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Dell XPS 15

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Device Description

There have been several generations of the Dell XPS 15. At this time, we are only supporting the latest generation of XPS 15 with a fourth-generation Intel Core processor (formerly "Haswell").

The remainder of this article only applies to XPS 15's with fourth-generation Core processors, though we are actively working on obtaining, testing, and validating earlier models. Models with second and third-generation Intel Core processors may also work, but are currently Unsupported Systems.

Support Status

  • XPS 15 - Green (Console OS works well on this device, provided it has Intel-exclusive graphics - you may need to upgrade your Wi-Fi card)

Console OS DR1 will work with most XPS 15 models. DR1 however has a few limitations that you should be aware of.

XPS 15 models with NVIDIA graphics will not work with DR1. Dell did not provide an option to disable NVIDIA Optimus which we need in order to utilize Console OS. We are working on a bypass in the kernel to force Intel graphics mode for future releases. This may take awhile, but we are working on it. This is not a concern on models that only feature Intel graphics.

Also per the Release Notes you may need to upgrade your Wi-Fi module with a an Intel 3160 or 7260 Wi-Fi card, or alternatively use an ASUS WL-330NUL USB Wi-Fi card. We do support the 802.11ac-capable Intel 7260 versions, so you can expect to improve both the reception and performance of your Wi-Fi as part of this upgrade. We expect to greatly expand Wi-Fi support as we transition to Android 5.0, Lollipop.

Installation Instructions

You must be running the latest BIOS from Dell.com before installing Console OS. We only test and validate Console OS using the latest system BIOS available, and BIOS updates are critical to the performance-tuning of Console OS and the underlying UEFI firmware.

Before installing, fully read the Release Notes - Including creating a Windows Recovery Drive, and disabling Secure Boot, as well as creating a Console OS Install Flash Drive.

To install Console OS, rapidly press the F12 key when booting the machine. Make sure a USB keyboard is connected (per the notes above) Make sure the Console OS Install Flash Drive that you built per the Release Notes is inserted prior to powering the machine up.

If the Console OS Install Flash Drive does not show up in the F12 boot menu, this is typically due to the XPS 15 not waiting long enough for your USB flash drive to enumerate. To work around this, press Control-Alt-Delete and try again. Do not cold boot the machine in this situation.


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