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Issues with Linux Mint 19 on a new Dell laptop

Issues with Linux Mint 19 on a new Dell laptop

Post by frozenSymmetry » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:50 am

So recenlty I received a new Dell Latitude 5591 laptop, and I decided to install Linux Mint 19 on it.
Initially I only noticed that the download speeds were very weak, I somewhat managed to fix that. However I then also noticed that the boot time is incredibly slow, compared to my HP laptop that on paper should be slower or just as fast at most.

I know people have had booting issues with LM19 so I decided to try LM18.3, but when I try the USB version I am welcomed by software rendering mode and an unresponsive trackingpad. So I am unsure now how to proceed and/or fix my system.

Re: Issues with Linux Mint 19 on a new Dell laptop

Post by Pierre » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:56 am

if the machine is running in software rendering mode, then check for any available video drivers:
— Control Center — Administration — Driver Manager

if that doesn’t work out, then also try using the Mint Mate Desktop, instead:
— you don’t have re-install — — just use the Package Manager AKA synaptic
& install the package «Mint-Meta-Mate».. ..

then log-out / log-in after selecting the new desktop

Re: Issues with Linux Mint 19 on a new Dell laptop

Post by Hoser Rob » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:09 am

I think the reason that 19 boots but 18.3 doesn’t is that it’s new hardware. The Linux kernel . which is common to all distros . probably needs to be newer than the one that comes with 18.3.

For you other 19 issues, do try Driver Manager. Do NOT just do the Windows thing and dl the latest driver fom the gpu maker’s site, that doesn’t usually work in Linux.

The long boot time may be simple to whittle down, reboot and immediately copy/paste this to the terminal and then copy/paste the text output here

Re: Issues with Linux Mint 19 on a new Dell laptop

Post by frozenSymmetry » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:41 am

I think the reason that 19 boots but 18.3 doesn’t is that it’s new hardware. The Linux kernel . which is common to all distros . probably needs to be newer than the one that comes with 18.3.

For you other 19 issues, do try Driver Manager. Do NOT just do the Windows thing and dl the latest driver fom the gpu maker’s site, that doesn’t usually work in Linux.

The long boot time may be simple to whittle down, reboot and immediately copy/paste this to the terminal and then copy/paste the text output here


Linux Mint on a Dell Latitude D630 Laptop (Nvidia Graphics, Wireless and Review)

This blog post is about installing the Linux Mint distribution on a Dell Latitude D630 laptop. More specifically this post provides details about setting up the graphics, wireless and provides a review.

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My D630 has remained broken since late August 2012 due to a graphics display problem with the onboard Nvidia chip. I decided one last time to try and repair it, and to my shock it has been resurrected. I wasn’t sure if the computer would last long, and I wasn’t going to try and repair it for a third time. So this wasn’t going to be used as a workhorse, but for mucking around with technology and trying out a linux operating system.

So what to do with an old laptop?

I didn’t want to use Microsoft Windows Vista (what had previously been installed) with the laptop, but instead try out the latest version of Linux Mint (version 16 Cinnamon Edition), a popular linux operating system. This OS should definitely be viewed as a good alternative to Windows, especially if you don’t require bespoke Windows software.


I thought the install of the OS had gone without a hitch, until I realised the wireless adapter wasn’t working and the graphics looked slightly washed out. Though for once, a linux OS was perfectly fitting the screen dimensions and was running at a high resolution, without configuration!

Update the system.

Once installed I didn’t waste any time in updating the system, even though I had installed with an internet connection.

Hook the laptop up to an internet connection ‘securely’ via an ethernet cable.

Run the ‘Update Manager’ and install any new updates.

Reboot and run the update manager again.

Getting the wireless working.

Turned out I had two issues: Firstly I had jammed the wireless adapter ‘switch’ when putting the laptop back together and secondly I needed to select a driver.Below is a photo after I had unjammed the switch (my fault!).

Once I had taken the laptop apart (again) and fixed the issue, it was easy to configure and connect to my WPA2 network.

The ‘Driver Manager’ was calling the ‘broadcom corporation bcm4312’ device a ‘Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card’.

I selected the ‘bcmwl-kernel-source’ via the ‘Driver Manager’ and it works fine.

