Install Ubuntu on Dell Laptop 2020

>> "Computer Arrives"

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Dell Inspiron Laptop, Arrives


The computer arrived today in the mail. I unboxed it, and ran through windows 10 installation setup. Then I set it to sleep mode while I finished my work day.

>> "Computer Specifications"

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Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series, Model #: 3583


I found the following table on the Packing Slip that came with the item.

Dell Item Code Item Description
210-ARLK Inspiron 15 3000 Series - 3583
470-AACI US Power Cord
340-AQVB Intel(R) Celeron (R) Label
817-BBBP None Required
346-BEWW Black Texture Palmrest without Finger Print Reader
328-BCYF Shipping Material
634-BPCR Additional Software (for Windows 10 S)
619-APIT Windows 10 Home (S mode) 64bit English
340-AGIK SERi Guide (ENG/FR/Multi)
340-CLJR Quick Start Guide
658-BCSB No Microsoft License Included - 30 day Trial Offer Only
338-BSKS Intel(R) Celeron (R) Processor 4205U (2MB Cache, 1.8 GHz)
320-BDVZ LCD Back Cover for Non-touch Display - Black
555-BDBY 802.11ac 1x1 WiFi and Bluetooth
389-DPQX Regulatory + FCC Label
391-BDYU 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Non-touch Display
370-AEJR 4GB, 4Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz
998-DLZR Fixed Hardware Configuration
555-BESY Dell 1810/20 Wireless Driver
631-ABZO Windows System Driver
451-BCHO 3-Cell 42WHr Battery (integrated)
400-BDEK 128GB M.2 PCIe NMVe Solid State Drive
332-1530 Order
450-AEHK 45 Watt AC Adapter
389-BKKG ENERGY STAR Qualified
583-BEWD Non-Backlit Keyboard with numeric Keypad
389-DOXE English Palmrest Label with HD Non-Touch Display for Ubuntu and Windows 10 home in S mode
490-BFHT Intel UHD Graphics 610 with shared graphics memory
811-BBBC Return Label

>> "Links to Helpful Sites"

Links to Helpful Sites


[1] Create a thumb drive containing Ubuntu 20.04 LTE

[2] Install Ubuntu on "desktop"

[3] Guide from Dell for installing Ubuntu

[4] Thorough guide for installing Ubuntu (if you run into problems with steps from [1], [2] or [3])

[5] Guide to install windows 10 again if ubuntu install fails.

>> "First Steps"

First Steps and Testing the Boot from a Ubuntu Thumb Drive on the New Laptop


I have a ubuntu 20.04 LTE boot thumb drive that I had used previously to setup ubuntu on an older laptop. [1]

My hope was to use this thumb drive again, but for the new laptop ("NL").

I booted NL from the thumb drive, and all went well.

To do this I had the thumb drive inserted while the machine was off, then I turned on the machine by pressing the power button. I held down the F12 button from the very start of the boot, until reaching the BIOS/UEFI screen.

At the BIOS/UEFI screen, I picked [TBD].

I was able to connect to my home router, surf the web, open a terminal in a new virtual workspace, do a sudo apt-get install curl, make a curl call [curl -k -v -x GET https:// TBD ], and open a new file finder in a new virtual workspace there as well. There were no freezes, slow downs, or hiccups. Everything just worked.

Based on the screens I saw during bootup of NL, and the packing slip that came with the laptop, I wonder if Dell set up this laptop to be compatible with ubuntu install.

>> "TBD"

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