Dell Inspiron 9400 :: Upgrading From XP To Windows 7

Feb 18, 2013

I would like to upgrade my Inspiron 9400 from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Is it possible? What do I need to do to the hardware?

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Dell :: Upgrading Memory Inspiron 9400/E1705

Sep 2, 2008

can I upgrade to pc2-5300 ddr2-667 with my current possessor
also taking into consideration that i mite upgrade the cpu some day

How much ram can the Inspiron handle with the latest bios update
will i need a new psu to power such upgrades
feel free to fill me in on anything i'm missing here

I'm looking at some Mushkin pc2-5300 ddr2-667 2 x 1gb

Is all or most 5300 667 supported by newest bios
I found cheap ram made for imac can i use mac ram in a dell

All info and suggestions are appreciated

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Dell :: Upgrading My 9400's PSU

Jan 8, 2009

To upgrade my 9400's PSU can I just buy a 130 watt brick from eBay or do I need to upgrade something inside too.

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Dell :: Running Windows 7 On Inspiron 9400/e1705

Dec 21, 2009

I ran Win7's Upgrade Advisor and got a couple flags on Inspiron 9400's hardware. But I've heard that people have nstalled Win7 on them (with mixed results).

A couple reports on graphics malfunctions, and someone said the Sigmatel drivers were not found.

I wouldn't bother, but I have a couple development projects that require Win7.

Wondering if anyone has had good luck with Win7, and whether there are certain things to watch out for. All drivers work OK? Did you install 32-bit or 64-bit?

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400 Overheating/fan Control/high Cpu Usuage With Windows 7

Jan 4, 2010

I have recently installed Windows 7 64 bit on my Inspiron 9400 and I am having problems with the fans kicking in at full blast and when I check the cpu usage, it stays around 100%.

I am running on a C2D T7400 processor with the Nvidia GeForce Go 7900 graphics card.

I thought it was a driver related problem, so, made sure to install all correct drivers and also install the BIOS A10 update .....

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Dell Inspiron 5520 :: Upgrading To Windows 8

Feb 22, 2013

my first time to own a laptop :D so now i bought this laptop ( inspiron 15r 5520 ) like 4 months ago .. laptop works perfectly fine and i like it :D now though i would like to upgrade it to windows 8 i already got my windows 8 now though im thinking of installing it on my laptop question is this if i were to install it right now what should i do ?? is there any drivers or anything i need to install once more after i install windows 8 ? 

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Dell Inspiron 15R SE 7520 :: Upgrading To Windows 8

Apr 17, 2013

I recently brought a new Dell Inspiron 15R SE 7520. I'm very satisfied with this Laptop.But,it has Windows 7 Home Premium Pre-Installed and I want to upgrade it to Genuine Windows 8 64 Bit.

So,How can I upgrade it to Windows 8 64 Bit ?

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Dell :: Will Upgrading My Inspiron 1520 From Vista To Windows 7 Void My Warranty?

Mar 10, 2010

Just as the title states. Dell has not given me a straight answer. When I asked in their support they said and I quote.

"We do offer upgrade packages, for windows 7 if you would like to do that it is very easy to do. I can help you with that now"

However He didn't answer my question after asking twice he gave me similar replies.

I have Hardware warranty and currently my pc is having a few hardware issues.

Would It void my warranty if I send it in with windows 7?

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Dell :: 128 9700 Video Card From An Inspiron 9200 Work In A Inspiron 9400

Nov 5, 2009

I have tried to put it in but there is a 1/4 in pin in the way. Is there a way to remove with out any harm. My Inspiron 9400 video card is having problems.

I have tried the 400 deg for 10 min but it did not last

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Dell ::Inspiron 9400

May 10, 2009

I have a Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop/notebook which recently has started to get green pixels throughout the whole screen. Have also tested external monitor and get the same result.

I have searched, googled and even called dell and the response on all cases was that i need to replace my graphics card.

The graphics card i originally have in it is a Nvidia Geforce Go 7800 graphics card 256MB. Model number is P494 (if that helps makes it easier)
Could someone pls advise me or any compatible cards where i can get the same card or any other card which is compatible and a reasonable price.

I am also after a WLAN card. WLAN Dell part number 0KC501 and also require the 2 cables for Main and Aux or the connectors which click on them as mine are completely damaged and need to be replaced.

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Dell :: R.I.P Inspiron 9400

Jan 6, 2009

today's finally the day my laptop decided to finally die. Seems like the GPU's memory got corrupted in some way, being unable to run Windows itself unless it's in Safe Mode.

I started realizing this was the case when the Windows loading bar showed green dots all over the screen, plus giving a lot of BSODs about PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGED AREA and finally, when I just logged into regular Windows, started having extreme graphics problems.

