Razer Blade 15 advanced (mid 2019)

Discussion in 'The Linux Corner' started by alxfu, Jul 30, 2019.

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  1. alxfu

    alxfu New Member

    Dear all,

    I'd like to share some experience with my new Blade 15:

    Current Setup:
    (see more details below)
    • Dual Boot (Win/Linux) using Grub - manually set the default Grub (there is GUI App as ppa: for that)
    • Xubuntu 19.04
      • I shrunk the data partition under win10 by ~80GB
      • 3rd party software + updates during install using a USB2Ethernet-Adapter
      • create 32 GB (double RAM) swap partition, create ext4 logical partition as "/" with the rest of the 80GB
        • I didn't divide / and userspace into separate partitions - bad style to some
    • manually updated to Kernel 5.1.21
    • Manually copied the Intel WiFi firmware into /lib/firmware/
    • Installed openrazer (ppa: )
    • Installed bumblebee

    Details:

    Nvidia RTX
    • (X)(K)Ubuntu 18.04.2, never recognized my nvidia card automatically. Even after a Kernel Upgrade to 5.1.x/5.2.x - respectively it may have at soem point but it never offered a 3rd party driver
    • Manjaro will do everything out of the box, so if you like Arch-based linux this would be a big hint for now
    Intel AX200
    • the intel backport driver is a pain to install sometimes due to error occurring when executing the "make" part of their guide
    • if you update the Kernel to 5.1.16+ or 5.2.2+ it might work out of the box. It might need the correct firmware found here: https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/iwlwifi
    • Installing a firmware is merely copying it from the above tar archives to /lib/firmware using sudo/root
    Kernel
    • The guy writing the UKUU tool went commercial so his archived ppa will only work ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 18.10 (to be cofirmed) but it will definitely not install on 19.04
    • Generally even the 19.04 derivates of Ubuntu differ a bit on the kernel they actually use
    • I found that Xubuntu 19.04 (default Kernel 5.0.x) to be a good start if you like debian/ubuntu
    • Updating the Kernel manually to 5.1.21 (most current 5.1) helped a lot
    • 5.2.4 (most current 5.2) made my wifi not working despite the correct firmware installed
    X.org/Wayland
    • X server is working so far while wayland would freeze the OS completely after logging in with bumblebee installed

    Open Q's:

    • How to smoothly work with bumblebee?
      • Do I just need to use optirun for each app I want the RTX to work with?

    I will write more later as I GTG for now. Feel free to use this thread for mid 2019 RTX / Intel AX200 Blades.

    Cheers!
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019
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