SOLVED: Cannot PXE Boot From Dell Dock

After much effort, Jesse from Dell tech support has confirmed the that the Dell D3100, D1000, D6000, and DA100 docks are NOT supported for PXE booting. I have PXE booted from a Dell WD15 (shown below) with a Type-C connector on a Dell Latitude 7400 2 in 1 so I know that works. Note that getting PXE booting to work on the newer Dell laptops like the 7400 require some changes in the BIOS that do…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Dell Latitude 7400 2in1 Unboxing Disassembly Review & Benchmark

We unbox, mildly disassemble, review and then benchmark the new Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 laptop. These are impressive devices that are both powerful and ultra-portable: The key specifications are: 8th generation Intel i5-8265U U = ultra low power for extended battery life 8GB RAM DDR3 256GB Class 40 SSD 14″ laptop in a 13″ all aluminum chassis 2.99lbs high quality touch screen that folds all the way back to turn into a tablet We compare the…

VIDEO: Dell Optiplex 5070 Reviewed, Benchmarked, Disassembled & Upgraded To Crucial P1 SSD

In this video we explain the components and ports on the new Dell Optiplex 5070 SFF . We benchmark the 5070 with the Dell factory SK Hynix 256GB Class 35 NVMe SSD and then benchmark it again with an upgraded Crucial P1 1TB NVMe SSD. The video also shows a very basic disassembly of this this very simply Small Form Factor (SFF) computer. We explain the issues with the Crucial P1’s performance and life span including…

SOLVED: Flickering, Overly Bright or Swirling Colors on Monitor of All-In-One Dell Inspiron 5477 or Optiplex 7460

If you have a Dell Optiplex 7460 or its retail brother, the Dell Inspiron 5477 and the screen: flickers is far too bright is blurry has a dark edge around the outside edge swirling colors unable to wake the system up from display off mode using touch there is a fix for this known problem(s). Before you run through this process, however, you should power down the unit and unplug it for one minute to…

Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise ESSE Review

Dell Endpoint Security Suite (ESSE and ESS) looks like a fantastic product I was very excited to play with it.  ESSE should not be confused with your ordinary security tools, or perhaps it should, because it includes most of them. Dell ESSE provides: An awesome encryption suite that includes everything from Full Disk Encryption to Bit Locker management and ‘removable media’ encryption.  As a differentiator, ESS offers Policy Based Encryption so you can apply encryption only…

SOLVED: Dell No Boot Device Press F1 F2 F5 Black Screen With M.2 Disk

We recently sourced many Dell 5490 laptops, tossed the SATA connected spinning disk and replaced them with M.2 PCIe connected Toshiba RC100 SSD’s and all was well for testing.  In production however we found that the laptops would periodically blue screen and upon reboot or power up, they would go to a black screen displaying NO BOOT DEVICE FOUND, PRESS F1 F2 OR F5. This is annoying and so after a few weeks of working…

SOLVED: What is the Difference Between Dell Optiplex 3060 5060 & 7060 Lines

If you want to buy a Dell corporate PC you are likely looking at the Optiplex line and finding it very difficult to figure out what the hardware differences are between their three offerings, the 3060, 5060 and 7060’s.  All three of these lines: are offered in Mid-Tower, Small Form Factor (SFF) and Micro chassis support 8th Generation Intel CPU’s have USB 3.1 and USB Type C connectors support HDMI 1.4 (HDMI 2.0 optional) and…

VIDEO: Dell Inspiron 24″ 5000 Series Unboxing, Disassembly, Setup & Benchmarking

In these two videos below we unbox, disassemble, change the hard drive, setup and benchmark the Dell Inspiron 24″ 5000 Series (5477 to be specific) All in One Desktop PC. This Dell benchmarked at a huge score of 1589 on Novabench.  It is very powerful, quiet and has exceptional build quality. VIDEO 1: Unbox, Disassemble, Change Spinning Disk to SSD Dell Inspiron 24″ 5000 VIDEO 2: Unbox, Setup & Benchmark Dell Inspiron 24″ 5000

SOLVED: VIDEO: What is Dell Cinema, Cinema Sound, Cinema Color and Cinema Stream?

Early in 2018 Dell introduced a new brand named Dell Cinema which has confused some people, so here is the short explanation you are likely looking for.  Dell Cinema is three enhancements to existing technology.  The confusion is that a Dell computer may not have all of these three enhancements.  For example, THIS Dell Inspiron 5000 17″  comes with Dell Cinema Sound and Dell Cinema Stream, but not Dell Cinema Color, so you have to…

SOLVED: How To Remove a Server From Dell SAN Headquarters

If you installed the DELL SAN HEADQUARTERS ‘SERVER’ on a new server and are connecting to it from your desktop (or another server), you will likely want to get delete the old server in SAN HQ.  The problem is REMOVE SERVER is not an option.  Fortunately the solution is easy: REMOVE A SERVER FROM DELL SAN HQ Launch Dell SAN HQ Right click on your NEW server (not the old one) Select MAKE THIS DEFAULT…

Dell Latitude 5490 Benchmark Comparison With M.2 PCIe Drives, Spinning Disk & SATA SSD

The video and table below clearly demonstrate that PCIe NVMe connected SSD’s run much faster than do conventional SATA connected SSDs or SATA spinning disks. This benchmarking was completed using a Dell Latitude 5490 laptop with Novabench free benchmarking tool.  For comparison, we also included some benchmarks we completed last year on a nicely configured Dell Optiplex 5050 and a Dell Latitude 5480 (the 5490’s predecessor). We explain that although the 5490 has a 2242…

VIDEO: Dell Latitude 5490 Unboxing, Review & Basic Disassembly

A few weeks ago we posted a video of the Dell Latitude 5490 Unboxing, Review & Basic Disassembly but we have learned a few things since then so we decided to update, enhance and re-record it.  Everything in the original 5490 video is correct, but this one is much more thorough.  It includes things like part numbers for the M.2 2280 SSD clip also provided in the picture gallery below this video which many people will…

VIDEO: Dell Latitude 5490 Unboxing and Basic Disassembly To Change Hard Drives, Battery or Add Memory

The Dell Latitude 5490 is the 2018 replacement for the 5480 released in 2017.   The Latitude 5480 was an amazing corporate grade laptop that had the option to add a “Caching SSD” to massively boost the performance of a spinning hard disk.  Unfortunately the, that functionality has been removed from the 5490 and it will be missed. This video shows: What is in the box, aka the unboxing A quick tour of the ports on the…

SOLVED: Slow PC Shows 100% Hard Disk Usage

If you have a PC that is very slow and you notice that Task Manager shows near 100% disk is being used but the individual items do not sum to anything approaching 100%, you may have an issue with SuperFetch.  Fortunately it is easy to correct. We recently dealt with a frustrating case on a Dell Latitude 5480 Laptop with a Caching SSD (see our video).  Put simply, Intel Rapid Storage Technology software utility makes…