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Dell XPS 13 Linux Super Key Selection

Jul 27, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

I like to try out different types of operating systems, but I also like the hardware to reflect the OS that it runs. For Windows, this is the standard Windows-style keyboard we all know. Chromebooks have their own keyboards, Macbooks as well. Though it seems like a minor issue, I'd really like to be able to select to have a Linux-style Super Key of some sort. Whether this is the Ubuntu logo, or Tux, just some kind of Linux-appropriate key would be nice to see on the Dell XPS 13 and it would 100% be my first-choice laptop for Linux development. I think best-case would be allowing the selection of multiple different Super Key styles to include everyone (Korora, Ubuntu, Arch, etc.) but I'd understand if this is an unreasonable request, and would in the very least be more than happy to accept an Ubuntu key instead. This laptop was made to work 100% with Ubuntu, I think it only makes sense to go 100% with the design and make it 100% a Linux laptop from a professional computer hardware manufacturer like Dell. Being a go-to for even a single fully-featured Ubuntu laptop completely themed to Ubuntu would set Dell apart from other manufacturers who just recommend purchasing a Windows machine and then installing Ubuntu over it.

2 Votes | 4 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops,

More and better Alienware peripherials

Jul 22, 2014

4 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Please, if you could make some Alienware branded peripherials that'd be great. I mean, serious peripherials, because there are three of them: Tactx mouse, Tactx keyboard and Tactx headset, and after a little research I realised that those aren't that good. There isn't even a mouse for left- handed people. So please, give us more options when it's time to buy gaming accessories.

4 Votes | 3 Comments

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Desktops and Laptops, Alienware,

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100% full Disclosure on the Alienware 18 some thing is very fishy here and not right.. my idea is with in..

Jul 30, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Hello every one.. as we all know the New Alienware 18 is far from a flag ship model as can be.. The major differences between the older M18x-r2 and the new M18 you would think wouldn't be that apparent and with the retiring of the R2 you would also think that the new current most upto date model with all the latest bells and whistles would destroy it as has been the trend with new iterations of there flag ship laptop has shown so many times in the past but this time it is not the case and with months and months gone by and not one peep about any of the issues plaguing the system im starting to this 2 things..   1. Dell/Alienware is Hiding some thing..some major change in how there approching the computer market and especially the enthusiast market..   or     2.  We the masses with are many voices all must be bat flippin crazy and just making these problems up..     Now I understand some things and why some of the stuff was done.. but i dang sure do not understand what the heck is going on with these new systems.. or how or why you  or whom ever dreamed up the idea of a multi thousand dollar system that clearly advertises it is the best there is would ever and i mean ever think it was a good idea to lock this system down.   And it is locked down lets make no mistake there.. you as a company advertise certain levels of performance that your machine here does not deliver then you mock us with videos of a 5ghz system that you advertise as being every day gaming stable?/.. how in the heck do you figure that one? Not on the settingws you have given us access to.. no way Jose..   well.. its been months and not one word from the inner workings of Alienware..  not one fix ether.. I mean how many bios updates have you released? 9 lol.. and not one fix to what thousands of people are saying and there all saying the same things? we cant all me making this stuff up..  i mean look at  every bios update to date.. i mean the last one included what.. a warning message update.. Really a warning message update? not a fan table fix? your joking with me right? you have to be pulling my leg..is it April fools all ready?   Look. i dont know what disgruntled Alienware employee decided to sit down and approve this monstrosity but i bet he isnt a gamer let alone and enthusiast.. He dang sure doesn't have the company's best interest at heart.. other wise you wouldnt clearly be False advertising your products capability's.. because dang if it isn't.. I mean what 99% of what this system is supposed to do  it doesn't right out of the box.. people paying alienware for factory over clocks that will not work lol..let alone ever work with these settings   lets see.. crashes on browsing the internet.. crashes on watching movies.. over heats on using the calculator..(that ones not true but you see where im going with this) theres tons and tons of issues that boil down to the power restrictions that have been impossed on this system..     So here is my Idea... another round robin with you guys to really answer some of these questions.. ill sign a NDA if need be but i my self need answers..   And the second part of my idea is a blog or web site that answers these type of questions.. not support questions but questions like these on system crippling issues.. and why stuff is the way it is..  like direct question like I.E. why is the power table the way it is on the M18 when clearly its not evven close enough power for a mx cpu let alone the rest of the system included?   see? now you give a direct awnser.. not ill pass this along and we never here any thing 1092938 vote later.. just a simple direct awnser.. like i was off my meds that day and it just look right to me at the time..but now we see its not and we will issues a fix for it asap..and then give an eta..1 day 3 days 2 weeks.. Its not that diffacult.. heck icould run that section for you if you like.. enough with all the smoke and mirrors..   truthful answers even if we don't like them at least we get some thing.. and not lies.. see most of us are smart of enough to know when your blowing smoke up are #$%$#    oh and whos bright idea was it to use a lower rpm and cfm fan on these cpus???? 4.5 cfm on a mx cpu  id like to see an option for a higher rpm and cfm fan in the future..meaning asap.. say 15-20 cfm on all fan ports.. the current ones do not work to cool this machine.. im ok with extra noise.. I modded a R2 fan for the cpu and it works 100% better than the stock M18 fan for the cpu..  but it could be alot better..      And lastly 5Ghz really.. dang it if this machine will do that then please SHOW US HOW!!! you released a video claiming you had a working stable, able to play games 5ghz Alienware 18  but us consumers cant even get the factory set over clocks to work.. really????...  FIX THE POWER.. (WHO EVER THOUGHT THIS LIMIT WAS GOOD SHOULD BE TALKED TO)AND SET THE LIMITS ACCORDING TO WhAT CPU YOU GOT WITH YOUR SYSTEM or just bump them  dang it.. the system is only going to draw what it needs to work propperly.... MY 4940MX IS WAY UNDER POWERED.. I BARELY HOLD A 3.8 WITH OUT BLU SCREENING AT STOCK.. AND FIX THE FAN TABLES// its starting to feel like i stepped backwards here.. if i wanted a 2,5Ghz computer that i can do nothing with id of bought one from walmart..   thanks for your time and sorry this was so long winded.. so my ideas are this.. Another Round robbin with the guys,, to disscuss this stuff.. and a new section to ask any question related to harware limitaions and restrictions placed there by Dell.. and what the reason is for..

