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Q: Upgrade a Dell Computer...

Yo, my father has a Dell Dimension 2400 as his office computer(see bottom of this post for tech specs) and I want to upgrade it to an AMD Athlon 64 3300+ Socket 754. What I wanted to do was place the new upgrade into the same case as the Dell. Here's what I plan on purchasing...

AMD Athlon 64 3300+ 2.40GHz / 256KB Cache / 1600MHz FSB / OEM / Socket 754 / Processor

My problem is that I want to get a motherboard which will fit the ATX power connector in the Dell computer and that the Motherboard will be able to use the amount of power in the Dell computer (not sure of the wattage of the PSU). Any ideas for a good Mobo is appreciated.

Tech Specs (Dell Dimension 2400):
Pentium 4 - 2.4 Ghz
Some Intel Mobo w/ integrated graphics
2 x 256 MB PC2700 333Mhz
...etc... lol, nothing much else matters

I'm ASSUMING that the Power Supply is 20 pin (I'm not at my father's office so I wouldn't know). If you're missing any info that you need to help me let me know.

A: Upgrade a Dell Computer...

What is it you plan on doing with the computer? gaming? if the present motherboard has a AGP port you would be better off spending your money on a graphics card.

Your also going to need a copy of XP once you switch the motherboard from a intel chipset to a amd chipset your not going to be able to boot from the existing hard drive. you also wont be able to use the dell recovery disk to reload windows once you swap mobo's.

Most of Dell's PSU's with P4's are 300watt

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I was downloading drivers on my dell opitplex 780. I decided to upgrade my bios from A08 to A15, since it was the only bios update. When i accepted the update to restart and begin the flash, the screen would not turn on and the desktop stayed powered on for an hour before i unplugged it. After that every time i turned it on the the same thing would happen:the screen would not turn on and the desktop stayed powered when the power was plugged. After researching, i removed the motherboard battery for a few minutes then replaced it. I did not see a jumper. When i restarted i the COMS had reset and i was able to get to "starting windows" but i barely complete before a blue screen appear and it restarts. Does any one know how i can fix this issue? I was updated my bios to see if it would take more updated memory.....i guess not. Oh and with either original or new memory it does the same thing. Sorry for the long explanation.

A:Dell Bios upgrade failed, now computer will not start.

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So I have 3 Dells that all have OEM Genuine Windows installed on them and all 3 have failed to Upgrade, All 3 get the same message as you see in the picture, then it just tries to repair and fails, Im losing my mind, please help!  
Tried the Dell again today, formatted installed windows 7 pro with SP1, then tried to upgrade to Win10 via USB, got the same error as in the picture above.
So we know it isnt because of any software on the Dells because they only have win 7 sp1 and nothing else.

A:3 Dell Computer(s) failing to Upgrade to Windows 10 Error 0xC00000F

Anyone else getting this error?

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I found this list on the Dell site that tells you whether they have tested a particular model for its ability to be upgraded to Windows 10.   The Dell Vostro 3550 is not on the list of about 20 Vostro models, some with lower model numbers ,  some higher.   Will they ever test it?? 
  If you try to upgrade,  windows 10 copies files and then in the 2nd of the three major sections of the upgrade (where you have that big circle in the middle of the screen)  it just goes to a blank screen and then all disk activity ceases and it becomes well hung.   Of course now, the machine thinks its os is win 10 and you cannot go back to a win 7 recover point .  So you just lose all your data and apps and restore the factory image and then install 208 windows 7 updates and it takes like 8 hours in all.
Sounds like a similar problem that people had with Vostros going from win 7 to win 8.   Why not fix it.  

A:Windows 10 Upgrade - why isnt Dell Vostro 3550 on the list from Dell ?

Well, after spending the better part of whole day trying to figure out why somebody else's Dell Vostro 3550 was not displaying anything after an even longer period of downloading the Windows 10 upgrade (from Windows 7 in this case) it turns out the fix required was to upgrade the BIOS to A11 (end of 2012).

Hopefully this might save someone a wasted day in their lives. Before this I spent some hours before figuring out that the machine was in fact booting - only the display was black. So then it was a matter of figuring out key strokes to use (blind) to shut down and also enable the menu for safe mode. Safe mode worked, and so then more hours trying to work around the issue before finally stumbling onto some stuff online where the BIOS upgrade was mentioned - apparently also an issue with Windows 8?

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Since I reinstalled Window8 in my inspiron 3138, the laptop cannot install 'dell upgrade package' and cannot setup my wifi driver.  
I cannot install following drivers and the laptop cannot detect wifi at all. 
Dell Wirelss 1704 Wifi driver (Network_driver_342TP_WN32_7.35.333.0_A01)
Dell Airplane mod switch driver (Network_driver_PX8MM_WN64_1.0.0_A00)
Do you know how to solve this problem?


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Dell Vostro 5470 Not getting Dell Logo after bios upgrade in Windows 10.
Notebook rebooted:
1.Fireed power led,
2.Powered up hdd led for 2sec. Turn it off.
3.Stops ...
No Dell Logo, no beeps, can't go into Bios.
LCD test works OK.
Remove Ram module, powered up and listen beep's
Pressing END key and power Notebook does nothing.
Any idea?

A:Dell Vostro 5470 Not getting Dell Logo after bios upgrade in Windows 10

Yes. I did it.
Laptop have Phoenix bios.
Phoenix Bios have has restored procedure from USB Flash.
This steps to restore BIOS:
1.Get USB flash below 4Gb.
2.Format it to FAT.
3.Get your flash update from Dell Store - xxxx.exe
4.Run cmd.exe and in command prompt run xxxx.exe /writehdrfile
5.Copy extracted Bios.cap to flash drive.
6.Turn off laptop.
Next step 7,8 may be not needed but I did it.
7.Disconnected all perihpericals including battery and charger.
8.Disconnect HDD
9.Plugged the usb drive on the laptop at the right side.
10.Hold END key
11,Pluged the powercord and relase the END key 1 second after the power cord is in.
12.USB led on stick blinked fast and we see Bios Recovery Process on screen.
13.After finish notebook reboots and worked fine.

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once the update started it rained go maybe 15 seconds and just shut my computer off entertainment a bloatware screen say that the software ran in to an error and it would restart itself. I let the computer along for over an hour and finally restarted the system muse us in the power button.  once I went to restart the system I only got a blackberry screen my computer is out of warranty and your dell bios update killed my motherboard I called dell they told me in not so many words my motherboard was Fried and they would not replace it.  If I gave some on software I wrote and they installed it and it had no warning it would fry the I computer thatbwould be data to someone's personal property... DELL is this how you value your customers?

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once the update started it rained go maybe 15 seconds and just shut my computer off entertainment a bloatware screen say that the software ran in to an error and it would restart itself. I let the computer along for over an hour and finally restarted the system muse us in the power button.  once I went to restart the system I only got a blackberry screen my computer is out of warranty and your dell bios update killed my motherboard I called dell they told me in not so many words my motherboard was Fried and they would not replace it.  If I gave some on software I wrote and they installed it and it had no warning it would fry the I computer thatbwould be data to someone's personal property... DELL is this how you value your customers?

A:got the windows 10 free upgrade and used the dell diagnostics tool to upgrade driver and bios everything worked fine until the update of the bios!!!!

I called dell they told me in not so many words my motherboard was Fried and they would not replace it.

