Installing Tumbleweed on the Dell XPS 13
This post will show you how install openSUSE’s rolling release, Tumbleweed, on the Dell XPS 13 9350 FHD.
Update 2016–06–30: Bios 1.4.4 is out.
Update 2016–06–22: The kernel flag is not needed anymore since kernel 4.6 which was introduced around Tumbleweed version 20160612.
Update 2016–05–04: Added a section to fix the sound issues when using headphones.
Create a recovery USB in case you want return the machine to it’s original state.
Get yourself a copy of openSUSE Tumbleweed.
Create a bootable USB. There are instructions for the Linux, Windows and OS X.
Update the BIOS
Warning: Do not reboot the machine when the BIOS update is running!
- Download the latest BIOS update (1.3.3 at the time of writing).
- Save it under
- Reboot the machine.
- Press F12 and select BIOS update.
- Reboot the machine.
- Press F12 and configure to use Legacy BIOS and reboot.
- Boot from the Tumbleweed USB key and follow the installer instructions until you get to the partitioning stage.
- Remove all partitions and create an MSDOS partition table.
- Add your desired partitions inside the just created partition table. In my case I have a root, a swap and a home partition.
- Finish the installation process.
Fixing the flickering display
Note: This issue was fixed on kernel 4.6, here is the bugzilla link.
There is a reported issue that causes your screen to flicker. Until the fix gets merged into the kernel you can do this hack:
/etc/default/grubadd the kernel flag
grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
- Restart your machine.
Fixing the sound when using headphones
When using headphones you will notice a high pitch when no sound is being played and a loud cracking sound when starting/stopping sound from an application.
First fix the issue with the high pitch by setting the microphone boost volume.
amixer -c 0 cset 'numid=10' 1
To fix the problem with the cracking sound the only fix that I’ve found so far
is to disable the
SOUND_POWER_SAVE_ON_BAT option on tlp.
augtool set /files/etc/default/tlp/SOUND_POWER_SAVE_ON_BAT 0
You will need to reapply the battery settings for changes to take effect and set it up to be started at boot time.
systemctl enable tpl.service --now
Have a lot of fun…