between reboots. When you do enable it, don’t reboot. Just log out and let the auto login go and you can use the full Compiz effects.

Ubuntu 7.10 beta being installed

I run Vista 64 bit on my XPS 700 720. Looking at how it boots up, I am not sure that Microsoft will work with another operating system. And I do use this computer for work-ish *cough* games *cough* reasons.

I’ve just downloaded the 64 bit iso image for Ubuntu 7.10 beta and burnt it to CD. I’m installing the software but not on my hard drives, I’m installing it onto a 2 GB USB memory stick I have lying around.

This should let me install what I want to play with without me having to take the plunge exactly on this computer. I just have to remember to hit F12 when I boot up so the BIOS presents me with a boot menu.

As the install image booted up it played with my monitor settings and set it for 1680×1050. That’s not bad; last time it insisted on 1024×768. The sound card was not installed for the live session but that’s probably fine for now.

It’s installing right now as I enter this; I’m using Firefox in the live session. It’s going slow and I’m tailing /var/log/messages in another window to see if the drive suddenly dies.

Once I have it working off the USB drive entirely then I’ll mess with the drivers to see if I can get sound and Compiz working at 1920×1200 with full acceleration.

3 thoughts on “Installing Ubuntu on a Dell XPS 720

  1. George says:

    Last time (around July 2008) I tried to install the 64-bit Ubuntu (pre 8.10, don’t recall the exact number). Installed fine but neither the graphics card (my dual GeForce 880GTs) nor the audio (CL X-FI) was detected. Never got them to work so I crawled back to Vista. Did anyone succeed in getting everything to work on the XPS 720? Did 8.10 address this?

  2. George,

    I have not tried recently. Since I wrote this I installed Vista 64 again and have been working ever since. It’s the games: Steam games just work easier in Vista.

    If I get the chance I’ll try to install 8.10 on a USB stick and get that working.

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