Dell just saying it's a "possibility" the motherboard might need to be replace. No one can tell you that motherboard is definite "Fried" without first looking at the system.
What is the system model number and version of windows before upgrading to windows 10? Example: Dell Inspiron 3543, windows 10
You're able to boot into BIOS(F2 key) and diagnostic (F12 key) ?
1. Power off computer
2. Power on computer, quickly start tapping F2 key ( BIOS) or F12 key( BIOS) continuously

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Having read an earlier post, and my DELL manuals, it would appear my XPS-13-L321X circa 2012 is NOT upgradable in terms of SSD Hard Drive, or Memory. 
Why is it that later XPS-13's appear to have such upgrade options (see link to the XPS-13 Tear Down ( 
Is this a turnaround by DELL so the inbuilt obsolescence is no longer a 'feature'.  I don't mind feeling a tad peeved that my glorious and loved XPS-13 is not upgradable.  Am I missing something?   Next is the link to the very graphical (although not for the nervous!) teardown, showing the removable (i.e. edge-connected, NOT soldered) SSD hard drive and Memory.
Hopeful for some clarity on the apparent dichotomy 

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So over the past 2-3 weeks I kept noticing that my battery kept dying even though I would shut it down (yes window > shutdown) the computer with a full battery. The next evening I would power up and see that the battery was at 20% from full charge. This is a BRAND NEW as in <2 months XPS 9550. I checked my event log and WHAT THE H@#$??? It is absolutely filled with Dell Foundation Service and Dell Product Registration events all saying  " Power event Handled Successfully by the service." Clearly it is not.. The stupid things run every 10 seconds. So when I think I am powering down my computer, it is being blocked by these services and actually just going to sleep... but it actually isn't sleeping. Its waking up every 10 seconds. Can anyone PLEASE help me determine the issue. Apparently according to update service everything is up to date. 
Dell XPS 15 9550 Win 10 Dell Foundation Services vers 3.1.330 DFSSvc.exeDell Product Registration  vers 2.2.38 PrSvc.exeDell Update Service vers 1.8.114
Log sample: (note the time... yes i was asleep) 
Information 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:42:06 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:41:56 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Foundation Services 0 NoneInformation 5/21/2016 6:26:31 AM Dell Product Registration 0 NoneInformati... Read more

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The short version of my question is exactly what the topic says-- Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

But, here's the wordier version giving context, if anyone's interested.

About 10 months ago, I guess, I got a Dell Vostro that came with Windows Vista Home Basic. However, I had no interest in Vista (because I already had a Windows machine) and the very first thing I did was install Ubuntu on it. I still have the Vista reinstall disk, though, which, to my memory, hasn't been used.

Now I'm planning on getting a barebones system and upgrading what I see fit. For the time being, I'm going to use the Windows 7 RC, but I'd like to get the uber-great upgrade deal that they're having to pre-order either the Business or Home Premium version upgrade. So, to do that, I'd need an XP installation or a Vista installation. Is there any reason, legal or software-related, that I wouldn't be able to install Vista using that disk that came with the Vostro?

I heard somewhere that sometimes if you try, it'll say something like "This is not a Dell computer, you evil, evil person" and refuse to install, so I wanted to make sure before I pre-ordered the upgrade. I don't want to get the upgrade and have nothing to upgrade, of course.

A:Solved: Can I install a Dell-provided OEM version of Vista on a non-Dell computer?

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop with Windows Vista OS. I have a Dell 926 printer interfaced to it via USB. Printer driver is installed and the printer does communicate at times with the computer and does a good job printing. However, intermittently when trying to print a document I'll get a message on the computer that says that communication has been lost and print job failed.

I've checked all connections to make sure they are solid and no debris that might cause this.
That has not corrected the problem.
The other thing that happens is that the document I want to print will stay in the print queue/spooler and if I shut the computer and printer down and restart both it will print the job. And it may continue to print jobs but it's just a matter of time.

Needless to say this is frustrating. I can print several jobs in a row with no problem and then I'll get this "communication has been lost between printer and computer". And I have to go thru the procedure above to get the last job printed.

My wife doesn't understand how this works and will try to print the same job several times with the commo problem and then complains when it won't print.....and then they all print when the above procedure is followed.

Any ideas what is going on??? Any fixes??

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Two months ago bought a Dell 8900 from Best Buy. After 20 days, it would not start, same with the next 8900 replacement... only fewer days. The first gameware as a replacement did not start at all. The Alienware Aurora worked beautifully for 3 days and then would not start. In the 8900's,,, got the blinking amber lights on the start button. Tech is coming to replace motherboard. What the heck is happening? Could it be the monitor... or the external hard drive or what? Come on Dell,,, what's up? I have a Dell XP Laptop as a back up using the same external hard ddrive.

A:Dell 8900, Gaming Computer, Dell Alienware Aurora

There is a power issue with the external hard drive.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 530, XP PRO, SP3, about a year and a half old. Almost since I first got it, every few months or so, when I boot up it hangs on the Dell screen. When I turn it off and reboot, it is fine. I use Rebit to back up everything on an ongoing basis and have an extended warranty from Dell. Is there anything I can do about this, or should do? Thanks for your help.

A:Dell computer occasionally stuck on Dell screen

I would run a memory tester

Download the prebuilt ISO, burn it to CD as an Image, boot from that CD and run the memory test for a couple of hours or overnight to stress test the memory.


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Dell Audio doesn't work on my Dell computers but Realtek does. Why is Dell Audio on my computer if I can't get it to work? It looks like a better program with far more features.

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Was given a Dell Optiplex 360 that I found out after getting a nasty virus had a bootleg XP OS
I also did not have any disks with it. I had older disks for a Dell 4600 that I used to wipeout the hard drive and install the new OS. Everything works fine except that I can not load any of the drivers from the second disk, (it was a 3 disk series)
thus at least at this point not able to connect with my cable internet. Cable people told me I needed the drivers.Any suggestions or can it just not be done.
Thanks, Al

A:Loading Older Dell OS To Newer Dell Computer

You will have to go to the dell website look under support and then drivers and downloads for your model of computer.If you use the service tag number on the computer it will make sure you get the correct ones you need. For future reference so you wont have this hassle again burn all of the drivers to a cd so you will be all set the next time.

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Upgradeing a dell l933r to xp pro. Do not have the drivers cd. Any one know where I can d l the drivers

A:dell xp upgrade

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Can I add memory and/or increased speed chip?

A:Upgrade 6-7 yr old Dell?

howdy and welcome. I've removed the poll, that's more for random discussion anyhow. What is the make/model of the dell laptop?

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Hello! My Dell XPS 15 came with a 256GB hard drive, and I am quickly realizing that this may not be enough for me. I was wondering if it were possible to upgrade to one of those "faster" ssd's, with potentially more storage. Something like these:

What kind would I need to order and how would I go about installing it? Thanks in advance!

A:Dell XPS 15 SSD Upgrade?

What you have is a native solid state drive.
What you've linked are hybrid drives - they're hard drives with built-in SSD caches. 
Yes, you can install a hard drive in the system, but you would find it a major downgrade in speed if you were to use the hybrid drive for your OS.  Your solid state drive should be a card type drive (M.2), so you can ADD a hard drive or hybrid drive to the system (you may need a carrier and cable for it), but don't use one to replace your native solid state drive.
Whlie hybrid drives are faster than conventional hard drives, they're nowhere near as fast as your SSD is.

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I am Currently using a Dell Inspiron 2650
320 MB Memory
Pent. 4 Processor
OS- Windows XP HE

I was thinking of Upgrading the Memory,
The computer says it has the potential of reading 3 gb...
But the recommended Memory will only give max 520 mb, with 2 slots

What do you recommend?
If i go over the Max will it mess up my comp?

A:Upgrade dell

Your operating system can handle a little over 3 gb, but your motherboard on the laptop cannot.

You are right, it can ONLY handle about 520... 512mb to be precise. Do not go over that. You'll be throwing money away on ram you'll never be able to use. You have to purchase pc2100 (266mhz) memory in sticks of 256mb (2 x 256mb max). It sounds like you have a stick of 256mb and a stick of 64mb currently installed. You could replace the existing 64mb stick with a new 256mb stick totaling 512mb RAM.

This is your only memory upgrade option... sorry. Older mainboards can only handle so much.

starmicro has a stick of 256 pc2100 ram for your machine for about $15 including shipping... check it out!