Ethernet / Wireless notes:

If the ‘WiFi’ light on the laptop isn’t on, try pressing the psychical switch on the side of the laptop.

You can toggle between an ethernet and wireless connection.

You are able to connect to hidden networks.

You can set the laptop as a ‘hotspot’.

It supports WPA2 Personal and Enterprise as well as WEP.

There is an ‘aeroplane mode’.

You don’t need to unplug the ethernet (lan) cable to use the wireless.

Troubleshooting a wireless problem.

It took me a while to realise I had made a mistake when putting my laptop back together (trying to fix a D630 Nvidia problem), and I had jammed the wireless adapter switch in the ‘off’ position.

If you open a terminal window you can check the status of the adapter, as shown in the screenshot. The ‘rfkill list’ command will display the status. If there is a ‘soft block’ try typing rfkill unblock X, with X being the adapter number.

If you see a ‘hard block’ on the brcmwl-0, then try pressing the wireless switch on the side of the D630 and rebooting. I think there can be other reasons for a hard block, but alas I’ve not experienced those issues.

If you are unsure if you are running the same wireless adapter as me then type lspci -nn into a terminal window to show your devices.

Network share issue

Yet again I experience a problem with a network share! This time I couldn’t paste / write files to a shared directory on a NAS box. I tried both Nemo and Nautilus, but in the end using ‘pyNeighbourhood’ solved the problem.

The error I was experience was ‘Error while coping… There was an erro copying the file into smb://… Show more details’.

So not a hardware issue, but a configuration problem, and I’m sure a solution exists for Nemo and Nautilus, but after a five minutes I gave up to look again another time.

Setting up the Quadro NVS 135M graphics

For some reason the ‘recommended’ graphics driver for the NVIDIA Corporation: G68M (Quadro NVS 135M) was not selected. All you need to do is run the ‘Driver Manager’, select the ‘recommended’ option, which in my instance was the ‘nvidia-319’ and select apply.

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Update: Unsure if it is a hardware or driver issue, but I’ve reverted back to the ‘xserver-xorg-video-nouveau’. I had performed some more system updates, but it also could be the dreaded D630 Nvidia hardware problem is coming back to haunt me!

Using an external monitor via the vga connection works either as a dual or standalone display. Just press ‘FN-f8’ to cycle through the modes.

Review of Linux Mint 16 on a Dell D630

I’m writing this in May 2014 and it makes the old laptop almost feel like new! The system is responsive, boots up around the same time my Vista system did, and shouldn’t be too hard for a MS Windows person to use. Firefox, LibreOffice and Thunderbird are already installed which many Apple and Windows users will be familiar with.

The only headache I’ve experience OS wise is the networking, but unfortunately by the time I’ve got around to concluding this blog post, the NVIDIA graphics chip issues on the D630 has hit me again. So it is time to say goodbye to this laptop, which is a shame. I will keep the CPU, HD and RAM, and perhaps a few other bits as well.

As for Linux Mint, it is a serious contender to replace my main computer’s OS. My primary PC is actually a Dell D620. So perhaps a blog post about this linux OS and the D620 will appear here one day!

If you got fed up of the Unity hassle with Ubuntu, or are thinking about leaving MS Windows, or just thinking about a chance, this operating system is a good contender, as long as you understand the limitations of a non-Windows environment and expect a few tech headaches from time to time.

Probably the easiest Linux OS on a laptop I’ve experienced.


How to install Linux Mint on Dell Latitude 7490 from USB

by Matt Roberts March 3, 2021, 10:22 am 1.2k Views

Here is How to install Linux Mint on Dell Latitude 7490 with both the methods Straight installation and Dual Booting with Windows and other OS.

About Dell Latitude 7490

  • Dell Latitude 7490 comes with a 14-inch FHD touch with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.
  • It is powered by Intel Core i7-8650U processor with 8GB DDR4-2400MHz RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD.
  • The graphics in Dell Latitude 7490 are powered by Intel UHD Graphics 620.
  • Dell Latitude 7490 has a battery capacity of 60WHr.
  • Finally, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit is pre-installed.

What is Linux Mint?

