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Dell Latitude E6320
« on: June 22, 2019, 07:15:47 pm »
I got this totally refurbished off of Ebay for a nice price. The computer is in really good shape, and it came with a brand new copy Windows 10 Professional. After getting that all set up and updated, I shrank my hard drive and went about installing Peppermint. At first, Peppermint wouldn't boot in UEFI mode, it would only boot in Legacy, so I tried some other Linux distributions to find out the WIFI adapter didn't work with many of them out of the box. A DuckDuckGo search revealed why Peppermint wouldn't boot in UEFI, so I modified the BIOS to make it do so and installed it. That was when I found out that Windows 10 was installed in BIOS Legacy mode. I didn't even know that was possible. So, I reinstalled Peppermint in Legacy and it's all working great. Here's what I'm running:

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System:    Host: chris-Latitude-E6320 Kernel: 4.18.0-22-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Ten
Machine:   Device: laptop System: Dell product: Latitude E6320 v: 01 serial: N/A
           Mobo: Dell model: 05VMY6 v: A00 serial: N/A
           BIOS: Dell v: A08 date: 10/18/2011
Battery    BAT0: charge: 48.8 Wh 100.0% condition: 48.8/48.8 Wh (100%)
           hidpp__0: charge: N/A condition: NA/NA Wh
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-2520M (-MT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 3200 MHz 1: 2885 MHz 2: 2956 MHz 3: 2925 MHz
           4: 2971 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.20.1 ) driver: intel
           Resolution: 1366x768@59.98hz
           OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile
           version: 3.3 Mesa 18.2.8
Audio:     Card Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Def. Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.18.0-22-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (Lewisville)
           driver: e1000e
           IF: eno1 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom and subsidiaries BCM43228 802.11a/b/g/n
           driver: bcma-pci-bridge
           IF: wlp2s0b1 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (2.7% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9500420AS size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 111G used: 5.4G (6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 8.19GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 59.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 192 Uptime: 9 min Memory: 784.9/7855.6MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

Both operating system are running great and I have no complaints, at least after figuring out the weird way they have Windows installed. ::)

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Re: Dell Latitude E6320
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2019, 07:20:54 pm »
Cool, broadcom wireless eh?, I thought these things always had intel wireless cards .. maybe I was mistaken, but if it works who cares right :)
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Re: Dell Latitude E6320
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2019, 08:04:14 pm »
I'm not even sure it originally came with a 500GB HDD. Everything I've found suggests that this model came with a 320GB HDD and less RAM originally. So, someone has done some upgrades, probably with of Windows 10 in mind.

I remember when you came up with the idea to include Broadcom wireless drivers by default. I said it was a good idea for people who needed it, not realizing I'd eventually be one of those. Though, pro tip: selecting to install proprietary drivers during install will shut off the WIFI adapter. So, if you're not on Ethernet, that's not such a good idea. ;) (installing without selecting that goes normally)

Also, I found the old Win7 product code, it's under the battery. Not really useful for anything as that's an OS that's no longer supported, but it's just interesting to me.

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Re: Dell Latitude E6320
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2019, 11:09:03 pm »
I thought Win7 was still supported until next year ?
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Re: Dell Latitude E6320
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2019, 12:03:22 am »
Until January. But even now it's not safe to use. There have been all kinds of security warnings against it. Besides, I don't like Win7 any better than I do Win10, so I might as well stick with 10.