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New machine - Dell Inspiron 5580 + Mint 19.2 = : -)

Post by smurphos » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:57 am

So on Sunday, my trusty 8 year old 2nd generation Intel HP Pavilion laptop decided enough was enough and spontaneously developed a bright pink cast over the entire display, with ghosting and multicoloured vertical banding. The issue occurred irrespective of flavour of linux running, and on the BIOS and Grub screens, but not with an external display - diagnosis - some failure of the display or the displays cabling to the motherboard. Local repair shop estimated best case £75, worse case £200 to repair.....or I could convince she who must be consulted on major spending decisions that it was time to buy a new my surprise she agreed immediately.

After trawling the net to find a laptop that was both linux friendly, pretty upto date hardware wise, with a decent screen size and sub £500 I came across this little number on sale at £450 at my local PC bricks and mortar superstore - ... op/cn55510


So this is my first experience working with UEFI so I embarked on the install of Mint with a little bit of trepidation. I need't have worried....

From out of the box to Windows wiped and Mint 19.2 Cinnamon beta installed and running took about half an hour, including an initial couple of boots into windows solely to update the BIOS to Dell's latest -it's definitely a Linux friendly machine. The only minor headscratching moment was having to switch from RAID (Intel Optane) to AHCI in the bios to allow the installer to see the machine's SSD. Everything else seems to work fine out of the box with 19.2 and the default 4.15 kernel.

It's quick, and runs so much cooler and quieter than my old machine - I think I've got myself a bargain - :)

The old machine won't go to waste. It will be repurposed as a headless media server running Plex on an Ubuntu Minimal install and take over Plex duties from the 13 year old Toshiba laptop currently undertaking those duties. That machine will be sent for recycling...

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  Host: steve-Inspiron-5580 Kernel: 4.15.0-55-generic x86_64 bits: 64 
  compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.2.3 wm: muffin 4.2.2 
  dm: LightDM 1.26.0 Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
  Type: Laptop System: Dell product: Inspiron 5580 v: N/A serial: <filter> 
  Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter> 
  Mobo: Dell model: 0K0DFT v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 2.4.0 
  date: 07/02/2019 
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 41.3 Wh condition: 41.3/42.0 Wh (98%) volts: 13.1/11.4 
  model: BYD DELL 1VX1H93 type: Li-poly serial: <filter> status: Full 
  Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-8265U bits: 64 type: MT MCP 
  arch: Kaby Lake rev: B L2 cache: 6144 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 28800 
  Speed: 2322 MHz min/max: 400/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 617 2: 610 
  3: 601 4: 633 5: 670 6: 603 7: 602 8: 601 
  Device-1: Intel vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 
  chip ID: 8086:3ea0 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa 
  resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Whiskey Lake 3x8 GT2) 
  v: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.2 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
  bus ID: 00:1f.3 chip ID: 8086:9dc8 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-55-generic 
  Device-1: Intel driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: 4000 bus ID: 00:14.3 
  chip ID: 8086:9df0 
  IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter> 
  Device-2: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet vendor: Dell 
  driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 3000 bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8136 
  IF: enp1s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> 
  Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 755.97 GiB (40.5%) 
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Toshiba model: KBG40ZNS256G NVMe 256GB 
  size: 238.47 GiB speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 serial: <filter> rev: 10410101 
  scheme: GPT 
  ID-2: /dev/sda type: USB model: SABRENT SABRENT size: 698.64 GiB 
  serial: <filter> rev: 0204 scheme: MBR 
  ID-3: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Seagate model: Expansion size: 931.51 GiB 
  serial: <filter> rev: 060E scheme: MBR 
  Message: No Optical or Floppy data was found. 
  ID-1: / size: 29.21 GiB used: 10.03 GiB (34.3%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 
  ID-2: /home size: 58.42 GiB used: 747.7 MiB (1.2%) fs: ext4 
  dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 
  System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0 C mobo: N/A 
  Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 
  Processes: 274 Uptime: 10h 56m Memory: 7.51 GiB used: 3.74 GiB (49.8%) 
  Init: systemd v: 237 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 alt: 7 Shell: bash 
  v: 4.4.20 running in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.0.32

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Startup finished in 6.079s (firmware) + 2.044s (loader) + 3.404s (kernel) + 2.465s (userspace) = 13.994s reached after 1.313s in userspace
For custom Nemo actions, useful scripts for the Cinnamon desktop, and Cinnamox themes visit my Github pages.

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Re: New machine - Dell Inspiron 5580 + Mint 19.2 = : -)

Post by deepakdeshp » Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:07 am

Good to know that it's a painless uneventful install.Now there are a lot of favourable reports for AMD Ryzen processor too. Nice to know that you were able to convince her. I thought only my missus controls the finance.
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I am using Mint 19.2 Cinnamon 64 bit with AMD A8/7410 processor . Memory 8GB

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Re: New machine - Dell Inspiron 5580 + Mint 19.2 = : -)

Post by Portreve » Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:24 am

It's nice to be reminded that the GNU+Linux dev community, up to and including Clem & Co., knew what they were doing! :lol:
I'm so down wit' dat', yo, dass ich unter dem Beton bin.

Presently rocking LinuxMint 19.2 Cinnamon.

Remember to mark your fixed problem [SOLVED].

All in all, you're just another brick in the wall.

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