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Dell Latitude E6410 – TrueOS Desktop

This is a short explanation of why I went from Windows 7 SP1 to various Linux distributions and ended up on TrueOS, which is based on FreeBSD.

The laptop has 8 GB of RAM and is configured well. It had become unstable on Windows 7. I would boot and it would not be able to get into Windows 7 and ask me if I wanted to revert to a previously saved version. I would permit that. Then, it would update (Windows Update) to the latest Windows 7 files. Then, it would be necessary to go back to an earlier version. Catch 22. I did a “clean” install of Windows 7 SP1 and then installed the Microsoft file with the Updates to 2016 and that went well, but when I tried to get the Updates starting in 2016, it failed.

Then, I tried various Linux distributions. Most of them Ubuntu or Ubuntu based. Also, CentOS and Fedora and OpenSUSE. Some of the Ubuntu based distributions I was not able to install. I did get CentOS and Fedora and possibly OpenSUSE installed. There were issues with the Mouse freezing constantly. At that time, my belief was that the Hardware was OK, but I was not positive that it was not the Hardware. Apparently, it is something in the latest Linux Kernels.

I read about FreeBSD, but that is more difficult to get running properly on the Desktop and on their web site I read about TrueOS. I downloaded the TrueOS Desktop .ISO file and burned that to a DVD.

So far, it seems to be very stable. I have sound, but at this time I do not have sound for YouTube and other videos, so I need to spend time on that. My guess is that I will need to change the configuration or add some files to get the Sound working the way I want it to.

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Installing a “Thin” (7 mm) Hard Disk Drive or Solid State Drive in a Dell Latitude E6410 laptop

This probably also applies to other laptops made by Dell and to laptops made by other manufacturers. I won a Used Dell Latitude E6410 in an eBay auction. It had a 160 GB HDD (Hard Disk Drive) installed in it when I received it. I also purchased a larger Hard  Disk Drive, a Seagate Laptop Thin 500GB 7200RPM SATA 32MB 2.5″ Hard Disk Drive (ST500LM021) from an eBay Seller.

Probably the 160 GB Seagate HDD I removed from the Caddy was a 9.5 mm drive.

In the case of my Dell Latitude E6410, the normal way to install a HDD is to turn the laptop off, turn it over, remove the battery, remove the Caddy with the old HDD, remove the Caddy from the old HDD, put the Caddy onto the new HDD, and then slide the Caddy and HDD back into the laptop and secure the HDD with the 2 screws. Then, install the battery and turn it over so the keyboard is on top.

That did NOT work for me, and apparently has not worked for many other people who participate in the Dell Customer Forum. It has to do with the SIZE of the drive (this is also true of SSD drives apparently) AND GRAVITY… The solution, after removing the battery and the old HDD, which I found on the Dell Customer Forum, is to install the new HDD or SSD (7mm) while the laptop is in the normal operating position (keyboard on top). Then, after the Caddy is installed, turn the laptop over again, install the 2 screws to secure the drive, and install the battery again.

This has to do with the position of the SATA connector in the Dell Latitude E6410 laptop and the size of the 7 mm drives.