Laptops

I haven't had too many laptops to run Arch Linux but of the ones I have used the following is a few of their quirks and/or their workarounds.

Dell XPS 13 (9370)

One line review: Really tiny, very pretty tiny screen that's hard to look at, gets really hot, but supports Linux really well.

  • Booting ArchISO. Disable secure boot, change RAID to AHCI.
  • Battery life: Configure TLP to your liking. Everything works.
  • Power drain while in sleep mode. Add quiet mem_sleep_default=deep as a kernel paremeter.
  • Screen tearing: Enable Intel TearFree mode in X11.
  • Battery charge thresholds: All done through newer BIOS version
  • BIOS: BIOS and firmware updates are fully supported through fwupd
  • WiFi: Atheros adapter, works without issue.

Lenovo T490

One line review: Bit of a chonker and not much to look at but feels great to use and supports Linux really well.

  • Booting ArchISO: Enable Thunderbolt BIOS assist, disable secure boot.
  • Battery life: Configure TLP to your liking. Everything works.
  • Battery charge thresholds: Install tlp, tpacpi-bat, and acpi_call (contrary to what the Arch wiki suggests) and configure in /etc/tlp.conf.
  • IRQ Warnings: Disable TPM module in BIOS. The warnings aren't breaking, just annoying.
  • Screen tearing: Enable Intel TearFree mode in X11.
  • BIOS: BIOS and firmware updates are fully supported through fwupd
  • WiFi: Intel adapter, works without issue. Has some warning output but doesn't affect functionality or performance.

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