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Install Fedora 35 on Dell XPS 9310 (2021)

The Dell 9310 is supposedly the best ultra-portable laptop on the market, but I faced some challenges installing the world’s best desktop operating system (for my needs πŸ˜›) on it.

Dell XPS 13 9310 (2021) running Fedora 35
Dell XPS 13 9310 (2021) running Fedora 35

UEFI, Secure boot, “Legacy boot mode is not supported on this platform”, USB-C to USB3 drive adapter – these were confusing factors when I installed Fedora 35 on my new Dell Laptop. Here’s what worked:

  1. Download the Fedora ISO directly (not using a USB writer app)
  2. Write the ISO to USB using Balena Etcher (trusty old Unetbootin and Ventoy both failed)
  3. Press F2 at boot repeatedly to enter BIOS and enable boot from Thunderbolt; save and reboot
  4. Press F12 at boot repeatedly to show one-time boot menu
  5. Select your (hopefully now listed) USB device from the list
  6. Use the Fedora boot menu; spread freedom and prosper.


  1. I deliberately did not update Dell Bios from v2.2.0
  2. I am using a standard edition which shipped with Windows; not a “Developer edition” with Ubuntu
  3. For what it’s worth: this model has Intel i7-1185G7


  • Reply David Legg |

    Thanks for the details about which button to press at boot.

    I have a Dell XPS 13 9305.
    I used the F12 one-time boot menu to boot from a micro SD card with Fedora 37 on it.

  • Reply Javielico |

    Did you disable secure boot? Did you use a different sata operation mode in the BIOS?

    • Reply samtuke |

      As I recall: yes, and yes. Disabling SATA fixed high battery drain in standby mode. And SecureBoot – I think I disabled that just to rule it out as a source of issues, but I might be wrong.

So, what do you think ?