The new Dell XPS 13 developer edition now available in the US, Europe and Canada


Last January the Dell XPS 13 developer edition (9370) made its debut.  Today we’re excited to announce that one year later its successor, the XPS 13 developer edition (9380), is now available in the US, Canada and Europe.  (Note: both the 9370 and 9380 will coexist for a period of time.)9380 xps 13 developer edition 3500x1924

Project Sputnik

The 9380 represents the eighth generation of Dell’s Ubuntu-based XPS 13 developer edition series.  The first generation of the developer edition debuted over six years ago and it, along with the Ubuntu-based Precision mobile workstations that launched in 2015, make up Project Sputnik.  In case you’re not familiar with it, Project Sputnik is Dell’s skunkworks initiative driven by input from the developer community (see the timeline at the end of the post for the complete XPS 13 developer edition progression).

Dell XPS 13 developer edition (9380) — System highlights

Although there are many great features and specs that characterize the latest developer edition (see below), the one that will likely bring the most joy is the new placement of the webcam.  In the 9370 the camera is located directly below the screen.  In the new 9380 the camera has been moved to the top, providing a much more flattering view of the user while still maintaining the system’s sleek, compact design.

Not only that but the 8th generation developer edition supports Suspend-to-idle natively which allows the system to resume much more quickly from sleep.

 9380 Specifications

  • Intel 8th generation i3, i5 and i7 processors (Intel Whiskey Lake U, 15W, non-vPro)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS preloaded
  • InfinityEdge display with top camera placement
  • Easier to open
  • FHD and UHD resolution support
  • Up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory at 2133MHz
  • 1 x NVMe slot for 2230-128GB / 2280 up to 2TB
  • Thunderbolt 3 (x2) with USB3.1 Gen2 + type-C x1 with USB3.1 Gen2 speed
  • Improved Thunderbolt runtime power management
  • Killer® 1435 802.11ac [2×2] + Bluetooth 4.2

The United States and Canada 

In the US and Canada there are four base configs that can be configured in a multitude of ways, yielding 22 configurations.  These base configs are:

  • i7 QC|8GB|256GB|FHD T
  • i7 QC|8GB|256GB|UHD T
  • i7 QC|16GB|512GB|UHD T
  • i7 QC|16GB|256GB|UHD T

(Note: unlike Europe, in the United States and Canada the developer edition can only be purchased in the “For Work” section.)

Europe

Beating the US and Canada to the punch, on January 9th the first configurations of the new XPS 13 developer edition became available in Europe.  At the end of last week two more joined to complete the lineup:

  • i7 QC|16GB|512GB|UHD T
  • i7 QC|16GB|1TB|UHD T
  • i7 QC|8GB|256GB|FHD NT
  • i7 QC|16GB|512GB|FHD NT

The above configurations are available in both the “For Home” and “For Work” sections on Dell.com and are available online in the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium (Dutch and French)
  • Switzerland (German and French)
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • The United Kingdom <- The developer editions will be added to shortly to the 9380 product page.  Until then, the systems can be purchased via chat on the product page or by calling the number that pops up.

Stay tuned

Being able to announce the next generation of the XPS 13 developer edition is a great way to begin the year.  Watch this space to see what is next on the agenda for 2019.

XPS 13 developer edition timeline

2012

2013

2015

  • 4th gen Dell XPS 13 developer edition in US and Europe — April 9, 2015

2016

2018

Extra-credit reading

  • Exclusive: Dell Opens Up About Its Linux Efforts And Project Sputnik – Forbes
  • Dell Shipped Linux On 162 Unique Platforms In Fiscal Year 2019 – Forbes

 

Pau for now…

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  4. Andreas Schildbach says:

    Would be a nice machine if it didn’t have that dreaded “Killer WIFI”. That’s a no-go for me. Hopefully Dell offer an Intel WIFI option next year.

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  5. John Doe says:

    Thanks for continuing this project and having a US keyboard layout available in Germany. Coding is so much easier with QWERTY.