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100% full Disclosure on the Alienware 18 some thing is very fishy here and not right.. my idea is with in..

Jul 30, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Hello every one.. as we all know the New Alienware 18 is far from a flag ship model as can be.. The major differences between the older M18x-r2 and the new M18 you would think wouldn't be that apparent and with the retiring of the R2 you would also think that the new current most upto date model with all the latest bells and whistles would destroy it as has been the trend with new iterations of there flag ship laptop has shown so many times in the past but this time it is not the case and with months and months gone by and not one peep about any of the issues plaguing the system im starting to this 2 things..   1. Dell/Alienware is Hiding some thing..some major change in how there approching the computer market and especially the enthusiast market..   or     2.  We the masses with are many voices all must be bat flippin crazy and just making these problems up..     Now I understand some things and why some of the stuff was done.. but i dang sure do not understand what the heck is going on with these new systems.. or how or why you  or whom ever dreamed up the idea of a multi thousand dollar system that clearly advertises it is the best there is would ever and i mean ever think it was a good idea to lock this system down.   And it is locked down lets make no mistake there.. you as a company advertise certain levels of performance that your machine here does not deliver then you mock us with videos of a 5ghz system that you advertise as being every day gaming stable?/.. how in the heck do you figure that one? Not on the settingws you have given us access to.. no way Jose..   well.. its been months and not one word from the inner workings of Alienware..  not one fix ether.. I mean how many bios updates have you released? 9 lol.. and not one fix to what thousands of people are saying and there all saying the same things? we cant all me making this stuff up..  i mean look at  every bios update to date.. i mean the last one included what.. a warning message update.. Really a warning message update? not a fan table fix? your joking with me right? you have to be pulling my leg..is it April fools all ready?   Look. i dont know what disgruntled Alienware employee decided to sit down and approve this monstrosity but i bet he isnt a gamer let alone and enthusiast.. He dang sure doesn't have the company's best interest at heart.. other wise you wouldnt clearly be False advertising your products capability's.. because dang if it isn't.. I mean what 99% of what this system is supposed to do  it doesn't right out of the box.. people paying alienware for factory over clocks that will not work lol..let alone ever work with these settings   lets see.. crashes on browsing the internet.. crashes on watching movies.. over heats on using the calculator..(that ones not true but you see where im going with this) theres tons and tons of issues that boil down to the power restrictions that have been impossed on this system..     So here is my Idea... another round robin with you guys to really answer some of these questions.. ill sign a NDA if need be but i my self need answers..   And the second part of my idea is a blog or web site that answers these type of questions.. not support questions but questions like these on system crippling issues.. and why stuff is the way it is..  like direct question like I.E. why is the power table the way it is on the M18 when clearly its not evven close enough power for a mx cpu let alone the rest of the system included?   see? now you give a direct awnser.. not ill pass this along and we never here any thing 1092938 vote later.. just a simple direct awnser.. like i was off my meds that day and it just look right to me at the time..but now we see its not and we will issues a fix for it asap..and then give an eta..1 day 3 days 2 weeks.. Its not that diffacult.. heck icould run that section for you if you like.. enough with all the smoke and mirrors..   truthful answers even if we don't like them at least we get some thing.. and not lies.. see most of us are smart of enough to know when your blowing smoke up are #$%$#    oh and whos bright idea was it to use a lower rpm and cfm fan on these cpus???? 4.5 cfm on a mx cpu  id like to see an option for a higher rpm and cfm fan in the future..meaning asap.. say 15-20 cfm on all fan ports.. the current ones do not work to cool this machine.. im ok with extra noise.. I modded a R2 fan for the cpu and it works 100% better than the stock M18 fan for the cpu..  but it could be alot better..      And lastly 5Ghz really.. dang it if this machine will do that then please SHOW US HOW!!! you released a video claiming you had a working stable, able to play games 5ghz Alienware 18  but us consumers cant even get the factory set over clocks to work.. really????...  FIX THE POWER.. (WHO EVER THOUGHT THIS LIMIT WAS GOOD SHOULD BE TALKED TO)AND SET THE LIMITS ACCORDING TO WhAT CPU YOU GOT WITH YOUR SYSTEM or just bump them  dang it.. the system is only going to draw what it needs to work propperly.... MY 4940MX IS WAY UNDER POWERED.. I BARELY HOLD A 3.8 WITH OUT BLU SCREENING AT STOCK.. AND FIX THE FAN TABLES// its starting to feel like i stepped backwards here.. if i wanted a 2,5Ghz computer that i can do nothing with id of bought one from walmart..   thanks for your time and sorry this was so long winded.. so my ideas are this.. Another Round robbin with the guys,, to disscuss this stuff.. and a new section to ask any question related to harware limitaions and restrictions placed there by Dell.. and what the reason is for..