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Dell :: Upgrade My Inspiron 9400 RAM By Myself?

Jan 2, 2009

Can only Dell upgrade my laptop with special RAM?..

I guess it would cost more and also I have to ship my laptop to them which means I will have no laptop for a period..

So can I just buy my own RAM and install myself?..

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400 Does Not Turn On!

Mar 19, 2009

My inspiron 9400 will not boot. The only functions I can see is the battery light comes on when plugged in to indicate that it is charging, and when I press the power button the power light comes on for 5 seconds then goes off, thats it.

I thought this problem was the board earlier, so I replaced it with a tested motherboard and am having the same problem.

I have also tried booting with just AC adaptor and just battery, no change. Right now my only idea is the CPU, is this feasible? Can somebody help me with this?

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Dell :: Will A 9400 Inspiron Screen Fit Xps Gen 2

Oct 4, 2009

Will A 9400 Inspiron Screen Fit Xps Gen 2
The Inspiron 9400 is listed as Liquid Crystal Display, 17, WideUltra Extended Graphics Array Video Elec. Stds. Assoc., GlareWide Viewing Angle, Samsung

MY XPS gen 2 part # is J9662 17wu,gwva,xps-g2-lg

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Dell :: My Inspiron 9400 To Xps M1710 Mod

Nov 27, 2007

I know a few folks here have posted about their Inspiron 9400 to a M1710 XPS mod but I would like to post my own as well.

Here are pics of my system half way modded:

I have the M1710 black colored XPS lid coming within a few days.

The palmrest is in new cond.No wear what so ever or scratches.

The power button cover is in new cond.Both the palmrest and the power button cover was bought on saturday from Dell Parts and I got it today,tuesday.Free S/H from Dell.I know
I paid a little more than some for the plamrest but it is in new cond so I cant go wrong.

Dell P/Nassembly,cover,hinge,plastic M1710-d/p:CF426-$56.00
The XPS M1710 black cover was bought on Ebay for$40.00 with S/H and guy's screenname is "TEX-JET"and he says is A+ cond.Currently waiting on delivery.

I am lastly later going to buy a silver XPS M1710 keyboard.Soon

I will update the pics when I get the XPS M1710 lid received and I have a chance to put it on.

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400 And 7950 GTX

Aug 13, 2007

I have Inspiron 9400 with 7900Gs card. I have 9 cell battery. I have ordered 7950GTX, 4GB of DDR2 and also 130W power pack. Is there anything I need to install and use this card? I had a look thru the forum but I couldnt find any information how to instal this paticular card and what sor of BIOS will I need for the card and the laptop.

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Dell :: Will A 9400 Inspiron Screen Fit Xps Gen 2

Oct 4, 2009

The Inspiron 9400 is listed as Liquid Crystal Display, 17, WideUltra Extended Graphics Array Video Elec. Stds. Assoc.,
GlareWide Viewing Angle, Samsung

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Dell :: Best Processor For A C2D Inspiron 9400

Jan 4, 2010

Just wondering what the best processor for an Inspiron 9400 is?

I am currently running on a C2D T7400 at the moment, but, would like to upgrade.

While I notice a marked improvement and will there be any issues such as overheating?

I have just gone upto 4mg of Ram and now have a 500mb hard drive, although, didn't realise that I could have got a 7200rpm one until I bought it

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Dell :: Does The Inspiron 9400 Accept 2GB RAM Sticks?

Feb 14, 2008

Dell :: Does the Inspiron 9400 accept 2GB RAM sticks? ....

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Dell :: Trying To Sell A Inspiron 9400 For A Friend

Aug 1, 2009

Im tryin to sell a laptop for a friend and Im not sure what to price it its a couple of years old now and it was bought for about 1500

It is 17 inch, 2GB SDRAM, 256MB ATI Mobility, 120 GB Hard Drive, 802.11g Wireless card, Intel Core DUO T2350

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400 DX10 Compatible

Jul 18, 2007

The reason why I'm here is the Inspiron 9400. I bought this Notebook assuming that it'll be DX10 compatible. However, I recently discovered that the GF 7k series does not support DX10. That's a kinda annoying situation, considering that DX10 was one of the reasons due to which I decided to buy such an expensive laptop.

Well, now I don't have any clue whether it is possible, but I'm looking at exchanging my video card. I was reading somewhere that those Dells are quite handy when it comes to exchanging components. Unfortunately, I have hardly any experience in such a profession and exchanging a video card seems to me a major intervention.

I really would like to know whether there are any video cards available for laptops that will support DX10, and if that is the case, whether they are attainable at a reasonable cost.

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Dell :: CPU's Compatible With Inspiron 9400 / E1705?