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  6. lrnjrnl says:

    Stay away from Dell XPS. I made the mistake of getting a 9370 on black Friday with 16gb ram. It runs beautifully… Until you let it sleep for an hour or two. Then the battery drains. When you reopen the lid the next day, the bios warns that the battery is critically low. (My $250 Acer Chromebook never has this problem with battery drain. The cb3-451 easily lasts a full week on standby, or 9 hours of constant browsing and typing.)

    This is a common problem that affects at least a few generations of the xps line. Search “xps connected standby” or “xps modern standby” to find out more.

    Consider yourself warned.

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    • Hi Injrnl,

      Im sorry to hear about your experience. To figure out the best way to address this can you tell me if you bought the Windows or the Ubuntu version of the XPS 13 and did you contact support?

      thanks

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      • lrnjrnl says:

        Hi,
        I haven’t contacted Dell. Mine is running Windows, but the hardware is the same. Linux xpsxs have had this problem too, but I believe they can be remedied. I only discovered the problem yesterday. I searched Reddit and found literally dozens of other xps owners expressing the same frustration. I asked my neighbour and he confirmed that it affects his xps as well.

        From reading the numerous posts on Reddit, both Dell and Microsoft have managed to botch power management. Dell’s fix was to remove an older version of power management mode called s3 in favor of Windows10 “modern sleep”. That’s what’s causing the rapid battery drain. I believe the BIOS version that had S3 state removed was 1.6.0. I’m not a techie, so that’s all I’ve learned so far.
        Maybe it’s not an issue for Linux anymore, but I wouldn’t trust Dell after this letdown.

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      • lrnjrnl says:

        To follow up, I want to let you and your readers know that I have found a power management setting for my purposes that I’m happy to share. I understand this blog post is aimed at Linux users. So this probably won’t help them unless they’re dual booting Windows 10.

        When running on battery power, the Win10 lid-close action defaults to sleep. When putting away the laptop, the battery will drain to critical levels in a matter of hours. If this is a problem for you, try setting your laptop to hibernate when the lid closes.

        1. press the Windows key
        2. type/search “edit power plan” (or find it in control panel under system&security->poweroptions)
        3. click “Change advanced power settings”
        4. expand the “Power buttons and lid” options
        5. expand the “Lid close action”
        6. from the “on battery” menu, select “Hibernate”
        7. click “OK”

        That’s it. No registry hacks or BIOS rollbacks necessary.

        From what I understand, the hibernate mode is a suspend-to-disk. It takes a little longer to wake, and I’m pretty sure the whole system is basically inert – so any background processes or services will also be suspended. If your laptop doesn’t need to be connected to a network 24/7, this should help conserve your battery. In my opinion, this should be the default setting for Windows 10 laptops.

        So far it is working very nicely for me and I am now much happier with my XPS 13 investment. If you are having similar battery issues while in Linux, I suggest figuring out what modes might be equivalent to sleep and hibernate and set them accordingly. I wish you all success.

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    • i can confirm, i have the same xps 2018 ubuntu, battery drain in sleep 😦

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    • Laurent says:

      I can confirm. I also ave a 2018 ubuntu xps . batterie drains at sleep. Sleep mode is super fast, but because it drains, i stopped using it 😦 It’s still a great computer, super productivity

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  7. dyuen says:

    Having trouble bringing up the new version on the Dell Canada site.
    I can find the 9370 developer edition or the 9380 non-developer version, but not a 9380 developer edition.

    If I use the US site and try to “view all configurations” ( https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/xps-13-developer-edition/spd/xps-13-9380-laptop/cax13w10p1c603subuntu ) it kicks me back out to https://www.dell.com/en-ca

    Any ideas?

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  8. kme says:

    It is really, really irritating that the XPS Developer Edition still isn’t available in Australia.

    Barton, can someone go knock some heads at Dell Australia and fix this?

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  9. Andrew says:

    Any chance they will be coming to Australia this year?

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  11. Any plans for coreboot support? Seriously considering that as a pre-requisite for my next machine, which at this point means a chromebook or a librem 15. Would love to have the option for an XPS.

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  12. I dont suppose they have a trade up program do they? I have last years model but would love to swap it out to get the better webcam placement.