1 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Dell Community, IdeaStorm, Storm Session Topics,

Impossible to purchase Alienware laptop

Jul 29, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

I was so keen to purchase a new Alienware laptop until Dells option choices hit me in the face.Here's what I wantedAlienware 17with TrueLife DisplayI7-4940MXWin 7 Ultimate32Gb memory2TB hard dive with 80Gb cachingNvidia 880MBut the website makes this IMPOSSIBLE! If I select the ALienware 17 that allows you to select the TrueLife display (which is a low end unit for some strange reason), then I cannot get the I7-4940MX cpu or 32Gb memory or the 2Tb disk option.So then I moved up the Alienware 18 line because they all have Truelife displays. I selected the highest model, the only one that offers the I7-4940MX but there are problems here too. It wont let me choose the disk option. It ONLY allows the quad play SSD disk drives. I dont want that because it takes the optical bay for the 4th drive and so you have to give that up. I have to give up an optical drive to get the better cpu?? This makes NO sense to me.Whoever decided to market these laptops this way should be firedThe other thing that burns me to no end is the pricing. Right now the top 3 Alienware 17s are given a discount (10 or 12%), at Dell.com I live in Canada and I cannot purchase from the US site. I have to use Dell.ca. And these discounts are not offered there. This is insane.I called customer support and all they can do is tell me they cant do anything. They would not even contact someone in marketing to explain this crazinessDell, if you want me to buy your products you have to fix this crap. I remember when Dell websites were great because they allowed all the optionsM

1 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Dell Web Site, Alienware,

Water-free Liquid Mobile Cooling System

Jul 29, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

I think Dell should fit a water-free liquid cooling system in their enthusiast laptop lines.In fact, it was even prototyped by asetek.com (http://asetek.com/laptop.aspx)Dell only needs to fill it with Gallium. Just make sure that it's Aluminium-free as Gallium hates (or loves?) Aluminium so much that Ga eats Al.This will potentially elimates the 4.4 GHz as overheating won't be a problem anymore.Courtesy of asetek.com:

1 Votes | 2 Comments

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Gaming, Alienware,

Do not save an Backlit keyboards!

Jul 29, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

I purchased a Latitude 3540 and suprised it does not have backlit keyboard and not even option to upgrade? It have to be a joke, my 5 years old Latitude E4310 already has lighted keys and all my following Latitudes, Vostros had! Especially a Latitude is a working computer, how can I do my tasks in the night?

