Dell 15 5000 series Laptops (SOLVED)

wcj9996 at wcj9996 at
Fri May 22 19:59:34 UTC 2015

On 05/09/2015 05:15 PM, wcj9996 at wrote:
> Greetings:
> I am looking at a Dell Inspron 15 5000 series with the I7 processor and
> 16 Gb memory.  Has anyone had experience with these.  Did everything
> work with UBUNTU 14.04 or 15.04?
> I heard that there has been a problem with the WiFi.

I decided to buy the computer since it has the Intel chipset.
The Laptop is  Dell Inspron 15 5558.  It is a Costco coupon special. 
After looking at Windows 8.1 for a while, I loaded a live Mint/Mate DVD. 
Every thing I checked worked including the WiFi.  I did not check the 
camera or the microphones but some news audio played OK.

I removed the Windows Drive and installed a 250 GB SSD.  F12 gave access 
to the BIOS setup.  I tried for quite a while to get the EFI boot to 
work.  I gave up and tried the legacy method which worked the first 
time.  To get it to boot in the legacy mode I did the following
in the BIOS:

Turned off the secure boot
Turned off the fast boot
Turned on the legacy boot
Turned on the legacy ROM
Changed the SSD partition table back to msdos
Installed from the live system.

Hope this helps someone.


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