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Upgrade Graphics Card on Dell Inspiron 580 MT

Q: Upgrade Graphics Card on Dell Inspiron 580 MT

I did look through similar threads on this site first, but the most recent one I found was more than a year old, so I decided to create a new Post
We have a 6 year old Dell Inspiron 580 MT. Just purely because of its age I am about to put in a new Hard Drive, & while doing this I thought to upgrade/replace the dedicated Graphics card.
At the Moment there is a 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce G310 card in there. The Computer is used mainly for business, so no gaming stress on it. The Card handles two Monitors, both Dell 2007FP with a resolution of 1600 x 1200. At the moment one is on the DVI, one on the VGA but I would like to make both DVI to "Future Proof" if we replace the Monitors with larger Higher resolution ones.
What would be a sensible upgrade Graphics Card? I would like to find one that would not require a PSU upgrade as well.
CPU is an Intel Core i3 Processor 530(2,93GHz,4MB)
8 GB of RAM onboard
Any suggestions much appreciated :-)

A: Upgrade Graphics Card on Dell Inspiron 580 MT

Hi Eving Traveller
Thanks for writing to us.
Below are few other graphics card which are compatible with your system.
nVidia GT220 1GB
nVidia M207 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 5670 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 5450, 1G
You can look for the ports specifications on the vendor website, before you decide on one.
The machine goes with only 300w PSU, so you need not worry about changing the PSU.

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Hey there, I'm currently running a crappy 256MB GeForce 8600 GT, it runs pretty well but it's 3 years, almost 4 years old, and new games aren't running as fresh as I'd like..

I'm considering upgrading to a new Palit GTS 450 SONIC OC 1024MB card

Just wondering if anyone can tell me if it will actually be able to run on the stock rig

Can someone show me a diagram of how to attach a 6 pin connector to wherever it goes so I can see if it will all go smooth before I purchase it?

4GB Ram, 3.0GHz Core 2 Duo already upgraded, so please don't say bottleneck is imminent!

A:Dell Inspiron 530 Graphics Card Upgrade


I believe the powerSupply on that model would be the question.......does it have enough power to run that V card correctly?

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I did look through similar threads on this site first, but the most recent one I found was more than a year old, so I decided to create a new Post
We have a 6 year old Dell Inspiron 580 MT. Just purely because of its age I am about to put in a new Hard Drive, & while doing this I thought to upgrade/replace the dedicated Graphics card.
At the Moment there is a 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce G310 card in there. The Computer is used mainly for business, so no gaming stress on it. The Card handles two Monitors, both Dell 2007FP with a resolution of 1600 x 1200. At the moment one is on the DVI, one on the VGA but I would like to make both DVI to "Future Proof" if we replace the Monitors with larger Higher resolution ones.
What would be a sensible upgrade Graphics Card? I would like to find one that would not require a PSU upgrade as well.
CPU is an Intel Core i3 Processor 530(2,93GHz,4MB)
8 GB of RAM onboard
Any suggestions much appreciated :-)

A:Upgrade Graphics Card on Dell Inspiron 580 MT

Hi Eving Traveller
Thanks for writing to us. 
Below are few other graphics card which are compatible with your system. 
nVidia GT220 1GB
nVidia M207 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 5670 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 5450, 1G
You can look for the ports specifications on the vendor website, before you decide on one.
The machine goes with only 300w PSU, so you need not worry about changing the PSU. 

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What's up. I'm looking for a graphics card that's direct x 11 compatible for my 530s. Everything on the computer is stock. I don't play games on my PC just need a new card so I can use OBS to stream with my Elgato on YouTube. Cheaper the better.
Thanks in advance!

A:Dell Inspiron 530s Direct X 11 Graphics Card Upgrade

Specifically One card from ONE vendor.   ASUS EAH 5450.
Some LOW Profile cards WILL NOT FIT.  The ASUS Silent 5450 and 6450 Definitely will.
The low profile must be REALLY low profile or the cover will not go on or the heatsink will prevent the hard drive bracket from going back in or both.
Get an ASUS SILENT RADEON HD 5450.  THE EAH5450 from ASUS fits in ALL Models of GX280 EXCEPT THE USFF Pictured Below.   THE 5450 Comes with 2 sets of brackets for Low Profile or standard slots.
If you have USFF you cannot install ANY card because there are no slots.
EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD3(LP) AMD Radeon HD 5450 1024MB DDR3 PCIe 2.1 x16 Video Card



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Hi, I'm new to owning this All In One Dell, and while it has a quad core processor, I have noticed that it is lacking in the graphics department.  I know this unit is quite slim, and am not sure of one's ability to open it up and upgrade specific components inside of it.  It comes with an AMD Radeon R4 integrated graphics card, so my question is if there is any way to buy a better card to put inside of it.  Thank you in advance!

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Hi, I just purchased a laptop from dell and over much debate forced myself to go with the Inspiron over the XPS laptops. I know it sounds crazy but I got a $1,450 for 1,100 with coupon combinations, etc.

My biggest concern, and my only problem with the laptop is it is running a Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator X3100. I've read reviews on its performance, and well, im very distraught.

Me being a gamer I have to have some kind of video performance.

IS THERE ANY and i mean ANY way this could be upgraded? Even if it would only take a few hardware component swaps, please tell me that one day I can make this a beast of a laptop. Here are its specs, and the reason why I chose it over the XPS. Im sure you will agree its a great laptop, only lacking in graphics capability (and possibly HDD RPM).

-- Inspiron 1520 --
-- Intel® Core? 2 Duo T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB/3MB cache)
-- [223-5726]
-- Memory --
-- 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz
-- [311-7216]
-- LCD Panel --
-- Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800)
-- [320-5460]
-- Video Card --
-- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
-- [320-5457]
-- Hard Drive --
-- Size: 320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
-- [341-5453]
-- Operating System (Office software not included) --
-- Genuine Windows® XP Professional
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A:Dell Inspiron graphics card question

have you checked dell website for upgrades? I believe there is non available but just to make sure

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Value your thoughts. Many thanks in advance.

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I could be wrong, but I don't think there are many other graphics cards that would fit your laptop, being the removable graphics cards for laptops are rare..

If you can find a Radeon 9000, it will work, that's about all that I know of.

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Oli T:rolleyes:

A:Buying new Graphics card for Dell Inspiron?

I had a quick look at dells and they don't sell upgrades for video cards for inspirion 1501. also nothing at ebay so you may have to with this card or try to contact dell and ask the support.


