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Dell Latitude E6430


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For full specifications see the Dell Latitude E6430 specifications page.

NameDell Latitude E6430
Processor3rd gen Intel Core i5-3210M Processor (2.5GHz, 3M cache)
3rd gen Intel Core i5-3320M Processor (2.6GHz, 3M cache, Upgradable to Intel vPro technology)
3rd gen Intel Core i5-3360M Processor (2.8GHz, 3M cache, Upgradable to Intel vPro technology)
3rd gen Intel Core i7-3520M Processor (2.9GHz, 4M cache, Upgradable to Intel vPro technology)
3rd gen Intel Core i7-3720QM Processor (2.6GHz, 6M cache, Upgradable to Intel vPro technology)
3rd gen Intel Core i3-3110M Processor (2.4GHz, 3M cache)
3rd gen IntelCore i7-3740QM (6M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
Screen14“ 1366×768 Widescreen
14” 1600×900 Widescreen
RAMUp to 16GB
HDDUp to 750GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 3000/4000
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet

Linux Compatibility

ScreenWorks Both 1366×768 and HD+ 1600×900 displays function fine
HDDWorksSSD + HDD in Modular Bay
Optical DriveWorks
Graphics ChipWorksIntel HD4000 + nVidia NVS5200M with Bumblebee
VGA OutWorksTested on a model with Intel HD4000 only
HDMI OutWorksTested on a model with Intel HD4000 only
Built-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackWorksN/A on some models
WirelessWorksInstallation of Broadcom STA drivers is required (available in Ubuntu under “Additional Drivers”)
Card ReaderWorks
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
Fingerprint ReaderNot TestedN/A on some models
WebcamWorksN/A on some models
Smart Card ReaderNot Tested
Docking StationWorks
Touch PadWorks


Tested with ArchLinux and Lubuntu 17.04


The Latitude E6430 line of laptop computers seems to work very well with Linux. Most of the hardware seems to function right out of the box, although the Wi-Fi needs extra set-up to get working. After that, pretty much everything works as it should.


Anon, 2019/05/28 00:29

This was an excellent pre-study. - It looks like Ubuntu may include support for Dell E6430 hardware. Though there is a question over wifi, touchpad and nVidia graphics card. - Now we need a detailed study, and some facts.

Sadly I only know enough to ask the questions. Not do the study.

Has anyone checked the documentation for the Kernel in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Does the kernel support the hardware of a Dell E6430?

Has anyone checked the kernel modules being used on their own E6430? Are they the correct kernel modules for the E6430 hardware? (check against the kernel documentation). Or is it limping along with the wrong drivers or generic drivers?

Are there 3rd party drivers for those features not supported by the kernel (e.g. the wifi)? - Are they in the Ubuntu repository? Do they work properly?

What bug reports have been raised against Linux kernel, Debian and Ubuntu? Will these bugs be fixed? If yes, when?

Are there any known limitation of the E6430 / bios? e.g. support SATA SSDs.

The Dell Latitude E6430 was a very nice machine when running windows 7. I am considering buying one from ebay, to run Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Lubuntu 18.04 or maybe one of the Mint variants.

I would be very interested in any relevant studies, facts, links……

neo123, 2019/02/20 09:34

E6430 with NV graphics. I dont reccomend any linux. There is no sound on HDMI, its always on build in speakers. Bumblebee it`s a bullsh*t, it nerver worked, and it wasnt updated for years. Dont even try to install that, waste of time and u can actually brake the system. No drivers for touchpad, so u can not personalize buttons.
Linux is still a retarded system - all tested on Mint 18, Ubuntu 18.04 and ZorinOS (this one stopped working right after first reboot).
This hardware is much too advanced for any Linux distro.

beelzeobss666, 2019/04/17 13:09

I'm using E6430 with Arch Linux for almost 5 years now and it runs smooth and without problems. Bumblebee is working perfectly with nvidia drivers and external screen on HDMI works. Not tried to get sound on HDMI because using docking station and amplifier. The only thing which is not working is fingerprint reader because of closed manufacturer drivers.

esth, 2019/04/19 00:04

nice, thanks for the heads up, just obtained this laptop and was having trouble, I will give Arch a try and let you know how it goes

BOFH, 2017/09/07 09:09

Currently using my E6430s with Ubuntu 17.04, works fantastically. Only minor issue is the touchpad can sometimes be a little jerky.
Note: Has a mSata port but no SATA controller - this port only works for WWAN cards.

Loobs, 2019/03/04 16:28

I agree–I've had success with 17.04 deployed on ten machines. The overly sensitive touchpad is my biggest complaint. Do you know of a decent driver or tweak?

DaVince, 2017/05/31 20:40

Just got a model with a 1366×768 screen instead. The wireless wouldn't work until I installed the proprietary Broadcom STA driver. After that, it worked like a charm.

Will test VGA and HDMI Out soon.

DaVince, 2017/06/01 14:14

Confirmed: VGA and HDMI work like a charm. (This is on the model with an Intel GPU only, but I trust that it has no issues with the NVIDIA version either.)

This is actually a very good laptop to have, even second-hand.

adam dabdoub, 2018/06/12 02:19

i am having trouble repeating what you have done. will you be so kind as to email instructions or upload a video to youtube as many people would benefit from this information.

DaVince, 2018/06/12 02:56

Luckily, this has been made intuitive enough not to need a video! Go to system settings, click on additional drivers (or restricted drivers or anything similar) and the restricted driver for wifi should be right there.

DaVince, 2018/06/12 02:58

The alternative is running one command on the terminal:

sudo apt install broadcom-sta

John, 2017/04/30 22:33

Works great with Fedora 25. Been using it for a day or so. Bluetooth works great. I am very pleased with how my purchased turned out. I haven't tried hdmi yet.

Max DiOrio, 2016/12/10 04:05

I have this and have run Fedora 25 and Mint 18 and both have the same minor problem. After shutting down or hibernating, the system won't power on with a simple power button press. You have press it once to “wake” it up, again to shut it off, and again to properly power it up.

On resume, this clearly will flush the stored memory and does a cold boot. Not too convenient, but not bad either. The screen brightness controls also don't work at least in Mint. You see it adjusting with the brightness control overlay on the screen, but it doesn't actually adjust the display brightness.

Otherwise it works fully out of the box, even with my Verizon air card.

Ed Howdershelt, 2016/09/12 15:01

I own an e6430 Core i5. Everything works fine except the HDMI. Good picture, no sound.
Searching showed this to be a well-documented problem with no easy fix.

Eduardo Sanchez, 2017/02/15 14:42

Hi Ed. Try switching the audio output to hdmi in sound configuration.

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