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Getting started with your Dell Linux PC


Most new PCs have a simple set up program pre-built to get everything up and running. The Getting Started information below will give you additional resources and information that may be of use during this process. We will also provide important links to pages on our Support Site for anything you may need help with. Let's go!

Once you are over the excitement of receiving your new Dell PC it's time to unbox the equipment. Seems simple? It should be, but let us walk you through that process to make sure you don't miss anything or discard important iterms.

  1. Carefully open the outer box

  2. Remove all packaging from this as you may find your charger and paperwork are in this outer packaging

  3. If the laptop is boxed individually your paperwork and guides will be included there

  4. Do not discard any packaging until you are completely up and running

As mentioned, your system will guide you through the set up but let's detail the key points to help you on your way:

Are you connected to the Internet? Make sure you have an active connection in the area where you are setting up as your system will need to be connected to complete the set-up process. This can be a Wireless (Wifi) or Wired connection and if you have a password you should have this available.

Limit any peripherals and accessories during set up, plugging in only the essential items like your mouse, external keyboard, etc. Make sure these are plugged in and turned on.

Connect your power adaptor and turn on! For those systems that were bought with Linux already installed by Dell, the Set-Up guide should display a series of windows asking for information and providing instructions to customise your experience. Follow these on-screen steps to completion.

(For those who have chosen to install Linux on their Dell PC, we recommend you read through our configuration article.)

Even though you have a new system it may require updates. This is perfectly normal as updates to your Operating System are regular to deliver enhancements and fix any potential issues and you will see prompts on your system for these as and when they are required. Complete all of these required changes before moving on.

You will also need to configure your systems software center in order to access those open source drivers and programs developed and released specifically for your operating system.

It's important to protect your system by setting up any offered Security Tools as part of the start up process or make sure you have your own Antivirus Protection software ready to be loaded on your new system. You can also select an antivirus from those offerred in your systems support center. Your online security is vitally important these days and a robust program to protect your data is vital.

Activate any software purchased from our Dell Download Center using the options available depending on your needs.

Backing up your system data is vital to ensure that you never lose items that are important to you and also for speedy recovery should something go wrong. Back-up options are offered as part of the start-up process but you can of course use an alternative method. If you can learn more about Linux back-up solutions by visiting our Back-Up and Recovery knowledge base articles.

At this point you should have a fully set-up and functioning new PC, with the only additional changes being your own personal customisation. To learn more about your system, one of the best resources is your Manual/User Guide or alternatively, if the changes are related to your Operating System, there's our dedicated support pages with links and videos to give your more information.

If you haven't yet, we recommend you create a Dell Account.

A Dell Account will allow you to control your personal information and postal addresses, account settings, subscriptions and manage your different Dell orders and products. You will also be able to get the list of service tags

The Dell Support site has a wealth of information on your Dell products.

For help with specific issues or topics we have a number of Linux knowledge base articles available online and a comprehensive Support Library at your disposal which contains dedicated pages hosting knowledge base articles, how-to guides and a Video Library for instructional guides on many topics.




Article ID: SLN309122

Last Date Modified: 05/31/2018 05:01 PM


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