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I have a Dell Inspiron 530 with a Dell 0FM586 motherboard, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz, 3MB memory. I'm currently using the integrated graphics, but I'd like to upgrade to the Nvidia XFX GeForce 9600 GSO video card. So, I have two questions:
I will also have to replace my existing 350-watt power supply. Can you recommend a reliable, affordable power supply in the 550-watt range? (I already bought the Rocketfish RF-550WPS. Will it be sufficient?)Has anyone had any experience with this setup (a Dell Inspiron 530 with an Nvidia XFX GeForce 9600 GSO video card)? They are compatible, correct?I used to build my own computers, but it's been a while and technology has come a long way since then. I don't even know what Nvidia's SLI technology is, so I'm assuming that this is not an issue here....

Any light that anyone can shed on my concerns would be most greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help!


A:Upgrading Graphics Card in Dell Inspiron 530

Hi DMMoulton, welcome to the board.

As long as your board has a PCI exp 16 slot it will support the GPU. 550w PSU is quite sufficient for one 9600. Don't know much about if Rocketfish is a reliable brand though.

Computer now and then is basically the same in principle.



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Like an idiot, i never looked up the 530s and bought it on impulse. Now i find out that it is not a good gaming computer. I'm not a hardcore gamer but want a card that is at least 512 mb and can run games decently. The problem is i hav a slim case and cant find a PSU that will fit into it.

Can you please tell me if you have suggestions for a graphics card and PSU combo

A:Dell Inspiron 530s graphics card & PSU help!

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I was looking to get this card for my computer but wanted to know if it would work HIS Radeon HD 6670 1GB (128bit) GDDR5 HDMI DVI-D (HDCP) VGA PCI Express X16 2.1 Low Profile Graphics Cards H667FN1G: Computers & Accessories

On this site it says that the card and computer only used 200 watts durring testing,3135-14.html

A:New Graphics Card For Dell Inspiron 580s

The card should fit no problem. The power supply on the other hand may not be up to it. The HD 6670 isn't necessarily a power hungry card (average around 67W at load) but if your Dell has the stock 300W power supply in it, it may not work.

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Odd thing is, when I boot the system, just using the new card, it starts up fine, and then the monitor goes blank. it doesn't recognize a digital signal. I purchased this card (pretty cheap cost) in the hopes of upgrading my DirectX capabilities. My Intel driver will not go beyond 11.1, and I need at least 11.3.
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Some months ago my laptop screen began flickering with vertical bands and other distortions. Dell support thought it was the graphics card--a Mobility Radeon 9000. They said the graphics card was integrated with the motherboard and that it was not customer replaceable--and the cost would be $499 for the repair at Dell. I decided to just live with the weird screen.

But, a few days ago the laptop screen went dark. Oddly when I restarted the screen was lit again but went dark just after Windows XP SP3 started up. I called Dell and it was the same story as before with the out of warranty dept. A guy who seemed to know what he was talking about said that it was not the LCD because although I was able to get a display on an external monitor, the difference in resolution accounted for the dark laptop screen. Again I contemplated whether just lo start using an external monitor all the time.

Then I was checking on the system configuration at the Dell web site and started a chat with a tech rep. He was quite sure that the graphics card and the motherboard are NOT integrated and that the card could be swapped for a new one. He added that this was not something a customer could/should do.

So, what is the real story here? Is it integrated with the MB or not? Can it be swapped or not? If so, is it likely I can do it or get a local techie to do it for less than $500?

Many thanks!


A:Dell Inspiron 8200 graphics card problem

Upon start today the Inspiron display was functioning again--not dark--but the resolution was lower than normal and could not be changed. So, the LCD seems fine, with the graphics card likely worsening.

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try looking in the on line support pages you may find thr info you need through one the options also check the on line support pages for nvidia for the latest drivers for your card

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Odd thing is, when I boot the system, just using the new card, it starts up fine, and then the monitor goes blank. it doesn't recognize a digital signal. I purchased this card (pretty cheap cost) in the hopes of upgrading my DirectX capabilities. My Intel driver will not go beyond 11.1, and I need at least 11.3.
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You cant make it work its too long and the power supply is no where near sufficient.

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LEGACY CSM and Option Roms must be ON with secure boot off and then the LEGACY driver must be used.   The latest and Greatest NVIDIA Driver DOES NOT WORK WITH Geforce 7/8/9 series and older cards because NVIDIA Dropped support for them in April 2016.

340.52  WHQL
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Ok well i have my sound working now its just the graphics chipset. Can anyone help at all?

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I don't even know what to do...

A:Is there a version of the Dell inspiron 7559 without the gtx 960m graphics card?

When you are buying from online Market, you have to double check you are getting an functional complete legit products, and read reviews from many sources before buying a specific products.
In your case, Dell Inspiron 15 7559 was an "Manufacture Refurbished" of returned Inspiron 15 to the factory according to the description.
Thus, read carefully next time, as refurbished are likely "tested" to function as intended. From the page on Ebay you have brought, it might have been a bad buy, so you got rip off for the wrong product if you did not get your refund. Ebay in my view is not too safe, it more of a trade market  versus places where you can buys computer officially. Thus this problem is between you and the seller.

PS: Yeah most I15 7559 model should have Geforce 960M graphic as detail here ><.

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A:Dell Inspiron 530, video card upgrade

The Sapphire 6450 is about $40, and it's perfect for Netflix. There was a refurbished Asus 6450 available for $25, but they may all be sold.

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A:Dell inspiron 530 video card upgrade

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A:Dell Inspiron 580: Which Video Card Upgrade

gregpod9 I want a entry level dedicated video card that has decent video processing
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A:Dell Inspiron 400 Desktop Zino HD - WIFI CARD UPGRADE

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OK... So I have a friend who is looking to upgrade his graphics card.

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Does anyone see a problem upgrading to an HD4850/4870 with this board?

A:Dell E520 - Graphics Card Upgrade

A quality PCI video card will be a good upgrade for the computer

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Ok...I have this piece of crap computer. It's a dell 4700 525 MB ram, and stock graphics card. Intel family chipset. I want to get a graphics card (under $100) that can work with my pc and play Battlefield 2. Please help!!!


Please use proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.

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what type of slot is it........AGP 4x/8x, PCIexpress, PCI, etc........???

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TYSM, in advance.


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Apologies if this question has already been asked but I searched and couldn't find it.

I have a Dell Dimension 5150 which runs XP Home and is 3 years old. I pre-ordered Windows 7 but the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor says my onboard graphics adapter won't support the Windows Aero User Interface. I don't play games on my PC but I would like all the fancy visual features of Windows 7. How do I go about choosing a graphics card that will do the job for me?

Thanks in advance...

A:Graphics card upgrade for Dell Dimension 5150

Marty welcome to the forums.

