My Journey Installing Ubuntu 18.04 on the Dell XPS 15 7590 (2019)

Tyler Lum
7 min readSep 15, 2019

Introduction

The Dell XPS 15 7590 is the newest laptop in Dell’s XPS 15 series. Sporting a 9th generation Intel CPU, a NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU, and a 97 Wh battery, it is able to balance high performance, excellent portability, and great battery life all in one laptop.

Because Dell laptops are known to be great for running Linux, I was expecting the Ubuntu 18.04 installation process on my Dell XPS 15 7590 to be quite straightforward; unfortunately, this was not the case. There were numerous frustrating issues including the inability to connect to the WiFi and Bluetooth adapters and the inability to view the SSD when trying to install Ubuntu 18.04 from a USB drive.

I followed numerous tutorials online trying to get Ubuntu 18.04 to work on my laptop, but it seemed like nothing would help, especially for the most important issues. As well, it was difficult to tell what steps to take. Some steps were important, while others were outdated. Some steps were simply nice to do, while others had a risk of ruining my system.

The purpose of this tutorial is to outline the key steps needed to setup Ubuntu 18.04 onto the Dell XPS 15 7590.

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Laptop Specs:

• Intel 9th Generation i7 CPU
• NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU
• 512 GB PCIe Solid-State Drive
• 15.6" Full HD Screen
• 16GB of DDR4–2666MHz RAM

Note on Documentation

I would highly recommend opening a new Google Document and documenting the steps that you take. With all of this laptop setup, it is very easy to make a mistake and then want to undo your previous change. You may just remember what you tried before so you can explain it to someone else and not accidentally retake the same steps that lead to failure before. Writing down the commands you used, the tutorials you followed, and the steps you took will pay off in the long run.

Windows and Dell Updates

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