1 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Desktops and Laptops,

Random Acts of Laptop

Jul 29, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

I have mentored a lot of people in programming, software development, and business. I found that efforts invested in explaining things to others led to getting better understanding of those things myself. I've had numerous successes and some 'failures'. 'Failure' in this sense meaning that the individuals either lost interest or didn't pursue it. Successes include a single mom with 2 kids, a 20 year old whose worldly possessions fit in a plastic garbage bag, and two kids that were still finishing high school, although a year late.I have three laptop computers, one with a dead battery and two that are Windows XP and therefore pretty much useless. As a developer, I would need a fairly advanced machine to code cross-platform apps, etc. 'Advanced' meaning multi-core, 4GB Ram, Terabyte Drive, advanced graphics, Windows 8.1, etc. In thinking about this, I realized I would be using this for mentoring - hanging out at pizza joints and coffee shops instructing people on Visual Studio, C#, Xamarin, Microsoft Access, or whatever. I had thought of the idea of crowd-funding the purchase based on 'community involvement'. One of my favorite haunts is the Austin C++ Meetup group - this is where I have encountered some of the people I've mentored recently.  Others have come from Craigslist or LinkedIn.I was reading a story on 'random acts of pizza', and I keyword searched 'random acts of laptop'. Nothing comes up. The idea is that people tell their story of community involvement, describe the specifications for a laptop (could be other equipment as well) that would advance their efforts, and put this story up for funding.  In my situation, the 'rewards' offered at various funding levels would be donations of hours to either specific non-profit organizations or as mentoring to individuals.  These would follow up with the funders with information on their progress or with the 'deliverable', perhaps a web page or app.Dell (and other vendors, such as those providing productivity tools or development platforms) might offer to 'sweeten the pot' if certain funding targets are reached.  Some of this, needless to say, would involve shameless promotion.I do contract work at a particular hourly rate - a fully configured laptop might cost in the area of 40 hours of my time at my rate (before tax withholding). It's unlikely that I could do all that much for a non-profit as far as software development in 40 hours - I would point out that such funding would 'be applied to' a project for a non-profit, but unless the project was trivial, it wouldn't be 'complete'. I probably spend 100 to 200 hours a year on mentoring. Many crowdfunding sites now expect the fund seekers to more fully disclose risks and other caveats. In my case at least, my hours would be 'repaid' at something pretty close to 'minimum wage'.

1 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Desktops and Laptops, Education,

Better design for the Alienware page

Jul 25, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

 The homepage is perfect. The rest is not. Let's start with the Laptops and Desktops' section. It starts well, but the gallery button(s) should be changed; as there are 5 miniatures, people think that those are the only five pictures. replace them with a single miniature or a "gallery" icon. but not that small, please, and add a lot of new pictures from closer angles (this applies for the X51, Aurora, 14, 17 and 18). Then, I don't know if it's just me, but the video doesn't work. I click the video, the gallery pops out at the 11/11 (for example, the X51 gallery has 10 pics and then one video) and there's nothing but a black square and the audio. Seriously? The "build yours" section. Add a video to the "Features and Design" part. Many people will get to the Aurora (for example) with a link in a message from a friend: -Dude look at this computer, it's a beast! http://www.dell.com/ca/p/alienware-aurora-r4/pd.aspx-So they didn't watch the video which is in the previous page that says Desktops. Make a map picture that labels every port, macro or special point of the system (like the pictures at the beginning but more complete). It NEEDS the "Home button".It's at the previous sections as a little white alien head but it's not in any of the "build yours" section! But you can still see a little home button that takes you to the Dell homepage, not to the Alienware homepage. This also happens with this:  Home & Home Office> Laptops & Notebooks> Alienware> Alienware 17> Alienware 17 LaptopNone of those buttons takes you to the previous pages, it takes you to dell's page, which I found confusing at first. The "Gearshop" section. It talks by itself. Just compare. Click the button "Learn more" below the Headset or the carrying cases and then click the one below the Tactx mouse and keyboard. You will see what needs to be improved.  And the last little issue, is that when you have the little white sign which says "Chat with Dell now" you can scroll horizontally forever. lol. I think that's it.  

2 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Dell Web Site, Alienware,

alternative fuel

Jul 28, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

We all know that friction converts kinetic energy to thermal energy.my idea is that can we use some device in the wheels of the vehicle that can use that thermal enerfy in the form of fuel.I KNOW ITS DIFFICULT BUT IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE.THANK YOU

1 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Environment, IdeaStorm, New Product Ideas,

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