Before buying a new card, wait until you get Windows 7 and install it. There is a good possibility that it will work (the upgrade advisor for the most part is a piece of junk, I have seen it flag components as unsupported when I know full well that it is).

Once you get 7 installed this,

ATI Catalyst? Legacy Display Driver

will be about it for a driver. If it doesn't work and you still want to get a card let us know and we can recommend something. If nothing else according to the specs for your Dell,

Dimension 5150 Desktop Product Details

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A Previous Post asked the same question, but limited it to $100 and was asked 6 months ago.

I'd like to pose the same question, with a limit of $230 street value. Stability is VERY important to me, in addition to a good video card for a good price. PCI-e interface; currently have a Radeon X300SE (ouch).

I've looked at the ATI AIW X1900, which looks great, but requires 30 Amps of power; my measly dell power supply only provides 18 Amps on the +12V rail. Plus it is 10" long; I haven't looked since the power supply won't handle it, but it might be too long too. At NewEgg for $229.99.

The XFX GeForce 7900 GT (470MHz) 256MB (PV-T71G-UDF7) is available at NewEgg for $224.99 after rebates. The Customer Reviews paint a 50%-of-the-time ugly picture with lockups/freezing/bluescreens though.

Are there some bargains to be had in my price range? I know the X1900 and 7900GT are some of the better cards out there, but the two lowest priced cards in my price range either won't work or have some questionable reviews.

Advice, suggestions, articles appreciated.

A:Want to Upgrade graphics card for Dell Dimension 4700

Check out this card:

Also, your power supply will not work with these high powered cards. Some good reliable brands are Enermax, Fortron, thermaltake, and Antec.

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I have a Dell Dimension E310 computer
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Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.80GHz

I would like to upgrade the graphics card to support the game Portal and the upcoming Spore.

According to the Spore website, for it I will need:
A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0

And according to Valve's Steam website, Portal requires:
DirectX® 8 level Graphics Card

The Portal one is slightly vague, but I know for sure that my normal graphics card does not work.

I looked up my computers specifications on the web, and it said that it has 1 PCI x1, and 2 PCI

My question is: Is it possible for me to upgrade my graphics card on this computer? And if so, what kind, and how much does it cost?

A:Dell Dimension E310 Graphics Card Upgrade

Hi I have a E310 as well I'm planning on upgrading it too

You should get this card its compatible with the E310..

You might need a new psu as well..But that card should play Portal perfectly..

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Hello everyone I bought NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card (PCI 5200 256MB) but when I put it in all I got was a black scrren would not load up. So took it off an the pc load up just fine can anyone please help me I lost.

I have well read you guys talkin about it but not really sure here an I don't wanna do something that will mess up my p/c thanks everyone

P/C Specs

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Dell Computer Corporation Dimension 3000
System Service Tag: 98WCM71 (support for this PC)
Chassis Serial Number: 98WCM71
Enclosure Type: Mini-Tower
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.40 gigahertz Intel Celeron
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: Dell Computer Corp. 0TC666
Serial Number: ..CN7082154KA2YF.
Bus Clock: 533 megahertz
BIOS: Dell Computer Corporation A02 11/08/2004
Drives Memory Modules c,d
36.04 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
18.65 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space


WDC WD400BB-75JHC0 [Hard drive] (40.00 GB) -- drive 0, SMART Status: Healthy 1022 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM_1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM_2' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 36.04 GB 18.65 GB free

Network Drives
None de... Read more

A:Dell Dimension 3000: Help with new Graphics Card upgrade

You said you "put it in" I hate to ask a stupid question but did you run the installation CD/DVD that came with it?

-- Andy

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mainly for gaming, i am looking for a cheap graphics card (hopefully under $100.) i have a dell dimension 4700 2.8Ghz 512mb ram 40GB. my graphics card that came with the computer is (i think) Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 Video Card.
i have one PCI express slot and 2 of the other slot....forgot what its called...
please help me find a cheap graphics card for gaming, thanx a lot.

A:want to upgrade graphics card for dell dimension 4700

Please post the website where I can see the specs of the system.

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Hi all -- I have a Dell Dimension 8300:

Intel Pentium 4
CPU 2.6 GHz
2.00 GB of RAM
80GB Harddrive

Currently I have an nVidia GeForce FX 5200 graphics card but I want to upgrade. I do a fair amount of gaming, not a great deal but I do enjoy a higher performance, I also recently got BioShock which I was looking forward too but requires a higher performance card.

Does anyone have any idea on what cards would be compatible with my system and any recommendations on what would be the best fit. I do tend to prefer nVidia cards but am in no way constrained by that. I'm happy to spend a little more for that added performance, I would rather get something better now and not have to upgrade again for a while.

Thanks in advance!

A:Dell Dimension 8300 Graphics Card Upgrade

Your psu (power supply unit) will undoubtedly be the limiting factor. Dell psu's are NOT among the best by far. They also use their own wiring so you cant just buy any old psu and throw it in.

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Dell Dimension 4600
Windows XP Home Edition
Intel Pentium 4
Intel 82865G Graphics Controller
Service Tag: DH7VV31 (Don't know if this helps)

This is a pretty stock computer that is used by my parents. It isn't used for much more than browsing the internet and watching/listening to multimedia. They recently purchased a new monitor that has a 1600x900 native resolution, but the max supported resolution by the system is 1280x768. After upgrading the drivers for the monitor and the graphics controller, nothing has changed. I am interested in getting a graphics card powerful enough that will increase the max supported resolution and provide enough graphics processing to handle multimedia tasks easily. I don't want a card that requires a new PSU in order to work. I have no idea as to how to go about selecting a compatible card. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

A:Graphics card upgrade [Dell dimension 4600]

I'm afraid your stuck if you don't want to change the power supply.
That 250 watt power supply is probably just enough for what it
is running now.
Other than that,it does have an 8X AGP graphics card slot for
an upgrade.