Best of Luck!

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I picked up a Dell Optiplex GX1, mfg 1998, Pentium II (333 I think), 64mb ram for $20. It's a second computer mainly for internet and email use. It's got a Sony hd that seems pretty slow. I have an almost new Maxtor 40gb drive I could install and then upgrade memory to 256mb. I'm using Win98 on it. Any guesses whether these would speed things up somewhat on the net, and is it worth it? Thanks for any advice.

A:Upgrade this Dell?

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I guess I am wasting page space but here goes.

Have an old dell p2 450mhz MB(slot 1). I wanted to upgrade the cpu to P3 slot one but on boot up there is a screen saying that this MB doesn't support P3.

Is there any way to circumvent this, ie bios, or is it totally unfeasible.

i don't want to go down the socket adapter route as I don't want to spend too much money.


A:Dell P2 upgrade to P3.

Check Dells website and see if there is a BIOS update for your motherboard. Dell uses custom motherboards and yours is either clock locked or just wont run with a PIII. The only other alternative is to get a Dell PIII motherboard.

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Hi, I have Dell xps 420 intel 2quad 6600 - the current power supply is 375w and the Nividia card I had that has finally gave out was 8800gt I think the min power for that card is 400w

I want to replace the card, but I also would like to replace the current 375w with a corsair 650w or 750w

Will there be any problem with doing this?

A:Dell PSU upgrade

My records indicate the XPS 420 uses a standard ATX power supply, however you should take the actual physical measurements of the power supply to verify the dimensions before purchasing the Corsair unit.

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It currently uses a Pentium D 820. I'd like to upgrade to a respectable processor. Is this motherboard compatible or not?

A:Can I upgrade the CPU of my Dell XPS 400?

In a single word "no"...

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Hi guys,
trying to install windows 7 and I get a message telling me that I need to contact dell to get an OEM upgrade...what does this mean?! Also I was under the impression that I could upgrade to windows 7 and not completely gut my laptop and loose all my programmes etc.. but read on a few forums that I'll have to reinstall Microsoft word among other this true? Below is the technical part of the error message I got. Thanks

OEM Name: Dell Inc.; OEM Model: XPS M1330 ; BIOS Version: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A11; BIOS Date: 20080619000000.000000+000

A:Dell OEM upgrade

Hi confused PC, It sounds like you might have to do a Clean Install i'm afraid, if you do a Clean Install it will not wipe out your files, it will just put them into a folder called Windows.old although you will have to reinstall your programs,

From the sounds of it, Dell have locked your copy of Vista against upgrading

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i have a dell dimension 5100, with a pentium 4 2.8ghz processor and i want to upgrade it a little. was thinking of buying and installing a pentium 4 3.6 ghz cpu and swapping, can i do this or will i need a new motherboard?
was also hearing good things about Intel Dual core E2140 but doubt that i could use this to replace although i could be wrong

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I have a Dell Dimension 4300S and an extra P4 2.8. The dell has some FOXCONN mobo in it and it does have the extra 4 pin plug on it. The Dell currently has a P4 1.8 in it. What can i do to find out if it will work? Is there a program i could run or should i simply put it in?


A:Can I upgrade my Dell's CPU?

Looks like you can stick any Socket 478 - Willamette, Northwood(?), 400 MHz bus cpu in there.

If your P4 is a northwood or willamette, it should work, but if it is the prescott, you may be screwed....

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My buddy has a Dell XPS 720 with a bad cpu and needs an upgrade. He's willing to spened 200-300 on a new video card. Will the Core 2 Extreme QX6800 cpu have any bottlenecking issues? I know he could upgrade his ram to 4g, but the OS is the 32 bit Vista Home. The psu is 750 watts and should be fine as long as it has the necessary outputs, correct? The pc is used for gaming. Ill start pushing him towards a new build if bottlenecking will be a problem. ;-)


P.s. - Here's the link he gave for his pc -

A:Dell XPS 720 upgrade

Bad cpu or gpu?

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Hello All,

Can't seem to get a definitive answer to this so here goes. I have a Dell laptop with Vista preinstalled and recovery disks. It has two original partitions OS(C:) and RECOVERY(D:), I have added a third for all my data, Data(F:).

I have received the Dell Windows 7 upgrade. It comes with two disks, Windows 7 upgrade and Upgrade Assistant.

My question is this, after the upgrade to Windows 7 what becomes of RECOVERY (D:), is it modified? Will the recovery recover the laptop to Vista or Windows 7?...............what will actually happen?

Thanks in advance.

A:Dell W7 upgrade

Normally, the Windows will install to partition C: and will create another, smaller partition for the BitLocker boot code stuff. BUT this depends on how you select the options in the Setup routine.

Then, normally it'll leave the Recovery partition alone (but that is not a sure thing!!!) - so that when you go to recover you'll end up back in Vista again.

The smartest thing is to make an image of your hard drive, using a free tool usually available from the website of the hard drive manufacturer (I can't recommend any freeware for this as I rely solely upon Acronis True Image for this (about $50 US)).
This will also require an external hard drive (about $70 US) to store the image - but this will also come in handy for backups.

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My Xps is in need of a cpu upgrade as my 1.86GHz dual core is not cutting it.

I'm thinking i will probably move to upgrade to a Intel E6700 Dual @ 2.66GHz just for a small cost efficient upgrade.

unfortunately i do not know much about upgrading CPU's so any help would be appreciated.

here is the documentation for my model

I would like to know if my choice of upgrade would be beneficial to my crappy fps and slow processing speeds and also if the card is even compatible with my machine.

A:Dell XPS 410 CPU Upgrade

What is your video card? Ad how much Ram do you have. According to the specs it will accept a Core 2 Duo, but not which ones would work on the motherboard.

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My Dell XPS M140 came with 400MHz PC3200 ram but it says the FSB is 533MHz. I ordered it with the M770 Centrino 1.86 GHz processor and notice it has the Enhanced Speedstep Technology. Would this affect upgrading to 533MHz PC4200? Someone has to know the answer to this!!!!! Check this link and let me know what you think. Any and all help is appreciated.

A:Dell ram upgrade

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I have a Dell XPS M1330 that has (surprisingly) worked great since 2008. The HDD has started to run hot and I'd like to replace it with an SDD, however I no longer have the Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit installation disk. I do have the product key.

Is there a way I can copy my version of windows on to a flash drive, external drive, or cd and use that to re-install?

Thank you

A:dell upgrade

Is there a way I can copy my version of windows on to a flash drive, external drive, or cd and use that to re-install?Click to expand...

What copy? In the previous paragraph you said "I no longer have the Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit installation disk."

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Looking for a way to save some money, I found a person who is offering these kits, which he claims will work on any PC, is that true? Would this kit differ in what it has versus a copy directly from MS, other than the fact that it is x64 only? Would the key from this kit work to install from my MS DVDs?

A:Dell W7 Pro Upgrade Kit

Should be fine, Dell ships two discs for the upgrade; a vanilla windows 7 upgrade and an applications and drivers disc. The upgrade works on any computer, and I can't find any visible Dell branding.

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I am helping a friend of mine upgrade his computer for his busisness. He is trying to go from a Dell Dimension 2400 to a Dell Dimension 5150. Because my friend is not very computer savvy, I am doing the work for him. I have cloned his old HDD from the 2400 to his new computer (5150) using Norton Ghost. The reason we (I) cloned his machine instead of just installing from scratch is because we do not have access to the software (or product keys) to reinstall as needed for him to continue running his busisness. Everything seems to boot up just fine, except whe it starts to ise the operating system, it stops supporting the use of the keyboard and mouse. The keyboard and mouse work just fine in other machines, and the keyboard also works just fine in BIOS. I an certain that the problem is in drivers, but I dont know how to fix/update them due to the lack of controll of the OS. THe OS is Windows XP, and at least SP2, but I have not been able to confirm that at this time.

