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[SOLVED] [EDIT] Dell XPS 13/15 Problem (Brightness, Single Tap, Touch Scroll)

Well, I just bought a whole new XPS 13 and installed Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin 64 bit. But I was having some problems like the brightness didn’t worked as I expected, single tap that used to click made me a sad guy and Touchpad scroll weren’t working. But I love to know that there are people who love to solve problems that quick. I would like to thank to Kamal Mostafa who has been contributing us for the Drivers/Kernel patch for XPS versions.

As your touch and most of the things weren’t working, Mr. Mostafa has spectacularly developed kernel patch for us. To solve yourself out try the following steps.

Open Terminal and type sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kamalmostafa/dellxps

Open Terminal and type sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-hwe-team/sputnik-kernel

Then update the repo sudo apt-get update

I would prefer synaptic from now because it shows the lists that I want. So, please open synaptic.

To install synaptic: sudo apt-get install synaptic

Now run synaptic and sort the list by Origin

On the list you see LP-PPA-KOMALMUSTAFA-DELLXPS, select the one and you will get a list from the added ppa.

Now click on every updates that are required on the list of that ppa. And enjoy the show after a restart.

By default you get 1 Finger scroll. To get two finger scroll, goto Settings > Mouse and Touchpad > Touchpad and select 2 Finger Scrolling

Enjoying XPS with fine brightness Up/Down, TouchPad, Scroll.


  • I can’t find this on my Dell Inspiron 15 3521. I feel it may different from this. Could you please mention it?

    • Yeah, the solution doesn’t apply for Inspiron series. The solution only works for XPS series.

      • Will you help me (& to the other Inspirons) ?

        • You may get a better help from askubuntu.com, there are lots of people who are eager to help you out.