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I have a Dell XPS 8900 Special Edition that I purchased a couple months ago. I would like to upgrade the OEM GeForce GTX 745 that it came with to a EVGA GTX 960.I have the Dell XPS 8900 (i7-6700k processor), 32gb memory, 2tb HDD + 32gb m.2 SSD cache, Dell UP2516D monitor, and Windows 10 Pro. I will be adding a second Dell UP2516D monitor soon and later will add an SSD and move the OS and applications to that.
My needs aren't gaming. Primarily I do business applications (MS-Office, including Access and Project), finance and investing, and a lot of photo and video editing.  The photo editing software will use the GPU if I upgrade.
EVGA suggested either of the following, based on what would fit:
These cards are almost identical except;
#1 is 10.1" long, has 2 BIOS, 2 fans, and uses 160 watts for $170
#2 is 6.8" long, has 1 BIOS, 1 fan, and uses 128 watts for $160
I thought I would replace the graphics card myself, but once I opened the case, I wondered if either card will even fit.  I've seen that other people have swapped out their graphics card, so it must be possible.
When I look in my case, the existing graphics card is a single slot.  Both of these cards are dual slot.  Also, it looks like there are some transistors right next to the existing card.  When you install a dual slot card, ... Read more

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Graphics card upgrade dell optiplex 9020 small  8189G32 17488602542Hi I'm looking for information is possible to upgrade graphics card. Current card is not fast I need something min 2 GB .My worries is a size of case is something that can fit to this case and other is there other pci sloot? Also I read something that is there power problem, power supply is not strong anuff.Looking forvwrd to here from you experts. Sales Department ignoring me they newer back to me with quotation or information is not possible so I like to dubble check with You Experts.Thank you Lukasz

A:graphics card upgrade dell optiplex 9020 small

The power supplies in the SFF are so small and the case is soo small that there are few to none upgrades.  USFF systems have no slots whatsoever.
The 19W ASUS EAH5450 would be the ONLY one I know works.
The Silent ASUS card fits all models Except the USFF.  Optiplex Tower is a better choice because you can use much better cards.
USFF isn't upgrade-able due to no slots.

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I recently upgraded my 8300's graphics card, and it is causing problems...

Original Specs:
Dimension 8300
3GHz P4 HT 1mb L2
1.5gb RAM
305w PSU
Nvidia GeForce FX5200 (128mb).
Vista Ultimate 32bit

I upgraded the FX5200 to a 512mb Radeon HD 2600 Pro.

I uninstalled the Nvidia drivers, powered down, swapped cards, and then installed the ATI drivers. Now, for some reason, I only see the color BLUE on my screen... in the BIOS, in Vista... everywhere. What did I do wrong? Can I fix it?

A:Dell Dimension 8300 Graphics Card upgrade problem

Did you use the ATI driver disc or did you go to the AMD/ATI support site to obtain the drivers?

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I have a laptop dell precision m4600 the graphics card inside is NVIDIA Quadro 1000M with 2GB GDDR3 dedicated memory, plus intel graphics HD 3000. Is it possible to upgrade the NVIDIA Quadro 1000m to meet a 3D VERY complex modeling design which I am working on it at an engineering software?
because i have some 3d drawings work slowly in performance with the existing graphics card.
if so, please provide me by the list of varies upgraded graphics cards based on dell recommendations on my laptop.

A:dell precision m4600 the graphics card NVIDIA Quadro 1000M upgrade

No you would need a top of the line laptop or a desktop with a separate high powered video card. Your laptop graphics are integrated on the board--not removable cards. Read-- Upgrade Video

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Hi everyone,

I have been thinking about upgrading my Inspiron 3647 Small Desktop's RAM and graphics card for a while now and I would like to ask if it can handle 16 GB of RAM (8GBx2) and for any suggestions for an upgrade from a GT 625 that would fit within its case. The computer has 2 DIMM slots so I wouldn't think that 16gb of ram should be a problem. It already has 4 GB pre-installed.

Thanks in advance. 

A:Inspiron 3647 Small Desktop RAM Limit and Graphics Card Upgrade Limit

It supports 16 gigs.

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Hello everyone I have a very pressing problem. I had Vista running on my Inspiron 1520 Laptop. I recently upgraded to Windows 7, ever since then I have had terrible trouble with my Wireless Card. The driver for the card often comes up as not being able to start I often get Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card can not start Code 10. I have read that this was a problem when reinstalling a OS or installing a new one with this card. I believe I may need a driver for the chip set or something similar. I also understand that I may have to swap back to Vista though I really do hope I don't. I do believe that a recent update from Dell has made this problem chronic as I did not have this problem when I immediately got the laptop back.

I really am hoping that I can get some help here as Dell is not bothered to help as I am out of warranty and they don't seem to care about this older model laptop.

Thanks again for all your help


A:Dell 1520 Inspiron Problem with Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card

Welcome to SF, Conor. Dia dhuit.

Dell does not have a Windows 7 driver for your card. You can try installing the driver in compatibility mode.

HOW TO: Install a Hardware Device Driver using Compatibility Mode

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Hi i have a dell inspiron 6400 win vista home premium with Intel Onboard 256 MB Graphics and 1 Gig RAM. I installed Prince Of Persia (the two thrones) and after that each time i start my laptop i get a message saying Starforce Protection Driver Incompatible and it switches theme to win vista basic and all my games have started to look so ugly. everything's graphics has gone bad. i even re installed my video driver from dell driver cd but nothin helps.can anyone help me plz ?

A:Graphics gone bad on Dell inspiron 6400

the problem is starforce. look for updates to that. if the game is warez forget about playig it.if you bought the game go to the website for it and look around

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There is more than one Graphics Driver (three for Intel integrated and two for NVIDIA dedicated) listed for my service tag on the Dell support page. 
Which one do I install?  The latest?  All of them?  If all of them, what order (oldest to newest)?
I assume I need to uninstall the one that Windows 10 automatically installed? 
This is confusing at best.

A:Graphics Drivers for Dell Inspiron 15 7537

At the Dell Drivers Downloads page for your computer is an option that reads:
Enter your Service Tag or Express Service Code to view your original configuration. Or detect your product to view both configurations.
Once you add your tag or choose to analyze your computer you will be presented with the hardware information for your computer. You can then install the correct drivers.
Inspiron 7537 Drivers, Downloads and Manuals

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hello, i just bought a Dell Inspiron 15R (N5010) for christmas and a weird bug/glitch has been happening since about a week
this happens with simple stuff, not games
i am attaching a link to a Print Screen picture of the problem:
That is suppose to say 'Downloads', but its just some blobs :/

any suggestions to help me out?
I am currently scanning the laptop with Kaspersky looking for any malicious software.

A:Weird graphics glitch on Dell Inspiron 15R

found a solution: upgrade my video drivers and reboot the laptop


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I just installed Windows 8 Release Preview. I tried to install the AMD ATI Catalyst Legacy Display Driver, which installed fine, but I have no display settings in the app or the ability to change the screen resolution normally through Windows. I also cannot plug-in my external monitor. I plug it in, select Devices from the new Windows sidebar on the right side of the screen, and nothing shows up. I also try connecting through the Windows Mobility Center, and it says "Your PC can't project to another screen. Try reinstalling the driver or using a different video card." Can someone help? I am using a Dell Inspiron 1501 with the 32 bit Release Preview.