Any help will be greatly appreciated, and thank you for taking the time to read this. C=

A:Dell Upgrade

unfortunately you cannot legally clone an oem operating system and use it on another computer. It violates microsofts oem eula. You need to contact the company that the business software was purchased from and get your keys for the business software and reinstall in the new computer.

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I recently upgraded my motherboard and processor on a Dell, now the DVD doesn't play, and the Dell boot disk won't work on a modified comp. What can I do to get things working again?

A:dell upgrade

Please be more specific, what causes dvd that don't play? Any errors, issues, etc?

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I need help on an upgrade for my Dell E520.
I had some questions about the proprietary parts and what those limit my upgrade options to. I also wanted to know if it was possible to use my BTX motherboard in a new BTX computer case. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

A:Dell upgrade help

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I currently have the following system:

Dell 360
Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz
Chipset- Intel 875p

Would it be possible to upgrade this systems CPU to something faster? If so to what?



A:Possible to upgrade Dell 360 CPU?

You may fill up the slots with rams. Other then that nothing will make any noticeable improvement.

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i am running A03 on my c640. i plan to upgrade the ram soon. i need to update to version A10. my bios is set with an admin password. do i need this password to update the bios/upgrade ram?

i need this answer so i can then formulate the proper plan of action using the fantastic tools on this site.

thanks folks. any help is much, much, much appreciated.

A:Dell bios upgrade

You are best to remove the password first
But if you have the ability to boot from a floppy or CD to update your Bios, then it is likely that the password may be removed during the process

To be certain you could download the dst-cd.iso
password: smellyalater
And remove the Administrator password first

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What can i upgrade to on my dell d520?

this my spec

A:cpu upgrade for dell d520

Best to ask that on the Dell community Laptop Forum People there more familiar with the Dell models and upgrades.

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I recently purchased the following Dell 8900
Dell XPS x8900-3756BLK Desktop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 2 TB HDD + 32 GB SSD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745 with 4GB DDR3

I would like to replace the graphics card (I flight sim a lot) with a GTX 960 4GB DDR5 card, either myself or have a computer repair place do it.
Which specific cards would be easiest to install in my machine - if I search for GTX 960, I see all kinds of different length cards, 1 and 2 fans, etc.
I'd like to purchase the following card, if it will be easily installed...
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 960 4GB GDDR5 PCiE Graphics Cards GV-N960OC-4GD
Would a new graphics card be difficult to install myself?   What is involved?
Thank you,

A:Which GTX 960 Can I use to upgrade my Dell XPS 8900

The XPS 8900 and 8700 share the same case so if you look in this thread you'll see the cards that fit and the cards that needed some case cutting.
I can personally vouch for the the MSI GTX 970 gaming 4GB fits so check the size (length and height) and if less it should fit without issue.
If you can wait a few weeks or maybe a month, the GTX 1080 looks to be an amazing card for the price and power draw. It is going to be slightly more expensive, however much more capable.
The install is easy. search for youtube videos and you should find one.
edit: and you can sell your GTX 745 on ebay and recoup some of the cost.

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Hi folks

I want to upgrade my Dell D520 processor form 1.83 Ghz to 2.00 Ghz or something in this range

Atm I've upgraded the RAM to 4GB HDD to 500GB. Socket is 479.

Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5600 @ 1.83GHz 55 ?C
Merom 65nm Technology
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 332MHz (5-5-5-15)
Dell Inc. 0NF743 (Microprocessor) 57 ?C
Generic PnP Monitor ([email protected])
Intel Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family (Dell)
Intel Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family (Dell)
465GB Western Digital WDC WD5000BPVT-16HXZT3 ATA Device (SATA) 38 ?C
Optical Drives
High Definition Audio Device

Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5600
Cores 2
Threads 2
Name Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T5600
Code Name Merom
Package Socket 479 mPGA
Technology 65nm
Specification Intel Core2 CPU T5600 @ 1.83GHz
Family 6
Extended Family 6
Model F
Extended Model F
Stepping 2
Revision L2

Manufacturer Dell Inc.
Model 0NF743 (Microprocessor)
Chipset Vendor Intel
Chipset Model i945GM
Chipset Revision 03
Southbridge Vendor Intel
Southbridge Model 82801GHM (ICH7-M/U)
Southbridge Revision A1

Where and what are my options to buy and upgrade with?



A:Dell D520 CPU Upgrade

According to Dell that model is a Latitude D520 Notebook/Laptop, somewhat an older model that looks just a bit newer than my Latitude D810.
CNET had a review on it back in 2006.
Finding a new CPU that will fit may be difficult, used ones may be problematic. And the BIOS may need an upgrade so as to support it, plug the Service Tag number in at Dell Support to check availability.

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I'm looking to buy a RAM upgrade or fresh set of RAM for my dell xps 720.
I don't know much about ram and what the best things are to look for so a little hand would be great!

I want the top end ram, and am i right in assuming the higher the speed the better?

i have run the crucial ram scanner and here are the results

I know that i need 240 pin for my system and that it only supports DDR2, so does anyone know the best ram for my pc?
(This computer is used for a lot of high end performance applications and gaming, so looking to up its specs abit haha)

Many thanks


A:RAM upgrade Dell XPS720

Look at the sticker and advise what the 7-character service tag number is. That will allow the Dell support site that's specific only to your computer to be accessed, and the system configuration section will show which RAM module(s) came installed in it.

The CRUCIAL and MEMORYTEN sites are both good sites to purchase RAM modules. I've been using them for about 4 years.

According to the CRUCIAL site, your computer uses DDR PC2- 5300 or DDR2 PC2-6400 or DDR2 PC2-8500 modules.

According to the MEMORYTEN site and the MEMORYSTOCK site, your computer uses DDR2 PC2-5300 or DDR2 PC2-6400 modules.

The CRUCIAL site does tend to list higher speed modules.


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I am thinking on upradeing a dell laptop that wll be in my posestion shortly
It was purchesed a few years ago but wa the top of the line when bought.
Its a latitude It has a 2 ghz Proccesor single core runnng xp sp2
I want to put a gig of ram and Maby a graphics card the card it has now is a nividia geforce 4go can I do it?

A:Can you Upgrade A dell Laptop?

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Hi Everyone,

I have a Dell OptiPlex G1, Pentium II 400 MHz (Slot 1), Bus Clock 100 MHz, 256 MB Ram. And, running Windows Me.

I would like to upgrade to a Pentium III. Does anyone know what the fastest speed of PIII I could install in this?


PS...I sure love my little machine

A:Upgrade from PII to PIII (Dell)

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I own Dell xps 13 l322x (2014 model) and I consider upgrading for the screen.My current screen is 768*1366 resolution, non-touch, and I wonder whether it is possible to upgrade for higher resolution screen or for touch screen or for both :)
My current screen connector tag is D13 LVDS, and from what I saw until now, the higher resolution connector tag is D13B.

A:Screen upgrade for Dell xps 13

Hi Tzion ,
This is the complete LCD assembly which I have mentioned which is of the same physical dimensions as your existing screen .If there are any more queries kindly send the service tag of the system via private message so that we can check the system specifications .
@Ejn63 ,
Thank you for sharing your inputs sir .
Kind Regards ,

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I recently did a major up grade to my system.

Dell Diminison xps r
384 meg. ram


Windows 98se to Windows xp Home

original IBM HD 14,4 G to a Western Digital HD 80 G

Gforce2 440 MX 64M to a Gforce3 TI200 128M

Turtle Beach Montego I to Creative Audigy2

MY machine was originally a PII 450 but I upgraded that to a PIII 1Gig.The processor upgrade was not part of this upgrade. The processor was changed out about a year ago.

My question is even though every thing looks and sounds better I am seeing little or no performance improvement in my games like Nascar racing 2002, or nascar Heat frame rates are about the same. Dose anybody have any idea what is going on. I would think that the video card upgrade alone would make my frame rates jump up.

