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Dell Latitude E6430

Introduction

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Specifications

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
NVIDIA NVS 5200M
Network10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11n

Linux Compatibility

DeviceCompatibilityComments
ProcessorWorks
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
SoundWorks
Built-in MicrophoneWorks
Headphone JackWorks
Microphone JackWorksN/A on some models
EthernetWorks
WirelessWorksInstallation of Broadcom STA drivers is required (available in Ubuntu under “Additional Drivers”)
BluetoothWorks
USBWorks
ESATAWorks
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
Suspend/ResumeWorks

Notes

Tested with ArchLinux and Lubuntu 17.04

Summary

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.


Discussion

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.

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.

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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