A:Dell Inspiron 1501 Graphics Driver

Someone asked about this just the other day - you MAY be in luck, but it's hard to say as Dell stopped releasing drivers for the 1501 right after Vista released:
Microsoft basic display adapter

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Folks, my older Dell Inspiron 9200 laptop started to show the following upon bootup.
Is it the ram or the video card that has caused this? Is there a way I can determine exactly what the problem is so I can get the right part first?

A:Solved: Help! Dell Inspiron graphics went crazy!

Let me add that there has been no upgrades done and until today the notebook has worked perfectly.
Also, I just connected it to an external CRT and it too showed the same messed up graphics. Motherboard maybe?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 518 (the one with the Core 2 Duo, no upgrades since purchase) and I don't play many games, but I'm interested in gettings these mods for GTA San Andreas which I can play fine right now that enhanced the graphics. I am willing to therefore, upgrade my graphics card.

So far, price wise, the GeForce 9500 GT seems best for me. Mwave Australia: Buy Cheap Inno3D GeForce 9500GT, 512MB DDR2, D-Sub, Dual-Link DVI, HDCP, HDTV, Fan, PCIe2.0 in Sydney, Australia Online Computer Store! That is the link. From that you get an idea of my price range, probably nothing over $90/110 in AUS but preferably around 60/70.

I understand the Dell doesn't have a good PSU either so I could upgrade it. I need your advice on the best PSU. Price range is about $>80 AUS. I found Mwave Australia: Buy Cheap Thermaltake 430W PSU (W0084) in Sydney, Australia Online Computer Store! and Mwave Australia: Buy Cheap Gigabyte Superb 460 460W Superb Power Supply, 120mm Fan, PCI-E Conn., 4x SATA Power Connectors, RoHS ready (24EPG-P40AC2-31R) in Sydney, Australia Online Computer Store!.

So main question:
Would putting a Nvidia GeForce 9500GT in a Dell Inspiron 518 with around 450W PSU upgrade work?

Also, I don't know much about what my comp actually has/uses in hardware like eg SATA or PCIE. If I got the PSU in the link, the one without SATA, would it still work?

A:Dell Inspiron 518 Upgrade

This is your machine?
Dell Inspiron 518 Desktop Details

More detailed specs:
Dell Inspiron 518 Desktop Computer (Intel Core 2 Quad 320GB HDD, 2GB) specs and Desktop specifications - CNET Reviews

You need SATA connectors.

Realistically you could probably get away with using your existing PSU, but either of those PSU's you linked would do the job.

However any of the Thermaltake PSU's that aren't from the Toughpower series aren't generally regarded as quality units. I haven't much about the Gigabyte models. Unfortunately quality PSU's have a price to match.

But at least they aren't SHAWS (Never, ever, ever buy a SHAW PSU)

But yes, a 9500GT will work with a 450W PSU.

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Hi I bought a Inspiron 1525 laptop with 1GB of Ram & Intel Graphics Card & now I want to upgrade the RAM & graphics card. I play games, watch movies & use my laptop a lot & sometimes when I look at Performance in Task Manager I see "Free 0" for Physical Memory; But I don't know which Graphics Card to choose between:
1. ATI Radeon HD 4890 -
2. Nvidia GeForce GTX275 -
3. ATI Radeon HD 4870 -
Which I can I install on my Inspiron 1525? Are they compatible with my laptop?
What about my RAM? I need to upgrade it to 3 GB. Is it possible? What RAM do I buy?

A:Inspiron 1525 memory (RAM) & Graphics Upgrade

You can upgrade the RAM to 4G as 2X2G modules - 3G isn't advisable as it will disable the dual channel configuration.
You cannot upgrade to any video card at all - there is no socket in the system for any card.  Integrated video was and will forever remain the only option for this model.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 660s Desktop running with 6 gb Memory, 1 tb Harddrive and Intel HD graphics. I want to upgrade my graphics to allow for a better gaming experience. I would like to know if it is possible to upgrade the graphics and If I could upgrade to this:
Thanks for any help!
I believe I have a small tower because It does not have much empty space inside. Is there any way to have a card not in the tower?

A:Inspiron 660s Desktop Graphics Upgrade

The GTX 750 will not work.  Only low profile cards will fit in the 660s.  You also only have a 220 watt power supply.  I run the HD 6570 HERE in the 660s which does pretty well with gaming.  Even though you can still find them (overpriced) because they have been discontinued, the HD 7750 HERE has worked in the 660s and was the best card you could get.  The Sapphire is only available used on ebay, but other brands are still around.  The HD 6570 would be superior to your Intel HD graphics and for the price may be your best buy.  You cannot run the cards outside your tower.  

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I purchased Dell Inspiron i7  7737 (Windows 8.1), due some problem I do the factory reset. Since then my touch screen is not working and graphics with HD are also not working. All the drivers are properly installed. Dell support assistant also shows all in OK.
I need help to fix this problem

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Hi all,

I just have a quick question about my notebook's..... integrated graphics *gasp*.
So, basically I've been on quite a bit since I got my new Dell Inspiron laptop just to see what games I can run on it, though I knew from the beginning it wouldn't run any games that were very graphics-heavy. The one thing that confuses me is that the above website constantly tells me my video card isn't up to running a game, but that the individual aspects of my chipset are far above what's necessary. For example when checking to see if I could run Company of Heroes, this is what the website said:

Video Card Minimum: Nvidia GeForce 3 or an ATI Radeon 8500 or equivalent with 64 MB of Video RAM. It must also support Pixel Shader 1.1.

You Have: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family

Features: Minimum attributes of your Video Card

Video RAM - 64 MB You have: 1.3GB
3D - Yes You have: Yes
Hardware and T&L: Yes You have: Yes
Pixel Shader version: 1.1 You have: 4.0
Vertex Shader version: 1.1 You have: 4.0

So, can anyone tell me why exactly my video hardware is inadequate when these minimums are being surpassed?

Many thanks,


A:Dell Inspiron integrated graphics question (not about upgrading)

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Hi, I have a DELL Inspiron 5520 with 2 Graphics Cards:

ATI Radeon 7670M & Intel HD 4000

I've installed the drivers required and unfortunately the switchable graphics section in "Catalyst Control Manager" doesn't have an option to manually change the graphics card. It has the option to choose what graphics card a program should use, but that never works. I know that if I find a modded BIOS like in this thread:

Acer Laptop: Switchable Graphics using i7 & AMD Radeon

Then it will work for me, but my problem is that I don't know if that BIOS is specifically for ACER laptops or I can use it on my DELL. If not, I'd appreciate it if someone came up with a BIOS for DELL. Also, I'd like to know what that BIOS has that the original one didn't, please explain. For example, removing whitelist, etc ...

