Ubuntu: Install Ubuntu 12.04 on Dell XPS 8500


I'm thinking of replacing my elderly Dell Dimension 5150 with an XPS 8500, but the only reference to this PC's compatibility with Ubuntu mentions to a video failure on booting up, with no solution recorded.

Has anyone installed Ubuntu 12.04 on this model?


I didn't. However, running a live Ubuntu system from a flash drive or CD costs you next to nothing. If your graphics, wireless, ethernet and power management work with a live system, then they will also work with a normal installation. Moreover, the older the system is, the less trouble you should expect.


I have. It took a little doing. The problem is with the drivers for the video card. The following steps worked for me (note my machine has an nvidia geforce gt 620):

first standard install cd did not work so use the alternate cd (http://releases.ubuntu.com/precise/). After install normal start up breaks just before log in screen. Instead boot into recovery mode and select "drop to root shell prompt" and type "restart." Now log in screen is displayed. Log in and install the nvidia 295.33 driver (http://www.techlw.com/2012/03/install-nvidia-drivers-on-ubuntu-1204.html).


I have XPS 15z and I had to do the following:

  • during boot select the acpci=off with F6 (otherwise the booting hangs)

  • Keyboard doesn't work. Connect a mouse, open

    • vitual keyboard

    • terminal

    type in terminal:

    sudo kate /etc/default/grub  

    in there add change the following line

    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"  


    GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor dell_laptop.backlight=0 acpi=noirq"  


  • run

    sudo update-grub  

    Then on reboot You'll have keyboard working.

As to Your video card -- Radeon -- I think It will be solvable (I have Nvidia).


I got duo Windows 7 / KUbuntu on my dell M8500.

My KUbuntu basically can replace Windows on all my daily development and entertainment. I evens has Office 2010, and all the tools I need (except Visual Studio)

I used Kubuntu daily and the only major issue is the video card driver (AMD Radeon HD 7570). One times / 10 after reboot, the VGA crapped at the login screen, and I have to reboot again (blindly via command line) to get back to normal

Here is my experiences on installation of Ubuntu on this machine https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cHYU8KpTle3LMJuadls9hcvQf8l-5D1LQZX2NLM-XOo

You might lost 1 week of frustrating to get Ubuntu the way you want, and working on a stranger OS might not as productive as your familial OS. For me, I love to test, and as a .NET developer for my daily work, I tried to get out of Windows OS at home, and taste other techno

Note:If u also have question or solution just comment us below or mail us on toontricks1994@gmail.com
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