P.S. I did go online and get all the latest drivers and updates for Windows XP.

Thanks, Swkster

A:dell computor upgrade

your biggest problem(s) are dog slow PC133 ram and a 133mhz system bus. an even faster card would not improve your game performance much because of those two bottlenecks.

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Hey, I'm trying to upgrade my Dell dimension 2400 with a 2.8 Ghz Pentium 4 processor, 512 MB, 40 GB; and getting a mother board with PCI express slots for gaming as well as one that will support at least a gig of ram. I want to keep processor though. Help is great!

A:Upgrade Dell MoBo

You'd need a micro atx socket 478 board with pci-express x16 then. They've been made but are hard to find. It'd be a lot easier to find one with agp...
I replaced my 2300's board with a gigabyte 8IG1000MK, which has agp, and it's a decent board. Asus also makes some nice boards with agp that are matx and socket 478. I belive it was Asrock who made the one board with pci-e, socket 478, and micro atx form factor that I've seen, but not 100% sure.

Edit: here it is.
But it has limitations on which pci-e cards it supports since it's a "fake" pci-express slot.

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Hi all,

I have my upgrade disk from dell recently as my sis brought a new lappy. But the problem is she is not interested in upgrading. Can i upgrade my other com instead of the dell one? And my com is running win xp. Can i change the OS and upgrade it?

When dell send the disk it comes with a "UPGRADE ASSISTANT" DVD!!!
My com is DIY type, so can i still use it?

Thanks in advance for answering!

A:DELL win7 Upgrade

Quote: Originally Posted by zacdolski

Hi all,

I have my upgrade disk from dell recently as my sis brought a new lappy. But the problem is she is not interested in upgrading. Can i upgrade my other com instead of the dell one? And my com is running win xp. Can i change the OS and upgrade it?

When dell send the disk it comes with a "UPGRADE ASSISTANT" DVD!!!

Hi and welcome

we need more info on the computer you want to upgrade. Please fill in your system specs in the box lower left corner of your post. See pic



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I have a Dell Inspiron 1100. I have done many upgrades and I'm pretty
proficient at installing my own hardware. I've decided I would like to upgrade
the CPU. Here's what I have....Intel Celeron 2.0ghz 400mhzFSB 128KBcache Socket
is 478mPGA and the manufacturer is Northwood. I would like to upgrade to the
best Pentium4 processor that my motherboard can handle, but the only information
that I can get on the motherboard is the Chipset (845GL). I've already tried
contacting Dell and that is all they will tell me since they do not support CPU

I ran a couple 3rd Party Programs to tell you what hardware is on your system,
how's it running, and where you can upgrade. (PC Wizard 2008 and InSpecs.exe) I was given information that my motherboard could support a CPU up to 533mhzFSB and 2.8ghz or higher Processor. Is this true? What do I have to watch to make sure the processor would work on my Motherboard. Please Help - I have been trying to research this for over a week and keep getting different answers depending on the website I visit.

I have read many of the posts here and can't find one to match my needs. Also I don't do anything special with the computer and it is way past the warranty date. Just want extra speed for multitasking.

A:CPU Upgrade for Dell Inspiron1100

Your Dell motherboard is weak at best... Upgrading the CPU on a 533MHz Front Side Bus will not give you much speed gain. You will gain much more by maxing out your system memory

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I have a Dell XPS 410 currently equipped with a Core 2 Duo 1.86 GHz CPU. I want to upgrade it to either a:

HU585 Kentsfield Quad Core Q6600, 2.40G, 8MB, 1066FSB, B30


MP626 Kentsfield Quad Core Q6600, 2.40G, 8MB, 1066FSB, G0

My question is this: will I also have to upgrade the RAM when I upgrade the processor?

Currently I have 4x512MB (2 GB Total) of 240-pin DIMM DDR2 PC2-5300 installed. Will this ram continue to function after the CPU upgrade, or will I need faster RAM?

Specifically, I was wondering if this RAM would work in my system after I upgrade the CPU:

4x1GB (4 GB Total) - 240-pin DIMM DDR2 PC2-8500 ? CL=7 ? Unbuffered ? NON-ECC ? DDR2-1066 ? 1.8V ? 128Meg x 64

Any help with this question is greatly appreciated!

A:Dell XPS 410 CPU/RAM Upgrade Question

What is your motherboard?

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Hi all,

I have an E6400 running Vista and an E4300 running Windows 7. Both with regular HDD's, wanting to upgrade them to SSD's. I have the SSD's - a Crucial BX100 250G for the first, a 120G Toshiba for the E4300.

E6400; I have 'cloned' with EaseUS Todo Backup onto the SSD, apparently successfully, via CD caddy, but it won't boot up when I replace HDD with SSD. Just get a black screen with a cursor. Could it be just that it is thinner, so loose?

I haven't tried to do the E4300, so any tips there... also read it could be something to do with Windows 'hidden files' not being cloned?

Also wondering if Win 7 or Vista is better - been happy with 7, just got the Vista machine. If one is better, can I clone one onto both & do away with Vista, or vice versa?

A:Dell Latitude SSD upgrade

When you boot into Windows and only the cursor is visible, click 1 (one) time only CTRL+ALT+DEL, select New Task, then navigate into the Windows folder, scroll down and click on explorer.

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Hi all,

I've done a bit of searching on the forums, none of which specifically answered my questions but I apologise if i'm asking something which has been asked before.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I bought a Dell Dimension 2400 desktop PC with the hope of gutting it and upgrading everything over a period of time but, without doing research beforehand, I have now come to realise that you can't just replace the current Dell motherboard with any old motherboard, or so it seems.

From what I've seen on this forum and other websites, I think it's a Micro ATX motherboard inside and from what I've heard you can't replace it with a 'Non Dell' motherboard. Is this correct?

If it is, what is my best option? Just scrap the Dell pc and buy a new case?


A:Dell motherboard upgrade

The dim 2400 was a very low end computer and case. Ditch the case and Mobo, you may be able to use the other components but not worth the effort IMHO

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Hi guys,

Got a DELL laptop.I currently have 3 GB RAM installed.

Was wondering if i could upgrade RAM to at least 4 GB.I contacted DELL and they were charging a bit too high for RAM upgrade considering RAM's are so cheaper these days.

I want your valuable suggestions as to can i upgrade my RAM if i buy RAM stick's from any retail computer shop??

Secondly can i insert newly purchased RAM into my laptop myself or do i have to bring laptop to some trained technician??

My current RAM configuration is (1x1 GB,1x2 GB) as checked using speccy.

Thanks in advance

A:RAM upgrade on DELL laptop

Quote: Originally Posted by dreamer

Hi guys,

Got a DELL laptop.I currently have 3 GB RAM installed.

Was wondering if i could upgrade RAM to at least 4 GB.I contacted DELL and they were charging a bit too high for RAM upgrade considering RAM's are so cheaper these days.

I want your valuable suggestions as to can i upgrade my RAM if i buy RAM stick's from any retail computer shop??

Secondly can i insert newly purchased RAM into my laptop myself or do i have to bring laptop to some trained technician??

My current RAM configuration is (1x1 GB,1x2 GB) as checked using speccy.

Thanks in advance

Go to

Let it "sniff" your PC to find out what RAM it needs. Or you can manually enter the make and model number into their configurator.

It will show you the compatible RAM.

Then find a local dealer for that same part number of Crucial RAM.

If you note the complete specifications on the Crucial RAM, you could probably buy another brand that worked just as well if it matches all the specifications.

You can replace it yourself.

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I have the Dell Inspiron 1300 laptop, with the Intel 915GMS/910GML chipset (according to CPU-Z). It uses socket 479 and the stock FSB is 400Mhz. I want to upgrade the Celeron M 370 CPU to a more powerful CPU (eg. a Pentium M). I was wondering whether ANY socket 479 CPU will work with this motherboard or only Pentium M and Celeron M? There are Intel Celeron M, Pentium M, Core Solo, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo processors (older model "Merom") that use the 479 socket.

