Dell XPS 13 9343

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This article is for the model of the Dell XPS 13 released in 2015. For the 2012 model, see Dell XPS 13-L321X Ultrabook. For the 2016 model, see Dell XPS 13 9360.
Installing the latest BIOS patch fixes many issues on this laptop. It is recommended that you do this before continuing.

  • Due to the lack of CD-ROM or DVD drive on this laptop, it is generally necessary to install Gentoo using a removable drive. However, at the time of this writing, Gentoo's official LiveUSB lacks drivers needed to install using the instructions in the Gentoo handbook:
    • USB 3 drivers - needed to boot to the live medium due to all ports being USB 3
    • Proprietary Broadcom wireless drivers - needed to set up the network
  • For these reasons, it is recommended to use a different installation medium. Some possible alternatives include:
  • After successfully booting any of these mediums, you can pick the handbook back up at Configuring the network. Results may vary.

Hardware specs

All variants of this model come with 5th-gen Intel processors and have an option of a touchscreen with HD+ display.

  • i3-5010U, i5-5200U, i7-5500U or i7-5600U processor
  • 13.3" LCD screen (3200x1800 touchscreen display or 1920x1080without touchscreen)
  • Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics
  • 4-8 GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
  • 128-512 GB Samsung SSD
  • 2x USB 3 ports
  • mini-DisplayPort output
  • Broadcom DW1560 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.0 or Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.0


FILE /etc/portage/make.conf
CFLAGS="-O2 -pipe -march=core-avx2 -mabm -madx -mavx256-split-unaligned-load -mavx256-split-unaligned-store -mprfchw -mrdseed"
CPU_FLAGS_X86="aes avx avx2 fma3 mmx mmxext popcnt sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3"

VIDEO_CARDS="intel i965"
INPUT_DEVICES="evdev synaptics"

Hardware Config


The two USB 3 ports require the xHCI driver to function with USB 3 devices and the EHCI driver to function with non-USB 3 devices. Any removable USB drive will also require USB Mass storage support.

KERNEL USB configuration, 4.0.5-gentoo
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] USB Support  --->
        <M> Support for Host-side USB
            <M> xHCI HCD (USB 3.0) support
            <M> EHCI HCD (USB 2.0) support
            <M> USB Mass Storage support


The Dell XPS 13 9343 does not come with a built-in NIC other than the Broadcom or Intel wireless adapter

  • It may be impossible to fetch the distfiles needed by the net-wireless/broadcom-sta package or sys-kernel/linux-firmware (for the Intel Wireless variant) while the wireless is offline. It is recommended that you emerge the broadcom-sta or linux-firmware package during Gentoo's installation, after compiling the kernel, but before rebooting.
  • If you end up running a kernel without wireless support and still need to download the distfiles, you can transfer the files using a removable drive and copy them to /var/cache/distfiles. To find the URLs for the needed files, run the following:
    root #emerge --fetchonly --pretend net-wireless/broadcom-sta

The Broadcom BCM4352 wireless adapter requires the use of the official Broadcom driver. This driver is proprietary and requires that several kernel options be (un)set before installation:

KERNEL Configuration for broadcom-sta, 4.0.5-gentoo
Processor type and features  --->
    Preemption Model  --->
        Voluntary Kernel Preemption (Desktop)
[*] Networking support  --->
    [*] Wireless  --->
        <M> cfg80211 - wireless configuration API
        < > Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] Network device support  --->
        [*] Wireless LAN  --->
            < > Broadcom 43xx wireless support (mac80211 stack)
            <M> IEEE 802.11 for Host AP (Prism2/2.5/3 and WEP/TKIP/CCMP)
    Sonics Silicon Backplane  --->
        < > Sonics Silicon Backplane support
    Broadcom Specific AMBA  --->
        < > BCMA support

After compiling the new kernel, emerge broadcom-sta:

root #emerge --ask net-wireless/broadcom-sta

Reboot to the new kernel and make sure the new Broadcom module is loaded

root #modprobe wl

If all goes well, you should have a working wireless interface

root #iw list
Wiphy phy0
        max # scan SSIDs: 1
        max scan IEs length: 0 bytes
        Retry short limit: 7
        Retry long limit: 4
        Coverage class: 0 (up to 0m)
        Supported Ciphers:
                * WEP40 (00-0f-ac:1)
                * WEP104 (00-0f-ac:5)
                * TKIP (00-0f-ac:2)
                * CCMP (00-0f-ac:4)
                * CMAC (00-0f-ac:6)
        Available Antennas: TX 0 RX 0
        Supported interface modes:
                 * IBSS
                 * managed

The configuration for the Intel adapter is similar, but no other package than linux-firmware needs to be installed:

