Gentoo linux on Dell XPS 13 (2016, 9350, QHD touchscreen)

Use the newest of the newest kernel version. I'm using 4.5.0-rc3 and that is one of the first versions that boots consistently without a lot of patching.


Kernel: "CONFIG_BLK_DEV_NVME: NVM Express block device"

And also disable the IRS setting in the Dell bios:


Kernel: "CONFIG_MOUSE_PS2_ELANTECH: Elantech PS/2 protocol extension"

For xorg also "x11-drivers/xf86-input-synaptics" by setting INPUT_DEVICES="evdev synaptics" in make.conf.


Kernel: "CONFIG_HID_MULTITOUCH: HID Multitouch panels", "CONFIG_USB_HID: USB HID transport layer"

Intel video

Kernel: "CONFIG_DRM_I915: Intel 8xx/9xx/G3x/G4x/HD Graphics" as module or add the firmware files as blobs to the kernel.

Emerge "sys-kernel/linux-firmware".

To get "real" compositing in xfce4 the use flag "xcomposite" needs to be set.


Add "pcie_aspm=force i915.enable_fbc=1 i915.enable_rc6=7" to the kernel boot parameters in the /etc/default/grub file.


Kernel: "CONFIG_WLAN_VENDOR_BROADCOM: Broadcom devices", "CONFIG_BRCMFMAC: Broadcom IEEE802.11n embedded FullMAC WLAN driver" and "CONFIG_BRCMFMAC_PCIE: PCIE bus interface support for FullMAC driver".

The driver as module or add the firmware as blob to the kernel.

Emerge "sys-kernel/linux-firmware". Also emerge "net-wireless/wpa_supplicant" with use-flags "qt4" to get wpa_gui.


To enable the function keys, go to Settings > Keyboard > Shortcuts. Add the three commands:

Sometimes after a kernel upgrade the file at /var/lib/alsa/asound.state needs to be removed. 'alsactl init' could also fix this.

 DA200 HDMI output

For this to work the Thunderbolt firmware must be up-to-date (see Dell driver site). Even then the maximum resolution I could get was 1280x800. Setting a higher resolution just results in a black screen and the monitor saying 'no signal found'.