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Dell Latitude E5420


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For full specifications see the Dell Latitude E5420 specifications page.

NameDell Latitude E5420
ProcessorIntel® CoreTM i7 (2620M)
Intel® CoreTM i5 (2540M, 2520M, 2410M)
Intel® CoreTM 2 Duo (T6670)
Intel® CoreTM i3 (2310M)
Intel® Celeron® (925)
Screen14“ 1366×768 or 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDup to 500GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 3000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced -N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Dell Wireless 1501 (802.11 b/g/n 1×1)
Dell Wireless 1530 (802.11 a/g/n 2×2)

Linux Compatibility

ProcessorNot Tested
Optical DriveOK
GraphicsOK with workaround enable top 3 options in xdiagnose app
BluetoothOK with blueman app
ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
WebcamNot Tested


Use ethernet during installation to ensure wifi driver installs OK. Enable top 3 options in “xdiagnose” app to avoid low graphics warning.


Runs well, fast responsive.


Dom, 2018/10/04 22:38

Runs fine with Ubuntu 16.04, often boots to low graphics mode without wifi, this can be solved by running the Xdiagnose graphical app and selecting “extra graphics debug messages” “display boot messages” and “enable automatic crash bug reporting” after doing that it should boot without problems. Everything works although I haven't tested the express card yet. Bluetooth works with “blueman”

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