Will any of these socket 479 CPUs work with this motherboard?

Also a lot (if not all) of the current socket 479 CPUs have a rated FSB of 667Mhz (even the Pentium M (which would work on this motherboard for sure). If I was to install a Pentium M with FSB667Mhz would it run at 667Mhz FSB or would it be underclocked to 400Mhz FSB?


A:Dell motherboard and CPU upgrade

Laptops are for the most part are not upgradable like desktops. How it comes is usually what you live with till you buy a new one. What does your owner's manual say about adding and removing parts? Nothing from what I saw. lol

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I want to upgrade my Dell Xps L502x with a SSD. 
This Is my configuration.
 XPS L502x : 2nd generation Int el Core i7-2630QM processor 2. 00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
Graphics : 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M Graphics card

HARD DRIVE, 640, S2, 7.2, P11, 2.5, TSHBA-CC
I want to replace my HDD with a SSD unit of at least 250 GB like the Samsung 750Evo 250BG SATA-III 2.5 inch. I don't know if it is compatible with the slots from my motherboard. I will use de SSD to run my OS and move the HDD in the place of the Optical Drive. 
Thank you!

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I own a Dell GX240 desktop with a Pentium IV 1.7 GHz processor. The installed memory was 512 MB. The Dell support website said the maximum allowable amount of memory was 1024 MB. I then proceeded to order (2) 512 MB chipsets from Dell. After installing the new memory it appears my overall system performance has slowed down a little. Is this possible? I have never heard of too much memory. Thanks.

A:Dell Memory Upgrade

It's possible.
Have you checked to make sure your machine has recognized all of the memory?
Some motherboards only support a set amount of memory or less. All extra memory added is useless.

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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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I'm currently attempting to upgrade a Dell Dimension 1100 for a friend, and I have a question: does anyone know if it would be possible to replace the mobo and and PSU in this system, or is it all proprietary? (i'd much rather replace the case myself, but he likes it as it is.)

for those of you interested, here's a link to the product/specs:

A:Dell upgrade woes

sorry, looks like you're out of luck, b/c All of dells products use propietary mobos, and PSUs, thats why if you look at the rear of the PC, the ports are in different places than in a off the shelf mobo.for example, the PS/2 ports are located lower down on the case unlike most mobos which put them on top. If you replace the mobo, you will have to buy another copy in WInXP, since the OEM version that came loaded on it, is locked to that mobo.


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I have a dell vostro 2520 laptop. Diagnostic tests suggest that HDD is failing. I am trying to find HDD specs so as to buy a replacement. Please help me with following:
1. what is the form factor and thickness of HDD in Dell vostro 2520 laptop
2. can I install an SSD SATA 6.0 ?
3. I'm assuming that it's a SATA (correct me if wrong), and would be great if someone could point me to full specs info / link 

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I Have a 2 year old laptop with 4gb Ram when i purchased and came to know that my ram is up-gradable to it safe to do so?and how to do it>?will Dell service center do that for me?
My laptop is Dell 14 3446 with i5-4210U 4gb Ram 500 GB hard disk
Please provide suggestions

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I have Dell XPS 9550 with configuration SSD 32GB + HDD 500 GB. I would like to upgrade SSD for more space avaliablity. 
But I don't know what type of SSD I will need to buy. Also I read XPS 15 Service Manual. There is two chapter for removing and replacing of SSD in the service manual. Firts chapter is for SSD half-length, second chapter is for SSD full-length.
What type of SSD is mounted in my laptop? Half-length or full-length?
How can I identificate SSD needed for me in shops (dimensions, label, etc)? 
What interface for SSD do I need?  PCIE or SATA?
What is formfactor? M2.2280 or PCI-E AIC (add-in-card)?
Thanks in advance!

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I've got an old Dell 2400 and I want to bring it to 2006.
Intel Celeron 2.4 CPU and Integrated Graphics
I want to do a Pentium 4 2.8: (Not Clear) Posssible Yes Or No?
I want to do a NVidia GeForceFX 5700LE: (Clear on this)
I want to install a 1G of RAM: (Not clear)
But I am sort of unclear on this am I PC2700 or 3200? Because if I got two 512's i'll be two 2700 as to 1- 1G 3200 I need help on this.
I want to install a 2nd HD and an additional rack if needed: (Sort Of not clear)
Will the computer reconize it?
Keep the original 40 GIG for OS only. An additional 250GIG for games and media.
WiFi Card:(Very Clear)
Linksys Card Plug and Play Simple.
Drive Upgrade: (Unclear)
But I want to know if the computer just reconizes it?
I want to install a Speedy Sony DVD-Burner

All of this should come up to about 500 total

Sound possible to you?
I really want to bring this computer into the 20th Century and I need to make a gaming computer that I can play GTA on with full resolution or Doom 3 on a mediocre resolution etc.

Commets Appreciateded!

A:Dell 2400 Upgrade!

I am pretty sure its all possible, but I'm not an expert. Only thing I'm not certain on is how to upgrade the processor. The limiting factor may be your FSB speed.

Video Card -- First thing to know is that the Dimension 2400 has no AGP or PCI-E graphics slot, so you'll have to buy a PCI Graphics Card. I got a GeForce FX5500 256mb PCI card off ebay really cheap.

Memory -- Your machine sounds like its a touch newer than mine (I have a P4 2.2GHZ processor), so I'm not certain on your memory but mine has PC2700 memory. If all else fails download the system scan from and it will tell you exactly what memory you have, but you can also check the CMOS for the memory bus speed too.

Hard drive -- 2nd hard drives are easy. You'll need a new cable as the OEM one has only one drive connection, but once you get power and the controller connected, boot into CMOS, turn on the primary slave, then go into windows and poof it is there. You'll have to format and partition but that's pretty easy from the MMC. I run a 20gb 2nd drive to which I back up all my documents/pictures/personal data. You will need a Dell HD bracket to mount the drive, but you can get those off ebay for ~$10.

Same process for installing the DVD burner...

WiFi -- As for the WiFi card that is literally plug and play, particularly if you have the XP service pack w/ the wireless networking utility.

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Hello! I want to upgrade to DELL OptiPlex 760 (service tag
<ADMIN NOTE: Service tag removed per privacy policy>
1-replace the HHD drive on the SSD.
2 - replace the E6600 on CPU Q9550S.
3 - to add 4 more GB of RAM.
Version BIOS - A16. All the latest updates for your computer installed.
Questions: 1 - the PSU should be changed? 2- it is possible during the update do not use the fan HHD disk? 3- possible such an upgrade and have all the systems to work stably?
Thank you for your time. Best regards, Sergey. Sorry for bad English.

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I recently received a new video card as a birthday present. The card is an VisionTec ATI Radeon HD 4870 that requires a PCI Express x16 and 600 watt power supply.

First, my Dell Dimension XPS Gen 2 contains only a 420 watt power supply.
Second, there are no PCI Express slots (only AGP and PCI slots).

It is worth upgrading my current machine's motherboard and power supply?
Would it be cheaper to buy a new machine to support this new video card?

I'd like to use the machine both for games (like Crysis) and for home video editing.

A:Should I upgrade my Dell Dimension XPS Gen 2?

Your computer is a proprietory manufacture make and model
Do not update the Motherboard to some new brand
The support page for your model tells you what it currently has (see here)

You are best to update the entire computer

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Hello to everyone. From what I've read so far theres alot of well informed individuals here.Would like to upgrade dell 2400 cpu from p4. 2.4/512/533 with 1.25g ram to a faster cpu with faster fsb is that easy and what maxs it out . I have a SL7E3 2.8/1m/800 p4 switched it out. all I have was power on blank screen .Iam lost Did i go to big with cache or fsb or what. Its a 478 socket. Thanks in advance.