KERNEL Configuration for Intel, 4.2.0-gentoo-r1
[*] Networking support  --->
    [*] Wireless  --->
        <M> cfg80211 - wireless configuration API
        <M> Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (mac80211)
Device Drivers  --->
    [*] Network device support  --->
        [*] Wireless LAN  --->
            <M> Intel Wireless WiFi Next Gen AGN - Wireless-N/Advanced-N/Ultimate-N (iwlwifi)
            < >   Intel Wireless WiFi DVM Firmware support
            <M>   Intel Wireless WiFi MVM Firmware support


Much like the Broadcom wireless chipset, the Broadcom BCM2045A0 Bluetooth chipset also requires proprietary firmware. If you are booting the kernel using EFI stub, you will need to compile the kernel bluetooth options as modules:

KERNEL Configuration for Intel, 4.5.3-gentoo
[*] Networking support  --->
    <M> Bluetooth subsystem support  --->
        <M> RFCOMM protocol support
        <M> BNEP protocol support
        <M> HIDP protocol support
            Bluetooth device drivers  --->
                  <M> HCI USB driver
                  [*] Broadcom protocol support
                  <M> HCI SDIO driver
                  <M> HCI UART driver
                  [*] Broadcom protocol support

If you compile the Bluetooth components into the kernel, the firmware is not available at the time the kernel loads, the firmware is not loaded and the Bluetooth system is not initialized. Compiling as a module ensures that the firmware is available at module autoload, and the system is initialized successfully. See Broadcom Bluetooth for additional info.

Remember to set the appropriate Bluetooth USE flags.

ALSA sound

The built-in sound card has two different components: Standard audio output and audio output using the HDMI port. It is necessary to configure ALSA so that these are loaded in the proper order.

KERNEL Intel HD Audio, 4.0.5-gentoo
Device Drivers  --->
    <M> Sound card support  --->
        <M> Advanced Linux Sound Architecture  --->
            HD-Audio  --->
                <M> HD Audio PCI
                (2048) Pre-allocated buffer size for HD-audio driver
                [*] Support jack plugging notification via input layer
                <M> Build Realtek HD-audio codec support
                <M> Build Analog Device HD-audio codec support
                <M> Build HDMI/DisplayPort HD-audio codec support
FILE /etc/modprobe.d/alsa.conf
options snd cards_limit=2

# These options force the audio-out port to be the primary card, and sound over the HDMI port to be secondary
options snd-hda-intel id=PCH  index=0
options snd-hda-intel id=HDMI index=1

options snd-hda-intel model=dell-headset-multi

Synaptics Touchpad

The touchpad runs off of an I2C bus and needs some special kernel drivers to be installed:

KERNEL i2c touchpad, 4.0.5-gentoo
Device Drivers  --->
    Input device support  --->
        [*] Generic input layer (needed for keyboard, mouse, ...)
    I2C Support  --->
        <*> I2C Support
            [*] Autoselect pertinent helper modules
            I2C Hardware Bus Support  --->
                <M> Synopsys DesignWare Platform
    HID Support  --->
        <M> HID bus support
            Special HID drivers  --->
                <M> HID Multitouch panels
            I2C HID support  --->
                <M> HID over I2C transport layer

MMC/SD Card Reader

The MMC/SD slot is located on the right side of the laptop, next to the right USB port. It is relatively easy to use with the proper kernel config.

KERNEL Realtek PCI-E SD/MMC card interface, 4.0.5-gentoo
Device Drivers  --->
    <M> MMC/SD/SDIO card support  --->
        <M> MMC block device driver
            [*] Use bounce buffer for simple hosts
        <M> Realtek PCI-E SD/MMC Card Interface Driver
    <M> Sony MemoryStick card support  --->
        <M> MemoryStick Pro block device driver
        <M> MemoryStick Standard device driver
        <M> Realtek PCI-E Memstick Card Interface Driver
KERNEL Realtek PCI-E SD/MMC card interface, 4.5.3-gentoo
Device Drivers  --->
    <M> MMC/SD/SDIO card support  --->
        <M> MMC block device driver
            [*] Use bounce buffer for simple hosts
    <M> Sony MemoryStick card support  --->
        <M> MemoryStick Pro block device driver
        <M> MemoryStick Standard device driver
        <M> Realtek PCI-E Memstick Card Interface Driver
        Multifunction device drivers  --->
            <M> Realtek PCI-E card reader


Loss of horizontal sync when switching TTYs

A bug is present in current kernel versions that results in horizontal sync loss on Broadwell machines when switching TTYs. [1] To fix it, you can add i915.enable_ips=0 to your kernel command-line as a workaround.

GPU hang/freeze4 with external display

An issue appears present on QHD display models that may result in GPU hangs/freezing when manipulating the displays with xrandr on kernels 4.0 and up. Ensure i915.preliminary_hw_support=0 is set as this appears to alleviate this issue.

Display Blanking randomly

This issue appears to be related to high resolutions on both the internal display as well as 4k external displays. Preliminary testing indicates that the i915.preliminary_hw_support=0 option being set significantly reduces or removes the issue.

See also

  • Intel - For configuring the Intel integrated graphics card