A:Switchable Graphics in DELL Inspiron 5520 Not Working

Y u need to manually switch the graphics card when it can automatically switch according to the requirements??? If u want a program to b run with better graphics, go to switchable graphics, browse the program in it and set priority to high performance...

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I am using dell inspiron 5559 and it has both intel and amd graphics card.
is the amd graphics card dedicated or only intel graphics card is attached to display
as it is only showing 128 mb dedicated video memory and in directx it shows the amd graphics card as render only graphics card.

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Thanks for looking and hopefully helping

I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop, with a NVIDIA GeForce FX5650 128mb Graphics Card, and 15.4" SXVGA Screen, running XP Pro. The laptop is 6 yrs. old and about a month ago it started doing weird things, graphically.

The first symptoms were little worms on the screen, while in Windows, moving around in patches, then it progressed to stripes during startup, with intermittent colored stripes, during bios startup, and during login screen, and while running windows. Sometimes it just jumbles the colors and make it really pixilated or fuzzy and freezes the screen.

SO, I figured it was probably the Video Card, (at least that is the cheapest thing to replace) so I bought one on eBay, a GeForce 5200 64mb "tested" card, and it gave me more problems and never got beyond startup. I contacted the seller, he sent a new one (no questions asked) and this one let me get into Windows, but started the same thing again. I contacted him and he quickly refunded my money.

SO, in an attempt to nail down the culprit I plugged the S-Video cable in to my TV, and sure enough the same thing that was on the screen, the colors, the patterns, etc. was on the TV. Now, I am confused as to whether it is the graphics card or the lcd, but common sense tells me it is the graphics card and I would be safe to buy another on eBay (from someone other than last seller).

Does anyone agree with my logic? Or disagree? Or have another way or solution? Thanks ... Read more

A:Troubleshooting Graphics Problem on Dell Inspiron 8600

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I'm looking to upgrade my graphics.
Here are my specs: 
And this is my PSU 
My budget is about $250 right now. I just don't even know where to start looking. I want something that can handle games on a medium-high quality. Thanks for the help!

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I currently have a Dell Inspiron 3650 "Gamer Edition"
I am looking into upgrading my graphics card. Will the case fit a higher end card such as a 480 or a 1060? I know a power supply upgrade will be needed.
Do you recommend the upgrade if i did go through with it? Possibly a new case, a new card, and a new power supply with the old computer its self?
Any suggestions? Please provide links with suggested parts
The computer currently has the following
Dimensions: 350mm x 154mm x 282.6mm / 13.78” x 6.06” x 11.13
6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-6700 Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)
16GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx2)
2TB 7200 rpm Hard Drive
AMD Radeon™ HD R9 360 2GB GDDR5

The computer -

A:Dell Inspiron 3650 Upgrade

There are a number of pitfalls:
The Dell system includes a proprietary wiring scheme and power supply connector - while you can use an adapter to overcome the latter, the former is not as easy to work with.
If you want to upgrade the case and power supply, figure on needing a replacement mainboard, heatsink assembly, and a retail copy of Windows (the OEM one won't work with a non-Dell board).  Essentially, you're building a new system, carrying over your CPU, memory, drives, mouse, keyboard and monitor.

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Can anyone suggest a compatible RAM for my Dell Inspiron 15 N5010
The system specification is as below:

A:Dell Inspiron 15 N5010 RAM upgrade

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I have purchased Dell Inspiron 5459 and wish to upgrade its memory with Kingston HyperX Impact Black 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM (HX316LS9IB/8). i will be adding two ram (total 16GB). Is the ram compatible with my laptop ?

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hoping somebody can assit here.  I have an old Inspiron 530 mini tower desktop.  Not sure of the uP or MB model.
Got it new in 2007 and it has been generally a reliable PC, had one raid drive fail which I replaced and recently video card has failed so running off embedded VGA port.  Power supply has just failed and replacing that with one from ebay.
Now I know 99% are thinking buy a new one!  Finances don't allow that but I could probably afford some upgrades if cheap enough. 
Replacement Video card is easy however I'd like a bit more grunt to deal with the new OS WIN10 & associated programs out now so looking at potentially a MB upgrade.
Can anyone advise suitable upgrade option for a Dell MB that that would fit the mini tower and power 300 W supply? 

thanks in advance.

A:Dell Inspiron 530 upgrade options

I suggest an SSD boot drive and a Sapphire 6450 video card rather than a new motherboard. The IO shield of the 530 is non-removable, so you'd have to modify the chassis to fit a different motherboard. And, Socket 775 is long obsolete, so there are no modern choices available (with features like SATA 3 and USB 3).

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I have a Vista SP2 laptop that I'm trying to upgrade to Windows 7. However when I pop in the disk and boot to the disk, the files load. But then the screen with the cursor where you should be able to select the keyboard language and the setup screen doesn't appear.

All I get is a black screen with the cursor I can move.

Also the install failed out the first time due to amd manager installed, so I uninstalled it and now every time I try to boot back to vista it says some amdsata.sys error message.

*dell inspiron 1545

Any idea's anyone?
Some work around with linux or UBCD?


A:Dell Inspiron Upgrade Failing

It is a little strange you get such a message, because you really did not alter your hard drive, the files were just put in memory.

Do you think it is trying to continue the Windows 7 install, or some Dell Recovery utility activated and might be involved?

Do you have any recovery F key options that might help, maybe an F8 or whatever Dell uses?

What model is your system, and be exact please.

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I just picked-up a Inspiron 3847 and I'm looking to upgrade to a solid state drive.
I think I'll need:
2.5" mounting bracket
SATA cable
Will I need a SATA III card or will the existing interface work (I couldn't find clear specs on what the existing interface actually was)?
Anything else I'm missing?

A:Dell Inspiron 3847 - What to buy for SSD upgrade?

You cannot install an SSD as the boot Drive while the original drive is hooked up.
There will be issues.
You can install an ssd after upgrading DBAR to and then making a 16 gig or larger usb flash recovery.
Then install the SSD
and then optimize it.
Then put the old drive back as a secondary.
I Usually recommend INTEL Retail drives for this so that you get Tools for optimization.

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Hello everyone! I have a Dell inspiron 15 3521 i3 4gb with one empty slot and I want to upgrade it with a Kingston HyperX Impact 4gb ddr3 1600mhz. But will the hyperX compatible with my laptop?