Mar 14, 2009

I'm attempting to upgrade my wife's 9400/e1705 but it's been so long since I gave a damn about mobile CPU's that I've forgotten which ones will fit and which ones won't.

I know she has a core solo 1.66 yonah, and I know it can fit certain T1** and T2**, and I know there's a screaming fast one out there, but I don't want to buy the wrong thing.

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400 Performance Drop

Mar 23, 2009

I have an Inspiron 9400 with a Core 2 Duo T7200 and GeForce Go 9700 GS.

While I'm using my computer, after about half an hour, there will be a performance drop. If I am playing a game my frame rate will drop to 5-10fps, Firefox will run slow, et cetera.

I believe it has something to do with the processor and the speedstep throttling crap.

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Dell :: Hard Drive For Inspiron 9400

Apr 17, 2009

What is the MAX Size hard drive my Dell 9400 can take ?

The 9400 went down during last night and came up on the screen with this.

** Hard Drive - DST short Test**

Test Result : Fail

Error Code 2000-01-42

Msg : Unit 0 : DST Log Contains Previous Error(s)

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Dell :: 9400 Inspiron - Change Processor

Sep 28, 2007

I will change my Processor, original is a 2x1,83 = T2400

I will take a T7400 2x2,17 Ghz --> IS match this

und i will take 4GB memory ram, is working this

My note book is a Dell 9400 Ispironwith 2x1,83ghz ,2 gb memory, 120gb 5400rpm, 7900 GS, vista ultimate

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Dell :: Installing Fx2500m 512mb In Inspiron 9400

Oct 9, 2007

I am replacing my Dell Inspiron 9400 current video card which is a Dell nVidia 7900GS 256MB(dual heat pipes) with a Dell FX2500M 512MB video card.I want to know if it will work ok??I know I have to get a PA-13 for a XPS M1710 power supply to replace the PA-10 supply and I already modded my housing corner by removing the extra metal on the left side to fit the second heat pipe.I have the current bios of A09 in my Inspiron 9400.Besides getting the PA-13 power supply,9 cell battery(already got a 9Cell battery),and the latest Dell video drivers,am I missing anything?

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400 Video Card Replacement

Sep 8, 2009

I am a long time Dell Inspiron 9400 notebook user. I bought this notebook on February of 2006. So, the notebook is now about 7 months out of its 3 year NBD warranty, which sucks massively as the nVidia GeForce Go 7800 video card has developed some display glitches.

I am having random BSODs with error code: BAD_POOL_CALLER - Attempt to reset the display driver and recover from a timeout failed. After restarting the machine, I can see lots of display glitches both on my external 27" Dell monitor and the notebook screen.

I have run extensive diagnostics - no issues were picked up with CPU, RAM or HDD.

Mind you, the motherboard on this notebook was completely replaced last year due to faulty USB ports.


1. What are the chances of paying Dell to extend the warranty? I still would not want to completely ditch this notebook for another year or so.

2. I obviously have to pay for a video card replacement out of my own pocket. What are my best options? Just find a suitable video card on eBay - is that it?

3. Considering I no longer use this machine for gaming, mainly for web browsing, and .NET application development & testing, what is the cheapest video card that will do the job?

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400 Shaky Graphics Fx2500m

Oct 22, 2007

I installed a FX2500M 512mb card in my Dell Inspiron 9400.I played Battlefield 2142 using high settings on all the options including 2X AA,1600x1200 resolution etc and after about 3-4 hrs straight of non stop gaming,I noticed my screen graphics getting "shaky"during gameplay.Is this normal because of the max settings I was using?

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Dell :: Inspiron 9400/E1705 BIOS UPDATED

Dec 6, 2009

Dell just updated the bios to version A10.

Fixes and Enhancements:
1. Update thermal table for NVidia graphic.

I'm amazed they decided to update the bios after such a long time. Hopefully this will fix our toasty graphics cards.

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Dell :: FX2500 In An Inspiron 9400/E1705.. Drivers And O/C

Jan 8, 2008

So here we go :

1) I'm ordering in a FX2500 to replace my 7800 go. I'm currently using Extreme-G Mobileforce driver 92.91 (I've tried some of the newer versions but prefer this one). Will this driver be compatible with the FX2500?

2) What are the best drivers for the FX2500 if not Mobileforce?

3) Overclocking... I've read the posts about flashing the 7900GTX bios to enable overclocking, does this mean i cannot overclock using the normal software way. In the Mobileforce drivers for the 7800, the option is in the Advanced Settings options in Windows. Does the FX2500/7950GTX not have this option and is BIOS flashing the only way to overclock the card?

4) If the BIOS flash is to enable voltage adjustments as well as clock adjustments, is this something I need to do or will the card do well with just altered clock speeds?

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