  • Linux Mint is a Linux community-driven operating system which is based on Ubuntu.
  • It is very easy to use with a modern and elegant design with full out-of-the-box support of multimedia
  • The development of Linux Mint started in 2006 with the release of Linux Mint 1.0 based on Kubuntu.
  • Linux Mint 2.0 is based on Ubuntu following its own codebase.

Advantages of Installing Linux Mint in your Dell Latitude 7490

  • Low memory usage
  • Many Useful features such as automatically fixing issues which is better than Ubuntu
  • Ease in installing themes
  • Faster, Lighter and sleeker experience with software
  • Plenty of applications available by default such as media Codecs and Flash


  • Backup your Data
  • A Formatted USB drive of 6/8GB
  • Download Linux Mint image file from the official website – There are three versions of Linux Mint: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce. Recommended: Cinnamon

Create a Bootable USB

  1. After installing Rufus simply select the ISO file from the file manager and accept all settings when the popup window appears.
  2. Select MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI and If your laptop has UEFI bios then select the other two options.
  3. For the Filesystem select NTFS option and select if your PC has UEFI bios then select FAT32.
  4. The default Cluster size option should be selected.
  5. Make sure all three options including Quick Format, Create a Bootable disk using and Create extended labels and icon files are selected.
  6. Finally, start the process and this software will automatically format and create bootable USB flash drive.
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To Change boot-order to boot from USB in Dell Latitude 7490

  • Turn your Dell laptop off
  • It is not necessary to change the Boot order in your Dell Latitude 7490.
  • All you have to do is insert the Bootable USB drive in your Laptop and press F12 and boot it from there.

To change the Boot order to USB in Dell Latitude 7490

Instructions to Install Linux Mint on Dell Latitude 7490

Linux Mint will be installed on your machine after a few steps:

1. Selecting Language

  • The First step is to select your desired language or the language you will be using in the operating system.
  • Also, Language can also be changed later.

2. Keyboard Selection and Proprietary Software

  • Choose your Keyboard Layout and Detect Keyboard Layout.
  • To ensure keys working properly you can use the text box provided below. Now the Screen will ask you to install proprietary software.
  • If you want to play media files like MP3 then you should select the option.

3. Target Installation

  • The Linux Mint installation Wizard provides many options for where to install Linux Mint. If you want to install Linux Mint in the entire hard drive then Select “Erase disk and install Linux Mint”.
  • The option will delete all your files permanently.
  • So in case you want to install Linux Mint by erasing method then make sure that you have made a complete backup of your all files.
  • The other two options are encrypting Linux Mint and Logical Volume Manager (a Linux system to manage data on the hard drive efficiently).
  • Something Else is the option to create partitions or Dual booting with Windows or any other operating system. So if you want a clean install without any complications select these options else to select something else.

4. Dual Boot Windows and Linux Mint on Dell Latitude 7490

  • If you have already installed Windows on your Laptop then start installing Linux Mint with Windows.
  • Also, you can read the guide to install Ubuntu on Dell Latitude 7490.
  • Select the “Something Else” option to create partitions on your machine and “Continue”.

1. Create Partitions

  • We have to create Root, swap, and home partitions
  • Firstly, You have to create a root partition.
  • Now Choose the free space option and click on +.

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  • Choose the amount of space you want in your root partition (20GB or 21485MB recommended)
  • Option “Use as” should be “Ext4 file journaling system” and mount point as “/” (Root)

Now you have to create the Swap Partition

  • Size of Swap partition Depends upon the size of the RAM and available disk space.
  • Since the RAM size of Dell Latitude 7490 is the 16GB size of Swap should be half the size of RAM.

Now you have to create the Home Partition

  • You should provide maximum size to the Home partition as this area is where you will keep all your files.
  • Finally, after creating all the partitions Home, Swap and Root, click on install now to continue the process of installing Linux Mint on your Dell Latitude 7490.

4. Select Timezone, Keyboard Layout, and Login Credentials

You have crossed all the hurdles after reaching this point. Now there are some easy steps left such as Selecting timezone, keyboard layout, and login credentials. Once the installation is completed two options will appear on the screen Continue testing live version or to restart the system. After restarting you will receive a beautiful Linux Operating system on your Screen.

Thanks for being patient and I hope the guide to install Linux Mint on Dell Latitude 7490 was helpful.


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