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So, i just bought this great machine, and everything is working just fine, but i was wondering,
Which Intel cpus does my dell computer supports?
I was specially thinking of upgrading to an Intel Core i5 4590 (right now i have an intel core i3 4150)
can i upgrade without problems?
i am still using the original PSU from dell 

A:Dell inspiron 3847 cpu upgrade?

believe it or not, my dell came with the i3-4150
I have checked since last year, and just recently they started using the new released processors. My local store ordered this dell in october-november 2014

But returnig to my question, those processors that you have listed, do they work with my dell desktop computer?

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Hi All, I recently got a Dell Inspiron 7559. It came with a 8GB Skhynix "hmt41gs6bfr8a-pb no aa 1506" RAM stick. I'd like to upgrade it to 16GB. I thought I had bought the same 8GB RAM model from ebay, but I had received an 8 GB Skhynix "hmt41gs6bfr8a-pb na aa 1511". Are they two completely different models because of their different nomenclature? Can I still use it to upgrade my ram? Thank you

A:Dell Inspiron 7559 ram upgrade

There's only one memory socket on this model, so an 8G isn't going to get you an upgrade.  You need a 16G module to upgrade.
These are available, but brace yourself of the price - they're expensive:
(as you can see, going from 8G to 16 causes the price of a module to rise by a factor about five).

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I try to upgrade the ram of my dell inspiron 531, however I don't know which one that I should use. I check the system it said I can either use for DDR2 PC5300 or DDR2 PC6400, I would like to know what is the difference between these 2, and which one that I should use, I tried to upgrade my computer to 4GB ram. And usually I use this computer to do some graphics, and some daily works. Please give me some suggestions, thank you.

A:Solved: upgrade ram for my dell inspiron 531

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I was looking to upgrade my Dell Insprion 2330 all-in-one PC to a solid state drive, to improve the performance. Firstly, is this possible? If so, is it practical?

Currently I have the factory 2TB hard disk installed and it seems a shame to loose all that storage space. From what I have seen it may be possible to replace the blu-ray drive with a SSD instead? Primarily I would be looking to run my operating system of the SSD and then use the existing drive for the bulk of my storage. That being said I am not sure if I would want to loose my blu-ray player either. I don't use it all that much, but it is still nice to have it there. I understand I may need to make some compromises to make the upgrade, so hopefully someone will be able to point me in the best direction and tell me whether it is really worth it. My PC doesn't run slow my any stretch, but from what I have seen it can make a big difference!

Thanks in advance,


A:SSD upgrade for Dell Inspiron 2330, is it possible?

Technically speaking, yes you could replace the hard drive with an SSD. I have never changed anything (hardware wise) with an All-In-One unit, but it must be possible. If you are looking to keep the extra storage space, you could take the 2TB hard drive and put it in an external hard drive case and connect it to one of your two USB 3.0 ports. That way you still have storage space to use while keeping your Blu-ray drive and having a SSD for your Operating System and Programs. It wont be as fast as leaving it inside connected with a SATA cable, but it will be better then connecting it USB 2.0 or not using it at all. If you do go through with this "venture", take photos and document what you did each step and then post them up here. May come in handy for someone else in the future.

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Hi I recently upgraded a Dell Inspiron 1520 from Vista to Win 7. All went fine except l have no wireless Internet connection.

The switch does not seem to work, the wireless Led does not light up.

THe network card does not show in device manager unless l view hidden.

I have installed every wireless driver l can find to no avail.

Any ideas please??

A:Dell Inspiron 1520 upgrade to Win 7

hi did you try this link to help find correct driver .

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Hi Everyone,
I have a new Dell Inspiron 7559:
I use it for work, mainly translation tools, and also for some ocasional gaming (Witcher 3, Cities skylines, etc.).
So I was thinking on maybe upgrading it a bit, but as I´m on a budget I can only afford upgrading the ram up to 16GB or to buy an SSD of 250GB, what would you suggest to upgrade?, which of both would have more impact on the performance?.
Thank you very much!

A:Upgrade Dell Inspiron 7559

If it's running a conventional (or hybrid) hard drive, the SSD will make much more of an overall impact than the memory upgrade.

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Currently I am using Following Ram Configuration in my laptop
I want to upgrade it to 8 GB. I guess I have single slot & maximum limit is 8 GB.
Can anyone tell me how much will it cost? and where do u have service center in Kolkata, India?

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I was wondering if I could upgrade the CPU within the Dell Inspiron 2330. I really like the computer. However, I was wondering if I could upgrade the CPU to one with HD 3000 or HD 4000 graphics.
I have the i5 model with 8GB in ram and a 1 TB hard drive. 
This video gave me the idea:

A:Can I upgrade the CPU within my Dell Inspiron 2330?

Hi junior796,
You may upgrade to Intel Core i7-3770S Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz) which comes with Intel HD Graphics 4000 on Inspiron 2330.

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I just want to know if it is possible to upgrade the E1705's CPU to something faster than 1.66GHz that I have now. I'm looking for something in the 2 GHz and up range. Plus I would like to know when/if the old E1705 that came with the Intel Core Duo changed to the new one with the Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Now, I'm at work so I can't check my laptop now, but if I have the old Intel Core Duo processor. Would it be possible for me to upgrade my processor to the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

A:Dell Inspiron E1705 CPU Upgrade

That depends on the way DELL made your laptop. Some you can remove the CPU and replace it with higher speed. Butyou got those Dual core ones where you can change the CPU, but doing that will have to be check with DELL online support first. Remember faster CPU more battery life will be shorten. Going from 1.66GHz to 2.0GHz isn't that big of a deal.

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I'm planning to upgrade my Dell Inspiron N5010 RAM from current 3GB(2+1) to 6 GB(2+4).
I heard that some Dell Inspiron Laptops require same RAM to be present in both slots so that the O.S can detect the installed RAM, else only one slot will be detected( ex: 4GB RAM (Usable 3GB)).
So, can I go ahead with having a 2GB RAM in one slot and 4GB RAM in another?
So, can you suggest me any best brand(verified by Dell) to purchase the RAM and also the recommended frequency it should be supporting?

Many thanks in advance!!!

A:RAM upgrade on Dell Inspiron N5010

Hi venkat_bollineni,
This system model supports a maximum of 8GB memory. Memory modules must be installed as a perfectly matched pair to take advantage of the dual-channel memory bus. If not a matched pair, the system's memory bus operates in a single-channel configuration. Basically, when both DIMM connectors are populated, the system has optimum dual-channel performance unless channels A and B have different amounts of memory.

Revert for further queries.

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Hi guys, I bought an Intel i5-540m cpu to swap with my Intel pentium p6200. What should i do before replacing it. Should i update the bios(Provide the link if yes). Also i want to upgrade my ram , what model should i use.

Waiting for reply,
Arshad Runjaun

A:Dell Inspiron N5040 (Cpu and Ram upgrade)

Or should i but an intel i5-560m ?