A:Dell 2400 CPU upgrade

The best CPU for Socket 478 was the Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4 GHz (Gallatin). It will be difficult to find one.

There are a couple listed on eBay.

Not worth the upgrade though. I would suggest that you wait till you have enough cash to change your entire rig.

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I have a Dell Latitude CPx laptop with a 6 GB HD and wish to upgrade to a 30 - 40 GB HD if possible. Just wondering if anyone knows the largest HD that would be compatable. Same basic question with regard to the ram, I think the max upgrade I can go is 512 megs which is what I'll do, but out of curiousity what would happen if more than 512 were placed in the laptop?


A:Dell Laptop HD upgrade

According to you are correct that the total RAM would be 512MB of PC133 SDRAM with a maximum of 256 per slot. If you put more than that it in it will not recognize all of the RAM or it's possible it won't work. For example if you put one 256MB stick in and one 512MB stick you probably would only show 256MB.

As far as the HD it's a little harder to answer. My "guess" is that 30MB would be fine based on your laptop date. The Dell forum (a good place to post your question) suggests that 40MB or 60MB would be OK also.

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I am trying to upgrade my video card slightly from the one that came with the pc. (It came with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 LE 128mb) I would also like to upgrade the processor, however that is something I may consider later on. I have and intel core 2 duo cpu, 4 gb of ddr2 Ram, a PNY xlr8 120gb ssd, along with a secondary 232gb hdd. The bus types on the mobo are
pci 32 bit (pci specification 2.2)
pci express x1, x4 (x8 wired as x4 electrically) and x16 (pci express 1.1a)
bus speed is for pci and pci expres is 33mhz and 100mhz respectively.

I have been having trouble to find what is compatible and still available for purchase. I am looking to spend only about 70$ or so. So obviously not a major upgrade.

any help would be appreciated!

A:Dell Xps 410 upgrade compatability

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I made an image of my dell6400 xp home Hard drive and installed it on my dell9400 with Paragon Drive Backup 8.5, xp pro is on another partition.I wanted to upgrade my my xp home 6400 "image" to xp pro but the dell xp pro cd does not have an upgrade option.So i did a clean install, leaving my file system intact.Now i have a blank desktop.My Programs are still on my hard drive but are not accessable.I have tried to link them to the start menu but only some work .I didn't want to do a complete clean install as i have so many programs.It went well until i tried to upgrade to xp pro. Is their any way to link all my programs .Or can i use a full version xp pro cd for the upgrade.

A:No upgrade option on Dell xp cd

An OEM disk cannot be used for an Upgrade. You'll have to purchase a Retail XP Pro CD to upgrade the Dell 6400. An Upgrade or Full version will work.

The Operating System installs on Dell PCs are OEM, meaning you can't use the Dell XP Pro CD on the Dell 6400, at least not without purchasing an additional license for the XP Pro Software.



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Hi guys,
I've been looking at the Dell XPS 15 9550, and I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to upgrade the storage that comes with a FHD (the one i'm looking at comes with a 1TB Hard Drive) into 1TB SSD. Has anyone tried it, and/or is it possible to replace the hard drive with a 1TB solid state drive? 
Side note: I'm trying to get the FHD because I don't want to pay extra for a 4K display (something I don't want). 
Laptop i'm looking at:

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Hello All,
I have recently purchased quite an old Dell Dimension 2400 which I think is about 3 years old. It currently has 768 meg of RAM installed and im looking to upgrade it with this :

But I am unsure wether or not it will fit...I know that the Dell manual tells you what RAM is compatible but I purchased this second hand and have no manuals to go by. I do want 2GB so that I can run Vista smoothly so if this doesnt fit can anyone point me to somewhere I can get a 2GB RAM stick for Dimension 2400 if at all possible, if not well then second best will do.

Thanks in advance for any input.


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I want to know the best procedure to follow to upgrade my pentium D processor 830 with a new one(Pentium D 945.

I have a manual and know how to access the chip but do I need artic silver compound and how do I use it. I need a check list to follow. Thanks

I have a Dell XPX 400 XP media Center

A:xpx 400 (dell) pentium upgrade

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Hello all,

This is my first post. I have a Dell XPS 400 system and I want to upgrade it so it is faster for gaming. However, I wonder if I'm wasting my money and should start over with a new computer. If I was to upgrade something on my current computer I would think the graphics card would be the first to upgrade. Although my processor isn't a dual one like most are now and that could prob use an upgrade, which in turn might mean upgrading my motherboard, which also may need a bigger power supply and different type of RAM......which is why I'm writing for a recommendation. I can't throw a lot of money into this, but I definitely don't want to put money into something that won't help me and end up replacing anyhow.

My specs are listed below, and you assistance is much appreciated!


EDIT: THought my specs would automatically pop up since it is in my profile....

Operating System: Windows XP Professional
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Dell DXP051
BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A03
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 3.00GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2046MB RAM
Page File: 682MB used, 4280MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Graphics Card: RADEON X600 (0x5B62)
Display Memory: 256.0 MB
Monitor: Dell 1905FP (Digital)

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I have an Inspiron 531 desktop and currently I only have 2 gigs or ram in it, I want to upgrade it to its max which is 4 gigs, how do I know which type of memory it is?

PC2-5300/6400 DDR2 SDRAM DIMMs
I looked on a site that said this was what I had but im not really sure what it means or if its correct. Could someone show me a link of where to buy this kind if it is correct.

A:Dell Memory (Ram) upgrade

Hello there.

It looks like you had the correct type or memory. You can check the site and use their Memory Advisor Tool. I've never had a problem with them.

Just remember that if you're using 32-bit Windows XP, Windows will only use 3.5GB at a time.

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hi i have a dell vostro 360, and im just wondering if i need to to upgrade my Dedicated Video RAM. i want to play games on the pc but when i check if it will play a game i allways fail on the video ram, i just want to know if i can resolve this problem.

A:dell vostro 360 do i need to upgrade

johnboy18, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Unless there is an option in the bios to increase the amount of system ram allocated to graphics, there is nothing to do.

Also can not suggest/recommend a new video card as what you have despite it being sold as a desktop, is nothing more than a laptop built into the monitor with all the same limitations as far as upgrading parts goes.

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Hi everyone, I am newbie here. Recently I need to upgrade my ram on XPS8700. And I went to Best Buy and bought a "PNY - 2-Pack 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 DIMM Unbuffered Non-ECC Desktop Memory Kit". It does not work, computer can not power on with flashing orange lights.
So I went to Crucial website, it recommends me to use a DDR3L RAM. I saw all the DDR3Ls are for laptops. Could it be used in my desktop? And my current RAM is Hyundai. Could it be mixed with other brand like Crucial or Kingston?
My pc specs:
i7 4770
GTX 645
Dell Inc. 0KWVT8 mobo

A:Dell XPS 8700 RAM upgrade

Laptops first started using DDR3L which is why the market is flooded with it, however you just need to look for the desktop version for your computer.  If you go to crucial they should have an auto test that will detect the correct ram for your machine and give you the list of options you can pick from.  

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I was planing to to upgrade my psu for a high end graphic card Ati Raedon X1950 pro which certainly requires more then 305 watts supplied by the E510 psu

I did a research, browsed the forums, many posts stated
Antec SmartPower 2.0 should work fine and fit, but after checking the reviews for that psu it turned out, most of the people did'nt had a good experience with it, either the psu stopped working or took out the whole motherboard

Can any one suggest me a nice, reliable psu
I was looking at Ultra X finity but not sure,
Any help would be appreciated.


A:Dell E510 PSu upgrade

Still waiting for an advice

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I'm looking to upgrade my 3 year old Dell 9300. there is nothing terribly wrong with it I just feel it needs to be updated to todays technology. I was thinking the WiFi chip, the RAM, and maybe even the Hard drive. where should I start? Like I said I just want to stay current. I would say I have begginer to intermediate skills and am looking for do-it-yourself projects only. Thanks.

