Bullseye on Dell XPS 15 7590

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Bullseye on Dell XPS 15 7590

Postby ClintonWinant » 2019-07-23 19:59

Note added:Following the instructions at https://support.killernetworking.com/kn ... ntu-16-04/ I have succeeded in making the Killer card work with Debian Bullseye.

I have installed Bullseye from debian-live-testing-amd64-cinnamon+nonfree.iso 2019/07/22. I have had tu use USB tethering to connect to LAN, otherwise evrything runs well. Here is the output of LSPCI:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Device 3e20 (rev 0d)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor PCIe Controller (x16) (rev 0d)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation UHD Graphics 630 (Mobile) (rev 02)
00:04.0 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor Thermal Subsystem (rev 0d)
00:08.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/v6 / E3-1500 v5 / 6th/7th Gen Core Processor Gaussian Mixture Model
00:12.0 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH Thermal Controller (rev 10)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH USB 3.1 xHCI Host Controller (rev 10)
00:14.2 RAM memory: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH Shared SRAM (rev 10)
00:15.0 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH Serial IO I2C Controller #0 (rev 10)
00:15.1 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH Serial IO I2C Controller #1 (rev 10)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH HECI Controller (rev 10)
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake Mobile PCH SATA AHCI Controller (rev 10)
00:1b.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #17 (rev f0)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #1 (rev f0)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #5 (rev f0)
00:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH PCI Express Root Port #9 (rev f0)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device a30e (rev 10)
00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH cAVS (rev 10)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH SMBus Controller (rev 10)
00:1f.5 Serial bus controller [0c80]: Intel Corporation Cannon Lake PCH SPI Controller (rev 10)
01:00.0 3D controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 1f91 (rev a1)
02:00.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] (rev 02)
03:00.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] (rev 02)
03:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] (rev 02)
03:02.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 Bridge (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] (rev 02)
04:00.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 NHI (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] (rev 02)
3a:00.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation JHL6340 Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1 Controller (C step) [Alpine Ridge 2C 2016] (rev 02)
3b:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Device 2723 (rev 1a)
3c:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS525A PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
3d:00.0 Non-Volatile memory controller: Micron/Crucial Technology Device 2263 (rev 03)

I have two questions:
The new Dell XPS 15 comes with the Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 card, based on the Intel AX2000. Various posts suggest that this is supported by Kernel 5.1, and that a compatible iwlwifi kernel can be found in backports. Can anyone help me figure out how I would do that? I suppose I need to begin by adding a new source to /etc/apt/sources.list, but what would that be, and how would I proceed even if I did find a compatible firmware.

In my cinnamon distribution I am unable to cahnge setting. if for instance in the menu I select Prefrences/Display a winding clock icon appears briefly, once it disappears there is not settings window. There must be an error logged somewhere? I would be grateful for advice as to how to troubleshoot this
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Re: Bullseye on Dell XPS 15 7590

Postby cronoik » 2019-07-23 20:12

ClintonWinant wrote:Various posts suggest that this is supported by Kernel 5.1, and that a compatible iwlwifi kernel can be found in backports.
I haven't checked those post, but the latest version debian itself has packaged is currently the 4.19 kernel.
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Re: Bullseye on Dell XPS 15 7590

Postby stevepusser » 2019-07-23 20:19

The Liquorix kernel is currently providing 5.1 kernels for Debian:

https://liquorix.net/

If you still need firmware that firmware-iwlwifi doesn't have, it is possible to manually download the files from the kernel's firmware git repo and manually install them on your machine.
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Re: Bullseye on Dell XPS 15 7590

Postby ClintonWinant » 2019-07-23 20:40

Thanks for both replies. The answer pointing to Liquorix and to manually install the frmware are most interesting, however beyond my current skill level. In either case I have no idea how to proceed. I know only how to modify /etc/apt/sources.list, how to upgrade, and how to make (./config make make install). Could you suggest witch of the two options you have suggested would be easier, and point me towards tutorials that might help me along? Most grateful for your comments
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Re: Bullseye on Dell XPS 15 7590

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2019-07-24 17:19

ClintonWinant wrote:Thanks for both replies. The answer pointing to Liquorix and to manually install the frmware are most interesting, however beyond my current skill level. In either case I have no idea how to proceed. I know only how to modify /etc/apt/sources.list, how to upgrade, and how to make (./config make make install). Could you suggest witch of the two options you have suggested would be easier, and point me towards tutorials that might help me along?

Use the repositories rather than installing stuff manually, not all make files have uninstall functions and it can be irritating tracking down all the dependencies.

Ask the interweb for tutorials :)
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