15$ Dell Wyse 5060 Thin Client

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It's a "Kingston 240GB A400 SATA 3 2.5" Internal SSD SA400S37/240G - HDD Replacement for Increase Performance" that I got at Amazon.

It was $29 for 240GB, which is more local storage than this device should use, and I have my Synology for network storage.
 
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Samir

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Anybody know what the admin password is?
If it's a windows embeded unit, I know mine stock were "Wyse#123" and "DellCCCvdi". And I believe the vnc password is "Wyse" or "password" (can't remember if these for the Dells or others--too many thin clients, lol.)
Maybe it is a "half slim SSD" ?
I had to use a SATA extension: 15+7 Pin SATA HDD Extension Cable Data & Power Male to Female | eBay
I'd go with a branded one from startech instead. It may cost more but saves time down the road when the dirt cheap ones fall apart and cause weird issues that waste time to diagnose:
Thank you sir, just ordered.
Just to point out, you need to have an msata drive for this adapter to work. This is not the m.2 form factor. I know this has bit people before hence I bring it up. :)
 
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I have 2 candidates, a 128GB and a 256GB. I know the 128 is a msata. Not sure about the 256. I'll dig it out and see.

Just looked at the MB manual for the MB the 256 was previously running in. It's a mini pcie so which works in that? :confused:

Just went and dug them both out. They're both msata so I'm all set.
 
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This is misinformation. This adapter does not fit the Dell Wyse 5060. See downthread for photo of a similar adapter not fitting, and confirmation from Fritz that the above adapter has the same problem.
Many thanks for sharing this info.
It looks like the same style of adapter is also available on the bay:
The third one is shipped from China, really cheap, really slow shipping. Judging by the picture, that one has a switching regulator, unlike the first two which have a linear regulator. But who knows if what you get is the same as what's in the picture.
 
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Thanks for all the info on this thin client, very useful. Has anyone had any luck updating the BIOS on these? I purchased one of these from eBay and have BIOS: Phoenix SecureCore Technology Setup 1.0A 09/06/2016 and originally had ThinLinux 1.0.3 (I think). I tried using the Dell tools from: Support for Wyse 5060 Thin Client | Drivers & Downloads | Dell Canada, but the USB imaging tool is garbage and I couldn't get the image created from ThinLinux_5060_BIOS_10K.zip to boot. I found this guide: Thin Clients, which got me to flashing a bios binary, but my results were:
root# ./LinFlash /file:bios

Phoenix 32-bit Linux Flash Tool, version 1.0.4.0.
Copyright (c) 2011-2014 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Parse command line options... [ OK ]
Initialize... [ OK ]
Read BIOS image [ OK ]
Check BIOS image format [ OK ]
Send Capsule Image address to BIOS was failed!

root# ./LinFlash32 -file bios

Phoenix SCT Flash for Linux V2.8.0.0, Build 140725
Copyright (c) 2011-2014 Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

The tool will start flashing in 5 seconds, press ESC to abort.
SecureFlash BIOS detected.
Read BIOS image from file.
Initialize Flash module.
Read current BIOS.
Write capsule file to capsule memory.

WARNING: System is going to shutdown and do capsule update!

WARNING: System will shutdown or reboot in 5 seconds!


After the reboot, no BIOS update screen appeared like I was expecting. Does anyone have any bright ideas? Thanks for the help.
 
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Just a shot in the dark, to get the thumb drive produced by the USB imaging tool to boot, did you enable UEFI boot in the BIOS?
 
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Just a shot in the dark, to get the thumb drive produced by the USB imaging tool to boot, did you enable UEFI boot in the BIOS?
There is an option for both Legacy and UEFI, and I have that set. I was able to get the windows version (WES_5060_BIOS_10K.zip, the USB image does have an EFI directory) to boot, but it somehow got stuck in a boot loop.
 
