Installing Arch Linux on Dell G5 15 Gaming 5590

Written by Petr Zemek (s3rvac@gmail.com)
Last update: 2020-06-22 (changelog)

General Hardware Specifications

dell.com, alza.cz, czc.cz

Component Type Status Note
Processor Intel Core i7-9750H (6 cores, 2.6 GHz, 12 MB cache) Works 12 threads
RAM* 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz CL19 (2x 16 GB) Works 31 930 MB (real)
Display 15.6" IPS 144 Hz @ 1920x1080 (Full HD) Works
Video Intel UHD Graphics 630 + Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB) Works Proprietary nvidia drivers, optimus (NVIDIA only).
Audio Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS Works Tested internal speakers and headphones.
Disk** Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1 TB, M.2 PCIe/NVMe Works 931.53 GB (real)
LAN Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Works Tested the 1Gbit mode.
WLAN Intel Corporation Wireless-AC 9560 Works Tested managed 802.11n and 802.11ac modes.
HDMI - Works Tested on an external monitor (just video).
Mini DisplayPort - Works Tested on an external monitor (just video).
USB 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1x USB-C Works Tested on a flash drive, keyboard, and mouse.
Webcam 720p Works
Touchpad - Works Install xf86-input-synaptics or xf86-input-libinput***.
Card Reader 2-in-1 SD/MicroMedia Card Untested
Bluetooth v4.2 Untested
Fingerprint reader Goodix FingerPrint Untested

*: Replaced (original RAM was 2*8 GB).
**: Replaced (original disk was Toshiba 512 GB).
***: Try both to see which of them feels more responsive to you. If you use Wayland, libinput should be already installed, so there is nothing to do for installation.

Linux Identification (Outputs)

lspci, lsusb

Pre-Installation

In BIOS (press F2):

Installation

Nvidia Settings

Suspend to RAM

Keyboard Backlight

Changelog

Feel free to send me your remarks, questions, ideas, or hints that you may have at s3rvac@gmail.com.