A:Help upgrade my dell 9300

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Hi everybody,

Today, I've buy a new daughter board : 55.4IE0.201 to replace my actual daughter board 48.4IE11.011.

Why ? Just to get the mSata ! :)

My service tag 7347NR1 to get information about my base configuration.

But my bios doesn't see it ! I think i should change my bios to the 15R SE, it's right ?

Have a good day :)

A:Upgrade DELL 15R N5110

The N5110 is a totally different model than the 15R SE (despite the N5110 being called a 15R, which well over a dozen models are).
There is no mSATA daughterboard for an N5110.

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My Dell Precision 490 currently runs 2 x Intel Xeon 5130 (Woodcrest) 771 LBA socket.  Would the following Intel Xeon 5160 be compatible with my system. My mobo is ODT031  / Chipset 5000X / Southbridge 6321ESB. 
Intel Xeon 5160 3.0 GHz dual core Socket 771 server CPU SL9RT 4M/1333 64-bit

 Type CPU / MicroprocessorMarket segment ServerFamily Intel Xeon 5100Model number ? 5160CPU part numbers HH80556KJ0804M is an OEM/tray microprocessorBX805565160A is a boxed microprocessorBX805565160P is a boxed microprocessorFrequency ? 3000 MHzBus speed ? 1333 MHzClock multiplier ? 9Package 771-land Flip-Chip Land Grid Array (FC-LGA6) 1.48" x 1.48" (3.75 cm x 3.75 cm)Socket Socket 771 (LGA771)Introduction date Jun 26, 2006Price at introduction $851 S-spec numbers ES/QS processors Production processorsPart number QLUF QOXI QTII QXQT SL9RT SLABS SLAG9BX805565160A + + +BX805565160P + + +HH80556KJ0804M + + + + + + + Architecture / MicroarchitectureMicroarchitecture CorePlatform Bensley Cranberry Lake GlidewellProcessor core ? WoodcrestCore steppings ? B0 (QLUF)B1 (QOXI)B2 (QTII, SL9RT, SLABS)G0 (QXQT, SLAG9)CPUIDs 6F6 (SL9RT, SLABS)6FB (QXQT, SLAG9)Manufacturing process 0.065 micronData width 64 bitThe number of cores 2The number of threads 2Floating Point Unit IntegratedLevel 1 cache size ? 2 x 32 KB instruction caches 2 x 32 KB data cachesLevel 2 cache size ? Shared 4 MB cacheMultiprocessing Up to 2 processorsFeatures MMX technology SSE SSE2 SSE3 Extended... Read more

A:Dell Precision 490 CPU Upgrade

I have tried a Intel x5365 and it always comes up as a unsupported CPU. I am running BIOS revision A08. Is there more magic sauce involved such as a non-general release BIOS rev?

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I am runing dedicated GPU HD4600 on this desktop. Desktop has PCIe x16 and PCIe x4, PSU 255W.
Can you help me to find some GPU that fits?
Thank you

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Hey guys, I'm new here. I have a Dell XPS 400 desktop that has the specs to run Vista, and I have a Vista Install DVD. My problem is that the computer will not recognize the DVD. I have it set to boot from CD first, and it ignores the DVD and tries to boot into Windows XP. It is not the DVD, because I have tried it on other computers and it reads it. Does anyone know what I can do about this? I would really appreciate some help on this, and if you need more info please ask.


A:Upgrade Dell XPS 400 problems

Hey Ubuntu Vista.

All you need to do is put in the disk and run setup from WITHIN windows. So just boot into XP like normal and run Setup. From here, you can choose to do a clean install or an upgrade. If you do a clean install, just install it into the same partition that XP is on (assuming you want to replace it). All your old files will be SAVED in a Windows.old folder.


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I want to add more ram to my pc. Is there a less expensive way to do this? If I order from Dell they claim I will need 2 modeules which should run over $200. I currenly have 512mb and I would like to go to a gig. I have been looking into getting Geek Suad to do this but it would cost a fortune. Can someone give me directions?:

A:Upgrade for a Dell Dimension

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I upgraded my Dell Inspiron 1150 Cpu from a 2.6 celeron to a 3.2 P4 mobile cpu.
the machine booted fine and worked fine for some time.
though after a while it shut down due to a over heat and now when i boot the screen is blank,
the fan comes on , the hard drive starts and shuts down then the fan stops.though the power light stays on.
I reinstalled the 2.6 and everything is as it was before the upgrade.
I know this 3.2 should work because through research I found that others have used a 2.8 P/N SL725 with no problems
and the 3.2 P/N SL77R both have the same specs.
I am at a loss.
**note** I have up dated the Bios to the latest A07, updated the chipset. its a fresh install of Windows xp pro OS with all
the updates... I thought i might have cooked the CPU (3.2) and ordered a new one.installed and got the same results at boot up.

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Hi all,

I'm new here, so be nice!

I've got the following PC:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3326 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76285 MB, Free - 9300 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0F4491
It does a job, to be fair. I use it for basic stuff such as MS Office, the internet, music notation software etc.

I've just started getting into gaming again though, and my system sometimes struggles on the higher graphics settings.

Is there anything worthwhile doing to my PC to upgrade, or is it simply a case of it's too old to do anything with, and I'd be better saving up for a new system?

If the latter is true, would I be likely to gain any financial bonus from selling my current setup - either as a whole or separately?

Many thanks.

A:Upgrade options for old Dell PC?

Just found these, starting from 299.98.

Are Zoostorm a company you are familiar with?

Do these look like decent setups?

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can the power supply  be upgrade in the Dell OptiPlex 790 mt ?

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I have a Dell Dimension 4300 computer. It has sdram memory. I'm under the impression that in order to use the newer style 2 stage memory I would have to replace the motherboard.

Would this be a worthwhile thing to do? The CD burner has been replaced with a multi format CD DVD burner and it has 2 hard drives.

Also, What else would have to be replaced besides the memory chips and CPU?

A:Upgrade memory in my old Dell?

What are the specs on your pc
Power supply, std atx?, watts?
case size, atx, micro-atx
number of fans and size
some dells are proprietary, so very limited upgradeability
you would need a cpu/mobo/ram at least

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I wanna upgrade the dell 9020 psu?
Is there any suggestion for that model of psu?
Is that EVga supernova nex 750 b2 a good choice?

A:Psu upgrade for dell 9020

The issue with B1 series being OK and B2 being NOT OK has to do with the maximum combined power on the 3.3v/5v rails being 150W on the B1 series but only 120W on the B2 series.


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ok I have windows XP On Both Off my computers but my other one has a dell monitor and I've tried to get it to work so many times I got lucky I think twice first time it worked but then I shut it off for the night then I had a hard time to get it to work but I finally did and after that I can't get it to work it keeps saying to set it up through the disc drive I think I haven't turned it on for a bit I'll have to check it,
but can anyone help with what I said?

A:Does A Dell Monitor Work With A Non-Dell Computer?

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My battery for the above computer has expired and needs to be replaced but I do not know who sells replacement batteries XBT9E1 or compatible ones.

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I believe the replacement battery you are after is a CR2032. If in doubt take the flat battery to your electronics store and ask for the equivalent. They're not very expensive.

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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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My Dell motherboard is SATA II.

Any suggestions for a motherboard that will upgrade the system to SATA III?
I would like to use the original fan/heatsink and DDR3 memory, to keep the cost down.

Will I be able to activate Win10 Pro, which was upgraded from the Dell OEM copy of windows?
Quick summary:
Mid-2010 Dell Studio XPS 9100
DDR3 Triple channel 666.5 MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard 05DN3X Intel x58 revision 13
Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.8 GHz
Socket LGA1366
SATA III capable SSD and HDD
ATI Radeon R7 370 Series
Corsair CX-M 750 Watt PSU

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