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  15. ZNat says:

    Why oh why can I never buy these Developer Editions in New Zealand? Dell’s loss really as I’ve stuck with Apple because of this very reason.

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  16. yuryvidineev says:

    My usual question 🙂
    Please provide FHD + 16Gb RAM in US. You already have this config in Europe: i7 QC|16GB|512GB|FHD NT
    And please return ability to swap Wi-Fi (but unfortunately I don’t think that you can do anything here)

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  17. Daniel Lange says:

    Can you please get the 1TB i7 model onto https://www.dell.com/de-de/work/shop/dell-notebooks/xps-13-notebook/spd/xps-13-9380-laptop?appliedRefinements=302 as well? I had the same issue buying the 9360 and had to buy a Windows version at the time just to wipe it. I want to do better this time.

    Thank you very much for all your work to keep the XPS lineup the choice for developers!

    Daniel

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  18. Lebo42 says:

    I like the new Dell XPS 13 very much. May I ask why there is no AMD CPU available?

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  20. Piotr says:

    Not available in Poland? Ah well, seems I’ll have to stick with MacBook Pro even though I considered giving you a chance to shine…

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  26. jjoseph4884 says:

    Hey Barton,

    Really appreciate what you guys at Dell are doing with Project Sputnik. Curious if there is any interest in creating a Project Sputnik device (Specifically laptop) that has AMD Ryzen for those who try to avoid Intel (Spectre & Meltdown notwithstanding).

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  30. Burkard says:

    Will there be a Linux version of the XPS13 2-in-1 as well? I’d love to have a fanless Linux notebook!

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  34. Philippe says:

    Hi Barton,

    Thank you again for the great job and leading the way.

    I am tempted by picking up the dock TB16 too.
    Is it working fine with Ubuntu? Does it need a proprietary driver?

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    • Thanks Philippe! let me dobule check with the team

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    • Dennis360ict says:

      I can conform the tb16 works fine with the xps13, we use several xps13 at my company (mine is a 9350, but we’ve got 2x 9370’s too).

      The only thing is that firmware drivers for the tb16 are more directed to windows. Fwupd.org does not offer them too, as i have a dual boot i can update the systems. One collegae tried windows togo for this purpase, but its painfully slow to boot taking hours to boot even on fast usbsticks.

      @barton, are there plans to provide the tb16 firmware through fwupd.org?

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    • Dennis360ict says:

      I can conform the tb16 works fine with the xps13, we use several xps13 at my company (mine is a 9350, but we’ve got 2x 9370’s too).

      The only thing is that firmware drivers for the tb16 are more directed to windows. Fwupd.org does not offer them too, as i have a dual boot i can update the systems. One collegae tried windows togo for this purpase, but its painfully slow to boot taking hours to boot even on fast usbsticks.

      @barton, are there plans to provide the tb16 firmware through fwupd.org??

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  36. David says:

    Nice to hear, unfortunately I bought the XPS 13 two years ago and I had to return it, due to the noise (Coil Whine) of the motherboard.

    Since then, I open a thread on Dell support site asking about a solution, and Dell eingineers cyclically “close” the problem with solutions, but users re-open the issue right after.

    @Barton: This is an already known issue since at least 2015. Are the problems of Coil Whine specifically addessed in this hardware upgrade? If yes, what has been changed within the hardware design of the motherboard?

    Is it maybe time to try a XPS 13 again?

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  37. GGL says:

    I heard it is planned to also make a version with a FHD touch screen (which I would prefer because of battery life). Can you confirm this?

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  38. michaelcbrook says:

    Is there any chance any of the other color choices (aside from black) will be available for the XPS 13 Developer Edition? Also, I wish there were options to get a 2TB hard drive without the touch screen. As a developer, I’ve never been a fan of touch screens and they’re usually glossier, which I also don’t like. I’m writing this on the original XPS 13 Developer Edition and would love to get another one. If the Developer Edition never gets any other color choices, I would probably buy the Windows version just to get the color I want and then install Ubuntu on it. Just seems rather silly.

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  39. thank you for making this possible, I used a XPS13 9350 and im so in love with it that in the first time of my 20 year career I don’t need a new laptop after 3 years..