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After further investigation, it turns out the Dell USB Imaging Tool wasn't setting the boot flag for the USB stick it was creating (should have checked that way sooner). After manually setting the flag, I was able to get the USB stick to boot to the Dell BIOS flashing tool. The flashing process even drops a log file on the USB stick (attached, for those who care). Even though the log says "RESULT : PASS", my BIOS is still version 1.0A (I am expecting this to upgrade it to 1.0K). Since screen recording this was impossible, I filmed my screen and made some screenshots.VID_20220221_220837_1.jpgVID_20220221_220837_2.jpgVID_20220221_220837_3.jpgVID_20220221_220837_4.jpgVID_20220221_220837_5.jpgVID_20220221_220837_6.jpgVID_20220221_220837_7.jpg
I pulled the SATA flash drive that came with the 5060, so there is no OS at all on there. I haven't flashed a ton of BIOS in my day, but that shouldn't make a difference right?
 

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Can someone pls recommend a SSD that fits in this unit? Also, which usb Wi-Fi would work well for a Linux install? Thx!
 
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Can someone pls recommend a SSD that fits in this unit? Also, which usb Wi-Fi would work well for a Linux install? Thx!
I have stripped a Kingston A400 250GB and Samsung 840EV0 from their shell, and they fit. Some minor trimming of the ram shield is needed ( more so for the Samsung EVO)
 
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Can someone pls recommend a SSD that fits in this unit? Also, which usb Wi-Fi would work well for a Linux install? Thx!
I found an Apacer brand 64GB on eBay, same form factor but the hole didn't line up. That's OK tho, no real need to bolt it down anyway. I loaded Linux on it so no need for a lot of HD space. If I change my mind in the future I also have a 256GB MSATA and an adapter I can use.
 
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I bought the "NFHK" MSATA adapter board from the Chinese seller. It arrived after about a month, and seems to be high quality... but it doesn't fit. The RAM slot is in the way, even with the metal shroud removed. I'm also skeptical that the "SMAKN" adapter board from Amazon would fit. Can @wills or @Fritz provide photographic evidence that the "SMAKN" adapter board actually fits the Dell Wyse 5060?
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I bought the "NFHK" MSATA adapter board from the Chinese seller. It arrived after about a month, and seems to be high quality... but it doesn't fit. The RAM slot is in the way, even with the metal shroud removed. I'm also skeptical that the "SMAKN" adapter board from Amazon would fit. Can @wills or @Fritz provide photographic evidence that the "SMAKN" adapter board actually fits the Dell Wyse 5060?
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I went with a 64GB Apacer drive from eBay but remember eyeballing it and thinking it would fit. I can try it later and see. Is a Dremel mod a possibility?
 
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I bought the "NFHK" MSATA adapter board from the Chinese seller. It arrived after about a month, and seems to be high quality... but it doesn't fit. The RAM slot is in the way, even with the metal shroud removed. I'm also skeptical that the "SMAKN" adapter board from Amazon would fit. Can @wills or @Fritz provide photographic evidence that the "SMAKN" adapter board actually fits the Dell Wyse 5060?
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I have the same adapter and it does hit the memory slot. It could be dremeled to fit but you'd be left with only one screw holding the msata drive in. there's no circuitry in the area that would need to be dremeled. I decided to leave the 64GB Apacer as is because It doesn't need any more storage space for what I'm using it for. the Apacer does fit but the screw hole doesn't line up so I put a rubber cap over the MB standoff and called it a day. I don't think it needs anything to hold it in. It's not going anywhere.
 
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I have the same adapter and it does hit the memory slot. It could be dremeled to fit but you'd be left with only one screw holding the msata drive in. there's no circuitry in the area that would need to be dremeled. I decided to leave the 64GB Apacer as is because It doesn't need any more storage space for what I'm using it for. the Apacer does fit but the screw hole doesn't line up so I put a rubber cap over the MB standoff and called it a day. I don't think it needs anything to hold it in. It's not going anywhere.
Thanks for checking. Looks like we're the victims of affiliate link spam :mad:. No great loss as I've been running mine diskless since I first got it.
 
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