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I haven't posted in this forum in forever, darn.

Anyways, I have my old Inspiron 1525 I thought I would fix up and hopefully get it running smoother w/ Windows 7 if I shall. I'd like to get some new RAM for it, preferably 4GB as it has 3GB stock right now. Also formatting the HDD of any Vista crap and then installing W7. Possibly getting a new battery as well.

But I am confused if this laptop supports 2 DIMM slots or just 1?

And I am wondering if I should clean this laptop with something and possibly apply new thermal paste?

This is what I have, not sure if the manual has any useful info...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dell_Inspiron_1525

My model's specs:
Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 or T5450
3GB DDR2 RAM @ 667Mhz
965 Integrated Graphics
320GB 5400RPM HDD
GM965 Chipset
1440x900 screen
Windows Vista 32bit


Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by NuclearSlurpee - 1/6/12 at 6:49pm
post #2 of 8
It definitely has 2 RAM slots, only way to get 3GB in a laptop. Should be DDR2, so you just need to swap out a 1GB stick for a 2GB stick. I would run Prime95 for a while, see what your load temps are like. Most people don't realize, a lot of these laptops have a max. temp of 100C. 50-60C idle isn't even a problem, if it really is high then you could undervolt with RMClock.

Pretty much you should be good to go, just download the Windows 7 drivers in advance, or on a 2nd computer.
 
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Yes it will have two dim slots of DDR2 i have a ell Insp 1520 I'm fixing up for the GF that will run Win 7 Pro when i'm done.

Also no need for new thermal grease unless temperatures are high. see above post for how to test that.

Also you could hit the laptop vents, KB, and under the panel covers with compressed air to ensure good cooling.
 
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Looks fine to me. i'm unfamiliar with the supermediasore, and i normally get batteries off eBay. but i couldn't find a 9 cell from one of my sellers at that price point.
 
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buy an SSD drive to make you system go FAST, in most of cases the HDD is THE limiting factor of the sys !
it's useless to add RAM, WIn 7 will be running cool on 3Gigs
Get a 128Gb SSD (curcial m4/samsung) and a new battery + windows 7 and you will see wink.gif
video to see the difference between HDD and SSD : here
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You already have a 2GB and 1GB stick, so all you need is to swap out the old 1GB with a new 2GB. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148234

May as well round it off to 4GB total, might not be necessary but it depends on usage.

I would be careful not to sink too much money into an old laptop. As it is, it's probably worth ~$200-220. Instead of spending $160 to "upgrade" it, you could just as easily get a new i3 15" laptop for ~$400 (net cost only ~$20-40 if you sell the 1525 and factor in money saved by not upgrading).
 
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Originally Posted by sasuke256 View Post

buy an SSD drive to make you system go FAST, in most of cases the HDD is THE limiting factor of the sys !
it's useless to add RAM, WIn 7 will be running cool on 3Gigs
Get a 128Gb SSD (curcial m4/samsung) and a new battery + windows 7 and you will see wink.gif
video to see the difference between HDD and SSD : here

1. Don't have the money
2. Not worth it, rather put an SSD in my rig.
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