Sams Computer Dell OptiPlex 780 Upgrade And Linux Install

Dell OptiPlex 780 Upgrade And Linux Install

Quick little weekend project.

I got Sam a refurbished Dell OptiPlex 780 computer a couple of years ago to go in her room. Just needed something basic as she mostly just uses the internet. It has 120gb hard drive and 2gb of ram. Paid less than £100.

Problem is it takes an age to boot and just isn’t that responsive.

So I have picked up a few bits

Sam's Computer Upgrade
120GB SSD Kingston Hard Drive – DUOMEIQI 4GB Kit(2 X 2GB) DDR2 800MHz – Valuegist 2.5″ to 3.5″ SSD HDD Hard Disk Drive Bay

The idea is to fit an SSD and some new memory.

Kingston Technology SA400S37/120G SSD A400 120 GB Solid State Drive
Kingston Technology SA400S37/120G SSD A400 120 GB Solid State Drive
Valuegist 2.5" to 3.5" SSD HDD Hard Disk Drive Bays Holder Metal Mounting Bracket Adapter for PC
Valuegist 2.5″ to 3.5″ SSD HDD Hard Disk Drive Bays Holder Metal Mounting Bracket Adapter for PC

Also, take the system off windows and move it to linux. Since Sam mostly uses the system for internet and some documents it seems like the idea solution and a stripped down Linux install should have the system moving at the speed she wants.

So equipment installed, I didn’t need the hd case holder (but will save it for another project and I order the wrong ram, So reordered the correct one.

Next, I downloaded Universal USB Installer (Linux Pen Drive) From HERE

And grabbed the latest build of Ubuntu HERE

Then just run through the install process installing to the new HD with updates and 3rd party software.

Ubuntu Install Step One
Select Install Ubuntu
Ubuntu Install Step 2
Choose erase disk and install Ubuntu
Ubuntu Install Step 3
Select Normal Installation and Download Updates while installing Ubuntu

Just check if all the new hardware has been recognized.

Ubuntu Installed On Dell OptiPlex 780
Ubuntu Installed On Dell OptiPlex 780 with new HD and 4GB of RAM

Boots up fine to Ubuntu and is much faster just need to teach Sam the basics and she will be Happy as Pie.

Here are the links for you.

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