I currently have a Dell Inspiron 9300 that I bought a couple years ago for school. Recently, I've been finding myself playing games on it and not on my desktop.
So, I was thinking about buying a new laptop, but then I thought "Hey, I've made my own desktop.. lets try a laptop." So I read some posts, and a few articles on how to get wholesale prices on oem parts and whatnot.
Ultimately, I wound up at the same place I started.
SO my new approach is.. Taking my old Inspiron 9300 and putting new stuff into it, and getting rid of the old.
I love my display because it's the fancy 17" wide glossy display, all the input devices work properly, but I'd like to upgrade the essential pieces, or what I think they are:
I ordered my M90 on Dell Outlet a while ago. Top of the line everything except the CPU. It's a T2300, I believe (Core Duo, 1.6 Ghz). In preparation for Windows 7, I want upgrade the CPU for speed and for 64 bit.
I'm looking at a T7200 (2.0 Ghz, 667 fsb) for under $100 new, but pulled. First off, just to double check, this will work in my laptop, right?
Second, how involved is replacing the CPU? I've built desktops before no problem, and I've repaired my wife's screen on her HP, but never on my M90. I assume it won't be too bad as long as I follow the manual and keep track of parts.
I've been putting together cheap, old Gateway Solo 9550 notebooks for a few years now. They use the Coppermine 1066, which is just good enough for Win2KPro, and really light work.
I got a great deal on my Inspiron 9200 from Dell only to find it discontinued just weeks later. My fault, but then again, I got the best I could afford at the time, which was the most slimmed down version.
Here & there, I upgraded everything; CPU, RAM, hdd, DVD-RW, added Bluetooth, better battery, etc.
But I've reached the limit. I can't even overclock it .....
Wanted to replace the 4200rpm hard drive currently in there with something faster. I updated the BIOS to A09 (January 2010) to prevent any compatibility issues. I plugged it in and booted the computer, popped my Windows CD in, goes through the pre-load stuff. When it gets to the part about setting up (prior to where it asks about formatting and all that) I get a BSOD.
Sorry for the brief description but I'm trying to work on it while I type. Any suggestions? Do I have it plugged in incorrectly? What should I be looking for?
EDIT: I checked for the hard drive in the BIOS. There's not many options to see what HDD is detected. However, when my 80GB drive is connected it shows "80 GB drive". When I have the SSD plugged in nothing shows up in the BIOS for it. Does this mean the SSD is not compatible with my machine?
EDIT2: Forgot to mention their website claims it's compatible with my laptop:
I'm apologizing in advance if I am missing something or didnt perform a good enough search. I am usually very good with finding information but I think I have second-guessed myself to death on this now!
I am upgrading my t5670 in my vostro 1510. it has the GM965 chipset and I am talking to an ebay seller right now about buying a T9300 SLAZB chip. Now I have looked and found that it is "FCBGA6" vs. a "socket P" and this concerns me...will this 479 socket chip work just fine in my laptop?
Is there a difference (positive/negative) if I choose this chip over say, a SLAYY one?
Now that a good windows OS 64bit is available, I decided to to upgrade my ram from 2gb to the maximum 4gb.
After seeing that my computer recognizes 4GB but is only using 3GB I got pissed off.
After some research I found this link: [url]
"So you pay a really huge premium (compared with 2Gb RAM) to get 4Gb of RAM ... and so how much memory do you expect the BIOS to make available to the OS. For a Dell M65 the answer is just 3.071Gb.
Response from Dell ...
The processor only has 32 address lines, limiting it to an addressing map of 4 gigabytes.
The chipset, PCI devices, PCI express region, and video cards use some of this map, and the BIOS correctly reports this range as unavailable to the operating system. If the user installs 4 GB of physical memory, then the processor has no way to address the memory that overlaps with these regions, already in use. The chipset directs memory access to the appropriate device rather than sending it to random access memory (RAM).
On Dell's new line of desktops, PCI express uses 500 megabytes (MB) in the map; integrated video takes 256 MB right below PCI express, leaving 3.25 GB of memory available to the operating system via RAM. In some cases, less RAM is available depending on what other add-in cards are installed.
got a tierd 6000 i know the hdd is on its last legs, and as ill be buying a hdd wondered what ram,cpu,gfx etc i can put in it, just want to know what parts are needed, i know its ddr2 ram and am i right saying there only able to cope with 2gb, seen corsair ones, what pin is the cpu and whats the best one i can get? and what graphics card can i get?
I was thinking of trying to upgrade a couple of parts of my Dell 1520, namely the hard drive and cpu (i've been told the 8600M GT is the best graphics card the 1520 can handle?).
Now I don't have a clue about what processors I'm able to upgrade to whatsoever, so if anyone can stear me in the right direction that would be fantastic. My current Dell 1520 uses an Intel Core 2 Duo T7250 @ 2.0GHz if that helps at all?
As for the hard drive, is the "Western Digital 320GB 2.5" Hard Drive Scorpio Black SATAII 7200rpm" drive compatible? I think the 1520 uses SATA right?
I'm sorry if this has been covered in some other thread. But I was wondering if you could tell me whether or not it is advisable to purchase a new CPU (for example the P9600) and installing it yourself?
It seems rather simple but according to Dell, changing the CPU yourself is not recommended.
He has an M1530 1.8ghz T5550. He plays alot of games on this. He recently got Empire Total War and it is running slow. He wants to upgrade his processor but I told him that probably would not help. The min. requirements for the game I believe was 2.4 single core and a 256 mb graphics card. I believe he has the Geforce 8400. What are your thoughts on this? Would upgrading the processor help?
I have a E1505 (6400) and I was running Vista 32 bit with 2 x 1 gb ram. I bought 2 x 2 gb ram, and it caused all sorts of problems.
I took the opportunity to upgrade to 64 bit with Windows 7 (clean install), and I reinstalled my 2 x 2 gb of RAM. It seems to be running smoothly so far... But only 3.25 gb is recognized as "usable" in Windows and my BIOS.
Does anyone know any settings I need to change or if there is a different BIOS for 64 bit OS's?
I did some googleing and found some recommendations for updating the BIOS if RAM that should be usable is not.
I have the XPS M1730 with 4GB of RAM on it. I've been told that it is possible to upgrade to 6GB of RAM, like they are now offering with the new XPS M1730's. However whenever I check on RAM upgrade sites, they tell me my maximum is 4GB...
Can anyone confirm if I would indeed be able to upgrade or not? I also noticed that the RAM they offer on the Dell site is faster - 800MHz I believe. Whereas I'm running @ 667MHz.
Do the new XPS M1730s contain a newer motherboard, or would it indeed be possible for me to upgrade to 6GB @ 800Mhz?
I know that its pretty easy to upgrade the E6400. Just take off the back cover, and you have pretty much instant access to all components. My question, does it void the warranty I were to order a stick of RAM and a new HD and stick them into a new E6400 I were to buy? I know it should be pretty easy to do that.
I plan to get the E6400 with 1 stick of 2gigs built in, then upgrade with this [url]. That stick should work right? I was able to discern the DDR2-800 from the Dell Config... I'll also probably stuff in another hard drive at some later point.
i recently saw some cheap mobile penrynn processors on ebay. so i think about upgrading my cpu in the future (they get cheaper from day to day) .
but i have the following questions before further considering that:
1. does changing the cpu on your own void your dell warranty in any way? 2. is it difficult to change it (never opened my laptop before)? 3. can i use ALL of the processors listed on the bottom of this post? (as the x9000 has 44 watt instead of the others' 35 watt) 4. is it just plug & play /stick the new cpu inside and it works?