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Is it possible to upgrade my ram to more than 4gb ? im still new in the "laptop area of expertise". i was wondering since the highest for windows vista 32 bit can i get windows vista 64 bit and upgrade it to like 6gb
sorry if this sounds stupid

A:Help with Dell Inspiron 1545, RAM upgrade?

You laptops maximum memory might only be 2GB. Look at the laptops specs. They will tell you what the max memory is for that model

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I was looking to upgrade the amount of ram in my laptop. It currently has 3gb and it can have a max of 8 so i wanted to buy this
Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1333 Laptop Memory Model KVR1333D3SOK2/8GR

I was wondering if this would be compatable with my laptop. Any help or recondmendations would be appreciated. Thanks

A:Dell Inspiron 1545 RAM upgrade.

Cant go wrong with Kingston.

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hello i am currently using a dell inspiron 3847 which ive gotten a couple years back. Now that i plan to upgrade the gpu from a gt705 to a gtx1050ti,  i think i may need to upgrade the PSU as well.  Now i know that  there are other posts about this but i would like to ask if i could buy a corsair VS450W instead of the CORSAIR CS750M (which everyone is recommending) since its a little pricey for me. My current PSU(Dell PSU that came with it) is only 300W. My cpu is a core i5-4460. Thanks :)

A:PSU Upgrade for Dell inspiron 3847

There are specific models that I have tried and they work fine.
lower power versions like the CS550M and CS650M do not have enough 3.3v/5v combined power.

EVGA NEX 750B works fine.
Power supplies that do not have 150W combined on the 3.3V/5V rails may not EVER work or may fail. Note the power ratings on each railThis label is from the NEX 750B1

This is a label from a Dell 525w unit.  Note the ratings on EACH rail not just the total watts.

On many other vendors as the power goes up the 3.3V/5V rails max power GOES DOWN to 100W max.  However in the case of dell 875w unit the power goes UP to 225w on the 3.3V/5V rails.

This is what the NEX 750B1 looks like installed in an XPS 8500


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The Registry recently became corrupted on my Dell Inspiron 9400 and after several unsuccessful attempts at fixing it I am giving up and installing a new Crucial 120GB SSD and hopefully upgrading the OS to either Win 7 or 8. But this brings up several questions that I'm hoping someone can answer for me.
A) Will this old a laptop run either of these operating systems properly?
B) If so, will it run any version of them - Home, Premium, Pro, Ultimate, etc.
C) Will it run 64 bit or just 32 bit?
D) Can I do a clean install on a new Solid State Drive? And if so, do I need to buy an OS upgrade version or a full version, (I'm assuming there is a difference.) (I think I still have the original Win XP installation discs).

If this project is feasible and I get through all of the above are there any other problems that I am liable to run into?

Thanks for your time and advice.

A:Win 7/8 OS upgrade on Dell Inspiron 9400

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I just had a chance to buy the basic edition of Windows 7 on the cheap, so I took advantage even though I'm not sure if it'll work on my Inspiron e1505, which is currently running XP. I checked the minimum requirements on the box, and figured I meet them all so I picked it up. I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, and that seemed to confirm that I can run it. I have a 1.8 GHz processor and 1 GB of ram. The only issue is that my computer is not listed as a Windows 7 compatible system on Dell's website:

So who do I believe? Dell's website or the Windows 7 upgrade advisor?

A:Should I upgrade my Dell Inspiron e1505 to 7?

well if it was me i would would check to see if there is any drivers for 7 for your machine and if there are you will want to get more ram even thow windows 7 will run on 1gb be much better if you had 2gb. but i think you will be better off with xp on that machine.

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Hi, I am looking into upgrading/adding another RAM for my Dell Inspiron 7559 laptop. Is this specific unit compatible without any issues? I need moderators to answer please thanks in advance :)
RAM Link:

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I need to upgrade my RAM in my Dell Inspiron 3800 laptop.

THough, I'm finding it confusing as to what I should buy. says I need: 256MB 144 pin SDRAM, PC100 • CL=2 • Non-parity • 100MHz • 3.3V • 32Meg x 64

But another site said I can't upgrade my model (Inspiron 3800 C500ST) to the maximum of 512k because the unit had to factory loaded with 256 mg which mine was NOT.

So, Does anyone know what the truth is? Does anyone recommend a site where to get the best info and price on RAM Memory?

A:need to upgrade RAM in Dell Inspiron 3800

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i was wondering if i could uprade my N5030's cpu? right now i have a Pentium(R) Dual-core T4500 @ 2.3GHz with 8 GB of RAM and a 64-bit operating system

A:dell inspiron n5030 cpu upgrade

Yes, to a faster Pentium Dual Core or a Core 2 Duo.
No, to any Core i CPU.
Upgrading the CPU will void the warranty, if you have one remaining on the system.

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Powering on the laptop....DELL INSPIRON D610...displays grahpics/leters across the screen......whats a good start point to figure this out.....all power lights on......did not hear any beep/error at startup...does it on both battery and ac power.

A:Solved: Dell inspiron d610 strange graphics at startup

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Hi Dell Support,

I am having so much problem on this unit. First issue the graphics not responding and now second the loud fan noise! *** is happening to my Laptop. I just buy this laptop Last January 2016 and I am having so much problem on it! Can anyone repair or replace it? Please let me know if I can still replace or repair this laptop!

A:Dell Inspiron 15 5559 Loud Fan Noise and Not Responding Graphics

Does the system overheat? Does it stop working or turn off automatically? Are there any bluescreens / system crashes? When did the issue start? When do you encounter the graphics issue? What exactly is the problem with the graphics adapter / driver? What graphics adapter do you have an issue with? Is the issue seen with or without the adapter connected?
Update the BIOS -
Download the Intel video drivers from - - for your OS and the AMD drivers from - for Windows 8.1 and - for Windows 10.
Create a system restore point and then uninstall the existing video drivers from device manager and programs and features - then restart the system and install the Intel Driver first and then the AMD driver next. Should you have any issues during or after installation, you could always restore the system back.
Restart the system and press f12 key on startup - choose diagnostics. Let it run the diags and if you encounter any errors - make a note of the complete error and report the same to us.
If the system is under warranty, then contact us via Twitter - @dellcares for faster communication or write me a private conversation with the service tag and your contact details. If there is no warranty, then we can help with a paid service call if required.
Keep us updated.

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as the subject says. there's 2 graphics drivers in the Drivers & Downloads section, when i enter my service tag i get 2 Intel drivers and 1 AMD driverSo the question, which shall i install? i dont think that i have to install both.thanks in advance :)

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