Dell SUU 6.5.3.25 for Linux returns no results

Bit of an odd one this, but I felt worth blogging about.

The latest Dell SUU (6.5.3.25) doesn’t seem to be able to detect applicable updates when it’s run on a Linux system.

You get the message:

Now, I know this isn’t true; because the current BIOS version is 3.0.0 and the one in the SUU repository is 6.0.7. Also, normally you get a comparison list of results, even if none of the updates can be applied.

If I downgrade SUU to 6.5.2.20, it works as expected.

How do we fix this?

If you want to replace SUU 6.5.3 with a working SUU 6.5.2 you’ll need to:

  1. Download SUU 6.5.2
  2. Delete SUU_653.cab from C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\RepositoryManager\Payloads\
  3. Copy the SUU_652.cab that you just downloaded into C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\RepositoryManager\Payloads\
  4. Re-export your repository/SUU via Dell Repository Manager

Let me know how you get on!

64-bit Touchpad Driver for Dell Latitude laptops

It’s not shown on the Dell Driver download pages, but if you need the 64-bit touchpad drivers for the Latitude “D” Series laptops, you can grab it here:

Download Dell 64-bit Touchpad Driver for Vista and Windows 7

Alternative link: http://ftp.dell.com/input/R157047.EXE

The Driver should work on the following laptops:

Dell Latitude D430
Dell Latitude D630
Dell Latitude D830

Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility User’s Guide

If you’re looking for the documentation for version 1.8 of the Dell Server Updates (as part of OpenManage 5.5), you’ll find it here:

Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility User’s Guide

If you just do a straight Google search for “Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility User’s Guide”, the top result is the documentation for OpenManage Server Administrator 5.2 and not the actual Server Update Utility, which makes it pretty confusing!

And yes, it’s a Saturday and I’m patching Servers 😛

Dell launches new 12.1″ and 13.3″ E series Latitude notebooks in UK

Just got word from our Dell Account Manager that the Dell Latitude E4200 and E4300 are now available for quotation and ordering in the UK. They’re also available on the Dell website.

My initial thoughts on seeing the specs: It’s disappointing that the E4200 has no “normal” HDD option, unlike its older 12.1″ sibling, the D430. It is however, incredibly light – only 1kg with a 4-cell battery.