    A few questions though:
    – Why aren’t the dutch XPS13 dev versions not deliverable in gold-rose or white? The silver/black doesn’t do the great machine any justice. I’m planning to wrap my laptop after the NBD support ends, but it would be nice if there are more colors available.
    – could you give some details on what specific tuning you do what the customized Dell ubuntu images? this would help a lot of ppl within my company as they moved from windows to ubuntu and do a lot of manual tweaking. We saw a lot of dell repository sources on the 9370 dev editions. It would also help me as I like to get the windows version so I have a license of windows for Windows in a VM.
    – Will you be supporting TB16 through fwupd.org? bios updates are great through this, but TB16 updates still require Windows. It would be also nice if fwupd.org wouldn’t lag so much behind.

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  42. userx says:

    Title is a bit misleading, seems to be only available in US. Dell Canada for instance only has the 9370 dev edition….

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  43. GGL says:

    Just ordered mine today in Germany.

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  44. Daniel says:

    Hi Barton,

    This is great news, but you said when you posted this that “The developer editions will be added to shortly to the 9380 product page” for the UK.

    I still don’t see it as an option.

    Can you please confirm when it is coming to the UK site?

    Thank you.

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    • One config is now on the For Work side and there should be a couple more this week. Until then, your best bet is to use the chat function or call. thx!

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      • Jon says:

        I’d like to see these put onto the UK site also. I appreciate the chat option is there, but I’m not sure how payments would work with that, and I’d want to make price/feature adjustments first anyway, using whatever configurator options are available.

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      • Jon says:

        Just a quick heads-up – it looks like the one Ubuntu XPS 13 option on the Dell UK site is the 9370, not the 9380.

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      • ugg it looks like the ubuntu configs for the 9380 disappeared. Let me ping the team. Thanks for the heads up Jon.

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      • Jon says:

        Time for a small moan, I’m afraid, Barton. I’m afraid when I went to Customer Services for assistance, I got a prize turnip instead of a knowledgeable advisor. Feel free to drop me an email if you want to forward it to someone who can arrange the relevant training course!

        Also (see below) the Linux machines have disappeared again.

        Here’s briefly what happened. A week ago, prior to any Linux models being loaded onto the UK site, I dropped a line to “UKI_Con_Cancellation at dell.com” and asked when the models would appear. I received a reply asking me for the exact spec I am seeking, so a quote could be prepared.

        Now, I don’t know what is customisable, so I asked what could be customised – that sounded easier than my asking for things that would not be possible (XPS 13 with 32G RAM please!). I received another reply to “please let me know your requirement”.

        So, I suspected Customer Services would be a waste of time, and a couple of Linux machines had by this time emerged onto the site, so I ordered one yesterday (Sunday 3rd March).

        I received an unprompted email from the same adviser, notifying me of a flash sale starting today (10% off), which means I have overspent to the tune of £170. No matter, these things happen. I emailed the adviser to say I have already bought a machine, but that the Linux configs have now been removed again, and would he add them again?

        The turnip assured me that he would be happy to place an order for me (what, he’d like me to buy a second one?!).

        I appreciate it may be unfair to compare the educational standards of a developing country to my own, and it is a great unfairness that he/she has to help people in their second language, with which they might not be completely fluent. Nevertheless, I think I am allowed a bit of frustration, given that all I am after is a bit of acknowledgement and sympathy at my poor luck.

        On the plus side, I am rather excited that a new XPS 13 is on its way. I type this on my 9333, which is a little bit over five years old, and still going.

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      • Jon says:

        I have some heartening news following my frustrating experience of purchasing a laptop before being offered a flash sale by a sales adviser.

        After some deft tweeting and emailing, an Executive Analyst from Global Business Services came back to me to offer me a retrospective discount. It wasn’t quite the same one, but it was gratefully received, and I feel much happier about it.

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  45. Steven says:

    Hi Barton, Just a heads up that I have the 9380 ubuntu model on it’s way tomorrow – and was able to order it with an i5 (8gig, 256gb). So more than just i7’s available! I hope you are right it comes with only i7..that would be a free upgrade for me.

