Razer Blade Stealth Linux

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Fl3a, Feb 3, 2016.

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  1. airbornemist6

    airbornemist6 New Member

  2. Doaky

    Doaky New Member

  3. airbornemist6

    airbornemist6 New Member

    Whoops yeah, I'm running Fedora, dnf is my package manager. If you're on Ubuntu you'd be using apt-get instead, so, make those substitutions wherever you see dnf
     
  4. Destrok

    Destrok Well-Known Member

    Hmm anyone running arch or manjaro? Considering getting one for school and would definitely want to dual boot.
     
  5. airbornemist6

    airbornemist6 New Member

    All the packages you need ought to be available in some form or fashion, so I assume it would work, but much like every arch setup, it will probably prove interesting
     
  6. mahousensei

    mahousensei Active Member

    Why not simply use a Linux VM on Windows ? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
     
  7. airbornemist6

    airbornemist6 New Member

    So funny enough, I actually did that. These laptops don't have the power to handle the virtualization very well. It works, but it's pretty laggy, so if you're going to use Linux for your daily driver you'll be feeling some pain.
     
  8. Doaky

    Doaky New Member

    Plus when you have a dual boot working fully you can have full hardware support, I'm still trying to set up Kali.
    Still no luck with the touchpad drivers. The touch screen works so that's a consolation prize I guess.

    "
    root@kali:~/hid-rmi# make
    make -C /lib/modules/4.3.0-kali1-amd64/build SUBDIRS=/root/hid-rmi modules
    make[1]: *** /lib/modules/4.3.0-kali1-amd64/build: No such file or directory. Stop.
    Makefile:10: recipe for target 'default' failed
    make: *** [default] Error 2
    "
     
  9. ffnc1020

    ffnc1020 Member

    I know linux and unix are different but has anyone here tried hackintosh yet?
     
  10. mahousensei

    mahousensei Active Member

    That's weird, they should have with the specs, what software were you using ? And were all the additional stuff to make it run good properly installed ? On a 3610QM running at minimum energy consumption, it is very slow in that mode, Ubuntu 14.04 was running fine with Virtualbox. :/
     
  11. shadygunz

    shadygunz Member

    ehmm Linux is just like OSX, based on unix. although apple ditched that background IIRC while it's still around in linux.
    In theory the stealth should work as hackintosh, but you will surely run into problems with drivers for your network and touchpad. further problems could be the fact that the stealth has only a single drive and that OSX only writes to .FAT format drives, so you would need to reformat your whole system first to set your drive to .FAT then instal windows or OSX and in the end see if OSX works properly pn the stealth and if needed force it to use certain drivers or do things to display when the GPU for example isn't supported.
    So it should work, in theory. but in practice? OSX is a bitch.

    edit:
    let's not forget that OSX doesnt have native touchscreen support, making it even worse.
     
  12. ffnc1020

    ffnc1020 Member

    Touch screen isn't a issue for me, I disabled it in Windows anyway.
    But are you saying I have to format the entire drive? Is it possible to partition the drive and format it to OSX Extended or FAT then install OSX on one partition and keeps Windows on the other? This is my first Windows machine in years so this is all very new to me.
     
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016
  13. holja

    holja Member

    I'm seriously interested in your results. Please reply back if you get it working because my Blade purchase heavily depends on the ability to run Kali.
     
  14. Doaky

    Doaky New Member

    Well so far getting Kali rolling on there wasn't too much of a issue, flop the bios into legacy and shrink the SSD from windows. To enable the boot option I used EasyUEFI and set the grub as the default boot.

    Enabling wifi was pretty simple, the exact file needed for the wifi card is in this thread and the touchsceen works with no issues, but I haven't got this touchpad working yet.
     
  15. I'm running on arch. I have most things working. Right now I'm still working on:

    * Internal webcam is slow and then fails - my external works fine.
    * starting out of suspend/hibernate causes random suspend/hibernates for no apparent reason.
    * I need to switch to using xrandr to scale just the laptop screen. My external monitor is 1080p and is huge.

    Once I have it completely setup, I'll update the arch wiki. Besides the normal install, I've had to do the following:

    # Wireless driver - you'll need a usb network adapter to get started.
    wget -O /lib/firmware/ath10k/QCA6174/hw3.0/board.bin http://www.killernetworking.com/support/board.bin

    # These are the drivers for the toucpad and video card.
    sudo pacman -S xf86-input-synaptics xf86-video-intel

    # stop screen flickering.
    cat >/etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/20-intel.conf
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Intel Graphics"
    Driver "intel"
    Option "AccelMethod" "uxa"
    #Option "AccelMethod" "sna"
    EndSection

    I also used the gnome-tweak-tool to change the window and font scaling. You can adjust to your liking.
     
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  16. shadygunz

    shadygunz Member

    so far that I'm aware it's not possible to format a single drive into partitions that use different storage extensions, since it influences write/reads and corruption resistance on the whole drive, just like you can't partition external drives to use multiple drive formats.
     
  17. Doaky

    Doaky New Member

    I have a kali / win10 pro dual boot running just fine on my blade stealth.
    And I haven't done any crazy crap to get it working either, just created a partition within windows and then formatted the partition from the linux install usb
     
  18. shadygunz

    shadygunz Member


    yes, but kali is linux, the person I quoted was asking about OSX, the not so flexible Operating system
     
  19. Doaky

    Doaky New Member

    The joys of OSX, trying to get anything working is a pain, I guess that's why people buy Apple hardware ;)

    I've got a final update for you, Kali fully functional with dual boot now.
    The fix for the wifi driver is in this thread and the fix for the touchpad came with the 4.4 kernel update, kali had a odd issue with it but the fix can be found here in the final reply
    https://forums.kali.org/showthread.php?29927-UEFI-kernel-4-4-boot-failed/page2
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 13, 2016
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  20. holja

    holja Member

    Dude you rock! Thanks for getting back to me!
     
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