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Model Dell Precision T5400 Workstation
Sub-category Systems
Status Good working order
Last updated 18 November 2019 11:14:29
Consumables Unknown
Accessories Unknown
Training requirement no
Training link Unknown
ACnode No
Owner LHS
Origin Kind Hackspace Donor
Location 1st floor, near the main door and kitchen


Tesla is a general purpose workstation for web browsing, using XChat for IRC, and various activities for use while at the hackspace.

It also has an ACR122U-based RFID USB reader app in case the members' kiosk might be out of order.

If you're going to use Tesla for storing files, do not assume it is a secure system or that your files are backed up - assume it will be wiped as soon as you leave! Also assume that this computer as well as other communal systems are not secure and think twice before you enter in your secured personal info such as login/password combinations.

If you use this machine for IRC please state who you are when you make a statement - generic 'tesla' comments/questions/complaints often make more sense when others know who you are.

Note tesla user does not have root access. Please find a non-permanent computer to get root access and hack on.


This system is due for a rebuild with Ubuntu 18.04 and will sport the following:

  • Printer access
  • Cool Hackspace Logo at Login Screen and Guest desktop
  • Default Guest login access - session data deleted upon logout - save to a USB key or upload to your favourite cloud provider
    • USB Serial Port Access (dialout group in /etc/group)
    • USB Drive Mounting including thumb drives and external drives
    • Shortcuts to and X-Chat IRC access on desktop
  • LDAP login access - (no guarantee that data will be preserved for any appreciable amount of time) - but nice to have your own login
  • No guest sudo access - please find a burner laptop or random hackable PC and install Linux and go have fun there!
  • BIOS locked down - no booting from external USB key - again, find a random PC and do your bidding there
  • Software build including Chrome/Chromium, Arduino IDE, LibreOffice, various multimedia and enhancements, etc. Dreaming:
    • Chrome/Chromium
    • Arduino IDE
    • Atom
    • Okular
    • Wine
    • ms-tt-corefonts
    • htop
    • nmap (maybe not)
    • Maybe maybe not Dropbox / Google Drive (if people use their own logins and want to grab things?)
    • Slack or maybe Scudcloud (used by Biohackers and others)
    • Pidgin / weechat / X-Chat (maybe choose one that would work well?)
    • Free Linux games plus maybe MAME emulators without ROMS just in case?
    • Possibly some easy emulators like SheepShaver, VICE, DOSbox ?
    • LibreOffice
    • Inkscape
    • GIMP
    • Krita
    • digiKam
    • Blender3D (can we have an up to date version?)
    • Audacity
    • VLC
    • Cheese
    • mpg123 / ogg123 / sox / ffmpeg or avconv
    • Dependency Support for which may still be used from time to time as a kiosk alteranative
    • Possibly some nfc-tools
  • Ham Applications plus FreeDV if possible!
  • Remove default-install Amazon icon

Ideally we'd have this reproducible and documented as a choice for our Netboot environment so we can image lots of systems in this configuration at once in case we setup a programming classroom or something similar.


  • OS: Ubuntu 14.04.05
  • CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) E5430 @ 2.66GHz (Quad-Core)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Disks: 1x128GB SSD, 1x500GB HDD, 1x160GB HDD
  • GPU: 256GB AMD FirePro 2260
  • DVD-RW Drive
  • Audio device: Creative Labs SB X-Fi

Partial dmidecode and lspci

 BIOS Information
       Vendor: Dell Inc.
       Version: A11
       Release Date: 04/30/2012
 System Information
       Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
       Product Name: Precision WorkStation T5400  
       Version: Not Specified
       Serial Number: B0D624J
       UUID: 44454C4C-3000-1044-8036-C2C04F32344A
       Wake-up Type: Power Switch
       SKU Number: Not Specified
       Family: Not Specified
 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 5400 Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 20)
 00:09.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 5400 Chipset PCI Express Port 9 (rev 20)
 00:10.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 5400 Chipset FSB Registers (rev 20)
 00:11.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 5400 Chipset CE/SF Registers (rev 20)
 00:16.1 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 5400 Chipset FBD Registers (rev 20)
 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB/3100 Chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev 09)
 00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB/3100 Chipset UHCI USB Controller #1 (rev 09)
 00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB/3100 Chipset EHCI USB2 Controller (rev 09)
 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev d9)
 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB/3100 Chipset LPC Interface Controller (rev 09)
 00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB IDE Controller (rev 09)
 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB SATA AHCI Controller (rev 09)
 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB/3100 Chipset SMBus Controller (rev 09)
 02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV620 GL [FirePro 2260]
 03:00.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6311ESB/6321ESB PCI Express Upstream Port (rev 01)
 03:00.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6311ESB/6321ESB PCI Express to PCI-X Bridge (rev 01)
 04:00.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6311ESB/6321ESB PCI Express Downstream Port E1 (rev 01)
 07:05.0 Audio device: Creative Labs SB X-Fi
 08:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5754 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)


Named after Nikola Tesla.

See also: System naming