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  46. Robert says:

    Yet again, no 16gb FHD model for North America, so, again, another year I won’t be buying an XPS13. It’s frustrating that this feedback is not being listened to.

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  47. nerf12345 says:

    So for those that cannot see the 9380 dev edition on the dell website, should we get the Windows one and install Ubuntu ourselves?

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  48. @Barton George

    What is the code name of it? I just bought the XPS 13 9380 but the windows version because the dev edition doesn’t come in that new killer frost white color. I plan on running Ubuntu on it, but from the Ubuntu cert, it says it was tested with the oem kernel https://certification.ubuntu.com/hardware/201810-26510/

    So I’d like to install 18.04 and get the drivers and updates from dell, and use the OEM kernel. I think they go by code names on http://dell.archive.canonical.com/updates/dists/ And I do not know which to add to get proper support. I would really love the 18.04 OEM image but haven’t had any luck

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  49. sofianito says:

    Hi Barton,
    I wanna buy the Dell XPS 13″ developer edition. I live in Madrid/Spain. Can I order the US keyboard layout?
    Is it possible to get the gold/white color?

    Thx

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  50. Frank Rowand says:

    Seeking GPL source code.

    I purchased a 9380 in the US. There was no notice of what OSS open source software (OSS) is included in the product or how to get source code for the GPL licensed code.

    (1) How do I get the source code for GPL software on the xps15?

    (2) Who do I discuss the failure to provide OSS notices with? My goal is to encourage Dell to provide the proper notices.

    I’ve been trying the various Dell support phone numbers and this issue is not in the domain of any group I’ve talked to.

    Who can I contact (and how) to resolve this issue?

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    • Jon says:

      Hi Frank. You could start here:

      https://opensource.dell.com/

      There is an email address there that you will find helpful.

      I think the initiative of encouraging major vendors to stick to the spirit and the letter of open source licenses is a very good one. However, I encourage diplomacy as much as possible. “Failure” is a strong word, and may imply a wilful flouting of the (US) laws that you did not intend.

      Although “Dell” as an entity is responsible for compliance, ultimately you will need with individuals, and it is ideal if they do not have reason to think they’re being called lawbreakers or cheats. :=)

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    • Frank Rowand says:

      Typo in item (1). “xps15” should instead be “xps13”. Although I would also like to get the xps15 source since I also have an xps15.

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      • Jon says:

        > For your following comments, you seem to be reading more into my original comments than exist.

        I accept that entirely – it is the curse of the human condition. My point, made in the spirit of helpfulness, is that your readers from Dell may misunderstand the robustness of your comments too, and that may not predispose them to assist you.

        Good luck in your quest!

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  51. sofianito says:

    Why the Dell XPS 13 9360 developer edition is not available in white frost

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  52. Daniel C says:

    I ordered the Dell XPS 13 9380 Developer Edition (Ubuntu) from the UK site. I have to say, for an Ubuntu Certified piece of hardware, and for the hefty price tag, I am disappointed with the bugs I’m encountering (and I’m not the only one).

    There are frequent small lockups / freezes where the keyboard and display stops responding for around 1 second (and then all your keypresses appear at once).

    There are the frequent display flashes / flickers.

    And there are the Wi-Fi crashes from Atheros / Qualcomm / Killer (why do we still not get the Intel chips from the Latitude line-up?)

    I am trying to like the device, and I want to support the Ubuntu edition programme / Project Sputnik, but it’s a serious amount of money to spend to have so many annoyances.

    I have been trying to report and help debug these in the Ubuntu bug tracker. Some links here (not all mine):

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1818881
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1826125
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-shell/+bug/1826219
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xorg/+bug/1827790
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-shell/+bug/1827791

    If anyone is reading this and has similar problems on the 9380, please create an account on Launchpad and click “Does this bug affect you?” at the top, to register that you have the same problem, and then you can subscribe to updates on the right-hand side.

    Some of these problems seemed to improve when going from 18.04 to 19.04, but some seemed to get worse.

    I will also try and report these problems to Dell support to see what the response is.

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